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3:05 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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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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
U.S. Carriers Silent on Motoroogle, but France Telecom Gives It a Thumbs Up
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
$2.5 billion Google-Motorola break-up fee reflects sellers' concern and buyer's desperation
Discussion: AllThingsD and VentureBeat, Thanks:taylorbuley
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Now Is The Perfect Time For HP To Step Up And License WebOS
Jeffrey McCracken / Bloomberg:   Google Said to Approach Motorola Before Public Nudge From Icahn
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
10 questions about Google's Motorola deal
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 …
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.
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) …
John Martellaro / The Mac Observer:
Calculating the Size of Apple's Spaceship HQ  —  TMO TALK (25)  —  New architectural information has been released about Apple's proposed, so-called spaceship headquarters in Cupertino.  There are lots of things to know about it, but one interesting fact is the diameter.
Discussion: 9to5Mac, FreakGeeks and MacStories
Daniel Rocha / The Official Google Blog:
The evolution of sitelinks: expanded and improved  —  (Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog)  —  When you're searching, you often have a specific task in mind, like figuring out which exhibits are showing at a nearby museum.  Despite this narrow goal, people often start with a broad query …
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.
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 …
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Why is LTE equipment being installed in an Apple Store?  —  Well, this is certainly interesting.  While rumors of an LTE-enabled iPhone had died down for a little while, they sprung back to life yesterday with a report that just such a device was being tested by carriers.
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 …
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.
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 …
Todd Yellin / Netflix Blog:
Netflix Launches “Just for Kids”  —  Watch kids watch a movie or TV show.  Notice how they differ from adults.  First, kids love to watch the same thing over and over again.  More importantly, kids identify with shows more by the characters than by the title.  —  Todd Yellin here.
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: MediaPost, ChasNote and SEO Book.com
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.
Discussion: 9to5Google, SlashGear and TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: eWeek, KitGuru, Softpedia News and SlashGear
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?”
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.
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 …
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Android App Inventor Saved!  Finds a New Home at MIT  —  Last week, I broke the news that Google plans to shut down Android App Inventor, its DIY tool for building mobile phone apps.  Google did indicate that it will open source the code for App Inventor and said that due to App Inventor's adoption …
 
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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
BlackBerry Bold 9930 review
Discussion: Fonehome and Engadget
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Audio Magazine Shuffler.fm Gets Big Update, Gives Us Sneak Peek at iPad App
Discussion: Guardian
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
AT&T's LTE device launch dates: Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G coming August 21st (but LTE coming later)
Kashmir Hill / The Not-So Private Parts:
Facebook Offers Court ‘Smoking Gun’ Against Paul Ceglia
Sydney Morning Herald:
Fighting China's Golden Shield: Cisco sued over jailing and torture of dissidents
Discussion: The Next Web and TechEye
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft adding more voice to Xbox, Windows Phone, and pretty much everything else
Brian Proffitt / ITworld:
Android foes still beating GPL non-compliance drum
Guardian:
MI5 joins social messaging trawl for riot organisers
Discussion: Gizmodo and Newlaunches.com
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Microsoft Is FINALLY Ready To Talk About Windows 8
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple reportedly kills plans for new iPad this fall due to Retina Display issues