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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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Jay Yarow / The Business Insider:
Google Fires Back At Microsoft, Both Companies Are Looking Lame Right Now  —  Google has fired back in its war of words with Microsoft.  —  If you missed it yesterday, Google accused Microsoft of participating in a hostile campaign against Android using bogus patents.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Threw A Punch, Microsoft Fires Back With A Missile
Mary Branscombe / TechRadar.com:
How Microsoft makes money from Android
Discussion: Electronista
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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Jordan Kahn / 9to5Google:
Google adds tablet-like preview panes to Gmail inbox
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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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Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Jailbreak hotspot-ers: AT&T is moving you to a tiered data plan involuntarily  —  We've gotten word from some readers that AT&T is moving forward and removing unlimited plans for users who jailbreak iPhones to tether or hotspot off of AT&T's unlimited data plans (for those grandfathered):
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM
Bing:
Mall Maps and Map Search come to Bing for Mobile  —  Today, we're happy to announce that we have added mall maps and map search to Bing for Mobile Browse.  You may recall that we initially announced mall maps for the desktop last December.  Since then we've been listening to your feedback …
Jonathan Weil / Bloomberg:
Groupon's Strikeouts Reveal an Unspoken Truth: Jonathan Weil  —  Groupon's Strikeouts Reveal an Unspoken Truth: Jonathan Weil  —  About five miles south of Groupon Inc.'s headquarters, at U.S. Cellular Field, there's a veteran baseball player for the Chicago White Sox named Adam Dunn who is having a remarkable season.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: threatpost
Nick Clayton / Tech Europe:
Nokia's Losses Become Finland's Gains … A few weeks ago Microsoft's European chairman told TechEurope that the average amount of venture capital per head across Europe was just $7.  Finland beat that with a single deal.  The reported $42 million investment in Angry Birds developer Rovio translates …
Zephoria / danah boyd:
“Real Names” Policies Are an Abuse of Power  —  Everyone's abuzz with the “nymwars,” mostly in response to Google Plus' decision to enforce its “real names” policy.  At first, Google Plus went on a deleting spree, killing off accounts that violated its policy.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's Inductive Charging Patent Finally Surfaces  —  On August 4, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals two specific concepts of an “Inductive Charging System” for use with iOS devices.  The first concept involves an oddly designed charging tower.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Lion USB sticks now available for $69 through AppleCare, free to some  —  Our good friends in Applecare alerted us to the fact that Lion USB keys were now available and in stock at Apple.  While officially they will cost a lofty $69, it appears, at least from the wording above …
Julie M / Groublogpon:
We call it Grouptiva (Groupon Acquires Obtiva)  —  Today, Groupon is announcing that it is acquiring Obtiva (www.obtiva.com) the largest Ruby on Rails software development firm in Chicago.  —  We've been working side-by-side with our Obtiva colleagues since way back in 2009, when Groupon had a handful of engineers.
Discussion: TechCrunch and AllThingsD
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPhone 5, “Simplified iPhone 4” Headed to China Telecom in October?  —  If Apple hasn't yet signed an agreement to bring the iPhone to China Telecom, it must be very close to doing so.  In July, Reuters reported that long-running discussions between the two companies were moving toward a deal …
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.
Discussion: DigiTimes and TechCrunch
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
comScore: Android Keeps Gobbling Up Smartphone Share, Now 40 Percent  —  When it comes to smartphones in the U.S., Android and Apple keep growing at the expense of other mobile platforms like RIM, Windows Phone, and Nokia's Symbian.  The latest mobile subscriber numbers are out from comScore.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
Nokia N9 countdown page goes live, 49 days to launch?  —  Google's powers of awkward PR translation may have been right on the MeeGo-money, judging by this coutdown page for the N9.  The Swedish site, which just went live today, has begun its 49 days and counting creep to the Gorrila Glass-clad handset's eventual overseas debut.
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.
Joseph Volpe / Engadget:
LightSquared's Phil Falcone talks to CNBC, airs his feud with Verizon and AT&T (video)  —  Time to call in the wireless waahmbulance.  LightSquared's billionaire backer Phil Falcone made his television debut on CNBC's Power Lunch to cry foul at the behind-the-scenes lobbying drama that could put the brakes on his 4G dreams.
 
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Chris Buckley / Reuters:
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
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Discussion: Associated Press
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Bloomberg:
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Andy Greenberg / The Firewall:
Researcher Announces N00ter, A Tool For Catching Net Neutrality Cheats
Discussion: Digital Trends, TechCrunch and DSLreports, Thanks:jasonsknife
Bloomberg:
Sony's Debut of PlayStation Vita Player in U.S., Europe to Miss Christmas
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Security researchers hack Google's Chrome OS
Discussion: BGR and ITProPortal
Mark Douglas / The Big Blog:
Skype 2.1 for Android enables video on majority of Android devices