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11:30 AM 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Jenifer Austin Foulkes / Google Mobile Blog:
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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Barnes & Noble Q1 Sales Jump To $1.4B Thanks To Increased Digital Share  —  Barnes & Noble has reported earnings for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended July 31, 2010.  Total sales for the first quarter were $1.4 billion, a 21% increase compared to the prior year.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
TiVo launches QWERTY remote  —  TiVo today has finally launched the full QWERTY TiVo Slide Remote control.  The remote was extensively demonstrated at the TiVO Premiere launch in March.  —  “This is the first ever DVR remote with a full QWERTY keyboard, and we are certain that users will be excited to get their thumbs on it.
Charlie Demerjian / SemiAccurate:
Facebook is the first to jump into ARM servers  —  Tectonic change of our time  —  THERE HAVE LONG been rumors of a major player moving their data centers from x86 based PCs to the ARM architecture.  It looks like the first big player to jump in to the market is going to be none other than Facebook.
Discussion: Forward Thinking
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 …
Discussion: SourceWire and White African
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why Intel bought McAfee  —  There's been quite a bit of head-scratching over Intel's decision to purchase McAfee, but, despite all the breathless talk about mobile security and ARM and virus-fighting processors, the chipmaker's motivations for the purchase are actually fairly straightforward.
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
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
New Numbers Reveal: Cord Cutting Is Real  —  U.S. pay TV subscriptions have declined for the first time in history this quarter, according to new data from SNL Kagan.  The business intelligence company reports that cable companies lost 711,000 subscribers, which represents the biggest quarterly loss in cable TV's history.
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Q&A: Microsoft's Windows Phone team preps for app submissions
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
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