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1:50 PM ET, August 23, 2010

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New York Times:
The Sofa Wars: Plenty to Watch Online, but Viewers Prefer to Pay for Cable  —  It is a fantasy shared by many Americans: dropping cable television and its fat monthly bills and turning instead to the wide-open frontier of Internet video.  —  Some are finding that the reality is not that simple.
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:   Crowded Field for Bringing Web Video to TVs
Electronista:
Samsung Galaxy Tab seen in the wild [video]  —  Electronista today had the opportunity to spy a Samsung Galaxy Tab in live testing in Sydney, Australia.  The device, spotted in the hands of an anonymous telco worker at a train station, matches up with the official description of a seven-inch, 3G-capable Android tablet.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunchIT:
The Fight For 3PAR: HP Outbids Dell, Offers $1.6 Billion In Cash  —  HP has proposed to acquire data storage company 3PAR for $24 per share in cash, or roughly $1.6 billion.  Thus, it trumps Dell's offer to buy out the company for $18 per share or $1.13 billion.
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Dave Vellante / SiliconANGLE:
Big Data and the Cloud: Why HP and Dell are Fighting Over 3PAR  —  HP today submitted a proposal to 3PAR to acquire the company for $24 a share, a 33% premium over the offer Dell made last week.  This puts the value of 3PAR at nearly $1.6B today — whereas the company's valuation …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Verizon and Apple at loggerheads?  —  “Important details still being ironed out,” writes analyst.  Could T-Mobile and Sprint be next?  —  Apple (AAPL) needs another carrier to maintain the iPhone's current rate of growth in the U.S., says Kaufman Bros.'s Shaw Wu in a note to clients Monday …
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Analyst: Verizon iPhone Deal Still Not Sealed
Discussion: MacStories and Electronista
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
The dirty little secret about Google Android  —  Google Android began with the greatest of intentions — freedom, openness, and quality software for all.  However, freedom always comes with price, and often results in unintended consequences.  With Android, one of the most important …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fraudsters Drain PayPal Accounts Through iTunes  —  Reports are appearing this morning about a major security hole in iTunes accounts linked to PayPal.  At least one group of scammers has found a way to charge thousands of dollars to iTunes accounts through PayPal.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
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John Oates / The Register:   eCrime cops charge 12 over iTunes royalty ‘fraud’
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
Free of Freemium, Things Are Starting To Look Up At Ning  —  Ning, provider of on-demand social communities, has recently been one of Silicon Valley's most interesting companies.  Five months ago the company announced the sudden exit of chief executive Gina Bianchini, eventually gave …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Mac enterprise sales surged in June  —  Apple scored its biggest gains in government, big business and the European home market  —  Click to enlarge.  Source: Needham, IDC  —  Given the Mac's tiny share of the worldwide PC market — roughly 3.5% as of June — Apple (AAPL) has a lot of room to grow.
Surur / WMPoweruser.com:
LG E900 Windows Phone 7 smartphone caught on camera  —  The oddest things show up on youtube, such as this video of the LG E900, the keyboard-less version of the LG C900, likely destined for Europe.  —  The handset looks relatively sleek, but still could do with a bit more dazzle (possibly a less blurry video would help).
Ben Kepes / GigaOM:
Nimbula Raises Another $15 Million in Funding  —  Nimbula, one of the LaunchPad finalists in this year's Structure conference, today said that it has secured $15 million in funding from Accel Partners.  The funding is set to continue Nimbula's investment in hybrid cloud computing technologies …
Discussion: CNET News, ReadWriteWeb and silicontap.com, Thanks:om
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
North Korea Tells Forbes That It Is Not Using Twitter, Facebook Or YouTube  —  For the last two weeks, North Korean propaganda has flooded the Internet-courtesy of the Internet, interestingly enough, and not North Korea.  —  A North Korea government official tells Forbes …
Discussion: The Next Web and Gawker
Guy Grimland / Haaretz:
HTC taps Israeli technology for its iPad-slayer  —  N-trig's screen software to go into Google's new tablet computer  —  The Kfar Sava-based startup N-trig will provide the touch-screen technology for the tablet computer that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is developing as direct competition for Apple's iPad.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Reinventing E-Mail, One Message at a Time  —  My e-mail inbox is a dejected, endless morass.  It's a desolate wasteland of unanswered messages that continue to appear like a never ending game of Tetris.  I can confidently say I hate my inbox and I know I'm not alone.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The Mother Lode: Welcome to the iMac Touch  —  While most of us were getting ready for the iPad's arrival in January and Patently Apple hard at work preparing our major series called the Tablet Prophecies, a major iMac Touch patent was being quietly published in Europe.
Discussion: MacRumors, 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Why trust Facebook with the future's past?  —  An odd moment during the Facebook Places rollout last week has been bugging me ever since.  —  From Caroline McCarthy's account at CNet: … From Chris O'Brien's post: … Yeah, that's dope all right.  Doper still would be for Facebook …
Discussion: Faster Forward and CNET News
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Mobile App Directory Appolicious Deepens Integration With Yahoo; Launches Android App  —  Social mobile app directory Appolicious is deepening its integration with Yahoo today with the launch of ‘yap.appolicious.com,’ a website that to help people find an apps that run on Yahoo's platform …
Panayiotis Mavrommatis / SecBrowsing blog:
Chrome's bundled Flash results in much faster update  —  Chrome's bundling of Flash resulted in a dramatic drop of out-of-date users after the latest update, according to our stats.  —  On Aug 10, 2010, Adobe released a security update for Flash.  On the same day, Chrome shipped …
Discussion: Download Squad and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
Dawn Kawamoto / DailyFinance:
White House May Overhaul Some $30 Billion in Troubled Tech Projects  —  Obama's administration is getting a taste of running the government more like a business each day.  —  Its latest brush comes with approximately $30 billion in technology projects that are running over budget …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Celebrating A Year Of Apple Pondering Google Voice  —  My, how quickly things change.  It wasn't much more than a year ago that Apple and Google were happy partners — at least from the public's perspective — working in tandem to push technology forward at a clipping pace.
Discussion: Technologizer and TiPb
 
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Zee / The Next Web:
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Discussion: VatorNews and Xconomy, Thanks:bobcaswell
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