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4:10 PM ET, August 2, 2011

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Push Pop Press:
Push Pop Press acquired by Facebook  —  Last year Push Pop Press set off to re-imagine the book.  We created a new way of publishing and exploring text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics, then teamed up with Melcher Media and Al Gore to create a new kind of book.
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Facebook Acquires Interactive iPad Book Maker  —  Facebook has acquired Push Pop Press, the company behind iPad app “Our Choice,” based on a book by Al Gore.  —  Push Pop Press was founded by former Apple design prodigy Mike Matas, who demoed “Our Choice” at the TED conference this year to rave reviews.
Timo Burkard / Google Chrome Blog:
Instant Pages on Google Chrome  —  A few weeks ago, we announced that Google's Instant Pages feature would be available to our Chrome beta channel users.  Today, we're happy to let you know that Instant Pages is on by default in the latest stable version of Chrome.
EJ / Around The World and Back Again:
How I feel today  —  I imagine many of you are wondering how I feel today, having read the statement that Brian Chesky posted yesterday on his Airbnb blog.  I thought I might best explain my reaction here, in my own words.  —  When I originally wrote my story, I did so as a personal account …
Buzz Moody / Ausdroid:
Samsung Australia's official comment on Apple's complaint to the Federal Court, Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be sold in AU  —  After reaching out to Samsung late last night for a statement in regards to Apple's complaint to the Federal Court of Australia about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its likeness to the iPad …
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Hands-on with the Skype iPad app that came and went (and came back again)  —  Update: The Skype iPad app is now available once again in the U.S. App Store, so if you like the looks of what you see below, go ahead and check it out for yourself.  —  Late Monday night, Skype for iPad finally went arrived …
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Shifty Jelly's blog of mystery:
Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core  —  About 3 months ago, we set off on a little experiment into the world of the Amazon App Store.  Back then people were hailing it as the solution to the problems with the Google Market, industry pundits like Andy Ihnatko called it ‘An Excellent Work in Progress’.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Ning Is Being Shopped Around at $150M Price Tag  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Ning has been talking to a large pool of companies about selling itself recently, including Google and Groupon, as well as to a number of private equity companies.
Discussion: @jason and @rafat
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Federal court to order film service Zediva shut down  —  Zediva, the video service that attempted to build a business by exploiting loopholes in copyright law, suffered a serious setback today when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against the service.
Shira Ovide / Deal Journal:
The Latest Groupon Killer: Amazon … The clones are attacking in droves.  —  While Groupon has become perhaps the fastest-growing company in the history of humanity, Groupon fans have been forced to fend off nagging questions about when and whether competitors would start pecking away at its business model.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Turntable.fm Picks Union Square Ventures as Investor Over Kleiner and Accel  —  In a room of bobbing avatars, “Radiohead” takes on new meaning.  —  While the legal paperwork is still being finished, Betabeat has learned from multiple sources that Union Square Venture is the big new investor in Turntable.fm.
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Android Trojan records phone calls  —  CA security team finds more advanced Android malware  —  A new Android Trojan is capable of recording phone conversations, according to a CA security researcher.  —  While a previous Trojan found by CA logged the details of incoming and outgoing phone calls …
Fred / A VC:
Are Real Names Required For Real Socializing?  —  Over the weeekend my friend Jeff Jarvis and I had a twebate about this topic.  You can see it in action on storify thanks to David Connell.  —  I'm all for real names if people want to use them.  I use “fredwilson” on every web service I can and that is almost all of them.
Discussion: @howardlindzon
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
AOL Editions Delivers A Daily Briefing To Your iPad  —  The dream of a personalized magazine tuned just for you keeps showing itself on the iPad.  Today's edition comes from AOL Editions, which is finally coming out after much fine-tuning and a silly video.  (Disclosure: TechCrunch is also owned by AOL).
