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11:15 PM ET, August 16, 2011

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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.
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
ATandT Planning First LTE Devices For Aug. 21 Debut
Discussion: BGR and Computerworld
Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Google: S&P Cuts Rating To Sell From Buy; Sees Risks In Deal  —  Citing concerns about about Google's plan to spend $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility, Standard & Poor's analyst Scott Kessler today cut his rating on the search engine's stock to Sell from Buy, slashing his price target on the stock to $500, from $700.
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Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
Android Isn't Free  —  How Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility will make it more like Apple.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has a knack for making completely boneheaded predictions about his competitors' products, so when he took to blasting Google's Android strategy last year, many observers—myself included—dismissed him.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
Is Google Turning Into a Mobile Phone Company? No, It Says
Chris Smith / AppleInsider:   Apple predicted to ‘strike back’ at Google with its own patent purchase
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple currently plans to start pre-orders for next iPhone on Sept. 30, launch Oct. 7  —  We've independently heard that Apple has plans to begin selling the next-generation iPhone on Friday, October 7th; the date first reported by TiPB.  According to our sources, Apple has been weighing between launching …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
Facebook: Google+ has no users  —  Facebook executives have choice words for Google's efforts to bring casual games to its fledgling social network.  —  FORTUNE — A little less than two months after Google launched its fledgling social network, Google+, Silicon Valley's latest rivalry is heating up.
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Google, Facebook spar over Google+ invite issue  —  The link that some Google+ users were reportedly unable to see.  —  A purported mishandling of Google+ invite links that keeps them from surfacing on Facebook user news feeds has resulted in a “he said, she said” match between the two companies.
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.
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Ouchpad: Best Buy Sitting on a Pile of Unsold HP Tablets  —  There have been plenty of hints that Hewlett-Packard's TouchPad isn't selling well.  First there was a $50 discount.  Then there were spot discounts of $100 at outlets like Costco.  Then the $100 discount became permanent.
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
A peek at Steve Jobs' book jacket - front, back and spine  —  The look of Walter Isaacson's bio will be as spare and restrained as any Apple product  —  Click to enlarge.  Copyright Simon & Schuster … He's talking, of course, about Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, the first book …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Thanks:philiped
Daniel Rocha / Inside Search:
The evolution of sitelinks: expanded and improved  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google 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 …
Michael Stroh / The Windows Blog:
New Xbox LIVE features, games on the way for Windows Phone  —  It's a sweet day for mobile gamers.  Today Microsoft previewed new Xbox LIVE titles and features coming to Windows Phone in the months ahead.  The announcement came at the annual Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany.
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.
Harry McCracken / Time:
Techmeme  —  Want to know what's new in the world of tech?  You could visit one of the big news sites or blogs.  Or you could go right to the site that reporters and bloggers check obsessively throughout the day.  Gabe Rivera's Techmeme pulls together articles from around the Web …
Edmund Lee / AdAge:
What's the Most Popular Channel on YouTube?  —  ComScore Measures Largest Channels; Music Brands Top the List  —  Viewers pining for MTV's early era of three-minute lip-synched dramatizations have long known to turn to that grand repository of all video: YouTube.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Major Patent for Integrating Cellular Antennas into MacBook and iMac Keyboards  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  Our first granted report of the day only covers a single major patent victory …
Discussion: MacRumors
Steven Sande / TUAW:
Lion 10.7.1 now available in Software Update (Updated)  —  The long-awaited first update to OS X Lion, version 10.7.1, has just hit Software Update.  —  The update is relatively small, weighing in at 17.4 MB for an iMac, and requires a reboot after installation.  Apple recommends backing up your Mac prior to updating.
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Michael Gorman / Engadget:
Hands on with Fusion Garage's Grid 10 tablet and Grid 4 smartphone  —  Yesterday we gave you the lowdown on Fusion Garage's second foray into tablet computing, the Grid 10.  While its tablet world topping pixel density, Tegra 2 silicon, and fresh to death OS certainly sound awesome …
Discussion: IntoMobile
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.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Live From 500 Startups Demo Day: McClure's Second Batch Of Startups, Unleashed  —  We're in Mountain View at Dave McClure's 500 Startups HQ where the second ever 500 Startups Demo Day is about to start.  Today 31 startups will present to press and investors here in McClure's bright …
Matthew Lynley / VentureBeat:
Updated: Cloud storage provider Box.net raising $35M at $550M valuation  —  Cloud storage provider Box.net has raised $19 million of a $35 million extension to its fourth round of funding, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  The company previously rased $48 million …
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and TechCrunch, Thanks:logicalmoron
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Mozilla Officially Launches Firefox 6  —  Mozilla today officially launched Firefox 6, the latest stable version of its popular browser.  Since its switch to a more frequent release schedule, Mozilla has already pushed out a number of releases, so version numbers themselves …
John P. Mello Jr / Computerworld:
XXX Pricing Set, Businesses Claim Domain Extortion  —  As the world's largest Internet registrar announced its rates for the XXX adult entertainment domain set to appear in December, reports began appearing of businesses complaining about being forced to buy domain names they have no desire to buy.
Emil Protalinski / Friending Facebook Blog:
Yahoo, Facebook test “six degrees of separation” idea  —  Summary: Yahoo and Facebook have teamed up to figure out whether the “six degrees of separation” idea is valid or not.  —  Yahoo has partnered with Facebook to test the iconic social experiment known as “six degrees of separation” …
 
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Shop your favorite catalogs with Google Catalogs
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction suspended for all EU countries except Germany