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6:25 PM ET, August 27, 2010

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Dionne Searcey / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Allen Sues Apple, Others Over Patents  —  A firm run by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen is suing Apple Inc., Google Inc. and 9 other companies alleging they are violating patents developed at a Silicon Valley lab Mr. Allen financed more than a decade ago.
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Google, Facebook To Microsoft's Paul Allen: Your Argument Is Invalid  —  The entire Internet (aka Facebook, Google, Apple AOL, Facebook, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube) has just been served with a vague and vast patent violation suit from Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen.
Discussion: TiPb and Gizmodo
Laura June / Engadget:
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Apple, Google, Facebook, AOL, eBay, Netflix, Yahoo!, Staples, OfficeMax, Office Depot, and YouTube over patents  —  Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen has filed suit against nine companies over patent violations.  Through his current firm, Interval Licensing LLC …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Computerworld
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The Paul Allen Suit: A Look at the Patents
Thanks:atul
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google buys Angstro and hires founder to help build social networking service  —  Highly respected entrepreneur and Internet researcher Rohit Khare has sold his company Angstro to Google and taken a job at the Internet giant to help build its social networking product Google Me.
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Fennec Alpha Released for Android and Nokia N900  —  The Alpha release of the next major version of Fennec is now available for Android and Nokia N900 users to download and test.  Fennec (codename for Firefox mobile) is the first mobile browser to offer add-ons and is built on the same technology that powers desktop Firefox.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOMGigaOM:
Fennec Shows Glimpse of Future Mobile Browsing
Discussion: Android and Me and AndroidGuys
Emily Wood / The Official Google Blog:
Find out what's hot on search with the Google Beat  —  Every day, there are more than a billion searches for information on Google.  Have you ever wondered what those searches are about—or whether what you're searching for also happens to be on the minds of millions of others across the country?
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Liz Shannon Miller / NewTeeVee:   Google's New Web Series Celebrates Popular Search Terms — Too Bad It's Weekly
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Index Ventures Buys Into Etsy, Triples Valuation To Nearly $300 Million  —  Crafty commerce site Etsy just raised another $20 million in its fifth venture round (that would be the Series E).  Index Ventures is the new investor leading the round, with partner Danny Rimer getting an observer's seat on the board.
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Fred / A VC:
Angel Liquidity  —  Lots of talk these days about new forms of angel/seed capital.
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:atul
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Googler Adam Freed Takes COO Job at Etsy, As It Crafts More Funding
Discussion: VatorNews
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Developer of Tablets Loses Apple as Customer  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Apple severed ties with a small Silicon Valley design firm that for nearly a decade had helped with the development of some of its products, after the firm showcased its own prototype tablet computer.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Offers Exhibit A In Its Defense Against Teen Lawsuit  —  Tweet  —  Earlier today I reported on a class action lawsuit against Facebook which argued that when it comes to teenagers, the social network should not be able to use their name or likeness to promote either Facebook itself …
Discussion: ClickZ
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Allison O'Mahony / The Windows Blog:
Windows Live Sync to be named Windows Live Mesh  —  In June, we announced that as part of Windows Live Essentials beta, we brought together two programs, Windows Live Sync and the Live Mesh beta, into one: Windows Live Sync beta.  We focused on four things with our beta release:
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Guess Who Is Trying To Trademark The Word “Face”?  (And Guess Who Is Trying To Stop It?)  —  When it comes to trademarks, Facebook is proving to be a bully.  It is going after Teachbook in court for using a similar name, and already forced Placebook to change its name.  But that is only half the story.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Are Wikileaks Activists Finally Realizing Their Founder Is a Megalomaniac?  —  Julian Assange's attempt to spin his creepy romancing of two Swedish women into a Pentagon smear campaign was a huge mistake.  Now Assange's role as the head of the secret-sharing website WikiLeaks is in doubt.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Brand New Details On the iPod touch 4G  —  According to a source who would have reason to know, the fourth-generation iPod touch is changing back shapes—sorry, readers who have been posting with love for the dome-like curved iPod touch 2G/3G back, but that's going away.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
In protest, Reddit rolls its own pot ads  —  Quirky social-news site Reddit always seemed an unusual acquisition for Manhattan media giant Conde Nast, and it's never been more evident: asked by Conde Nast overlords to stop running advertisements on behalf of advocates of California's Proposition 19 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Lessons from Google Wave and REST vs. SOAP: Fighting Complexity of our own Choosing  —  Software companies love hiring people that like solving hard technical problems.  On the surface this seems like a good idea, unfortunately it can lead to situations where you have people building a product …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix soars as Blockbuster plans bankruptcy  —  Remember walking the aisles to find a movie?  Those days appear to be ending.  —  As if fights for survival, video-rental chain Blockbuster is preparing to file bankruptcy next month, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Motion:
Apple-Centric Observers Get the Facts Wrong: H.264 Still Ain't Free  —  Addendum to the previous story: an “end user” and an “application” are not the same thing.  Watching comments from some users dumping on Firefox and Opera because they don't understand this is painful.
Mary Branscombe / ZDNet:
Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync  —  Hotmail will be switching on Exchange Active Sync connections for mobile phones on Monday 30 August.  (The feature has been in development for some time and a number of users who figured out the server name have had intermittent unofficial access during tests, but this will be the official launch.)
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Lenovo to release Ebox game console in China next year  —  In a surprise move it is being reported that PC manufacturer Lenovo has decided to develop a games console for the Chinese market.  —  The China Daily newspaper is reporting that 40 Lenovo staff have been allocated to the project …
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Royal Pingdom:
The mobile app divide: Free rules on Android, paid rules on iPhone
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Confirms New ‘Pay As You Go’ Service Is Coming
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Google bows out of JavaOne due to lawsuit
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Who writes pro-cable Internet legislation? Cable does
Discussion: Techdirt and DSLreports
Tony Bradley / Computerworld:
Putting Google Realtime to Real-World Use
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Kleiner Perkins Sitting Pretty In Event Of ArcSight Sale
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SCVNGR Launches Support For Facebook Places
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Charges Settled Over Fake Reviews on iTunes