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11:35 AM ET, August 19, 2011

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Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
HP: ‘We are not walking away from webOS;’ exclusive details from inside  —  An insider has given us details from an all-hands meeting HP just held with employees in the webOS Global Business Unit in light of today's announcement that HP will no longer make webOS devices.
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Matthew Lebo / The Next Web:
An inside look at HP killing webOS hardware: Here's how it really went down.  —  Neither Palm devices, nor the HP TouchPad were ever going to be able to showcase webOS properly.  That's why yesterday's news that HP was shutting down its webOS hardware development should have been welcomed …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HP To Apple: You Win.  —  As I write this, I'm sitting in a cafe.  Around me, there are five people on laptops — four of them are MacBooks.  Four other people are using tablets — all four are iPads.  Welcome to the Post-PC world.  —  That phrase was one of the first things that jumped …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Why HP is betting the farm on Autonomy  —  Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday plans to spend some $10.25 billion in cash to acquire Autonomy, the United Kingdom-based software and services company.  —  Given that HP's cash reserves currently total $12.9 billion, the deal represents …
Discussion: Computerworld
Bloomberg:
Apotheker Sets Biggest HP Strategic Bet in Oracle Rivalry: Tech  —  Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — Leo Apotheker's sweeping overhaul of Hewlett-Packard Co. steps up rivalry with his longtime foe Oracle Corp.  —  Hearkening back to his two-decade career at SAP AG, Apotheker plans …
Bloomberg:
HP to Pay $10.3B for Autonomy, May Spin Off PCs  —  Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ) is planning a sweeping overhaul of its businesses, agreeing to buy Autonomy Corp. for $10.3 billion and weighing a breakup that would unravel the much-debated Compaq Computer Corp. purchase.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
HP eats $100 million charge to cover unsold stockpile of TouchPads
Discussion: Guardian and PhoneArena, Thanks:beijingdou
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Time For Facebook To Buy WebOS From HP For A Couple Bucks
Discussion: @richardkerris, parislemon and SplatF
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP Pulls Plug on webOS Hardware, Leaves OS Future in Doubt
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google ‘Nexus Prime’ Android 4.0 phone could launch in October  —  Google's third-generation “Nexus Prime” smartphone — which will likely be the first Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” phone to hit the market — will launch in October according to a new report from Korean-language Electronic Times.
Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Talk With Cable Companies About Clearwire Buyout  —  The third-biggest U.S. wireless operator is negotiating with Comcast and other cable companies to obtain control of Clearwire and help complete its LTE network  —  (Bloomberg) — Sprint Nextel Corp. is talking with cable companies …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Wall Street Journal Confirms Early 2012 iPad 3 with Retina Display  —  In case you still had doubts, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is indeed working on its next generation iPad for early 2012.  The newspaper also seems to confirm the 2048x1536 Retina display that has been long rumored.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The truth about scoops  —  In the wake of Motorola-Google deal, Felix Salmon, one of the finest bloggers in New York, penned a piece, Whither the M&A Scoop?  Felix points out that “scoops are the most basic currency of business journalism” and they are what helped folks like Andrew Ross Sorkin become media …
Jessica Dye / Reuters:
Apple moves against knockoffs in New York  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has moved swiftly and, until now, secretly to crack down on stores in the Chinatown section of Queens, New York, accused of selling knock-off Apple gear emblazoned with the company's distinctive logo, according to documents unsealed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.
Anthony / UX Movement:
Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes  —  Designers use rounded corners so much today that they're more of an industry standard than a design trend.  They're not only found on software user interfaces, but hardware product designs as well.  So what is it about rounded corners that make them so popular?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Gizmodo Australia
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Help, I've fallen into a pit of steaming Google+ (what that means for tech blogging)  —  For the past six weeks I've been totally engrossed in Google+.  Addicted is the right word.  It's like those dinosaurs that fell into a pit of tar and couldn't get out.  Heck, I'm not the only one.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Beware of Juice-Jacking  —  You're out and about, and your smartphone's battery is about to die.  Maybe you're at an airport, hotel, or shopping mall.  You don't have the power cable needed to charge the device, but you do have a USB cord that can supply the needed juice.
Rebecca Lynn / Xconomy:
Are Free Motorola Phones in Our Future?  A VC's Take on Why Google is Buying Motorola  —  I was invited to go on Bloomberg West TV on Monday when news broke of Google's plan to acquire Motorola for $12.5 billion in cash.  I hadn't had much time to digest the news before going on live television …
Al Scott / TechFlash:
Google plans 840-person expansion near Seattle  —  Google's offices in Bothell, Wash., would be near the University of Washington's satellite campus and a revitalized downtown.  —  Google has filed plans to add up to 840 workers at an office park north of Seattle, a dramatic expansion of its workforce on the home turf of Microsoft.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Ashton Kutcher Could Face Questions About Disclosure  —  Ashton Kutcher may not have much of a future in journalism.  When he served as guest editor of an online-only version of Details magazine, he failed to fully disclose his investments in Internet companies profiled in the issue.
Rebecca Greenfield / The Atlantic Wire:
This Is How a Twitter-Based Hedge Fund Beat the Stock Market  —  You might think a 140 character tweet doesn't have much power, but, as one hedge fund proved, Twitter can help you win the stock market.  “Derwent Capital, the hedge fund that is using Twitter sentiment to make its investments …
Sherilynn Macale / The Next Web:
With one click on YouTube you can now watch videos with your friends on Google+  —  In a Google+ status update, YouTube Product Manager Brian Glick revealed that you can now watch videos on YouTube in real-time with your friends via Google+ Hangout.  —  It works like this: Hit the “Share” …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out “The Ticker” To More Users  —  While we haven't confirmed whether or not the move is permanent, Facebook appears to be in the process of rolling out their live feed ticker to the homepage of all users.  What's most significant is how this could impact the platform …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Groupon shares mobile location plans with Congress
Discussion: Betabeat and AllThingsD
Andreas Udo de Haes / Computerworld:
Apple seeks ban on all Galaxy smartphones, tablets in EU
CNET News:
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