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4:10 AM ET, August 11, 2011

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Joe Brown / Gizmodo:
Gizmodo Officially Not Being Charged in iPhone 4 Case  —  The District Attorney of San Mateo County is moving forward in the case of the iPhone 4 prototype we posted about last year.  Fortunately, nobody from our team is being charged.  —  Here's our parent company, Gawker Media's official statement on the matter:
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CNET News:
Prosecutors file charges in prototype iPhone case  —  The San Mateo County District Attorney's office has filed criminal charges against two men who obtained a prototype iPhone 4 last year and sold it to the gadget blog Gizmodo, CNET has learned.  —  Brian Hogan, the man who acknowledged finding …
Discussion: Bits, Pulse2 and The Business Insider
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   Gizmodo ‘not motivated by financial greed’ in iPhone case, D.A. says
Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Man who found Apple iPhone prototype in bar, sold it to Gizmodo, to face charges in case
Discussion: CNET News and Associated Press
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Seeking Street Cred, HTC Investing $300 Million in Beats Electronics  —  Taiwanese cell phone maker HTC is making a strategic tie-up with Beats Electronics, investing $300 million in the digital sound company and working to incorporate Beats technology into its product line.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Comes Alive With Realtime Activity Streams  —  Since its inception, content on Twitter has largely been displayed in the same basic manner.  That is a linear, reverse chronological stream of Tweets.  Two new sections being added to the service are about to change that.
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Mat Honan / Gizmodo:
Enter the Era of the Favorite
Discussion: AllThingsD
Wall Street Journal:
FTC Focuses Probe on Android, Web Search  —  Federal Trade Commission officials are focusing their antitrust investigation on several key areas of Google Inc.'s business, including its Android mobile phone software and Web search related services, people familiar with the probe say.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Media Companies Play With Steve Jobs's New Rules: Give In, Go Around or Compromise  —  Apple's new subscription rules for its iTunes app store have been in effect for less than two months.  But that's long enough for us to get a good idea of how media companies are responding.
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Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's Cloud Reader Still Doesn't Take the Web Seriously
Sean Hollister / This is my next:
HP TouchPad gets permanent $100 price cut: $399 for 16GB, effective now  —  HP execs told us they would stop at nothing to be #2 in the tablet space, and this last weekend the company offered some deep discounts on its flagship HP TouchPad to get the ball rolling.
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Elizabeth Woyke / Mobilized:
Skype On Google Voice: We Never Said We'll Be The Cheapest  —  Google recently expanded calling through Gmail via Google Voice, amping up competition with Skype  —  Google's phone service, Google Voice, has been regarded as a Skype competitor since its 2009 launch because of its desktop …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Daily deal site Zulily raises $43 million at huge valuation of more than $700 million  —  Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens in front of the company's expanding employee photo wall  —  Plopped in the middle of Zulily's Seattle office is a colorful cardboard rocket ship marking the entrance to the company's HR and recruiting department.
Cliff Kuang / Co. Design:
Infographic Of The Day: Google's Hotel Finder Is D.O.A.  —  Travel booking, more than most industries, is primed for a game-changing disruption.  Consider: Orbitz, Travelocity, and Hotwire have all merely rearranged the deck chairs on a pretty crappy user experience.
Discussion: FlowingData
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Closes as the Most Valuable Company in the World  —  Apple passed ExxonMobil as the most-valuable publicly traded company several times yesterday, but ExxonMobil ended the day ahead of Apple.  Both companies' stock prices were down today, but XOM fell quite a bit farther …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Intel Capital Launches $300M Ultrabook Fund To Invest In Tablet Technologies  —  Intel Capital, the investment arm of chip giant Intel Corporation, has announced a $300 Million Ultrabook Fund to fund technologies that will help deliver new and enhanced user experiences, longer battery life …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Cisco promises more focus, but sees economic uncertainty ahead  —  Summary: Cisco's fourth quarter was better than expected, but economic worries persist.  —  Networking giant Cisco Systems put a troubled fiscal 2011 to bed and CEO John Chambers promised a “focused, agile, lean and aggressive company” in the year ahead.
James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Apple injunctions against similar-looking tablets just beginning  —  Summary: Apple has won an injunction banning one tablet that looks similar to the iPad, and promises more are on the way.  These are indeed crazy times in mobile technology.  —  Apple is a company that has always protected …
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple is also suing Motorola in Europe over the Xoom tablet's design
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
TwitPic Founder's Heello Launches As A Simple Twitter Clone  —  Last August, we reported that Noah Everett, the founder of Twitter photo sharing site Twitpic, has launched a new site, called Heello.  The site wasn't open to the public yet, but a year later, it looks like the curtains have finally been drawn on Heello.
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google Parcel Service?  Search company patents electronic shipping notifications  —  Google's battle against Microsoft and Apple over their use of “bogus” patents promises to result in greater scrutiny of its own intellectual property holdings.  And we have a hunch that Amazon.com, UPS …
Thanks:johnhcook
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
Scoop: Sprint to launch cloud services in 4th quarter  —  The carrier plans to offer hosted collaboration services that will target businesses as it looks to tap into another growth area.
Discussion: Computerworld, BGR and @parislemon
David / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Changing 200MB Data Plan Away From Throttling To Overage  —  According to this leaked image which hit our inbox T-Mobile is set to make a change to their lowest data plan offering by removing the throttling and returning to overage charges.  This represents a major shift …
Jessica Dolcourt / CNET News:
Verizon opens Application Innovation Center in SF  —  With a roomful of journalists and a live Webcast audience as his witnesses, Verizon CEO Dan Mead officially launched the Verizon Application Innovation Center in downtown San Francisco today.  —  “Innovation is at the very core of what Verizon does …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Engadget
Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEx) website hacked, impacts trades  —  The Hong Kong stock exchange (HKEx) halted trading this afternoon for seven stocks after its website was hacked during the morning trading session.  —  The seven stocks in question were all due to release sensitive results …
 
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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Discussion: The Outbrain Blog and GeekWire
Kevin Fitchard / Connected Planet Online:
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
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