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11:10 PM ET, August 10, 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 and Pulse2
Joshua Melvin / Mercury News:
Man who found Apple iPhone prototype in bar, sold it to Gizmodo, to face charges in case
Discussion: Associated Press
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  —  The best feature on Twitter is one you probably don't use.  I'm talking about Favoriting, the act of adding a star to a tweet that you like.  It's going to be huge.  —  Twitter added two new features today, an @usernames tab and an activity tab.
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.
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:
Amazon's Answer To Apple's Terms: A Web-Based Kindle Cloud Reader — Brilliant On PC, Better On iPad  —  Much has been made about Apple's recent changes to the iOS terms.  At first, everyone was sure that many big players, would be forced to pull their apps, such as Amazon's popular Kindle app.
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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 …
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple is also suing Motorola in Europe over the Xoom tablet's design  —  Here's a very interesting news item that is hidden deep inside Apple's complaint against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that led to an EU-wide preliminary injunction:  —  Prior to or simultaneously with the motion …
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James Kendrick / ZDNet:
Apple injunctions against similar-looking tablets just beginning
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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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.
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Groupon Lost More Than $100 Million Last Quarter - Again - As Hiring Costs Jump  —  Daily deals juggernaut Groupon managed to significantly slash marketing costs last quarter, but its net loss in the second quarter of this year has almost tripled compared to last year as it hired more than 1,000 …
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:   The Average Groupon Customer Has Purchased Four Deals
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: BGR, Computerworld and @parislemon
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Foodspotting Hits A Million Downloads, Celebrates By Upping The Gluttony  —  I remember when I first wrote about Foodspotting a year and a half ago.  At the time, nearly everyone I knew was using various social networks to share pictures of their food.  Foodspotting was a service built around that very idea.
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
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
News Corp Says It Lost $254 Million On MySpace  —  News Corp lost $254 million on MySpace, the company said as it reported revenue that beat analysts' expectations.  —  The loss pushed News Corp.'s Q4 net income down 22 percent to $683 million.  —  News Corp said MySpace's losses during …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Why 193,000 people stopped paying for TV last quarter  —  With Cablevision reporting a loss of 23,000 subscribers and Dish Network shedding 135,000 in the second quarter, the U.S. pay TV industry has lost nearly 200,000 subscribers in the second-quarter — and those are just the ones we know about.
Discussion: Associated Press and CNET News
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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Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
FCC announces plan to update 911 to receive texts, video
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
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Discussion: The Outbrain Blog and GeekWire
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
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 Earlier Items: 
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
After Foursquare, Klout Adds Blogger, Tumblr, Instagram, Flickr And Last.fm To Measure Social Influence
Scott Gilbertson / Webmonkey:
W3C Publishes an HTML5 Spec for Web Developers
Rocco Parascandola / NY Daily News:
NYPD forms new social media unit to mine Facebook and Twitter for mayhem
Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
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