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2:45 PM ET, August 8, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM's first QNX phone revealed: BlackBerry Colt to launch in Q1 2012  —  While Research In Motion just recently announced its new BlackBerry 7 device lineup — including the fantastic BlackBerry Bold 9900 — we all know that the real-deal smartphones are still in the oven.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone GM leaving Microsoft, with a rallying cry  —  Microsoft veteran Charlie Kindel, who led the effort to get independent app developers on board with Windows Phone, is leaving the company after 21 years to launch a startup — but he says he still believes strongly …
Discussion: BGR and Pulse2
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Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
After 21 Years: Goodbye Microsoft  —  Today I announced that after 21 years I am leaving Microsoft to build a new company.  —  I'm not yet ready to disclose details about the new venture but I can say I will be staying in the Seattle area to build it.  It has to do with sports, advertising …
Luke Wroblewski / LukeW:
On Twitter Acquiring Bagcheck...  Very proud to let you all know that Twitter has acquired Bagcheck.  As co-founder & CPO, I wanted to offer my personal thanks to everyone that was part of our journey, and share some of the technology and design lessons we learned over the past year in the hopes …
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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.
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:   Is a patent war between Apple and LG brewing?
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 …
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.
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Lion Support & HD Video Calls with Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X  —  On the heels of our recent update to Skype 5.2 for Mac OS X, we are pleased to announce that we are making even more improvements to our Mac client with the release of Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X. Along with a number of fixes and improvements …
Mark Cuban / 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
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Google+ App for iOS updated to add iPad and iPod touch support, but no iPad interface  —  Google has today updated its Google+ app for iOS to support the iPad and iPod touch, two devices that the app would previously not install on.  The new update does not bring an iPad optimized interface …
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Barry Carlyon / @barrycarlyon:   Google+ iOS App claims iPad support. Its still at iPhone resolution :-(
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 …
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Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:   Social Developers Hopeful About Google+ Platform Potential
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
I Am Jonathan's Starbucks Card: A Social Payment Experiment (With Free Coffee)  —  Jonathan's Starbucks card lives in Jonathan Stark's wallet.  You can download a copy of the card (shown here) and, when there is money on it, scan it at any Starbucks to buy coffee and, as far as anyone can tell, Jonathan doesn't care.
Discussion: Digital Trends, Pulse2 and FlowingData
Aaron Lee / DigiTimes:
Non-Apple tablet PC shipments expected to grow 134% on year in 2012  —  Despite Apple's iPad shipments are expected to achieve strong growth of 55% in 2012, shipments of non-Apple tablet PCs in 2012 are forecast to see an even better increase of 134% on year, according to market watchers.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Spotify's U.S. Score So Far: 1.4 Million Users, 175,000 Paying Customers  —  That Spotify invitation you scored may be a little less rare than you thought.  The streaming music service has already signed up 1.4 million U.S. users for its free trial, according to a source familiar with the company's operations.
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
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: GMSV and Betabeat
Joe Brockmeier / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Introduces Direct Connections and New Identity Services  —  Amazon continues to roll out new AWS features at breakneck speed.  The latest in a slew of announcements is Amazon's bringing its Virtual Private Cloud out of beta.  Amazon Direct Connect lets customers establish …
Joe Light / Wall Street Journal:
Recruiters Troll Facebook for Candidates They Like  —  More companies are trying to tap Facebook Inc.'s 750-million-plus user base to find new employees, threatening traditional job boards and competing with LinkedIn Corp., which has dominated the online professional networking arena.
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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Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook's News Feed Links Status Updates to Pages Even If Users Don't
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Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Cloud Manager Okta Lands $16.5 Million From Greylock and Khosla Ventures
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Confirmed: Spotify Valued At $1.1 Billion For Global Push
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