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11:15 PM ET, August 20, 2011

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Charlie White / Mashable!:
HP Tablet: How to Find a Deeply Discounted HP TouchPad  —  The discontinued HP TouchPad continues its liquidation at fire sale prices, and the frantic search for the defunct tablet at that elusive $99.99 price is one of the trending topics on Twitter today.  —  Use this link to search Twitter …
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Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
What does the glut of cheap HP TouchPads mean for Apple and Android tablet sales?  —  If you're trying to get a $99 TouchPad but can't find it anywhere, blame Best Buy.  Based on calls placed to a half-dozen of the stores today, Best Buy has refused to sell its huge stock of HP tablets, choosing to return them to HP instead.
Dan Ramirez / webOSroundup:
BREAKING: HP Crediting Fire-Sale Difference to Current TouchPad Owners  —  Folks, we're all a bit upset right now, and who can blame you?  But it's looking to us like HP is trying to make things right for customers that took the plunge on the HP TouchPad previously.  Here's what we know:
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP begins TouchPad liquidation; 16GB cut to $99, 32GB $149  —  We were wondering how exactly HP was going to handle the glut of TouchPads in the market now that they've decided they're done making hardware for webOS.  Now we have our answer: fire sale!  —  In a memo sent to HP affiliates …
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Google Plus must stop this Identity Theatre  —  Bruce Schneier in Beyond Fear coined a phrase: … The Common Names debâcle at Google Plus is a variant of this, where the supposed protections are manifestly not working.  Google's stated policy on this is that you should use your ‘common name’ …
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Jamie Zawinski / jwz:
Nym Wars  —  Yes, yes, let's just get this one out of the way now.  —  I hadn't been paying much attention to the Google “Real Names” clusterf**k, because it was so obvious to me that they were going to lose this one in the press that it would all be over soon.
Discussion: LAUNCH and Boing Boing
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google+ Rolls Out Verified Profiles, Still Struggles With Real-Name Policy  —  William Shatner, rejoice!  Earlier today, Wen-Ai Yu from the Google+ team announced with a post on Google+ and an accompanying YouTube video that the social network now boasts ‘verification badges’ for celebrities …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: “A sort of PC”: how Windows 8 will invade tablets (and why it might work)  —  For the first time in fifteen or more years, Redmond faces a genuine challenge to its Windows desktop monopoly.  The threat isn't coming from Linux or from Mac OS X or from any other operating system.
Discussion: Slashdot
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
No, HP, you're off the mark  —  Oh nooo.  That was the first thought that crossed my mind as I began to read Jon Zilber's post on HP's company blog.  Quoting Mark Twain?  Oh no he didn't.  In a nutshell, Zilber's intent was to correct the world's press, which collectively played Taps while standing over webOS's grave this past week.
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Edward Moyer / CNET News:
SF subway sets public debate on cell shutdown  —  A demonstrator at the August 15 protest.  —  BART, the San Francisco-area transit system targeted by hackers after it cut cell service in its subway prior to a protest of a shooting by one of its police officers, posted a letter …
Marc Andreessen / Wall Street Journal:
Why Software Is Eating The World  —  This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth.  Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility.
 
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