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The Official Google Blog:
Supercharging Android: Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility  —  Since its launch in November 2007, Android has not only dramatically increased consumer choice but also improved the entire mobile experience for users.  Today, more than 150 million Android devices have been activated worldwide …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Google's $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility bet: 6 reasons why it makes sense  —  Summary: Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility solves the search giant's patent problems, gives it a bigger say in hardware integration and fixes a few other issues.  Here's a look at the moving parts.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE GOOGLE-MOTOROLA DEAL: Google Had To Do It—And It Could End Up Being A Disaster  —  A very interesting move by Google this morning, buying handset hardware maker Motorola for $12.5 billion.  —  But let's be real: This deal could end up being a disaster.  —  How?
Joe Weisenthal / The Business Insider:
BOMBSHELL: Google Buying Handset Maker Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Billion  —  Huge!  —  Google is buying handset maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash.  —  That's a 61% premium.  —  Needless to say this is a gamechanger in the mobile world, as Google moves down the stack …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Google's Motorola acquisition: Microsoft patent case takes a new turn  —  Summary: With the Google announcement that it intends to buy Motorola Mobility, the Microsoft vs. Motorola patent battle just took a new turn.  —  The Microsoft vs. Motorola patent case just took a new turn on August 15 …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Most Android vendors lost their Linux distribution rights, could face shakedown or shutdown  —  Last week I read about an Android licensing issue that I wasn't previously aware of.  It's a pretty serious one, and it's not that hard to understand.  The short version is that
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Facebook Pal Buddy Media Raises $54 Million  —  Facebook is worth anywhere from $50 billion to $100 billion.  Now Buddy Media, which helps advertisers manage their presence on the social network, is worth $500 million.  —  That's the valuation sources say the company earned in its most recent $54 million financing round.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Exclusive: 4G LTE iPhone currently in carrier testing  —  Apple's iPhone 5 is set to be unveiled in the next month or so, though no one quite knows what the device will feature thanks to the ongoing flood of rumors.  Sure, we have a pretty good idea of what it will look like …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Adobe debuts Muse, a no-code-required site builder  —  Adobe's targeting graphic designers with a new product codenamed Muse that aims to help them build working Web sites just like they'd design a prototype in one of the company's other design apps.  —  VIDEO  —  Your e-mail's been hacked: Now what?
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Steve, Please Buy Us A Carrier!  —  We're at the end of the 2011 iPhone 5 launch.  The demos went well; Steve Jobs has come back on stage to thank everyone and conclude the proceedings, “...but before you go, just One More Thing.  I'd like you to meet someone.”  And the CEO of Deutsche Telekom walks onstage.
Chris Yeh / Adventures in Capitalism:
The Lesson of Dropbox: Usage = Value  —  Word on the street is that Dropbox is about to raise a major round of financing at a $5 billion+ valuation.  While some will cry “Bubble!”, I think there's a different lesson we can learn: Usage = Value.  —  Let's face it—Dropbox isn't the most complicated business or technology.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
McAfee launches anti-theft mobile app for the iPhone  —  McAfee, one of the leaders in PC antivirus software, is launching a consumer-focused anti-theft app for the iPhone today.  The new McAfee WaveSecure allows users to protect their privacy and data in case their iPhones are lost or stolen.
Neal Gabler / New York Times:
The Elusive Big Idea  —  Neal Gabler is a senior fellow at the Annenberg Norman Lear Center at the University of Southern California and the author of “Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination.”  —  THE July/August issue of The Atlantic trumpets the “14 Biggest Ideas of the Year.”
David Murphy / PC Magazine:
Firefox 6 ‘Released’ Two Days Early  —  Itching to get your hands on the next major revision of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser?  The official release for Firefox 6 is scheduled for this Tuesday, but Mozilla has already thrown up the installation files on its FTP for industrious and impatient users to download and install.
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Flash-Sale Site Turns to More Traditional Retail Models  —  On a recent day on Gilt.com, shoppers could buy 10 round-trip tickets on Virgin America for $3,585, three sessions of laser hair-removal for $352 or eight Alaskan king salmon fillets for $118.95.  —  That's a reflection …
Zee / The Next Web:
Anonymous hacks SF's myBART website.  Thousands of names, addresses & numbers released.  —  Anonymous, the online hacktivist group, has released thousands of names, email addresses, home addresses and phone numbers believed to be from myBart.org, an independent site that uses BART's …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Photos of a Prototype MacBook Pro with Integrated 3G Cellular Modem  —  One of the most requested features for Apple's MacBook Pro line has been for the integration of some sort of built-in 3G cellular data to allow for anywhere wireless connectivity.  MacBook Pro users presently need …
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Apple Bitch:   Prototype MacBook Pro With Integrated 3G Modem (Circa 2007) Appears On eBay
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
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Ross Rubin / Engadget:
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Gunning for the Copyright Reformers
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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Superfast broadband gets ready to go UK-wide
Discussion: ITProPortal
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
The Grand eBook Conspiracy: Class Action Efforts Launched against Apple
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Bans Netlog For Violating Its Policies
Aliya Sternstein / Nextgov.com:
Administration issues far-reaching plan for building cyber workforce
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Lion $69 USB stick enters Apple's inventory system, release is imminent
Discussion: SlashGear and I4U News
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Habit Labs Gets $250K To Turn Leading A Healthier Life Into A Game
Max Eddy / Geekosystem:
Researchers Develop Remote, Real-Time Cell Phone Photo Search
Discussion: I Programmer News
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple ups iPhone orders to 56M units for 2H11, iPhone 5 to be almost half
Bloomberg:
Time Warner Cable Said Near $3B Purchase of Insight
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
‘London Riots Facial Recognition’ Vigilantes Abandon Their Project
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Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Does Cinemax's iPad app violate Apple's no-porn policy?
Fred Wilson / A VC:
On Porous Paywalls  —  Felix Salmon has a couple great posts …