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12:35 PM ET, August 24, 2010

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Apple:
iTunes U Downloads Top 300 Million  —  In just over three years, iTunes® U downloads have topped 300 million and it has become one of the world's most popular online educational catalogs.  Over 800 universities throughout the world have active iTunes U sites, and nearly half …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Microsoft beats Intel, AMD to market with CPU/GPU combo chip  —  At Hot Chips today, Microsoft's Xbox team unveiled details of the system-on-a-chip (SoC) that powers the newer, slimmer Xbox 360 250GB model.  Produced on the IBM/GlobalFoundries 45nm process, it's fair to say that the new SoC …
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
Pandora Adds Genre-Based Stations  —  Just the other day, I introduced my mother to music recommendation service Pandora.  We'd been discussing how my grandfather used to love listening to barbershop music and she said she missed it and would love to find a way to listen.
Discussion: Mashable! and PR Newswire
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Topsy: Now Searching Tweets Back To May 2008  —  Looking for old tweets?  Look to Topsy.  The service has just expanded to have what it claims to be the largest searchable collection of past tweets, over 5 billion of them, stretching back to at least May 2008.
Shashi Seth / Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Transitions Organic Search Back-End to Microsoft Platform  —  First let me say, wow, what a week!  As I hope everyone saw our post from last week, Yahoo! began transitioning certain back-end functions for Yahoo! Search over to Microsoft's search platform.
Discussion: Search Blog
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Exclusive: Windows Phone 7 Web Browser Comparison (Video)  —  Following up to some previous thoughts about Windows Phone 7, we present a short video showing how the browsing experience on the upcoming smartphone platform compares to iPhone and Android 2.2.  Please note that the device shown …
AVG Blogs / Roger Thompson:
Where are the safest and most dangerous places in the world to use the internet?  —  w During the last week of July, AVG researchers compiled a list of virus and malware attacks by country picked up by AVG security software.  —  This means we have compiled data from over 127 million computers …
Justin Case / Android Police:
[EXCLUSIVE] Report: Google's Android Market License Verification Easily Circumvented, Will Not Stop Pirates  —  Preface  —  This article was not written to teach people how to pirate or ridicule Google's Android License Verification Library (LVL) that handles communication with Google's Android Market Licensing Service.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
The Real iTunes Fraud Vulnerability: Gullible Users  —  So these reports of a major security hole in iTunes, one through which people have had their PayPal accounts drained?  —  Not much to them, I'm told.  Or, rather, not much to their assertion that Apple (AAPL) is at fault here.
Emma Barnett / Telegraph:
Facebook Places ‘boring’ says Foursquare chief  —  Dennis Crowley, the co-founder of Foursquare, a location-based social network, has called Places, Facebook's new check-in tool, “boring” and “unexciting”.  —  Talking to The Telegraph, Crowley, said he had now had time to play around …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
RIAA: U.S. copyright law 'isn't working'  —  RIAA President Cary Sherman, second from right, says new pro-content copyright laws may be necessary.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET)  —  ASPEN, Colo.—The Recording Industry Association of America said on Monday that current U.S. copyright law …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Apple exec stashed $150K in shoe boxes  —  Bail for Paul Devine is set at $600K, plus any money he has in foreign bank accounts  —  IDG News Service - SAN JOSE — Federal agents found more than $150,000 in cash when they searched the house of Apple manager Paul Devine earlier this month, prosecutors said in court Monday.
Discussion: The Loop
Julie / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Jury Invalidates One of EFF's ‘Most Wanted’ Patents  —  Good news in the fight against bad software patents: a jury in the Eastern District of Texas recently found the Firepond/Polaris patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,411,947) invalid.  This patent was on EFF's “Most Wanted” list …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chomp Sinks Its Teeth Deeper Into Search; Wants To Be The Google Of Apps  —  It was last November that we first heard about Chomp, a sort-of Yelp for iPhone apps.  At the time, it was still very much in stealth mode, but we kept hearing they raised a seed round of funding from investors like Ron Conway insanely fast.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD unveils its Bulldozer and Bobcat processors for future PCs  —  As Intel is busy moving into the software business with its $7.68 billion purchase of McAfee, Advanced Micro Devices is taking the wraps off its newest processor designs, Bulldozer and Bobcat, which it hopes will give a one-two punch at Intel's core business.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Dell Aero Smartphone Available Today on AT&T, Sports Android 1.5  —  Dell and AT&T welcome the new Aero smartphone  —  We first brought you news of the Dell Aero, formerly known as the Mini 3, back in January of this year.  Now, AT&T is finally making the smartphone available on its network.
Discussion: Computerworld and Engadget
Andrew E. Kramer / New York Times:
Hacker's Arrest Offers Peek Into Crime in Russia  —  MOSCOW — On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by the United States Secret Service.  —  And in real life, he was nearly as untouchable — because he lived in Russia.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jenifer Austin Foulkes / Google LatLong:
Dive into the ocean with Google Earth for Android  —  Especially during the summer months, staring out into the ocean leads to daydreams of sailing the open water, freedom and exploration.  Now you can take three-quarters of this vast planet - the ocean - with you on your mobile device …
Groklaw:
Proof SCO Knew IBM Was Involved in Linux From 1998 Onward  —  Look what I just found, SCO's Partners page from 2002, on Internet Archive, and lo and behold, it provides proof positive that SCO, then calling itself Caldera, knew that IBM was involved with Linux as far back as 1998.
Alexis Madrigal / The Atlantic Online:
How Mobile Devices Could Lead to More City Living  —  People pushing sustainability don't tend to be the same types who love our digital-crazed iWorld.  And that's a problem because it means they don't push one of the great advantages of dense, energy-efficient cities: urban life integrates far better …
Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
Businesses Add iPads to Their Briefcases  —  Some Companies, Which Barred the iPhone, Build Apps for Tablet Computer and Give Apple Gadget to Employees  —  When Apple Inc.'s first iPhone came out in 2007, many companies told their employees that the device wasn't appropriate for the workplace.
Julie / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Steve Jobs Is Watching You: Apple Seeking to Patent Spyware  —  It looks like Apple, Inc., is exploring a new business opportunity: spyware and what we're calling “traitorware.”  While users were celebrating the new jailbreaking and unlocking exemptions, Apple was quietly preparing to apply …
Katherine Noyes / Computerworld:
Don't Count on Oracle to Keep OpenOffice.org Alive  —  Back in January, the Amsterdam-based consultancy Software Improvement Group warned government entities not to deploy OpenOffice.org until Oracle proved its commitment to treating the software as well—and with as much investment—as Sun Microsystems had.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Q1 Sales Jump To $1.4B Thanks To Increased Digital Share
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sony's Bet on Sticking With Web Shows
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel and Nokia launch joint research on mobile 3D virtual worlds
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded The Fridge Takes The Privacy Headaches Out Of Sharing With Friends
Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Facebook is the first to jump into ARM servers
Discussion: Forward Thinking
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Tencent Buys Google-Backed Online Community Company Comsenz
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Carpool Community Zimride Lands $1.2 Million In Seed Funding
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
How Google Goggles works to deliver visual search results for mobile phones
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
TiVo launches QWERTY remote
Owen Thomas / VentureBeat:
Google CEO bets Scoop could be the next Facebook on campus
Discussion: PC World and Venture Capital Dispatch, Thanks:owenthomas
Nick Wingfield / Digits:
Microsoft's Bing Shows Some IPhone Love
Discussion: Computerworld