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3:55 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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Business Wire:
HP Confirms Discussions with Autonomy Corporation plc Regarding Possible Business Combination; Makes Other Announcements  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—HP (NYSE: HPQ) today commented on the recent announcement by Autonomy Corporation plc (LSE: AU.L).
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP punts on WebOS, discontinues TouchPad, cuts outlook  —  HP said Thursday that it will discontinue its WebOS operations as the company cut its outlook for the next two quarters.  —  The company said it will “will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones.
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.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP Pulls Plug on webOS Hardware, Leaves OS Future in Doubt
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
That was fast: HP is getting out of the tablet and phone business
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and 9to5Mac
Marietta Cauchi / Morningstar:
Autonomy Confirms In Talks With US Giant Hewlett-Packard
Discussion: Guardian
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 and Pulse2
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.
Staska / Unwired View:
What a blunder.  LG had a contract to build first Android phone, but walked away from the deal  —  Wow!  Is this LG's biggest strategic blunder or what?  —  According to Wall Street Journal (subscription required), back when Google was still working on it's mobile OS in secret …
Discussion: PhoneArena, SlashGear and IntoMobile
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Android Boss Andy Rubin Split His First Huge Bonus Check With His Employees
Discussion: PC Magazine
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 …
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.
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?
Adrianne Jeffries / Betabeat:
Soraya Darabi Steps Back at Foodspotting, Eyes Bigger Role at ABC  —  Soraya Darabi, public face and retroactively-named co-founder for the Bay Area start-up Foodspotting, has effectively left her daily role at the company.  —  Ms. Darabi, who has more than 429,000 followers on Twitter …
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.
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
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Bob Van Voris / Bloomberg:
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