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9:05 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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Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
The Paul Allen Suit: A Look at the Patents  —  Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's Interval Licensing is suing 11 companies, including tech giants Apple and Google, alleging patent infringement.  Below, a look at the patents in the lawsuit.  —  Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
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, Gizmodo and WebProNews
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
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.
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  —  Do you like Google Trends but find that having to read search topic rankings yourself is too tedious and stressful?  Don't worry — like the kind and benevolent overlord it is, Google has come up with a solution.
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:   Yahoo's Who Knew? Series Sees Streams Soar
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
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 …
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Ben Huh / benhuh!:
Condé Nast, I'm publicly offering to buy Reddit.
Discussion: The Daily What and TechCrunch
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
Six Things Google's Free Phone Service Can't Do (and One It Does Very Well)  —  Google began rolling out a new feature on Wednesday to users of its browser-based Gmail service that lets them make phone calls over the Internet directly from their computer.  If they already use Gmail …
Thanks:rawmeet
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Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Don't Click this Button in Google Voice!
Discussion: eWeek, Geek.com and Download Squad, Thanks:rawmeet
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Einstein Would Have Used a Mac.  John Lennon, Too.  —  Steve Jobs in a turtleneck and shorts?  —  What a great bit of history this is, and a nice Friday diversion.  In the video embedded below, the Apple (AAPL) CEO introduces the company's 1997 Think Different campaign.
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:
bit.ly blog:
Introducing @clickabit  —  bit.ly has a lot of data, and we are always learning interesting and unexpected things from it.  For example: approximately .05% of URLs shared through bit.ly include content about cheeseburgers.  (An inclusive search for cheeseburgers and “cheezburgers” raises this figure to .07%.)
Discussion: TechCrunch, ArabCrunch and The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Offers Exhibit A In Its Defense Against Teen Lawsuit  —  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 or on behalf of advertisers without parental consent.
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Royal Pingdom:
The mobile app divide: Free rules on Android, paid rules on iPhone  —  The two mobile platforms with the most apps are Google's Android with around 95,000 apps, and Apple's iOS with around 250,000 apps.  —  Those are impressive numbers, but this article isn't about the sheer number of apps available.
Fred / A VC:
Angel Liquidity  —  Lots of talk these days about new forms of angel/seed capital.  But less talk about the most vexing issue facing the venture ecosystem over the past decade - that being the shrinking amount of liquidity on the way out.  —  If you look at how much money has been raised by venture firms …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:atul
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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 …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Confirms New ‘Pay As You Go’ Service Is Coming  —  Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) will be unveiling a new “pay as you go” service on Monday in a webcast for media and industry analysts, according to a document filed with the SEC today.  Clearwire initially announced the webcast on Wednesday …
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.
Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Responds to User Outrage: Upcoming Stories Will Return  —  Digg has had one heck of a week.  On Wednesday the social news aggregator decided it was a good time to make the switch to version 4 of its platform, which sent servers crashing and drove users bonkers.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Early tablet executive leaves Microsoft  —  Bill Mitchell, a corporate vice president who lead some of Microsoft's early forays into tablet computing, has left the company in recent months, CNET has learned.  —  Although Mitchell has been gone from Redmond for a bit according to sources …
Thanks:rawmeet
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.
Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
PC industry's woes could mean bargains this fall  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If you're looking for bargains on personal computers, bad news from the industry could be good for your pocketbook.  —  Computer makers are scrambling for ways to goose faltering consumer demand after a weak start to the back-to-school shopping season.
Discussion: Associated Press
 
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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Google bows out of JavaOne due to lawsuit
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Mary Branscombe / ZDNet:
Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Netflix soars as Blockbuster plans bankruptcy
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Peter Kirn / Create Digital Motion:
Apple-Centric Observers Get the Facts Wrong: H.264 Still Ain't Free
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Developer of Tablets Loses Apple as Customer