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4:15 AM ET, August 19, 2011

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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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP's WebOS conundrum: Sell the IP or try licensing?  —  Summary: HP's WebOS may live on—via an interested buyer in it for the patents or under a licensing scheme.  —  The technology industry is clearly patent happy and there's a bubble in intellectual property valuations related to anything wireless.
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
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Time For Facebook To Buy WebOS From HP For A Couple Bucks  —  The future of the Internet is mobile.  Facebook knows this.  —  That's why Facebook has been trying to create some sort of Android-based “Facebook phone” for a while now.  —  That's also why Facebook been encouraging its gamesmakers …
Discussion: @richardkerris, SplatF and parislemon
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
HP Pulls Plug on webOS Hardware, Leaves OS Future in Doubt  —  In a dramatic turn of events, Hewlett-Packard said on Thursday that it will stop selling hardware based on the webOS it acquired from Palm.  —  As part of its broad statement on Thursday regarding plans to consider spinning out its PC business …
Robert Scoble / Google+:
Windows 8 wins  —  AKA  —  Oh, HP, kills TouchPad after only a month in market  —  AKA  —  The third party developers are in charge.  —  AKA  —  No apps, no sales.  —  First, so far +Dieter Bohn has the best article on how HP failed that I've seen so far: http …
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
HP eats $100 million charge to cover unsold stockpile of TouchPads
Discussion: ZDNet Australia, Thanks:beijingdou
Bloomberg:
Apotheker Sets Biggest HP Strategic Bet in Oracle Rivalry: Tech
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
HP's “Everything Including the Kitchen Sink” Conference Call
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 …
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Frank McPherson / SocialTimes.com:
Evernote Acquires Skitch And Releases Skitch For Android
Discussion: Apps and Evernote Blogcast
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 …
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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
My Old Friend, AT&T, Still Bringing The Scumbaggery After All These Years  —  January 19, 2011.  It's a day I'll always remember.  It's the day I finally got to destroy a Horcrux that had been bringing misery into my life: AT&T.  —  That's the day I finally cancelled my AT&T service …
Discussion: Examiner, DSLreports, PC World and TUAW
Andreas Udo de Haes / Computerworld:
Apple seeks ban on all Galaxy smartphones, tablets in EU  —  COMPUTERWORLD NETHERLANDS In its case against Samsung Electronics in the Netherlands, Apple is demanding an extensive ban on all Galaxy series smartphones and tablets, including a complete recall of stock by European distributors and resellers.
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 …
Discussion: Daring Fireball
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 …
Discussion: PadGadget and Cult of Mac
CNET News:
Scoop: RIM in talks for BlackBerry music service  —  At a time when Research in Motion needs to sex itself up, the Canadian smartphone maker is in talks with the four largest record companies about launching a new music service to run on top of BlackBerry Messenger, the company's instant-messenger service, multiple sources told CNET.
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News sites using Facebook Comments see higher quality discussion, more referrals  —  News organizations that have turned to Facebook to power their website comments say they are seeing a higher quality of discussion and a significant increase in referral traffic.
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 …
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” …
Ercan Ersoy / Bloomberg:
Apple, Microsoft May Bid for 15 Million Turkish Tablets, AA Says  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. (INTC) may participate in the government's project to supply as much as 15 million tablet computers for school children over four years, state-owned Anatolia news agency said …
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.
Discussion: AppleInsider
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.
 
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Dan Kaplan / SC Magazine US:
Kaspersky says McAfee report is all bark and no bite
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
IPad helps Apple take top spot in worldwide mobile PC market
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College One-Stop Shop: Chegg Buys Web Tutoring Service
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iFixit intros Dozuki, promises 'service manuals that don't suck'
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Reid Hoffman Talks About LinkedIn and VC Life and Gives Five Tips to Start-Ups (Video)
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Google Motorola Deal Deadline Is February 2013
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Apple Opening Up Its First Executive Office In NYC
Discussion: MacRumors, 9to5Mac and MacNN
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Google seeks Cloudboard patent, Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard rolls over in its grave
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
HubSpot Buys Social Media Management Platform And App Directory Oneforty
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Wikipedia editors voting on plan to “shutter” violent and sexual images
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Hires Silicon Valley Tech Blogger Louis Gray as Google+ Evangelist
Bing:
Share your “where” with friends: Introducing the “We're In” app from Bing