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1:45 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.
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
Judge Says TechCrunch Case vs. JooJoo Tablet Likely Has Merit  —  I Just read on Daring Fireball that the judge has denied TechCrunch's claim for preliminary injunction against their former tablet partners and makers of JooJoo, Fusion Garage.  —  Gruber claims that “Mike Arrington gets smacked around …
Discussion: Engadget, Thanks:rawmeet
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
CrunchPad Denial of Preliminary Injunction  —  Mike Arrington gets smacked around in the first round of his lawsuit over the JooJoo/CrunchPad.  In short: TechCrunch didn't get much in writing regarding their “partnership” with Fusion Garage to develop the product, and, well, they should have.
Discussion: Startups Down Under
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.
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.
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Calcanis Pays Lip Service To Facebook's “Embrace” Of Entrepreneurs  —  Jason Calacanis appears convinced that entrepreneurs are at risk of “partnering” with Facebook, claiming that Facebook will steal any startup's technology.  This follow's Facebook's recent announcement that the company …
Steve Cheney / TechCrunch:
Behind The Bidding War: The Real Reasons Why HP And Dell are So Desperate For 3Par  —  As I was writing this, news of the HP / Dell bidding war for 3PAR broke on the front page of Yahoo.  This made me laugh, as it typified just how crazy this story has become—few things outside of a bidding war …
Discussion: The Register and Associated Press
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Why aren't there more women in Tech?  My list of 30 great women  —  The Wall Street Journal today wrote about the lack of women in tech pointing out that 11% of venture backed companies have current or former women CEOs.  The writer also pointed out that Ycombinator has just 14 female founders out of 208 companies funded.
Thanks:dondodge
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men.
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Gets Static on Net TV  —  The Justice Department is focusing in on how Comcast Corp.'s bid to purchase control of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal television and movie unit could affect the emerging Internet video market, people familiar with the matter say.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Now 3 Million Strong  —  It appears that Foursquare hit the three million user mark sometime over the weekend.  The location based social network has been adding users at impressive rates, and only hit 2 million users in early July.  It took a year to reach one million …
Discussion: VentureBeat and AdAge
Ali Partovi / TechCrunch:
Bubble Blinders: The Untold Story of the Search Business Model  —  Ali Partovi is an angel investor, startup advisor, and serial entrepreneur.  He co-founded iLike, acquired by Myspace in 2009, and previously LinkExchange, acquired by Microsoft for $265mm in 1998.
 
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Cannibalize Business Development by Popularizing your API
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Paul Marks / New Scientist:
Socket and see: Apple reinvents the audio jack
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foursquare Takes Over Times Square With A Massive Display Ad
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
The Look Ahead: Google Narrows Its Acquisition Focus