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Maciek Nowakowski / Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Preview Pane  —  When I check my email, I often rely on the message snippets to figure out which messages to open first.  Sometimes, though, I want to see more than snippets, which is why I'm happy to announce that you can now preview messages in your inbox using a new feature in Gmail Labs called Preview Pane.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Responds To Google's Response To Microsoft's Response  —  If you thought that Microsoft and Google, two massive public companies, would quickly and quietly retire behind the scenes to continue their fight after their very public back-and-forth over the past couple of days, you'd be wrong.
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Brian S. Hall / The Business Insider:
How Do I Hate Google?  Let Me Count The Ways...  I love Google Maps.  Like Google Search.  Use Gmail.  —  But, increasingly, I've grown nervous about the vast scope Google has over the Internet.  Users have virtually no place on the world wide web, no safe haven, no single moment, from Google's reach.
Discussion: Fortune, SlashGear and BGR
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
RBC: Apple would only launch low-cost iPhone if it had ‘category-killer’ experience  —  After a meeting with two of Apple's top executives, RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky said the company's primary requirement for launching a lower-end iPhone is whether the handset would provide an “innovative, category-killer experience.”
Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Google Researcher Exposes Flaws In Sophos Software, Slams Antivirus Industry  —  Researcher Tavis Ormandy at the Black Hat security conference.  (Click to enlarge.)  —  The security industry usually spends its time analyzing viruses, not the programs meant to catch them.
Discussion: Naked Security and SlashGear, Thanks:forbestech
Steve Lohr / Bits:
A Call to Rethink Internet Search  —  “We could soon view today's keyword searching with the same nostalgia and amusement reserved for bygone technologies such as electric typewriters and vinyl records.”  —  So declares Oren Etzioni, a computer scientist at the University of Washington …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Researchers find avenues for fraud in Square  —  Zac Franken, director at Aperture Labs, holds up the Square device for processing credit cards with a mobile device.  His company has just discovered two ways to steal credit card data using Square.  —  LAS VEGAS—Researchers …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Spam King Sanford Wallace Indicted for Facebook Spam  —  Notorious spam king Sanford Wallace is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly breaking into Facebook accounts and sending 27 million spam messages in 2008 and 2009.  —  Wallace, 43, allegedly used a phishing attack to steal usernames …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
HTC acquires Dashwire to bolster cloud services - and patent portfolio  —  HTC on Friday announced that it has agreed to acquire Seattle-based cloud services company Dashwire for up to $18.5 million via its HTC America Holding division.  Dashwire currently offers a range of cloud services for carriers …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Porn studio loses appeal in Google copyright case  —  A U.S. Appeals court didn't accept the assertion that an adult-entertainment company was nearly driven out of business by Google search results that display thumbnail photos of the site's porn photos.  —  The 9th Circuit ruled that Perfect 10 …
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Shagbook Attacks Facebook's Trademark, Calling It Generic  —  Facebook really doesn't like websites that have names sounding similar its own.  The company has gone after Teachbook, and also filed suit against a racy site called FacebookOfSex.com run by FriendFinder Networks.
Discussion: Inquirer, Techdirt and Mashable!
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
US internet providers hijacking users' search queries  —  Searches made by millions of internet users are being hijacked and redirected by some internet service providers in the US.  Patents filed by Paxfire, the company involved in the hijacking, suggest that it may be part of a larger plan …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
New iPhone App Provides a Glimpse of the Moments Before a Photo is Taken  —  Though there are plenty of apps for sharing still pictures taken on an iPhone, a three-person start-up is hoping to carve a niche with a program that captures not only a still picture but the several seconds of video that preceded the picture's taking.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Netflix Hits A Million Subscribers In Canada  —  Rejoice!  It only took 10 months for Netflix to rack up a million users in Canada.  They launched in September of 2010, and in July a lucky Canuck by the name of Amanda, in the province they call Manitoba, became their one-millionth subscriber.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple takes aim at copycat fake retail stores with new lawsuit  —  After a number of fake Apple retail stores in China gained publicity online, Apple appears to have taken legal action, undoubtedly looking to shut down the counterfeit locations designed to look like its own operations.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Intel places $30 million bet on the cloud, opens two new labs at Carnegie Mellon  —  Have you nerds heard?  The cloud is the word, and Intel's ready to put its bank account where the industry's buzzing mouth is.  Investing $30 million over a span of five years, the company has partnered …
Discussion: CNET News and Portfolio
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Announces Plans To Bake Android-Like Web Intents Into Chrome  —  There's a lot of innovation going on in the browser wars these days, with huge strides in features and performance from all the top vendors.  And there's a new feature on the horizon that's going to make web apps …
Chris Eidhof:
Why I develop for iOS  —  Sometimes I ask myself the question: why do I develop for iOS?  I could also do Haskell development, do cool HTML5 stuff, or build compilers.  As an indie developer, these are some important reasons for me.  —  High-end platform  —  The iPhone and iPad are the high-end of the smartphones and tablets.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP knocking $100 from TouchPad pricing August 5-7  —  Looking to grab an HP TouchPad?  If you buy one from HP.com right now, you'll save $50.  But if you wait until this weekend, you'll be able to grab one for $100 off.  Sadly, it looks like the only one you'll be able to get at that ridiculous discount …
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Ultrabooks and tablet PCs are short-term fads, says Acer founder  —  Acer founder Stan Shih has commented that the fads for ultrabooks and tablet PCs are both short-term phenomena and urged companies in the notebook supply chain to come out with more value-added products through innovation.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
NewMe Accelerator, Aiming To Encourage Black Tech Entrepreneurs, Has Its First Demo Day  —  Yesterday someone asked me whether the reason most of my avatar photos are silly is because otherwise I would have to deal with people constantly bringing up the fact that I don't “look” …
Discussion: CNN
John Paul Titlow / ReadWriteWeb:
Rdio Launches Official iPad App, Beating Spotify and MOG  —  Users of the on-demand music streaming service Rdio now have a much prettier interface from which to browse and listen to songs on their iPads.  The service's official iPad app finally launched earlier today.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Beats The Street In First Quarter As A Public Company; Revenue Up 120 Percent To $121M  —  For the first time as a public company, professional social network LinkedIn is reporting its first quarter results today.  LinkedIn's revenue for the quarter came in at $121 million …
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Electronista:
Intel ultrabook spec keeps parts sub-$710 to spar with Apple  —  Intel ultrabook spec gets reference parts cost  —  Intel has developed a ready-made spec for ultrabook part costs to help placate Windows PC builders who complain they can't compete on price with Apple, notebook designers slipped out late Thursday.
Hiten Shah / The KISSmetrics Marketing Blog:
Official KISSmetrics Response to Data Collection Practices  —  I'm Hiten Shah, the CEO of KISSmetrics.  First of all, I'd like to thank you for being part of the KISSmetrics community and allowing us to help you make better decisions for your online business.  That's a responsibility that I take very seriously.
Chris Buckley / Reuters:
Top China paper scoffs at suggestion Beijing is hacking villain  —  (Reuters) - China's top official newspaper on Friday dismissed as irresponsible suggestions that Beijing was the “state actor” that security company McAfee said this week was likely behind massive Internet hacking of government and companies.
 
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Google News gets a new human touch, launching publisher-curated Editors' Picks as a standing section
Bloomberg:
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Discussion: SiliconANGLE
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Jimmy Wales: Wikipedia is Losing Contributors
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Jailbreak hotspot-ers: AT&T is moving you to a tiered data plan involuntarily
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