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9:40 AM ET, August 28, 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: broadstuff and Gizmodo, Thanks:atul
Ben Huh / benhuh!:
Condé Nast, I'm publicly offering to buy Reddit.  —  This was an email I sent to one of our sites, The Daily What:  —  Hi TDWers, I'm Ben Huh, and I run the Cheezburger Network (which includes The Daily What, if you were too Prop 19'd to notice).  I have made this offer privately …
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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 …
Boy Genius Report:
Gorgeous, mysterious, EVO-ish HTC device headed for Verizon  —  Remember that Verizon Wireless roadmap we leaked?  Well, it's all coming together pretty nicely.  We have just got our hands on images of one of the upcoming HTC devices we wrote about.  Our source describes the phone …
Kevin Rose:
Digg v4: release, iterate, repeat.  —  At Digg it's our job to try new things, analyze the usage data, iterate, and evolve.  While not everyone is happy w/the new design, as of right now the usage looks extremely good (ie. more people registering (43,000+ new users yesterday), digging, consuming, clicking, following, etc.).
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Chris Cameron / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Responds to User Outrage: Upcoming Stories Will Return
AppleInsider:
Apple's shrunken 6th-gen iPod nano to retain 30-pin dock connector  —  Apple is poised to introduce a radically redesigned iPod nano next week that will retain its trademark I/O connector despite its drastically reduced form factor, AppleInsider has learned.
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Google Confirms Chrome 7 GPU Acceleration  —  With the release of the first versions of Chrome 7, we noticed a subtle speed increase in graphics-heavy websites and suggested that Google is improving Chrome's overall graphics performance.  Our readers later found that GPU acceleration can already be manually activated in Chrome.
Discussion: Chromium Blog and ReadWriteWeb
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
BBC iPlayer going global  —  American's get ready for Doctor Who, Masterchef and more  —  The BBC's Mark Thompson has said that the BBC aims to launch an international commercial version of the iPlayer within the year.  —  “Within a year we aim to launch an international commercial version of the iPlayer …
Discussion: paidContent:UK, Thanks:stuartmiles
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.
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.
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Zuckerberg: Facebook Photos Used 5 Or 6 Times More Than Competitors — Combined  —  Yesterday, Facebook held a developer's garage event at their headquarters in Palo Alto.  To kick things off, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage to talk a bit about the history of Facebook.
Discussion: Softpedia News
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 …
Discussion: Google Operating System, Thanks:rawmeet
Gmail Blog:
Easier event scheduling in Google Calendar  —  In the next day or so, you'll start to see some changes to the event page in Google Calendar which should make scheduling events easier.  We've made the style more consistent with other Google apps, put information that's most commonly used …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
USA Today to Remake Itself to Stress Digital Operations  —  The history of USA Today is full of firsts for the newspaper business: the first general-interest national paper of its kind, the first to use color widely in charts and photographs and once first in the number of copies printed each day.
Sara Jerome / Hillicon Valley:
Silicon Valley needs a D.C. lobby, Hoffman says  —  Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley could benefit from a stronger lobbying presence in Washington D.C., because their concerns are often ignored in favor of older interests, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said this week.
Thanks:sarmje
mattlemay / 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
Jolie O'Dell / Mashable!:
“Photo Memories” Coming to Facebook Places?  —  While checking into a Facebook Places location recently, one Mashable reader noticed a new tab: Photo Memories.  —  We've been unable to duplicate the same tab ourselves, which means Facebook may be testing this feature with a small number …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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:
 
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:
PC industry's woes could mean bargains this fall
Discussion: Associated Press
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
140 Proof Provides A Piece Of The Twitter Advertising Puzzle
Mike Shields / Mediaweek:
Yahoo's Who Knew? Series Sees Streams Soar
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Early tablet executive leaves Microsoft
Thanks:rawmeet
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Offers Exhibit A In Its Defense Against Teen Lawsuit
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Confirms New ‘Pay As You Go’ Service Is Coming
 Earlier Items: 
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Lessons from Google Wave and REST vs. SOAP: Fighting Complexity of our own Choosing
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Are Wikileaks Activists Finally Realizing Their Founder Is a Megalomaniac?
Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Google bows out of JavaOne due to lawsuit
Mary Branscombe / ZDNet:
Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync
Stuart Parmenter / The Mozilla Blog:
Fennec Alpha Released for Android and Nokia N900