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6:20 PM ET, August 21, 2011

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP's TouchPad fire sale: The fallout  —  Summary: HP's TouchPad liquidation sale says a lot about the company, the tablet market and its ability to keep an e-commerce site running.  —  HP's TouchPad liquidation sale this weekend was telling on multiple fronts as techies drooled over a good deal …
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Best Buy does a 180 degree change, will sell HP TouchPad in U.S. stores at fire sale prices  —  Perhaps Best Buy's U.S. managers saw all those HP TouchPads being sold around them and decided to join in the fun, too.  After saying that its U.S. stores would not partake in the fire sale of the webOS tablet …
Dan Ramirez / webOSroundup:
BREAKING: HP Crediting Fire-Sale Difference to Current TouchPad Owners
Bryna Corcoran / @brynaathp:   Just tuning in? #Touchpad on HP online stores in USA are sold out. More coming. Alert site server busy but keep trying: http://t.co/cQkzKCW
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype To Acquire Year-old Group Messaging Service GroupMe  —  Skype will acquire group messaging service GroupMe, a service that was born at a hackathon at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York in 2010.  GroupMe was founded by Jared Hecht and Steve Martocci.  —  The terms of the deal, including price, aren't being disclosed.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Testing LTE in iOS 5 and Hiring More LTE Engineers  —  Early last week, Boy Genius Report claimed that Apple has been testing a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone with carriers, and pointed to an “internal iOS test build” of one of Apple's major mobile partners.  In that build was a property list file (.plist) for LTE.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple is field-testing LTE iOS 5 devices, could the next-gen iPad run on LTE?
Zee M Kane / The Next Web:
Twitter Just Got the Respect it Deserves  —  If you're one to check your analytics on a daily basis you may have noticed a pretty sharp increase in referrals from Twitter's “t.co” domains.  We noticed it almost immediately on Wednesday but naively didn't pay much attention.
Discussion: getclicky.com/blog
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Ronny Kerr / VatorNews:
StumbleUpon bests Facebook in sharing... maybe
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Digital Trends and @gmc
Jean-Louis Gassee / Monday Note:
HP: What Léo Apotheker's Decisions Mean  —  Last Monday evening, hours after Google's $12.5B gamble on Motorola Mobile (MMI), I had an intriguing idea and began drafting a Monday Note to explore its ramifications.  It started like this: … Building and dismantling the business case …
Sean Portnoy / Home Theater Blog:
Best Buy's Samsung HDTV and Galaxy Tab combo offer: “Bundling two losing products together”?  —  Summary: Samsung is the biggest name in 3D TV, and its Galaxy Tab is the best-known Android tablet competitor to the iPad.  So when Best Buy decided to bundle a free Galaxy Tab …
Discussion: Digits
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’ …
Discussion: Chris Saad and TechCrunch
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Microsoft disables ‘supercookies’ used on MSN.com visitors  —  New tracking technology a ‘colossal privacy gaffe,’ researcher says  —  Computerworld - Microsoft said it has disabled an online tracking technology that, according to a Stanford University researcher, allowed the company …
Kevin Murphy / Reuters:
Missouri teachers sue to block social media law  —  (Reuters) - In the face of a lawsuit, a Missouri state senator defended on Saturday a new state law that will prohibit teachers from communicating privately with students over the Internet.  —  A teachers group filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon contending …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows...PC, Phone &Tablet?  —  Is Silverlight really dead, or is it the future of Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone?  This is a question weighing on the minds of legions of Microsoft developers right now - developers who were once promised that Silverlight …
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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