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10:35 PM ET, August 17, 2011

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Shadi Mahassel / The Big Blog:
Skype WiFi - now available on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch  —  Skype WiFi (formerly known as Skype Access) is coming to iOS.  We've just launched a new iOS application that's free to download from Apple's App store.  —  With the new Skype WiFi app, you can go online on your iPhone …
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Skype WiFi Comes to iOS: Get Online for $0.06 Per Minute
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Apple's Mobile Ad Head Andy Miller Departs for Highland Capital  —  Andy Miller (pictured here), the high-profile VP of mobile advertising at Apple, is planning on leaving the company, according to sources close to the situation.  —  Sources said Miller — who sold Quattro Wireless …
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Prodigy visual interface designer leaves Apple for Square  —  Louie Mantia is leaving Apple, where he served as a visual interface designer for the company's iTunes Design team, an announcement was made yesterday on Twitter.  He is leaving for Square, a San Francisco mobile payment startup founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
Discussion: Edible Apple
Reuters:
Apple, Qualcomm, others eye InterDigital: sources  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Nokia and Qualcomm Inc are among several technology companies pondering bids for InterDigital Inc, sources familiar with the situation said.  —  The auction of the wireless telecoms specialist …
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Eric Savitz / The Tech Trade:
Kodak: Patents For Sale
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Welcome to the patent valuation bubble
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's Online Store Gets More Social With Twitter and Facebook Links  —  Following today's mysterious downtime for Apple's online stores, users have been scouring the store pages to look for any changes.  While the store remains largely unchanged with no major new product offerings …
Frank X. Shaw / The Official Microsoft Blog:
The Future of the Living Room  —  Summer is a transition time for many people: the break between school years; a vacation before tackling another year of work; and for network television that's been a guest in our living rooms for so long, summer is a time of transition between seasons.
Discussion: WinRumors, Techie Buzz, Bing and LiveSide.net, Thanks:rajupp
Wolfgang Gruener / ConceivablyTech:
Beyond Windows 8: Patent Hints To A Future Streaming OS  —  Microsoft already has an idea how the Windows operating system may evolve after Windows 8.  A patent filing entitled “Fast Machine Booting Through Streaming Storage” describes a chain of storage devices with different priorities …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Electronista
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Caroline Chen / The Snitch:
Anonymous Hacks BART Police Website, Releases Personal Information of 100 Officers
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Motorola's new Droid HD makes cameo alongside Droid Bionic  —  We've just received a fascinating set of photos from a sharp-eyed tipster, who sent along images of what appear to be Motorola's Droid Bionic and, most alluringly, that rumored handset known as the Droid HD (pictured above).
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Ashton Kutcher Is a Massive Whore  —  Not only did Ashton Kutcher pose for the cover of Details' September issue, he also edited a special “online only” version, out today.  Turns out Hollywood's prettiest boytoy is one compromised whore of a magazine editor, directing most of his recommendations …
Discussion: Details
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Music Blog To Remind People That Google Music Beta Still Exists  —  Music Beta, remember it?  It's the online music locker service that Google unveiled at I/O in May.  But the keyword in the title very much remains “Beta” — as in, not in any way ready for prime time.
Betabeat:
Jumo ‘Acquired’ for $0 and a Graceful Exit  —  Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has struggled with his ambitious solo start-up, the social network for activism Jumo, ever since its bumpy launch.  Waning traffic and disinterested users were making it obvious that the site was not going to catch on …
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft issues statement on cloud downtime  —  Microsoft has hit a bumpy road today with its cloud services.  It was first reported that its Office 365 was experience a disruption and not long after that its SkyDrive service was also experiencing a similar issue.  —  Microsoft has officially commented on the issue.
