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1:00 PM ET, August 16, 2011

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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
RIM Left in 'No Man's Land' By Google Deal  —  Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM), maker of the BlackBerry smartphone and PlayBook tablet computer, may have the most to lose from Google Inc. (GOOG)'s deal to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.  —  Google's proposed $12.5 billion acquisition …
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Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Google-Motorola: Winners and losers  —  Google's move to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion will shift some of the power and balance in the mobile industry.  Here are some of the initial winners and losers:  —  Winners  — Motorola and Sanjay Jha: Let's be honest — the comeback wasn't going great.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Is Google Turning Into a Mobile Phone Company?  No, It Says  —  Back in 2004, Eric E. Schmidt, then Google's chief executive, proclaimed, “We're not going into the phone business, but we're going to make sure Google is on those phones.”  —  Less than a year later, however, Google did the opposite.
Discussion: The Business Insider and Betabeat
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:   Google Said to Approach Motorola Before Public Nudge From Icahn
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Now Is The Perfect Time For HP To Step Up And License WebOS
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
10 questions about Google's Motorola deal
Discussion: PC World and The Business Insider
Reuters:
Taiwan's HTC sues Apple over patents  —  (Reuters) - Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc, claiming infringement of three patents through Apple's sale of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices.  —  The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware seeks …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction suspended for all EU countries except Germany  —  Dutch website Webwereld, which also raised issues yesterday concerning pictures of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 presented by Apple to the Düsseldorf court, was first to break the news that the Landgericht (district court) …
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Andreas Udo de Haes / Computerworld:
Apple's evidence may be flawed in European Samsung case
Josh Lowensohn / Crave: The gadget blog:
Starbucks serves up free iPhone apps  —  Starbucks is now serving up paid applications for free as part of its “Pick of the Week” program.  —  The next time you go into a Starbucks for a drink or snack, you could end up walking out with a free iPhone app too.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Balls  —  I'm fascinated by Dan Lyons's take on Google acquisition of Motorola today, “Suck on It, AppleSoft — Google Pulls a Rope-a-Dope”: … Lyons has always been an ass, but when did he get so bitter?  Siegler is one of the top writers on the Apple beat, period.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple releases $69 OS X Lion thumb drive, ships in 1-3 business days  —  As expected, Apple has released OS X Lion on a USB thumb drive via their online store.  The $69 thumb drive ships in 1-3 business days and requires 7GB of available storage space.  One caveat for users that install OS X Lion via …
Kinnari Jhaveri / The Official Google Blog:
Shop your favorite catalogs with Google Catalogs  —  (Cross-posted on the Commerce and Mobile blogs)  —  For years, shoppers have enjoyed flipping through glossy print catalogs to be inspired, discover new trends and find great products.  Today, mobile technologies can make catalog shopping more engaging, social and creative.
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
CyanogenMod founder joins Samsung Mobile, plans to make Android more awesome  —  “I'm so tired of waiting for my smartphone to get the latest update of Android.  The CyanogenMod team releases updates days after the source code is available.  Why doesn't [insert handset maker] just hire Cyanogen?”
John Markoff / New York Times:
Virtual and Artificial, but 58,000 Want Course  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — A free online course at Stanford University on artificial intelligence, to be taught this fall by two leading experts from Silicon Valley, has attracted more than 58,000 students around the globe — a class nearly four times …
DigiTimes:
HTC to launch 10-inch Puccini tablet PC in September-October, says paper  —  HTC plans to launch its 10-inch tablet PC, the Puccini, at the end of the third quarter or early fourth quarter, the Chinese-language Liberty Times quoted HTC's CFO Winston Yung as indicating.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Redesigns Android, iPhone Apps With Groups And More; Debuts HTML5 Mobile Site  —  LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner explained on the company's first earnings call a few weeks ago that the company is planning to make a big investment in its mobile strategy.  Today, the professional social network …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
BART Shuts Down Cell Service To Thwart Rumored Protests, Gets Actual Protests (And Has To Close Stations)  —  Since shutting down cell service on Thursday to try to quell rumored protests which never came to fruition, the Bay Area Transit Authority (BART) has had an interesting weekend and Monday.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Intel rejects 50% Ultrabook CPU price cut demand from notebook players  —  Intel, facing notebook players' demand of supplying Ultrabook CPUs at a price 50% lower than original to help increase their profitability, rejected the proposal and is only willing to provide 20% discounts …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft adding more voice to Xbox, Windows Phone, and pretty much everything else  —  Speech technology from Microsoft's Tellme group is quickly becoming a bigger part of the company's products, starting with the upcoming revamps of Xbox Live and Windows Phone.
Discussion: WMPoweruser
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
BuyWithMe Scoops Up New York City's Scoop St.  —  Daily deal contender BuyWithMe has acquired its fifth company this year, purchasing Scoop St., a company focused on offering discounts exclusively for New York City.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Guardian:
MI5 joins social messaging trawl for riot organisers  —  Intelligence agency asked to crack encrypted messages - especially on BlackBerry Messenger - to help police  —  The security service MI5 and the electronic interception centre GCHQ have been asked by the government to join the hunt …
Discussion: Newlaunches.com
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Fox Starts Its Web Pullback, and ABC Gets Ready to Follow  —  Fox has formally kicked off the The Great Free TV Web Pullback of 2011.  Now get ready for ABC to do the same.  —  Yesterday Fox followed through with its previously announced plans to keep its new shows off the Web for eight days …
Emily Steel / MorningStar:
WSJ(8/15) AOL Growth Comes At A Cost  —  AOL Inc. has no shortage of websites, with more than 800.  They range from hundreds of little hometown-news sites in the Patch network to its 37 bigger-name properties, including the Huffington Post, TechCrunch, MapQuest and Moviefone.
Discussion: NYConvergence.com and SEO Book.com
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Microsoft Is FINALLY Ready To Talk About Windows 8  —  Microsoft's Windows chief, Steve Sinofsky, is known for his “cone of silence” around upcoming products — even the Windows team used to have trouble getting information about Office when he led that group.  —  But it looks like he's finally ready to spill on Windows 8.
 
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Discussion: GigaOM and TechCrunch
Sydney Morning Herald:
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Discussion: The Next Web and TechEye
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ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro dual-OS Android / Windows Tablet Detailed Further
Brian Proffitt / ITworld:
Android foes still beating GPL non-compliance drum
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 Earlier Items: 
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Digital Chocolate Scoops Up Game Publisher Sandlot Games
Discussion: Business Wire
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly kills plans for new iPad this fall due to Retina Display issues
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
It's official: Facebook is the 21st century Nielsen family
Discussion: Lost Remote and Pulse2