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7:25 PM ET, August 9, 2011

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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  —  The leading German news agency, dpa, just reported that Apple has been granted a preliminary injunction against Samsung's Android-based Galaxy Tab 10.1 …
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Shane Richmond / Telegraph:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked in Europe  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will have to be removed from sale across Europe following a judgment in a German court.  —  The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1  —  The tablet, which launched in Britain last week, must now be removed from shelves and Samsung must stop marketing it.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple and Samsung respond to the European Galaxy Tab injunction
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Nokia to Exit Symbian, Low-End Phone Businesses in North America  —  Nokia plans to stop selling both feature phones and Symbian-based smartphones in the United States and Canada as it tries to put all of its muscle behind the company's huge bet on Windows Phone.
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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 …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
First Google Ice Cream Sandwich devices may launch in October  —  We've received some information from a source with knowledge of Google's Ice Cream Sandwich plans, and it's looking like the first Ice Cream Sandwich devices could start hitting the ground in as early as October.
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 …
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Messenger: a New Standalone Group Messaging Mobile App Built Off Beluga  —  Facebook has just launched a new free standalone mobile group messaging app for iPhone and Android called Facebook Messenger.  It allows users to conduct one-on-one or group conversations, send photos, and privately share their location.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Briefly the Most Valuable Company in the World [Updated]  —  Apple, Inc. was, several times today, the most valuable public company in the world as measured by market capitalization.  Apple's market cap briefly passed ExxonMobil today, just after 1PM, reaching $341.55 billion in valuation.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Patents for Integrated Touch Screen, Voicemail & More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  There were three notable inventions presented today.  The first relates to Apple's “Integrated Touch Screen.”
Discussion: TUAW and 9to5Mac, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Lawsuit claims Apple and publishers colluded on eBook pricing in fear of Amazon.com  —  A Seattle law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Apple and five book publishers of engaging in price fixing around sales of electronic books.  The suit, filed today in U.S. District Court …
Discussion: hbsslaw.com, MacRumors and Electronista, Thanks:toddbishop
Mark Suster / TechCrunch:
Stock Market Drops.  VCs Hold Partner Meetings.  What Happens Next?  —  This is a guest post by Mark Suster, a 2x entrepreneur turned VC with GRP Partners where he focuses on early-stage technology companies.  Read more about Suster on his startup blog and on Twitter at @msuster.
Kristen Purcell / Pew Internet:
Search and email still top the list of most popular online activities  —  A May 2011 Pew Internet survey finds that 92% of online adults use search engines to find information on the Web, including 59% who do so on a typical day.  This places search at the top of the list of most popular online activities among U.S. adults.
Mike Cane / Mike Cane's xBlog:
Now You Can Upload Photos Into Twitter  —  I got this popup notice yesterday:  —  Click = big  —  I didn't think it was new, so didn't post about it.  —  But others are getting it now and are saying it's new, so this post.  —  I also tried it yesterday:  —  @mikecane  —  Mike Cane
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Google to Shut Down Educational Programming Tool Android App Inventor  —  Last month, Google announced that it would be shuttering Google Labs, a site for many Google prototypes and experimental projects.  Google indicated that some of the projects there would graduate to “full-fledged” products, but some would be terminated.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and 9to5Google
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Wolfram Alpha sues Lodsys to defend its iPad app  —  Wolfram Alpha and Wolfram Research jointly filed a declaratory judgment action against Lodsys.  It's the eighth one so far.  I had mentioned the first six “DJ” actions on this blog.  The seventh one was recently brought by RightNow Technologies (complaint available on Scribd).
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Cablevision brings cable TV to the iPhone  —  Cablevision subscribers can now watch cable TV on their iPhones or iPod touch devices, thanks to the cable TV provider extending the functionality of its iPad app to all of Apple's iOS devices.  The new app allows Cablevision customers …
Mark Milian / CNN:
Newspaper giant Tribune Co. developing tablet device  —  (CNN) — Hoping to take a small slice from Apple's big pie, newspaper publishers are developing tablet computers of their own.  —  The Tribune Co., one of the largest U.S. news enterprises, is working on a touchscreen tablet that it plans …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DJ Patil Lands At Greylock Partners As “Data Scientist in Residence”  —  DJ Patil, the former LinkedIn Chief scientist who recently left Color Labs, now has a new job.  He's the “Data Scientist in Residence” at Greylock Partners, working alongside his old colleague, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman.
Jackie Dove / Macworld:
Quark sold to merger and acquisition company  —  Platinum Equity replaces the Ebrahimi family as QuarkXPress developers  —  Quark, developer of the desktop publishing software QuarkXPress, has been acquired by Platinum Equity, a Los Angeles merger and acquisition company, for an undisclosed sum.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Nicholas Jackson / The Atlantic Online:
Walmart, Unable to Keep Up With iTunes, Shutters MP3 Store  —  Launched as a direct competitor to iTunes, Walmart's digital download destination undercut Apple's prices, but still couldn't compete  —  Apple has taken down another competitor.  And this time it's not some tiny start …
Discussion: AllThingsD and Electronista
Barbara E. Hernandez / NBC Bay Area:
California: No Facebook for Inmates  —  Thousands of inmates in California's state prisons have access to contraband mobile phones and are updating their Facebook accounts, and now the state is asking the social network to close them down.  —  The California Department of Corrections …
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.
 
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