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Matt Brian / The Next Web:
RIM's BlackBerry blog hacked after it cooperates with police over London riots  —  RIM's Inside BlackBerry blog was hacked on Tuesday afternoon, after the company declared it would cooperate with UK Police to help bring individuals involved in the London riots to justice.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Group Members to Use Facial Recognition to Identify London Rioters  —  A new Google Group called “London Riots Facial Recognition” has appeared online, in the wake of the riots that rocked the U.K. capital over the weekend.  The group's goal is to use facial recognition technologies …
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 …
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).
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Preliminary injunction granted by German court: Apple blocks Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the entire European Union except for the Netherlands  —  [BREAKING NEWS — DEVELOPING STORY — adding more information]  —  The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia: the N9 isn't coming to America  —  If you've been eagerly awaiting September 23rd so you can grab your very own Nokia N9 in America, the company's first (and last) MeeGo smartphone may not be shipping in your region after all.  We've been reaching out to Espoo in recent weeks in an attempt …
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Windows Phone ‘Tango’ to be Microsoft's lower price-point operating system?  —  Summary: Information about Microsoft's successor to Windows Phone OS Mango (codenamed Tango) is slowly starting to leak.  —  Until today, I've said nothing on my blog about Tango — the Windows Phone operating …
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 …
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 and DisplayBlog
bitly blog:
bitly Acquires Twitterfeed  —  For years now, we've worked closely with our friends at Twitterfeed to enhance their social media publishing tools with branded short links and realtime data.  Today, we are excited to announce that we have acquired Twitterfeed, and to welcome both Twitterfeed and its users to the bitly family.
Sal Rodriguez / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
AntiSec stole thousands of personal records, analysis shows  —  A massive data cache posted on the Internet by hacker group AntiSec over the weekend contained thousands of Social Security numbers, dates of birth, passwords and telephone numbers, among other personal information …
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.
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 …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Boxee launches iPad app, new Box update, media server and bookmarklet today  —  The long awaited Boxee for iPad app is finally ready to launch, and coming with it is a fresh update for the Boxee Box, plus new Media Manager software for your PC or Mac to make streaming locally stored files to the tablet or PC even easier.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
NYT Labs: Can a newspaper think like a startup?  —  After delaying the project while it launched a paywall, the New York Times has finally rolled out its version of Google Labs, the now-shuttered project that provided a home for the search company's various web experiments.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Crowdsourcing Platform ChallengePost Raises $4 Million  —  Start-ups that rely on the Internet as a source of free labor are nothing new.  But the idea keeps coming back, in different forms, because it seems to work.  —  Latest example: ChallengePost, a two-year-old start-up that helps companies …
Discussion: Betabeat
Brooks Boliek / The Politico:
FCC to combine reviews of AT&T's Qualcomm, T-Mobile deals  —  Conceding that opponents of AT&T's attempt to buy rival T-Mobile for $39 billion may have a point, the FCC decided late Monday to combine its review of that deal with a smaller one in which AT&T is attempting to purchase the wireless licenses currently held by Qualcomm.
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 …
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 …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
Hate Lines and Live in Mountain View?  We've Got an App for You (TCTV)  —  A new startup called Pago is launching today, and if you live in Mountain View your life may have just gotten a lot easier.  You can now go to more than 50 local merchants- coffee shops, dry cleaners …
Discussion: AllThingsD and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Visa uses carrots, sticks to boost mobile payment adoption  —  Summary: Visa launches three initiatives to prod merchants to get on the mobile payment bandwagon.  —  Visa is planning to roll out dual mode chips in it infrastructure in an effort to step up mobile payment adoption.
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.
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.
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
AOL's Q2: Global Advertising Revenue Finally Up Again, Net Loss Narrows
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YC-Funded Snapjoy Will Organize Your Photos For You (And Make Sure You Don't Lose Them)
Loretta Chao / China Real Time Report:
China's Apple Smugglers Go Cat Burglar with Cable and Pulley
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Sued by Shareholders Over Alipay Restructuring Claims
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘Touchgrind’ Brings Multi-Touch Trackpad Gaming to OS X
Discussion: Touch Arcade
Agam Shah / PC World:
AMD Sitting out Smartphone Market
Discussion: Inquirer, SlashGear and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Study: Facebook use correlates with narcissism in teens
E.B. Boyd / Fast Company:
Meet Google's Voice Hunter On A Quest For 300 Languages
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
A New Kind of Marketing Company From Former Apple Exec Forming With Backing of Twitter's Dorsey
Discussion: The Next Web
Regina Sinsky / VentureBeat:
Dropbox funding: Are founders personally cashing in on $300M round?
Discussion: The Business Insider and GigaOM
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases tool to create an OS X Lion recovery/installation external drive
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's New(ish) Social Network — Now Lifting Even More Info From Facebook, Twitter
Charlie Kindel / cek.log:
After 21 Years: Goodbye Microsoft