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3:58 AM ET, August 4, 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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Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Microsoft Tweets Out An Email Showing It Tried To Work With Google On Buying Patents  —  Microsoft says it tried to work with Google on buying patents, contradicting what Google wrote in a blistering blog post.  —  Earlier today, Google's chief legal officer accused Microsoft and Apple of participating in a …
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
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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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.
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.
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 …
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?
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.
Discussion: WMPoweruser
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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: GigaOM and MediaPost
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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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Sources: Storm8 Raising Huge $300 Million Round At $1 Billion Valuation  —  Storm8 is about to become an even bigger powerhouse in mobile gaming.  —  We're hearing from multiple sources that the development shop, which focuses exclusively on mobile games, is raising a massive round …
Discussion: Inside Mobile Apps
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.
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.
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?
Brad Feld / Feld Thoughts:
Progress On The Startup Visa Movement  —  Yesterday there was solid progress on the Startup Visa Movement - specifically making it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to start their companies in the US.  The WSJ had a good summary article titled U.S. to Assist Immigrant Job Creators that discusses …
Discussion: White House.gov Blog
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Facebook News Feed to get face-lift?  —  Might we finally be getting the long-sought-after “dislike” button on Facebook?  —  The social-networking giant is working on an overhaul of its News Feed product, where users post status updates, photos, videos, and other items of interest, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Alex Howard / Gov 2.0:
Steven VanRoekel named new federal CIO by White House  —  The White House has named former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel and FCC managing director to be the new federal chief information officer of the United States of America, according a report out of the New York Times.
Discussion: New York Times
Patrick Klepek / Giant Bomb:
Read Satoru Iwata's Apologetic Letter to Existing 3DS Owners  —  Nintendo's charismatic leader tries to explain the company's drastic price drop.  —  UPDATE: Overseas readers point me towards a similarly honest note from Nintendo of Europe, though it's not attributed to anyone particular at the company.
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: TechSpot, The Next Web and ReadWriteWeb
 
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Evelyn M. Rusli / DealBook:
Daily Deal Web Sites Become Players in Their Own Deals
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Comcast gets boost from NBC Universal
Discussion: GigaOM and DSLreports
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Q4 iPhone Sales: Is 30 Million in Reach?
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Shock, awe: British government agrees that copyright has gone too far
Discussion: BetaNews and nds.coi.gov.uk
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Breaking: Shake up at YuMe, founder replaces CEO
Discussion: MediaPost
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Joanna Geary:
Privacy and social media investigation: how I tracked down an entire family from one tweet
Discussion: Guardian and Techland
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Or Kevin Rose, Whose Tweets Are Worth More?
Discussion: betashop
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Time Inc. Doubles Down on Tablets, Promises All Magazines on All Platforms by End of Year
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Lockerz Nearing Closure on $45 Million Round From Live Nation, Others
Vinicius Vacanti / Entrepreneur:
Why I Quit My Job to Start a Tech Company
BBC:
Internet Explorer story was bogus