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6:00 PM ET, August 7, 2011

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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5′s Nuance-powered speech-to-text feature revealed (screenshots)  —  iOS 5′s speech-to-text functionality appears like it will actually be happening, and we have the screenshot to prove it.  A reliable source has sent us the above screenshot which details how the iOS 5 speech-to-text functionality will be activated.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Went to Great Lengths to Obscure its Speech Recognition Interface in iOS 5  —  Apple's latest iOS 5 Beta 5 contains the interface elements for their rumored upcoming Speech Recognition features.  The screenshot below (via 9to5Mac) shows a microphone button found on the standard text keyboard in iOS.
Discussion: parislemon and iDownloadBlog.com
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
With Google, There Will Be Bad Blood  —  “I have a competition in me.  I want no one else to succeed.”  —  I'm reminded of Daniel Plainview's admission in There Will Be Blood when thinking about Google.  —  While the company is still largely beloved by the public, sentiment seems …
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Tom Krazit / paidContent:   Why Google Is Right Yet Short-Sighted To Complain About Mobile Patents
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Super 8 Screener Leaks - With Howard Stern's Name All Over It  —  Back in June, Paramount Pictures were setting their lawyers on Todd Blatt, a mechanical engineer from Baltimore.  —  Blatt had used his design skills and 3D printing company ShapeWays to come up with replicas …
Markcuban / blog maverick:
If you want to see more jobs created - change patent laws  —  Sometimes it's not the obvious things that create the biggest problems.  In this case one of the hidden job killers in our economy today is the explosion of patent litigation.  —  Every technology company I have is getting hit …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More  —  It's no secret that credit card companies are shelling out big bucks and aggressively forming partnerships and deals to start cashing in on the mobile and digital payments innovations currently taking place.
Thanks:leenarao
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple now allows developer MobileMe users to migrate their accounts to iCloud  —  As promised, Apple has opened up a new portal at me.com/move for developers that the MobileMe service to migrate their entire account over to iCloud.  The process is quite simple as you can see in the screenshots above and below.
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Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside iCloud: Apple's new Documents & Data cloud service
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Rob Walker / New York Times:
The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter  —  We had this idea, some friends and I, for a small public art project in New Orleans last year.  The problem was, it involved some professional printing that would cost a few thousand dollars, which none of us had.
John D. Sutter / CNN:
DEF CON: The event that scares hackers  —  The masked figure has two faces and four digital eyes — clairvoyant blue — that track back and forth constantly, as if recording the movements of everyone who enters.  —  That awkwardly self-conscious — even slightly paranoid …
Discussion: Reuters and Bits
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon panel: Anonymous is here. LulzSec is here. They're everywhere
Discussion: Computerworld
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
At a Hacker Conference, Plenty of Friendly Federal Agents
Discussion: CNET Download.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Retailer Lets Online Shoppers Virtually Try on Clothes Using Augmented Reality  —  Have you been waiting for more practical implementations of augmented reality (AR) technology outside of gaming and marketing initiatives?  So have we.  That's what makes the technology Zugara is launching now so interesting.
Discussion: PC Magazine, Techland and VentureBeat
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Tech and the San Francisco Rental Bubble  —  I've recently learned that real estate brokers in San Francisco have reached a consensus on a topic that entrepreneurs and investors can't seem to agree on: that we are in the midst of a technology bubble.  —  Technologists have been debating …
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Exclusive: Facebook's Smoking Gun in the Ceglia Case?  The Authentic Contract  —  On Friday, Facebook's lawyers made news when they told a court hearing a lawsuit brought by the alleged initial investor in Facebook, Paul Ceglia, that they'd found the “smoking gun” proving the alleged investment contract was a fraud.
Discussion: Friending Facebook Blog, Thanks:wired
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Citing Stalemate, Verizon Workers Strike  —  Two unions representing 45,000 workers at Verizon Communications announced early Sunday that they were calling an immediate strike because of a lack of progress in contract negotiations.  —  The strike involves Verizon telephone field technicians …
 
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Will tech stocks — and Zynga's IPO — survive this week's market bloodbath?
Discussion: TechFlash and DealBook, Thanks:logicalmoron
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Here's the full change log for iOS 5 beta 5