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Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft Office 365 currently experiencing an outage
Roger Cheng / CNET News:
It's iPad or nothing, survey says  —  The tablet market continues to be summed up like this: the iPad and everything else.  And everything else doesn't amount to much.  —  That's according to a recent survey conducted by Robert W. Baird.  The study found that out of more than 1,100 potential …
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Judge bounces Google's complaint over Android code viewing  —  ITC rejects Google effort to block expert testimony in Microsoft-Motorola patent battle  —  Computerworld - A U.S. trade judge has rejected Google's move to block the testimony of a Microsoft expert witness in the latter's 10-month dispute …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Amazon Set to Publish Tim Ferriss  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon moved aggressively Tuesday to fulfill its new ambition to publish books as well as sell them, announcing that it had signed Timothy Ferriss, the wildly popular self-help guru for young men.  —  The terms were not disclosed.
Adrian Glick Kudler / Curbed LA:
Someone Wants to Build a Glass-Roofed Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade  —  A tipster points us to this item scheduled for consideration by the Santa Monica Planning Commission tomorrow night—an unnamed retailer wants to tear down the old three story Borders space on the Third Street Promenade …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
YouTube, music publishers settle copyright beef  —  A group of music publishers that joined a class action lawsuit filed against YouTube in 2007 have reached a settlement with Google's video-sharing site.  —  David Israelite, CEO of the National Music Publishers Association, in a photo taken earlier this summer
Diana ben-Aaron / Bloomberg:
Nokia Sees ‘Signs of Danger’ for Google Partners After Motorola  —  Nokia Oyj (NOK1V) Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said Google Inc. (GOOG)'s purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. would pose a danger to companies using Google's Android mobile-phone operating system.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Miami court deals huge setback to Motorola Mobility's defense against Microsoft  —  Motorola Mobility's defense strategy against Microsoft's patent infringement lawsuit just suffered a major setback.  The best defense in patent disputes is a good offense, but after an order issued today …
Discussion: Examiner, Electronista and ITProPortal
Terry Baynes / Reuters:
AT&T sues customers seeking to block T-Mobile deal  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc is turning to the federal courts to thwart an effort led by law firm Bursor & Fisher to derail AT&T's $39 billion takeover bid for Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile.  —  In eight lawsuits filed last week …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CNET News and SlashGear
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Square Co-Founder And Others Put $17M In Online Merchant Lender Kabbage  —  Atlanta-based startup Kabbage, which provides working capital to online merchants, has raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Mohr Davidow Ventures with BlueRun Ventures, David Bonderman, founder of TPG Capital …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Tech Media Obsessed With Deals & Rumors - Bring Back Ideas  —  Big ideas aren't prevalent anymore, posited academic and author Neal Gabler in a New York Times op-ed. “We are living in an increasingly post-idea world,” he wrote, “a world in which big, thought-provoking ideas that can't instantly …
Discussion: @digiphile and Google+
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Photovine Grows Ready For Public Use; Easily Google's Most Ambitious Photo-Sharing App Yet  —  Google's Slide team has been busy.  In the past few months, they've unleashed a range of social apps meant to fulfill different needs.  But the strange thing is that Google hasn't done a thing to promote any of them.
Jeremy Ford / Singularity Hub:
$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes in Kenya, the World Next?  —  Hwawei's IDEOS smartphone is making waves in Kenya.  Where else will Android phones leave their mark?  —  It seems like just yesterday when only the slickest kid on the block had a smartphone, but now …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Android Phone Fans
 
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John Hiesler / Edible Apple:
Delta deploying iPads to pilots as electronic flight bag replacements
Discussion: AppleInsider, Thanks:edibleapple
Bloomberg:
Jive Software Said to Hire Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs for IPO
Discussion: AllThingsD
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
NBC Philadelphia checks into Foursquare partnership
Discussion: Mashable! and Broadcasting & Cable
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Encoding.com's Vid.ly ready to go pro
Chris Evans / Screendaily:
Netflix to launch in Spain in January 2012
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Amazon is retail king, reaching 1 in 5 Web users
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Exclusive: Uber CEO Lays out Road Map—Helicopters, Motorcycles and Food Delivery
Discussion: @jason
Jun Yang / Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by South Korean IPhone Users Over Location Data