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2:40 PM ET, August 18, 2011

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Bloomberg:
HP to Buy Software Company, Spin Off PCs  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ), the world's largest computer maker, is planning to announce the acquisition of Autonomy Corp. for about $10 billion and the spinoff of its personal-computer business, said people familiar with the company's plans.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HP To Buy Enterprise Software Autonomy For $10 Billion  —  According to a Bloomberg report, HP is set to buy European infrastructure software company Autonomy for as much as $10 billion.  That price would make the acquisition one of HP's largest deals to date.
Brad Molen / Engadget:
AT&T streamlining individual messaging plans August 21st, leaving unlimited as the sole survivor  —  Do not adjust your computer screen, because the screenshot you're seeing above is real.  Confirmed by multiple sources, we've exclusively learned that AT&T — the protagonist of choice …
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Ben Patterson / here's the thing:
Don't want an unlimited messaging plan? Options are few, far between, and expensive
Discussion: Android Phone Fans, Thanks:benpatt
Jonah Jones / Google LatLong:
Rain or shine, see the weather in Google Maps  —  Whether you're organizing a trip overseas or a picnic at a local park, knowing the weather forecast is a crucial part of the planning process.  Today, we're adding a weather layer on Google Maps that displays current temps and conditions around the globe …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Key Patents for Multi-Touch Displays, MagSafe for Future iPad & More  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our second granted patent report of the day we cover Apple's patents for integrating MagSafe …
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Lydia Leavitt / Engadget:
Apple snags MagSafe patent for iOS devices (update: it's a movable magnetic coupling)
Discussion: Gizmodo and Know Your Mobile
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IBM produces first working chips modeled on the human brain  —  IBM has been shipping computers for more than 65 years, and it is finally on the verge of creating a true electronic brain.  —  Big Blue is announcing today that it, along with four universities and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
China Mobile has been meeting secretly with Steve Jobs  —  Apple reportedly in highest-level talks with the world's largest mobile operator  —  At a news conference following release of its first-half earnings, China Mobile (CHL) revealed Thursday that it has met several times with Steve Jobs …
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Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Motorola Mobility Faces Suit Over $12.5 Billion Google Sale  —  Aug. 16 (Bloomberg) — Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and its chief executive officer, Sanjay Jha, were sued by a shareholder claiming they failed to get the best price when they agreed to sell the company for $12.5 billion to Google Inc.
Foursquare Blog:
For when a place is more than just a place, we now have events  —  It's one of the most common check-ins on foursquare: you head off to a movie theater, check in, and type in ‘Harry Potter’ to tell people what you're seeing.  Or check in to a stadium and shout 'Patriots game …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Hires Silicon Valley Tech Blogger Louis Gray as Google+ Evangelist  —  Notable Silicon Valley tech blogger and startup consultant Louis Gray is finally turning his passion for Google's products and services into a career.  Gray has just accepted the position of Product Marketing Manager …
Discussion: louisgray.com, Scobleizer and Pulse2
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Android Boss Andy Rubin Split His First Huge Bonus Check With His Employees  —  When the first Android phone shipped in 2008, Andy Rubin received a multimillion dollar check from his bosses at Google.  —  He turned around and gave some of the money away to the 100 or so employees on the Android team.
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Staska / Unwired View:
What a blunder. LG had a contract to build first Android phone, but walked away from the deal
Discussion: IntoMobile, PhoneArena and SlashGear
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Most Android apps sit idle, top-50 apps make up 61% of all usage, Nielsen finds  —  Nielsen on Thursday ushered in a new era of mobile device usage reporting brought about by customer metering software installed on thousands of iOS and Android devices around the U.S. Rather than relying …
Andrew Sinkov / Evernote Blogcast:
Evernote Acquires Skitch! #evernote_etc  —  We love Skitch so much that we decided to buy the company.  Skitch is an amazing Mac application that's changed the way people capture, annotate and share images.  Chief Skitchers, Cris Pearson and Keith Lang are moving from Australia and joining Evernote …
Bing:
Share your “where” with friends: Introducing the “We're In” app from Bing  —  Today we're happy to announce the release of the “We're In” app for Windows Phone.  —  We're In makes organizing get- together's, carpooling and trying to find people in a crowd a breeze.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple's Glass Roofed Retail Store Approved Without Even Discussion  —  The Santa Monica Dispatch's Peggy Clifford attended yesterday's Santa Monica Planning Commission meeting and reports that Apple's new Third Street Promenade building was quickly approved, without even discussion.
