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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
London riots: BlackBerry to help police probe Messenger looting ‘role’  —  Met police claim popular, encrypted and free Messenger service fanned riots in Tottenham and helped organise looting  —  The maker of the BlackBerry, Research in Motion, said on Monday night that it would co-operate …
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Parmy Olson / Disruptors:
Londoners Use Twitter To Coordinate Riot Cleanup
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 …
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Ian Bogost:
Gamification is Bulls**t  —  My position statement at the Wharton Gamification Symposium  —  In his short treatise On Bulls**t, the moral philosopher Harry Frankfurt gives us a useful theory of bulls**t.  We normally think of bulls**t as a synonym—albeit a somewhat vulgar one—for lies or deceit.
Discussion: GigaOM
Horace Dediu / asymco:
The fate of mobile phone brands  —  The violence with which new platforms have displaced incumbent mobile vendor fortunes continues to surprise.  — Nokia's Symbian platform has gone from 47% share to 16% in three years  — Microsoft's phone platforms have gone from 12% to 1%
Discussion: Tech Europe
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
200,000 BitTorrent Users Sued In The United States  —  Mass file-sharing lawsuits have been filed all across the United States in recent months, almost exclusively targeting BitTorrent users.  Copyright holders have embraced this new revenue stream by the dozen and new lawsuits are being filed every week.
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
AOL iPad Mag “Editions” Missed The Memo About The AOL Way  —  The iPad magazine looks gorgeous and works about as well as Zite, Flipboard, et. al.  It even understands if you're not into AOL content.  And it's cool with that.  Why?  Its creators, David Temkin and Sol Lipman explain.
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
The Nerve Center of the World's Biggest Cyber Attack  —  See that screenshot above?  That's the nerve center for Operation Shady Rat, the newly notorious cyber attack possibly set up by some government-sponsored Chinese hackers.  I just spent the last 30 minutes exploring it and managed not to get cyber-annihilated.
Discussion: The Tech Herald …
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Why Did Microsoft Cut Dolby Out Of Windows 8?  —  On its earnings call last Friday, audio technology company Dolby announced that the next version of Microsoft Windows might not included its technology.  —  Its stock dropped about 18% on the news.  —  Microsoft has shipped Dolby technology …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Amazon Web Services suffers another outage: Company says issue now resolved  —  Amazon.com's EC2 service suffered another outage this evening, taking out several high-trafficked Web sites and adding another black eye to the reliability of online services.  The outage, which Amazon first reported …
Discussion: LAUNCH
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Down Goes The Internet... Again.  Amazon EC2 Outage Takes Down Foursquare, Instagram, Quora, Reddit, Etc
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.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
IPad rivals have better chance in Europe: Forrester  —  (Reuters) - Would-be rivals to Apple's iPad have more of a chance in Europe than they do in the United States, but they need to cut prices fast to grasp the opportunity, IT research firm Forrester said on Tuesday.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and The Next Web
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg's New Newswire is a Radical Experiment in Social News  —  Digg, the social news site that was once the darling of tech-loving web users everywhere, has faced a rapid decline in interest as the rest of the web grew up and it remained relatively slow and impersonal.
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.
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Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
First QNX BlackBerry currently runs a single core processor, no BES support?
Discussion: Pulse2 and PhoneDog.com
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL's Q2: Global Advertising Revenue Finally Up Again, Net Loss Narrows  —  Internet access, content and online advertising company AOL (which also owns TechCrunch) this morning reported its earnings for the second quarter of the year.  —  AOL reported a net loss of $11.8 million …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
What's the Fastest Web Browser in the “Real World?”  Chrome.  —  Compuware's benchmarks division, Gomez, has just released new data from a website measurement project whose goal was to determine what the fastest web browser is in the “real world” of desktop users.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Joab Jackson / Computerworld:
IBM, NCSA abandon petascale supercomputer project  —  IDG News Service - Citing unforeseen complexities and greater-than-anticipated costs, IBM and the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have abandoned plans to build a petaflop-speed supercomputer, the two organizations said Monday.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Get Ready For A Photo App Explosion With iOS 5  —  At this point, it's already clear that the iPhone has become the camera many people use on a daily basis.  The iPhone 4 is now by far the most popular camera on Flickr (and that's true even though it's being undercounted — likely drastically).
Christine Lu / Reuters:
Save a tree or two, use Taiwan erasable paper  —  The product uses a thermal printer, the same kind as that used in fax machines.  When the message is no longer needed, the paper can be erased with the flip of a switch — ready to be used up to 260 times.  —  Researchers at the Industrial …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's New(ish) Social Network — Now Lifting Even More Info From Facebook, Twitter  —  Screenshot of my Public Notes profile at kindle.amazon.com  —  Amazon's “Public Notes” feature for Kindle has been available for months.  So why did my following and follower counts rocket up overnight to five times what they had been?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and @dannysullivan
Agam Shah / PC World:
AMD Sitting out Smartphone Market  —  Advanced Micro Devices is not immediately chasing the market for smartphones as it does not align with the company's strength in technologies like graphics, an executive said on Monday.  —  Smartphones are constrained on battery, pixels and screen space …
Discussion: SlashGear and TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
A New Kind of Marketing Company From Former Apple Exec Forming With Backing of Twitter's Dorsey  —  Allison Johnson, who had been a top marketing exec for Apple, is finally close to launching on a new kind of marketing firm, sources said, with backing from Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Malaria No More co-founder Ray Chambers.
Discussion: The Next Web
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Dropbox funding: Are founders personally cashing in on $300M round?  —  [Update: We've just heard from a close source close to the investor syndicate on the pending round, and he said it's not true the founders are getting a majority of the round.  He would not specify details.]
Discussion: The Business Insider and GigaOM
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Study: Facebook use correlates with narcissism in teens  —  Teenagers who use Facebook more often are more likely to display narcissistic tendencies, according to a presentation at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.  —  The research, conducted by Larry D. Rosen …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Touchgrind’ Brings Multi-Touch Trackpad Gaming to OS X  —  Way back in January 2010, development firm Illusion Labs demoed a Mac version of its popular iPhone game Touchgrind, showing off how the sophisticated multi-touch trackpad included on Apple's notebook computers could be used in a novel …
Discussion: Touch Arcade
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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Christopher Soghoian / slight paranoia:
Warrantless “emergency” surveillance of Internet communications by DOJ up 400%
Discussion: Techdirt
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Syrian hackers retaliate, deface Anonymous' social network
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
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Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Lion Support & HD Video Calls with Skype 5.3 for Mac OS X