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6:50 AM ET, August 8, 2011

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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.
Discussion: @fosspatents
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Lightning in Dublin Knocks Amazon, Microsoft Data Centers Offline  —  A lightning strike has caused power outages at the major cloud computing data hubs for Amazon and Microsoft in Dublin, Ireland.  The incident has caused downtime for many sites using Amazon's EC2 cloud computing platform …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: FM Blog
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
Social Developers Hopeful About Google+ Platform Potential  —  Facebook has had a de facto monopoly on social platforms over the last couple of years, and until the launch of Google+ the main other options for developers been mobile — and those require a distinct set of product and marketing skills.
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Tom Anderson / TechCrunch:
Is G+ Putting Facebook On The Defensive?
Discussion: @carnage4life
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
The BBC launches a new TV-friendly version of iPlayer  —  The BBC today launches a brand new version of iPlayer that is tailored specifically for TVs.  —  BBC iPlayer is a video-on-demand service, offering UK users the chance to catch up on TV and radio broadcasts they have missed …
Discussion: Pocket-lint
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Comcast Announces $10 Web Access For Low-Income Families  —  Cable and Internet provider Comcast is launching a new initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide, offering discounted web access and home computers to families that meet income requirements.  —  The plan, called Internet Essentials …
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.
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News and AdExchanger.com
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
UK Carrier Orange to Offer Customers ‘Free’ iTunes Movie Rental in Ongoing Promo  —  UK mobile carrier Orange seems to be working with Apple to provide “free” iTunes movie rentals each Thursday in an ongoing promotion called Orange Film To Go. … Orange Film To Go offers Orange customers …
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 …
Zee / The Next Web:
Anonymous hacks Syrian Ministry of Defense website  —  Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, has taken over the Syrian Ministry of Defense website and posted the following message on its homepage: … Scrolling across the top of the website are links to videos illustrating the unrest, deaths and civil injustice in the country.
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 …
 
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John D. Sutter / CNN:
Sony gets ‘epic fail’ award from hackers
Discussion: Gizmodo, Reuters and Pocket-lint
Jake Smith / 9to5Google:
T-mobile's Galaxy S II to be branded ‘Samsung Hercules’
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
How Visa Plans To Dominate Mobile Payments, Create The Digital Wallet And More
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded Interview Street Streamlines The Search For Great Programmers
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Retailer Lets Online Shoppers Virtually Try on Clothes Using Augmented Reality
Rob Walker / New York Times:
The Trivialities and Transcendence of Kickstarter
Discussion: Stowe Boyd
Dan Rowinski / ReadWriteWeb:
Verizon Blocks Hotspot Tethering for Jailbroken Devices
Discussion: GottaBeMobile, Examiner and PC Magazine
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

 
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