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1:20 AM ET, August 24, 2011

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Chris Cox / Facebook Blog:
Making It Easier to Share With Who You Want  —  Today we're announcing a bunch of improvements that make it easier to share posts, photos, tags and other content with exactly the people you want.  You have told us that “who can see this?” could be clearer across Facebook …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One Year Later, Facebook Killing Off Places ...To Put Location Everywhere  —  It was almost exactly one year ago that Facebook launched Places, their location-based offering.  Reading the press at the time, you would have thought it was going to be the Foursquare-killer, the Gowalla-strangler, the Loopt-beheader, etc.
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint to Get iPhone 5, Sources Say  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the iPhone 5 in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, closing a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another channel for selling its popular phone.
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
Sprint Deal Will Mean 6 Million More iPhones Sold In 2012
Discussion: 9to5Mac, Electronista and AppleInsider
Dennis K. Berman / @dkberman:
Breaking from WSJ: Sprint to start offering Apple's iPhone 5 in October. $S $AAPL
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Samsung cites Stanley Kubrick's ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ movie as prior art against iPad design patent  —  Late last night, Samsung filed its opposition brief to Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction in the United States.  The main part of Samsung's opposition brief has not yet entered …
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Chris Smith / TechRadar:   Samsung: Kubrick invented tablets, not Apple
Biz Stone / The Obvious Corporation:
Unlocking Potential  —  It's important never to delude ourselves into thinking that technology changes the world.  People are responsible for change—technology just helps out.  At Obvious, our goal is to foster systems that help people work together to improve the world.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   Twitter founders' Obvious Co. announces Lift as first project
Matthew Humphries / Geek.com:
Google Fiber shows its potential with 151Mbps download speeds  —  Early last year Google set out on a mission to bring 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home networks in selected areas across the U.S. It was a big challenge, and one that states, counties, and cities fought hard to get in their areas.
Discussion: Telecompetitor
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Brad Reed / Network World:
Google fiber network beta goes live at Stanford
Discussion: DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Greplin Releases Must Have iPhone App To Organize Your Life And Avoid Rabid Googlers  —  It was only a year ago that I first wrote about Greplin, the “other half of search” for you online life.  It's an incredibly useful search engine that indexes your online email, Facebook, Twitter …
Discussion: SocialTimes.com
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
iPad, what is it good for?  News and games for starters  —  When you pick up your iPad, where do you poke around first?  I tend to hit Reeder initially, and often spend at least five minutes with the app before moving on to my local newspaper app.  It looks like I'm not alone …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple's struggles to meet 13-inch MacBook Air demand trigger price gouging  —  More than a month after introducing its latest Thunderbolt MacBook Airs, Apple is still unable to meet broader demand for the 13-inch models, which can be seen listed at prices well above MSRP on at least one of the internet's largest ecommerce sites.
Discussion: Ubergizmo, BetaNews and TUAW
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sony's S1 Android Tablet is the Tablet S, due to arrive in early September  —  While one consumer electronics giant is unceremoniously exiting the tablet wars, after many teaser trailers we're hearing Sony is finally ready to reveal its entry.  We uncovered the S1 PlayStation Tablet ahead …
Bill Ray / The Register:
Google closes Android developer complaint forums  —  Silent support costs more, but it's less embarrassing  —  Google is shutting down the Marketplace forums which have, until now, required Android developers to resolve their problems in public and without much in the way of official support.
Discussion: 9to5Google and ReadWriteWeb
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Six Months After The AOL Deal, HuffPo Employee Equity Is Down 40%  —  When AOL bought the Huffington Post in March 2011, Huffington Post employees had their vested stock options converted into AOL stock, priced at ~$20 a share.  —  Hopefully they sold!  —  Today, AOL stock is worth $12.22 per share - a 40% decline.
Bloomberg:
Torture in Bahrain Aided by Nokia Siemens  —  The interrogation of Abdul Ghani Al Khanjar followed a pattern.  —  First, Bahraini jailers armed with stiff rubber hoses beat the 39-year-old school administrator and human rights activist in a windowless room two stories below ground …
Discussion: Threat Level and Boing Boing
LAUNCH:
Chicago Police to Airbnb Host: No Whites in Black Neighborhoods, Please  —  Chicago police officers confronted a black Airbnb host in the city's Engelwood neighborhood about renting to white tourists — allegedly over guest safety — in an episode the host filmed and posted to YouTube.
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Video: Former CEO Carly Fiorina Gives Tentative Thumbs Up To HP Shakeup  —  It didn't take long for commentators watching last week's dramatic turn of events at Hewlett-Packard to hearken back to another equally dramatic shift at that company under another controversial CEO: Carly Fiorina's epic fight to acquire Compaq Computer in 2002.
Discussion: Open IT Strategies
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Y Combinator Unloads Massive New Batch of Start-Ups  —  The start-up incubator Y Combinator today is pushing out 63 new companies, its largest and most daunting class ever.  Of them, 31 are presenting themselves on the record for investors and press at the newly embiggened Y Combinator headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
Robert Scoble / Google+:
A new respect for entrepreneurs  —  The story is out that I turned down $500,000 of +Bill Gross money thanks to +Loic Le Meur . https://plus.google.com/108082478497335 384404/ posts/58saxADBQxy  —  First, hear it in my own words as I discuss this with +Dave McClure who has seen his own startup roles …
Discussion: Loic Le Meur and @scobleizer
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge says warrant required for cell phone location data  —  In recent years, the courts have struggled to decide whether the government needs a warrant to access historical records about a cell phone user's location.  Some courts have found that when users turn on their cell phones, they …
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and Engadget
Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Key Patents Related to Multi-Touch & “Numbers”  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 16 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our second and final granted patent report of the day you'll learn about two key patents that Apple has won.
Discussion: MacNN
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Windows Phone Reaches 30,000 Apps, Opens Marketplace to Mango Submissions  —  There are now 30,000 mobile applications available for Windows Phone, Microsoft's newest mobile operating system.  That's a huge jump from the 11,500 apps Microsoft reported back in March, but still far short of industry leaders, iOS and Android.
 
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
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Erik Martin / reddit:
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Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
VeriFone Willing to Shell Out $1 Billion Annually to Grow Payments Network
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Begins Turning On The Secure HTTPS By Default
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and scribbal.com
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Verzo teases its first Android smartphone, aims for a late-September launch
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Tony Romm / The Politico:
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Reuters:
Exclusive: ComScore takes users' credit card numbers: lawsuit
Discussion: Neowin.net
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Revamped MySpace Will Have iTunes, Spotify and Vevo in Its Crosshairs
Discussion: Betabeat, ReadWriteWeb and Adotas
Robert Nyman / Mozilla Hacks:
Introducing WebAPI  —  Mozilla would like to introduce WebAPI …
Discussion: Softpedia News and ReadWriteWeb