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10:30 AM ET, August 8, 2011

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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Launches $999 iMac for Educational Institutions  —  Apple has quietly launched a lower cost $999 iMac for educational institutions this morning.  The new low-end model is labeled “Education only” and is not available for individuals.  The new iMac appeared on Apple's Higher Educational online store early this morning.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Sued over Fast Booting in OS X with a Patent linked to LG Electronics  —  A Floridian Company by the name Operating Systems Solutions, LCC, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple for OS X's fast booting operation.  The interesting twist to this lawsuit is that the patent was originally owned by LG Electronics.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Feature: One month with Google+: why this social network has legs  —  If you're a stranger who follows me on Google+, you might think I rarely use the service.  That's because the majority of my posts have been limited to the seven circles I created for friends, acquaintances, family …
Thanks:bobcaswell
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:   Social Developers Hopeful About Google+ Platform Potential
Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is G+ Putting Facebook On The Defensive?
Discussion: Rev2.org and @carnage4life
Markcuban / blog maverick:
My Suggestion on Patent Law  —  It is easy to complain.  Much harder to come up with solutions.  Many won't like what I propose, but who wants to make lawyers happy anyway ?  —  The solution ?  —  1. End all software patents.  Don't make them shorter, eliminate them.
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Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Patents and Unions: When Good Intentions Go Horribly Wrong
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
The Startup You Want To Work At The Most Is Your Own  —  By now it is a common axiom in Silicon Valley small talk that good engineers are, at the moment, murder to come by.  While the most prominent talent battles have thus far been between Facebook and Google, I was curious whether …
Discussion: Profectio and The Business Insider
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Lightning in Dublin Knocks Amazon, Microsoft Data Centers Offline  —  Lightning can be a hazard to data center uptime, as illustrated by power outages at Amazon and Microsoft data centers in Dublin.  (Photo by dagpeak via Flickr)  —  A lightning strike has caused power outages …
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
After Much Ado, a Google Book Deal in France  —  PARIS — France has caused plenty of headaches for Google.  Its politicians have denounced the U.S. Internet giant as a cultural imperialist; its publishers have called it a copyright cheat.  —  Yet France is suddenly the only country …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Shopper Receipts Join Paperless Age  —  At an Old Navy store in Manhattan the other day, Fabienne Michel made a routine purchase of khaki shorts.  But she left the store without something equally routine: her receipt.  —  The sales clerk had sent it to Ms. Michel by e-mail.
Discussion: Betabeat
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
How Blackberry, not Twitter, fuelled the fire under London's riots  —  Over the weekend parts of London descended into chaos as riots and looting spread after a protest organised around the yet unexplained shooting of a man by Police.  Of course, there was huge amounts of chatter on social networks …
Greg Sandoval / Media Maverick:
Apple's rumored ‘Replay’ service a ways off  —  Warner Bros.' is one of at least four top film studios that Apple has yet to obtain streaming-movie licenses from, sources say.  —  The rumors from last week about Apple being “on the edge” of launching a cloud-movie service that would enable iTunes users …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
Is Dennis Crowley the Pied Piper of Silicon Alley?  —  Charismatic CEO Is Big Reason Why Foursquare Is Toast of the NY Tech Scene, Despite Little Revenue  —  On a bright Wednesday afternoon this past June, Dennis Crowley, co-founder and chief executive of Foursquare, hailed a cab across the street from his downtown Manhattan office.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Photos show the cultural difference between Black Hat and Defcon hacker events  —  Thousands of security professionals, hackers, federal agents and media descended on Las Vegas this week to attend the Black Hat and Defcon conferences.  Both conferences exhibit the extremes of hacker and security culture …
 
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Sony gets ‘epic fail’ award from hackers
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
T-mobile's Galaxy S II to be branded ‘Samsung Hercules’
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Yahoo Wins Over Users, but Not Advertisers
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Growing Portrait Of Google As A Big, Scary, Expanding Everywhere Copy Monster
Discussion: The Business Insider and FM Blog
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More
Thanks:leenarao