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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 Threw A Punch, Microsoft Fires Back With A Missile  —  Earlier today, Google came out swinging.  Seemingly sick of being continuously slapped in the face by the patent issue, Google's SVP and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, wrote a blog post calling out several of Google's rivals …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Google: Patently Absurd  —  David Drummond, Google senior vice president and chief legal officer, “When Patents Attack Android”: … So if Google had acquired the rights to these patents, that would have been OK.  But when others acquired them, it's a “hostile, organized campaign”.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Rips Into Microsoft, Apple, Oracle For “Bogus Patents” And Trying To “Strangle” Android
Discussion: parislemon and Computerworld
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.
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Randi Zuckerberg / @randizuckerberg:
It is with mixed emotions that I announced my departure from Facebook today to launch my own initiative. More info soon... http://t.co/m3XpphA
Discussion: Gawker
Mark Douglas / The Big Blog:
Skype 2.1 for Android enables video on majority of Android devices  —  We promised to add support for additional handsets when we launched our new Skype for Android app with video a couple of weeks ago.  Today we are pleased to announce that with the release of Skype 2.1 for Android …
Ben / Carrypad:
Exclusive: Eight Leaked Sony S1 and S2 Screenshots Reveal Honeycomb 3.2, Chumby App, Proprietary Adapter and More  —  Today I went snooping around Sony's support site where I was able to uncover some support documents for their upcoming S1 and S2 tablets that have gone public before they were supposed to.
Bill Pardi / Windows Phone Blog:
Look who's talking: Speech in Mango  —  On a recent run around town with my wife to grab dinner and pick up one of the kids, a text message came in from my son.  Not an unusual event in itself, but what made this message interesting is that my phone read it aloud to me — and I replied back with my voice.
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 …
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Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Apple Has Secret Deals In Place To Launch A Video Streaming Service, Says Jefferies
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
THE BILLION-DOLLAR CLUB: 12 Startups With Skyrocketing Valuations  —  After watching startups like Facebook, Zynga, and Groupon explode in valuation, VCs are now pouring money into the next crop of startups.  —  Valuations are skyrocketing as VCs compete to get in the next hot deal.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Why Zillow insiders want to keep the stock above $25 per share  —  Team Zillow ringing the opening bell on Nasdaq  —  Shares of Zillow tumbled a bit this week — falling below $30 for the first time since its red-hot initial public offering on July 20th.  Investors are closely watching …
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Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Find My Mac Goes Live For Developers  —  Find My Mac has gone live for developers beta testing Apple's iCloud service.  Find My Mac was officially added to Lion in Developer Preview 4, released after WWDC in June, though evidence of the feature had leaked in prior releases.
Greg Finn / Search Engine Land:
Behind The Numbers Of Google+'s Monumental Rise To 25 Million Visitors  —  This week comScore released findings on Google+'s monumental surge to 25 million unique global visitors.  Launched just over a month ago, Google+ has become the fastest social networking service to reach 25 million unique visitors.
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft to focus on HTML5 and JavaScript for Office 15 extensions  —  Summary: Microsoft is guiding developers toward HTML5 and JavaScript for Windows 8 app development.  It turns out he company also is pushing these Web technologies as key to extending Office 15 and Office 365.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Spotify, Spokeo, AOL, Others Sued Over Web Tracking  —  Website analytics firm KISSmetrics and more than 20 of its customers, including Spotify, AOL's About.me, Slideshare.net, Spokeo and the news site Gigaom.com were sued Monday on the grounds that KISSmetrics' tracking technology violated federal and state privacy laws.
Discussion: Music Ally, GigaOM and MediaPost
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired:
Former Google Engineer Builds Turntable.fm Clone: Rolling.fm  —  One good turn(table) deserves another, one might say.  —  Hot on the heels of Turntable.fm's big reported round of funding comes Rolling.fm, a clone that does just about everything the original service does.  Will it achieve the same popularity?
Daniel Rubino / WPCentral.com:
Skype definitely bringing video calling to Windows Phone, sooner than later  —  Looks like Skype, now owned by Microsoft, is serious about bringing video calling over to Windows Phone.  In a job advertisement put out by the company, they are looking to hire someone … Video engine?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
American Airlines And Gogo Roll Out In-Flight Personal Device Video Streaming To 767 Fleet  —  As we heard earlier this Spring, American Airlines became one of the first North American airlines to begin testing Gogo's in-flight streaming video to personal devices for passengers.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
ITC judge in Kodak vs. Apple, RIM case retires  —  A decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission on whether Apple and Research In Motion are infringing on a patent held by Eastman Kodak could face additional delays and a new outcome following the planned retirement of the judge who was presiding over the case.
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
HTC Explains Android Bootloader Unlock Process, Warranty-Voiding Tool Coming Later This Month  —  It's been a few months now since HTC CEO Peter Chou announced that the company will no longer be locking bootloaders on their devices, and enthusiasts have had nothing to show for it.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Security researchers hack Google's Chrome OS  —  When Google first started talking about its Google Chrome OS software a few years ago, one of the selling points was the promise that it would come with much better built-in security than other operating systems.
Discussion: The Download Blog and The Register
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
FYI Google, Facebook's Former CTO Says It Would Take Two Years For ~250 People To Build A Clone  —  As the fruits of Google's rush to build a social network are now achingly public, someone has asked a pretty apropos question on Quora, “How long would it take to build Facebook as of July 2011?”
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zynga Sues Google Over Vostu Dispute, Brazilian Judge Grants Injunction
Discussion: Softpedia News
John Cook / GeekWire:
Clearwire embraces LTE as subscribers top 7.6 million and losses mount
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Q4 iPhone Sales: Is 30 Million in Reach?
Discussion: BGR
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Shock, awe: British government agrees that copyright has gone too far
Discussion: The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Latest Crazy Instagram Stats: 150 Million Photos, 15 Per Second, 80% Filtered
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: 'A6′ Chip Will Merge iOS With OS X In 2012, Says Jefferies