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7:25 PM ET, August 3, 2011

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David Drummond / The Official Google Blog:
When patents attack Android  —  I have worked in the tech sector for over two decades.  Microsoft and Apple have always been at each other's throats, so when they get into bed together you have to start wondering what's going on.  Here is what's happening:  —  Android is on fire.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Rips Into Microsoft, Apple, Oracle For “Bogus Patents” And Trying To “Strangle” Android  —  In the past, I've been critical of Google for trying to dance around directly calling out their competitors who are actively attempting to screw them.  Today, they're no longer dancing.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Randi Zuckerberg Leaves Facebook to Start New Social Media Firm (Resignation Letter)  —  Randi Zuckerberg, who is director of marketing at Facebook and also the sister of CEO and Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg — is leaving Facebook after six years to start a new media firm to help companies become more social.
Dmitri Alperovitch / McAfee Blog Central:
Revealed: Operation Shady RAT  —  For the last few years, especially since the public revelation of Operation Aurora, the targeted successful intrusion into Google and two dozen other companies, I have often been asked by our worldwide customers if they should worry about such sophisticated …
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Jim Finkle / Reuters:
State actor seen in “enormous” range of cyber attacks  —  (Reuters) - Security experts announced on Wednesday the discovery of an unprecedented series of cyber attacks spanning five years that affected the networks of 72 organizations globally, including the United Nations, governments and corporations.
BBC:
Internet Explorer story was bogus  —  The story claimed that users of internet explorer had a lower IQ than those who opted for other browsers  —  A story which suggested that users of Internet Explorer have a lower IQ than people who chose other browsers appears to have been an elaborate hoax.
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Alexander Vaughn / App Advice:
Exclusive: Apple To Launch iTunes Replay In The Coming Weeks  —  While rumors of Apple launching a proper streaming service for its iTunes content have been around for years, it's only recently that Apple has begun turning the dream into a reality.  Just a few days ago …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
HBO Go coming to connected TVs, game consoles  —  Time Warner's HBO Go service has been a big hit, and it's helping to drive more viewers to the premium cable network.  Building on that success, CEO Jeff Bewkes said on the company's earnings call Wednesday morning that HBO's TV Everywhere service …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Clearwire embraces LTE as subscribers top 7.6 million and losses mount  —  Clearwire made a bold — yet highly-anticipated step today — as the Kirkland broadband wireless company announced plans to build a 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network that can deliver speeds to customers of as much as 120 Mbps.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: 'A6′ Chip Will Merge iOS With OS X In 2012, Says Jefferies  —  Is Apple (AAPL) looking to combine its computer operating systems — “OS X” — and its gadget operating system — “iOS”?  —  That's the theory offered today by Peter Misek, who follows the shares for Jefferies & Co …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Web.com acquires Network Solutions for $405M plus stock  —  Web.com is buying Network Solutions, a domain registration company dating back to the 1970s and the origins of the Internet.  —  The terms of the deal include $405 million in cash plus 18 million shares of Web.com stock.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Promoting “Free” Nexus S On Homepage  —  Hurry, supplies are limited.  If you've been to Google.com today (from a US IP address) then you've already seen the Nexus S “free today only” offer.  Users can obtain the phone from US retailer Best Buy and must sign up for a two-year contract.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Skype goes VP8, embraces open video codec  —  Skype has adopted Google's open source video codec VP8 as its default solution for video conferencing, according to a blog post from Google Product Manager John Luther.  The new Skype for Windows client 5.5 will automatically use VP8 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered  —  This past June, we noted that Instagram hit a big milestone: 5 million users.  At the time, the total number of photos shared on the service was at 95 million, and given the rate of growth, they expected to pass 100 million shortly.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Sues Google Over Vostu Dispute, Brazilian Judge Grants Injunction  —  Two big pieces of news today in the Zynga/Vostu lawsuit (details on lawsuit here and here).  In addition to that first lawsuit filed in California, Zynga also quietly sued Vostu on its home turf in Brazil (lawsuit embedded below, but it's in Portugese).
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to focus on HTML5 and JavaScript for Office 15 development  —  Microsoft officials have made it clear that HTML5 and JavaScript are going to be key for developing for Windows 8.  But Microsoft's HTML5/JS love doesn't stop there.  —  It turns out that HTML5 and JavaScript …
Discussion: ReadWriteHack and The Next Web
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Or Kevin Rose, Whose Tweets Are Worth More?  —  Whose tweets lead to more actual sales, Ashton Kutcher's or Kevin Rose's?  The answer is not immediately obvious.  Kutcher boasts 7.3 million Twitter followers to Rose's 1.3 million, but a recent promotion run …
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Google+ attracts 25 mln visitors - comScore  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc's new social network has attracted 25 million users, making it the fastest website to reach that audience size, according to data released on Tuesday by comScore.  —  Google+, launched in late June …
Joanna Geary:
Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet  —  Last Saturday I presented to students taking part in the brilliant Young Journalist Academy.  —  The topic was “New Media” (not my title) and the primary aim was to get them up and running with their own blog and learn to publish online.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Q4 iPhone Sales: Is 30 Million in Reach?  —  With a new iPhone expected in October, Apple is poised to reap record sales of the device in its December quarter — far beyond some of Wall Street's more aggressive estimates.  —  How far?  —  BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk …
Discussion: BGR and The Tech Trade
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Google, TI cozy up on Android Ice Cream Sandwich  —  Texas Instruments and Google are hooking up on Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of Android that will run on both phones and tablets.  —  Though TI has been a player in Android phones (most notably the Motorola Droid series) …
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:
Samsung Is Said to Examine InterDigital's Patents After Approach for Bid  —  Samsung Electronics Co., the world's second-largest maker of mobile phones, is examining InterDigital Inc.'s patent portfolio after being approached to make a bid, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Michal Lev-Ram / Fortune:
Silicon Valley has jobs advice for Washington  —  The president asked for ideas to improve job creation and innovation.  Now the technorati are delivering.  —  FORTUNE — With the debt ceiling standoff resolved (sort of), Silicon Valley's technorati gathered in Palo Alto …
 
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