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4:50 AM ET, August 22, 2011

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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.
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Skype Pays Around $85 Million For GroupMe  —  Skype has agreed to acquire GroupMe, a company that has developed a way to for a group of people to send messages to each across various smartphone platforms.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  Skype is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft.
Discussion: About Skype, IntoMobile and PC Magazine
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
GroupMe Acquired by Skype for More than $50 Million  —  GroupMe just celebrated their one year anniversary, and founders Steve Martocci and Jared Hetch certainly had something to smile about.  A deal in the works for months was just completed, with global VOIP giant Skype acquiring GroupMe for a price we hear is north of $50 million.
Thanks:betabeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Skype bought GroupMe & Why it isn't enough  —  Skype, the Internet telephony company that is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft says it is buying a year-old group messaging startup, GroupMe.  The price tag according to some estimates is $85 million, though Skype and GroupMe have not yet confirmed the deal terms.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Simple Explanation for Why HP Abandoned Palm and Is Getting Out of the PC Business  —  HP acquired Palm at the end of April 2010, for $1.2 billion.  HP's CEO was Mark Hurd.  —  Three months later, in early August, Mark Hurd was forced to resign over that scandal with forged expenses and lies about his lady friend.
Discussion: Examiner and DisplayBlog
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
Analysis: HP - Dial “M” for mayhem  —  (Reuters) - Leo Apotheker's credibility as a CEO is falling along with Hewlett-Packard's stock price.  —  Apotheker, who gained a reputation for sharp business acumen when he headed up SAP, thoroughly flummoxed HP shareholders last week with what some analysts …
Discussion: AllThingsD, TechEye, Pulse2 and Gizmodo
Jean-Louis Gassee / Monday Note:
HP: What Léo Apotheker's Decisions Mean
Discussion: PC Magazine and Gizmodo
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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BetaNews.com / @betanews:
Want a $99 HP TouchPad? They are hard to find. Your best bet is to keep on top of this SlickDeals thread: http://t.co/N3Va7NR
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Unleaked: Former WikiLeaks Spokesperson Destroys Over 3,500 Unpublished Documents  —  Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a German technology activist and former spokesperson for whistleblower organization WikiLeaks, announced today that he has destroyed over 3,500 unpublished documents that used to sit …
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
iOS 5 includes early earthquake warning notifications for Japanese iPhone users  —  Following the devestating earthquake in Japan earlier this year, Apple has added a new early earthquake warning notification option to iOS 5. iOS 5 users in Japan can turn on early earthquake notifications …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Twitter Drew Record Numbers Of U.S. Visitors In July  —  comScore's July traffic numbers are out and similar to June's findings, Facebook and Twitter both saw record traffic in terms of U.S. unique visitors in the month.  In July, Facebook saw a whopping 162 million unique visitors …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Another EA Exec Jumps Ship To Zynga; Jeff Karp Joins As Chief Marketing And Revenue Officer  —  Zynga has snagged another EA exec today.  The social gaming giant is announcing today that former EA Executive Vice President Jeff Karp is joining as Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer.
Discussion: AllThingsD and VentureBeat
James Cowie / Renesys Blog:
The Battle for Tripoli's Internet  —  As dawn broke in Libya on the morning of Sunday 21 August, it appeared that the battle for control of Tripoli was underway.  Throughout the night, a steady stream of tweets and retweets emerged from Libyan sources, painting a confusing, often contradictory picture of the evolving situation.
 
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
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Zusha Elinson / New York Times:
After Cellphone Action, BART Faces Escalating Protests
Discussion: CNET News
Zee M Kane / The Next Web:
Twitter Just Got the Respect it Deserves
Sean Portnoy / Home Theater Blog:
Best Buy's Samsung HDTV and Galaxy Tab combo offer: “Bundling two losing products together”?
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
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Discussion: Babbage and The Register