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9:55 AM ET, August 27, 2010

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Kim-Mai Cutler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft To Pay More Than Half A Billion Dollars To Jump-Start Windows Phone 7  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is by Kim-Mai Cutler.  —  Nearly four years after Apple launched the iPhone and two years after Google open-sourced the code for its Android operating system …
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.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Hey Facebook, Here Are Some Other Companies You Can Bully Or Sue
Discussion: Telegraph, CNNMoney.com, WebProNews and VatorNews, Thanks:leenarao
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
YouTube Debuts New Movies Section With 400 Free, Full-Length Films (Updated)  —  YouTube has launched a fresh Movies category on its website, gathering about 400 full-length films for your on-demand viewing pleasure, all free of charge.  —  The renewed section, which is actually …
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.
Dylan Casey / The Official Google Blog:
Google Realtime Search: a new home with new tools  —  When we first introduced our real-time search features last December, we focused on bringing relevance to the freshest information on the web.  Our goal was to provide real-time content from a comprehensive set of sources, integrated right into your usual search results.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Realtime Search Gets Home Page, Conversation View, Alerts & Geosearch
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.
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.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Leaked Case Design Suggests iPod Nano May Gain Smaller Square Form Factor
Carl Sjogreen / Facebook Developer Blog:
Social From the Ground Up  —  At Facebook, we are huge believers in what a small dedicated team with a unique perspective can accomplish.  We've already seen how a group of startups who built social interactions into the core of their product experience have completely changed how people play games online …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Begin Giving Y Combinator Startups VIP Treatment
Discussion: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Gmail users place 1M calls in 24 hours  —  It looks like Gmail users are already taking advantage of the cheap calling that Google launched yesterday.  The company announced via Twitter that there were 1 million calls placed from Gmail in 24 hours.  —  The feature is particularly attractive …
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Suzanne Choney / Technolog:
Gmail calling takes off, but not without bumps
Pete Warden / HubSpot:
The March Of Twitter: Analysis of How And Where Twitter Spread  —  To answer that question I created a visual history of Twitter's growth, feeding data from Dharmesh Shah (developer of TwitterGrader.com) into OpenHeatMap to produce an animated visualization of the service's growth …
Discussion: Guardian and PeteSearch, Thanks:atul
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Diaspora Three Weeks Away From Unveiling Open-Source Facebook Alternative  —  Remember Diaspora?  You'll be forgiven if you don't.  Since they received a lot of hype as the open-source “Facebook Alternative” this past May, they've been quiet.  In fact, they hadn't given any updates on their progress since early July.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Charges Settled Over Fake Reviews on iTunes  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Savvy Internet users know that glowing online reviews of things like books or restaurants can't always be trusted.  But federal regulators are giving notice that if you stand to gain financially from the review you are writing, you should be up front about it.
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Exchange ActiveSync to arrive on Hotmail on Monday  —  REDMOND, Wash.—One of the features promised as part of the latest update to Hotmail will arrive next week, CNET has learned.  —  In an interview here on Thursday, Microsoft's Dharmesh Mehta told CNET that Exchange ActiveSync …
foursquare:
Am I mayor yet?  —  We made a quick yet long-awaited tweak to our apps today.  When you're getting close to winning a Mayorship (within 10 check-ins), you'll now see how far away you are from ousting the current Mayor.  You'll see the count in the post check-in screen when you check into a place.
Help Net Security:
25% of new worms are designed to spread through USB devices  —  In 2010, 25 percent of new worms have been specifically designed to spread through USB storage devices connected to computers, according to PandaLabs.  These types of threats can copy themselves to any device capable …
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Lenovo to develop game consoles in China: report  —  (Reuters) - Lenovo, the world's No. 4 PC maker, has set up a unit to develop a video game console for the China market, a newspaper reported on Friday, pitting it against rivals such as Microsoft and Sony.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple Upgrades iWork, Gives ePub a Boost  —  It is pretty clear by now that Apple's iWork productivity suite is an acquired taste.  But soon, folks who are interested in publishing their content in the ePub format — an open eBook standard — might just develop a taste for it.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Facebook: Actually, there are 44 million active monthly users of our iPhone app, not 104 million  —  Yesterday, the internet collective noticed that Facebook was claiming some astonishing monthly active user figures on its respective app fan pages.  At the time, Facebook was showing …
 
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Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Yahoo Okays Revenue Streams in its Social Streams
Ivaylo Popov / Google Code Blog:
Google Buzz API adds Track and some improvements
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
FTC drops P2P file sharing probe of LimeWire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook's “Platmobile” Team Working On Eliminating Mobile Password Entry
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Yahoo Revs Up Its Local Content Efforts
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Digg's Matt Van Horn leaving for start-up Path
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Sameer Soleja / Baker Institute Blog:
Why Google and Verizon shouldn't be the gatekeepers of net neutrality
Matthew Dolan / Wall Street Journal:
Ford Uses Wi-Fi to Customize Cars
 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunchIT:
HP Ups The Ante For 3PAR; Offers $1.8B In Cash For Data Storage Company
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Tonight the Lights Go Down on Netscape's Silicon Valley HQ
Discussion: CNET News
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Power Diggers React To New Version of Digg (video)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Sometimes I Just Want To Copy Someone Else's Status, Word For Word …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Goes Hunting for a Music Boss
Discussion: Neowin.net, WebProNews, CNET News and Electronista, Thanks:atul
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
SkyFire for iPhone To Be Submitted To Apple Next Week?