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9:50 AM ET, August 30, 2010

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Financial Times:
Google plans pay-per-view films  —  Google's YouTube video site is in negotiations with Hollywood's leading movie studios to launch a global pay-per-view video service by the end of 2010, putting it head-to-head with Apple in the race to dominate the digital distribution of film and television content.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Full-On Assault On Cable Is Underway  —  Google, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Amazon — when you hear these names, you usually think about how these tech giants all compete with one another.  But what if they all teamed up for one cause?  They'd be unstoppable, right?  We're about to find out.
Discussion: Digital Society and Go Rumors
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco May Be Making A Run For Skype  —  Cisco has made an offer to acquire Skype before they complete their IPO process, says one of our more reliable sources.  We have not been able to confirm this rumor one way or another via other sources, which isn't surprising.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Joojoo lawsuit shocker!  Court rules Fusion Garage and TechCrunch were business partners, tosses most everything else  —  It's been a few blissful months since we've thought about or had to interact with the Joojoo, but the court case Michael Arrington and TechCrunch filed against Fusion Garage …
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Judge Says TechCrunch Case vs. JooJoo Tablet Likely Has Merit
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Gets It Up: V.2 Is Now Live  —  The transformation is now complete.  Our favorite random video chat site Chatroulette has gone through a redesign over the past week and is now back up, in what founder Andrei Ternovskiy and those who believe in second chances hope will be a more nudity-free i.e. more monetizable version.
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Farewell to ATI, AMD to Retire the ATI Brand Later this Year  —  Four years ago AMD did the unthinkable: it announced the 5.4 billion dollar acquisition of ATI in a combination of cash and stock.  What followed was a handful of very difficult years for AMD, an upward swing for ATI …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel to buy Infineon's wireless unit for $1.4 billion  —  Intel has agreed to acquire Infineon Technologies' Wireless Solutions business for approximately $1.4 billion, the companies announced late Sunday, as the world's largest chipmaker seeks to boost its presence in smartphones.
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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple confirms iPhone 4 proximity sensor glitch still not patched  —  The launch of the iPhone 4 came with quite a few issues; first and most importantly were the antenna issues experienced when holding the device but users also complained of a proximity sensor glitch that would result …
Vivek Wadhwa / TechCrunch:
Silicon Valley's Dark Secret: It's All About Age  —  An interesting paradox in the technology world is that there is both a shortage and a surplus of engineers in the United States.  Talk to those working at any Silicon Valley company, and they will tell you how hard it is to find qualified talent.
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Tab, in the wild and now teasing CDMA  —  Okay, this is getting ridiculous.  Samsung's Galaxy Tab has once again surfaced online via unofficial channels, and this time it's carrying a sticker on one side that clearly states CDMA.  The iAndroid forum goer who allegedly snapped …
Foreign Policy:
The M-Banking Revolution  —  Why cell phones will do more for the developing world than laptops ever could.  —  As recently as two years ago, mobile banking in the developing world was an object of skepticism among financial insiders.  While proponents argued that cell phones …
New York Times:
Retargeting Ads Follow Surfers to Other Sites  —  The shoes that Julie Matlin recently saw on Zappos.com were kind of cute, or so she thought.  But Ms. Matlin wasn't ready to buy and left the site.  —  Then the shoes started to follow her everywhere she went online.
 
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Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: The Register
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Gets Static on Net TV
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Now 3 Million Strong
Discussion: Softpedia News, AdAge and VentureBeat
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
International Users Accessing Facebook Places Through US VPN Accounts
Ali Partovi / TechCrunch:
Bubble Blinders: The Untold Story of the Search Business Model