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP France outs white 64GB TouchPad with 1.5GHz processor [Update: shipping in 1-2 weeks, official statement from HP]  —  The 64GB HP TouchPad has been a bit of a unicorn as of late, but true to HP form, they've up an unceremoniously revealed it in Europe.  A small footnote of a button …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Verizon's Android share down dramatically following iPhone 4 launch  —  In less than six months, Verizon Wireless' share of Android phones sold in the US has eroded from 51.4 percent to 41.1 percent, indicating a huge shift among Verizon subscribers to iPhone 4.
Scott Merrill / TechCrunch:
Red Hat CEO At LinuxCon: I Have No Idea What's Next  —  Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, just delivered a terrific opening keynote presentation for LinuxCon.  Whitehurst isn't just a businessman, he's also a geek.  He used Linux and open source before joining Red Hat, and the opportunity …
Discussion: Inquirer, Ars Technica and MSDN Blogs
Jeremy Keeshin / thekeesh.com:
Who Does Facebook Think You Are Searching For?  —  Have you ever wondered how Facebook orders your search results?  Clearly they have some ordering about who they think you are looking for, and they seem to guess pretty well.  I can only guess, but it seems like they order it based on who you interact with …
Discussion: ZDNet, TechCrunch, Mashable! and Gawker
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Andreessen Horowitz Leads $15M Round In Cloud Business Intelligence Platform GoodData  —  Startup GoodData, which provides companies with a cloud-based business intelligence (BI) platform, has raised $15 million in funding led by Andreessen Horowitz with existing investors General Catalyst Partners …
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and AllThingsD
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Ahead of Tablet Launch, Amazon Boasts About Its Digital Video Library  —  Amazon says that recently announced deals with CBS and NBC Universal have pushed up its library of digital movies it rents and sells to 100,000 titles, up from 90,000.  —  But let's be very clear about this: The …
Bloomberg:
AOL Discounted Gets Last, Best Hope  —  For a private equity firm that's looking for the cheapest way to get online, AOL Inc. (AOL) is trading for 57 cents on the dollar.  —  The Internet pioneer spun off from Time Warner Inc. (TWX) in 2009 plunged to a record low last week after cutting …
Discussion: The Business Insider
Farhad Manjoo / Slate Magazine:
Can Google Fix the Cable Box? … Like This Story … - Ron Paul Does It.  Rick Perry Does It.  The GOP Craze for Fed-Bashing.- Why Does the Chinese Edition of My Book About Science Have Sexy Ladies on It?  - Is There Any Way To Save the Postal Service?
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Large ISPs Profit From BitTorrent Traffic, Study Finds
Discussion: GamePolitics blogs
Help Net Security:
Researchers identify first flaws in the Advanced Encryption Standard
Ian Hardy / MobileSyrup.com:
TELUS Samsung Galaxy S II Hercules surfaces again!
Discussion: Fonehome and Pocket-lint
ConsortiumInfo.org The Standards Blog:
W3C Launches New “Agile” Standards Development Platform
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple, It's Time To Block iOS 5 Beta Users From Reviewing Apps
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Windows Phone games: Details on Microsoft's ‘Fast Async’ service
Discussion: WinRumors and SlashGear
Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
Facebook Says ‘Authentic Contract’ E-Mailed by Ceglia to Lawyer
Discussion: ZDNet and paidContent
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Fanbois treat criticism of favorite brands as threat to self-image
Discussion: ZDNet
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Windows 8 Will Have An App Store And A “Human Interaction Platform”
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Miami court deals huge setback to Motorola Mobility's defense against Microsoft
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Google Watch