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10:55 PM ET, August 7, 2011

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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Growing Portrait Of Google As A Big, Scary, Expanding Everywhere Copy Monster  —  Twice this year, Google's been fairly frank and vocal about something competitors have done that it feels is unfair.  Twice, I've watched the technosphere largely react by beating the company over the head with a …
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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 …
Tom Krazit / paidContent:   Why Google Is Right Yet Short-Sighted To Complain About Mobile Patents
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
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Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is G+ Putting Facebook On The Defensive?  —  Editor's note: This guest post is written by Tom Anderson, the former President, founder and first friend on MySpace.  You can now find Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  —  If it's not obvious yet, Google+ is going to be able to “undercut” …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Android could allow mobile ad or phishing pop-ups say researchers  —  Sean Schulte, SSL developer at Trustwave, and Nicholas Percoco, the senior vice president and head of SpiderLabs at Trustwave, revealed at DefCon what they said was a design flaw in Android.
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo Australia
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 …
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Yahoo Wins Over Users, but Not Advertisers  —  YAHOO is the granddaddy of all-things-to-all-people Web sites.  And the concept still shows surprising life: Yahoo has users, in spades.  But it has failed dismally in translating popularity into strong revenue growth.
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.
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Nat Ives / AdAge:
New York Times Introduces Beta620, a Public Site for its Experimental Projects  —  Consumers Can Test Smarter Search Bar, New Crossword App and Other Ideas  —  The New York Times has introduced its long-delayed Beta620, a public beta testing site where web surfers can experiment with new products …
 
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After Auction, Dropbox Close To Choosing Investors — Round Could Put Valuation At $10 Billion
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DEF CON: The event that scares hackers
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

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