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7:25 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
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’.
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 …
John Cook / Gawker:
Only 92% of Newt Gingrich's Twitter Followers Are Fake  —  Yesterday, we published an item based on a former Newt Gingrich staffer's claim that Gingrich assembled his 1.3 million Twitter followers—a number that he's taken to bragging about—in part by buying fake Twitter followers.
Discussion: PeekYou Blog
Rick Osterloh / The Big Blog:
Skype Now Optimized for your iPad  —  Since the introduction of Skype for iPhone with video calling on New Year's Eve 2010, we've seen growing demand for a Skype app for the iPad.  —  The wait is over, as today we launched Skype for iPad now available for download in the iTunes App Store.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Hands-on with the Skype iPad app that came and went (and came back again)
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.
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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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's fifth-gen iPhone could be ‘bigger upgrade than expected’  —  Sources in Apple's overseas supply chain have reportedly indicated that the company's forthcoming fifth-generation iPhone could be a more significant upgrade than previous rumors have suggested, sporting a larger display and thinner design.
Chris / cdixon.org:
What the NYC startup world needs (and doesn't need)  —  Here's what I think NYC needs to become a serious, long-term startup hub:  —  1) Some extremely successful startups.  We need PayPals - companies that spin out boatloads of talented entrepreneurs and “smart money” angel investors.
Discussion: @fromedome
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.
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.
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 recently to a large pool of companies about selling itself, including Google and Groupon, as well as to a number of private equity companies.
Discussion: @rafat and @jason
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Gilad Lotan / SocialFlow Blog:
Engaging News Hungry Audiences Tweet by Tweet: An audience analysis of prominent mainstream media news accounts on Twitter  —  Back in May, when we analyzed the viral spread of news about Osama Bin Laden's death, we were impressed by the speed and scale at which news could break on Twitter.
Discussion: AllThingsD
The Pacific Coast Business Times:
ValueClick to buy Dotomi for $295M  —  ValueClick said Aug. 2 that it will pay $295 million to acquire Chicago-based online advertising firm Dotomi, the same day the Westlake Village-based firm announced earnings that beat analyst expectations.  —  ValueClick saw its share price slide 3.4 percent, or 60 cents, after the announcements.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ClickZ
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
Russian minister calls for limits on the Internet  —  * Interior minister's call raises fear of Internet controls  —  * Russian-language bloggers ridicule Nurgaliyev's remarks  —  Russia's interior minister called on Tuesday for limits on the Internet to prevent a slide …
Cyrus Farivar / Deutsche Welle:
Facebook violates German law, Hamburg data protection official says  —  The data protection commissioner for the state of Hamburg, Johannes Caspar, has come down hard against Facebook for its new face recognition and tag suggestions capability.  —  “We have repeatedly asked Facebook to shut …
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Next iPhone in October?  I'll stick to September - and here's why  —  Murmurings that the next iPhone won't appear until October are being echoed all around the web, but they don't fit the way that Apple operates - nor with the details emerging from carriers
 
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Ticket Monster's Daniel Shin Talks About Sale of South Korea's Biggest Deals Site to LivingSocial (Video)
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
InMobi Buys Sprout for HTML5, Rich Media Expertise
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Boston Globe creates a Twitter board for the newsroom
Dylan Love / The Business Insider:
The IBM PC, One Of The Most Important Milestones In Computing History, Just Turned 30 Years Old
David Plotz / Slate Magazine:
My Fake Facebook Birthdays
Discussion: Gawker
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Exclusive: Google complainants in EU probe now 9
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Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
Virgin Media to ‘take a punt’ on free London WiFi network
Tabassum Zakaria / Reuters:
Government hankers for hackers
Discussion: Digital Trends and DailyTech
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
Sun website users' personal details hacked
John Forsythe / Blamcast:
Why You Can'T Search For PhpBB On Bing
Discussion: Technologizer
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
Android Trojan records phone calls