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2:05 AM ET, August 14, 2011

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Jason Cross / PC World:
Windows Laptop Makers Can't Catch Up to the MacBook Air  —  The PC world is buzzing lately about how laptop manufacturers are struggling to compete with Apple's MacBook Air, which has exploded in popularity since the introduction of the third-gen model in 2010.
Discussion: ZDNet and TechPinions
Kimi Yoshino / L.A. NOW:
Twitter timeline of The Game's ‘telephone flash mob’  —  Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials are continuing their investigation into rapper The Game and the tweets that sparked a “telephone flash mob” Friday night that jammed emergency phone lines.  —  Authorities say the rapper sent …
Discussion: Reuters and Gizmodo
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Dale W. Eisinger / NBC New York:
The Game Tweets up a Telephone Flash Mob  —  Phone tag is no game to the Los Angeles Police Department.  —  A police investigation has been opened in LA concerning the source of Twitter messages sent from the account of the LA-based rapper The Game.  The LA Times reports that Friday around 5 p.m …
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Apple To Eliminate Printer Drivers  —  Apple has filed two patent applications that describe an approach as well as file formats and APIs to eliminate the printer driver as a requirement for users to access a printer and print documents.  Software drivers have been one of the big inconveniences in mainstream computing.
Discussion: Slashdot
Mike Isaac / Gadget Lab:
Google Steps Up to Defend Android Developers From Patent Lawsuit  —  Google has intervened in an ongoing intellectual property dispute between smartphone application developers and a patent-holding firm, Wired.com has learned, marking the Mountain View company's first public move …
Discussion: The Next Web, Electronista, TiPb and CNET News, Thanks:mj_isaac
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Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google's reexamination requests against two Lodsys patents don't stand on their own
Discussion: CNET News and The Next Web
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
2005 Zuckerberg Didn't Want To Take Over The World  —  The Huffington Post has come across this fascinating five-minute interview of Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's Palo Alto office in June 2005.  The clip is apparently part of a longer 40-minute-interview from a documentary about millennials shot by Ray Hafner and Derek Franzese.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Gawker
Felix Salmon / Reuters:
How the NYT paywall is working  —  When I wrote about the success of the NYT paywall last month, I got a lot of pushback in the comments and on Twitter.  Here's a sample: … But of course the paywall is working — with the emphasis very much on the “pay” rather than on the “wall”.
Ed Bott / The Ed Bott Report Blog:
Windows Security wrap-up: praise for Vista and a historic first  —  Summary: At last week's Black Hat conference, a security expert who spent time “beating up Vista” talks about Microsoft's approach to security.  Microsoft falls off a top 10 list.  And you should visit Windows Update now to get a new Critical update for IE.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
City of Cupertino posts further details, renders of Apple mega-campus  —  The City of Cupertino has revealed more details and renderings regarding Apple's plans to build a 2.8 million square-foot spaceship-like circular office building in the city.  —  The city is currently in the midst of its review process of Apple's plans.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Reddit and community journalism  —  I've come to love Reddit.  What started as a better Digg (and is yet another happy outcome of the remarkable Y Combinator) has turned into a way of sharing and interrogating news.  Reddit as it stands is not the future of news.  It is, however, a hope for news.
Nick Pinto / Runnin' Scared:
Your Phone Numbers and Facebook: What You Should Actually Worry About  —  ​If you're on Facebook, you've likely seen the panicky message that's been circulating, warning that the social networking behemoth has started publishing all your phone contacts for everybody to see:
Chris Chang / M.I.C. Gadget:
Kunming Fake Apple Store Changes Its Name to “Smart Store” (updated)  —  We know the “legendary” fake Apple store in Kunming is trying their best to look similar to an Apple Store, and at the same time, they are trying to pass themselves off as an Apple Store.  Recently, we see something different at the store.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google+ Public Posts Coming To Google's Social Search Results  —  Google has added another source to its social search results: public posts from Google Plus.  —  Social search has been adding annotations to search results when content from your social connections (not to be confused …
Discussion: Google+
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dropbox Chooses Investor Group, Valuation Set at $5+ Billion
Discussion: The Business Insider
Meghan Kelly / VentureBeat:
Roku grabs $8M, weeks after releasing Roku 2
Discussion: GigaOM
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Brings The Sign In Button To The Browser Level
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Rich Jaroslovsky / Bloomberg:
Hacker Mitnick Duped Corporate Cyber-Cops, Cracked Wiretaps
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Flickr is Dead  —  Poll:  —  Which one of these two albums looks better?
Discussion: @thatdrew