Timothy Hay / Venture Capital Dispatch:
ZocDoc Staff Gets $50M Surprise From DST Global's Yuri Milner  —  One way to tell you work at a successful start-up company is when one of the founders of Russian venture firm DST Global appears at your quarterly meeting and says he is giving the company $50 million to continue disrupting the status quo.
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Government hankers for hackers  —  (Reuters) - The National Security Agency has a challenge for hackers who think they're hot stuff: prove it by working on the “hardest problems on Earth.”  —  Computer hacker skills are in great demand in the U.S. government to fight the cyber wars that pose …
Discussion: Digital Trends and DailyTech
John Forsythe / Blamcast:
Why You Can'T Search For PhpBB On Bing  —  I've discovered an interesting bug: You can't search for “phpBB” on Bing.  —  I was doing some research for my startup naming business when I came across a deleted forum post I wanted to read.  Google didn't have a cached copy, so I decided to paste the URL into Bing.
Charles Hamilton / GigaOM:
GoToMeeting gets high-definition video conferencing  —  Citrix GoToMeeting, a web conferencing solution that we've written about previously, has unveiled the ability to create high-definition video conferences.  The new service, which is dubbed HDFaces and was announced last October …
Benedict Evans:
Facebook's mobile users  —  A little idle browsing: Facebook has a page for every app authorised to connect to its system, and those pages give active users (examples: iPhone, Blackberry).  So, you can see how many people are using each Facebook app on each mobile platform.
Discussion: Adotas and ReadWriteWeb
David Plotz / Slate Magazine:
My Fake Facebook Birthdays … Like This Story … - Hitchens: What It Means That Turkey Has Pushed Out Its Top Generals- Why Did Seven Heads of State Attend the Opening of This Shopping Mall ... in Kazakhstan?  - Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo Discuss Their Torture Memos With Dahlia Lithwick …
Discussion: Gawker and All Facebook
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Some 13 Percent of Twitter Employees Used to Work at Google  —  A significant portion of Twitter employees — something like 13 percent — used to work at Google.  —  According to LinkedIn, 87 of the 641 people who say they currently work at Twitter were formerly employed by Google.
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Retailers dropping prices on iPhone ahead of impending update  —  Some retailers have begun marking down the price of the iPhone 4, suggesting stock clearing measures have begun in anticipation of an expected hardware update.  While most recent rumors have suggested a September launch …
Department of Homeland Security:
Secretary Napolitano Announces Initiatives to Promote Startup Enterprises and Spur Job Creation  —  WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas today outlined a series of policy, operational …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FiOS dominates as FCC measures actual Internet speeds  —  For the first time ever, the FCC has collected data (PDF) showing real-world speeds that Americans receive from their Internet providers.  And the news is pretty good!  Or, perhaps, it's pretty bad!  —  Advocacy group Free Press blasted the results, released today.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google complainants in EU probe now 9  —  (Reuters) - The European Commission is now investigating a total of nine antitrust complaints against Internet search engine giant Google, two sources said on Tuesday.  —  The EU antitrust regulator has up to now only confirmed four cases against Google.
Christina Larson / Foreign Policy:
Red, Delicious, and Rotten  —  How Apple conquered China and learned to think like the Communist Party.  —  A friend in Beijing recently told me a story about the time a China Telecom technician came over to install the Internet connection for her Apple laptop.
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Business Insider
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Aiming to Address TouchPad Shortcomings, HP Updates Software While Cutting Prices  —  Hewlett-Packard on Monday released a software update to its TouchPad tablet that the company hopes will help address at least some of the early criticism of the product.  —  “Over the last month …
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Business Insider:
Foursquare Gets 3 Million Check-Ins Per Day, Signed Up 500,000 Merchants  —  Foursquare users are checking in 3 million times per day now, up from 2 million in February, CEO Dennis Crowley told Bloomberg TV.  —  Out of 10 million users that's a very impressive number.
Discussion: msnbc.com
 
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Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
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Christopher Trout / Engadget:
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