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1:25 PM ET, August 22, 2010

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Kevin Rose:
Why Apple's iTV Will Change Everything  —  The rumor: Apple will be releasing a revamped/renamed version of their ‘Apple TV’ set-top box, called ‘iTV’.  The box will run the Apple iOS (same as the iPhone/iPad), and be priced around $99.  —  Why will this change everything?
Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Buzz Kill  —  Something happened tonight that made me question everything I've done with social media since I first joined Twitter in late 2006.  —  You know me - I'm a complete web whore.  I sign up for every site, try every web app, use every service I can find.  It's my job, but I also love doing it.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Google Tests Search Results That Update As You Type  —  SEO consultant Rob Ousbey has noticed an interesting thing happening to his search results, live updates of results as he types in every letter.  —  Google has confirmed to TechCrunch that the above video is in fact real.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones  —  ...for your own good  —  Apple has applied for a patent covering an elaborate series of measures to automatically protect iPhone owners from thieves and other unauthorized users.  But please withhold the applause.
Aljazeera:
Assange claims ‘smear campaign’  —  Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has said the now-dropped charge of rape levelled against him in Sweden was “a smear campaign”.  —  Assange told Al Jazeera on Sunday that while he had been forewarned by Australian intelligence …
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Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Virgin Mobile USA fortells unlimited prepaid mobile broadband for $40 a month  —  Whereas AT&T's move to tiered smartphone data pricing signaled “the end of unlimited” to some, Sprint subsidiary Virgin Mobile USA has just defied that notion with an all-you-can-eat broadband buffet priced at $40 per month.
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Roommates Who Click  —  MADDI GILJE, who will soon leave home in St. Louis to start at New York University, has chatted all summer with her new roommate, Amelia Dudley of Baltimore.  She could be talking to her twin.  —  They share the same bedtime (between 10 p.m. and midnight) and a high tolerance for clutter.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Office Back To Approving Pretty Much Anything  —  In the late '90s and early '00s, the US Patent Office saw a massive jump in patent grants — including tons of really, really bad patents, that have been tied up in huge, expensive lawsuits for years, wasting tons of judicial time and …
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint begins offering EV-DO femtocells  —  Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) has started shipping a new Airvana femtocell product that supports EV-DO data connections, a Sprint spokesman confirmed.  —  “Sprint is offering the Airave Access Point for customers who have specific in-building coverage issues …
Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:
The New Yardstick: If You're Not Apple, You Lose  —  For 2009 and 2010, the clear winner in consumer electronics is Apple.  Its mindshare among analysts and consumers is far beyond any other company.  I'd even go so far as to declare Apple the most successful tech company of this decade.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Etiquette  —  Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use.  It's nearly perfect.  Except that you people are using it to drive me crazy.  —  It's made my list of “can't live without” products for the last five years, and more recently the screen sharing feature …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Must Switch To Android Now, Before It's Too Late  —  RIM's new BlackBerry 6 operating system and apps platform still isn't in the same league as its arch rivals, Apple's iPhone and Google's Android.  —  So it's time for RIM to make a difficult, but important move: Stop wasting time developing …
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Throwing out software that works
Chris O'Brien / Mercury News:
Questions linger about the HP split with Hurd
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
Foursquare's Crowley: The Giants Are “Generic,” …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Don't Mean To Be Rude, But How In The World Is LG Going To Make …
Martin Heller / InfoWorld:
Oracle's Android lawsuit: A Pandora's box of serious evils
Discussion: PC World
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Kept Thousands Of Check-Ins On Lockdown For Months.  Impressive.
Discussion: Inside Facebook