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8:40 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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Kashmir Hill / Forbes:
Facebook Finally Helps Users Avoid Being Tagged in Embarrassing Photos, But Also Expands Who Can Tag
Discussion: Softpedia News, Gawker and PC World, Thanks:forbestech
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
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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First Details About Lift, the Next Social Network From the Founders of Twitter  —  The recently-departed co-founders of Twitter now working together again under the old Obvious Corp. name (Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Jason Goldman) announced their first official partnership today, with a stealth alpha app called Lift.
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 …
New York Times:
Technology Devices Either Sell Big or Die Fast  —  Seven weeks after it was put on sale, Hewlett-Packard killed its TouchPad tablet, the company's competitor to Apple's iPad.  —  Last year, Microsoft pulled the plug on its Kin mobile phones only 48 days after they went on sale.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
‘What Idiot Wrote The Patent That Might Invalidate Software Patents?  Oh, Wait, That Was Me’  —  We recently wrote about a surprising Federal Circuit (CAFC) ruling that might open the door to invalidating a lot of software patents.  We received an an interesting comment on the post a few days later from John Pettitt:
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: HTC Puccini in the wild, AT&T LTE support confirmed!  —  Have a gander.  Take as long as you need.  That, friends, is the AT&T-bound HTC Puccini, and it'll be the first tablet to hit Ma Bell with inbuilt LTE support.  According to our sources, the Android-based slate is currently in testing …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Newest Version Of Yahoo Mail Now Has 100 Million Monthly Active Users  —  The latest version of Yahoo Mail opened up to users a few months ago and the company is announcing a new milestone today—100 million monthly active users.  —  Additional features in the new version …
Discussion: Yahoo! Mail Blog
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.
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Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Microsoft previews smarter file copying in Windows 8  —  A consolidated dialog box showing multiple files being copied in Windows 8.  This optional, detailed view shows transfer progress and throughput graphs.  (Image Credit: Microsoft)  —  Microsoft tonight showed a new approach to copying …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
AT&T Roadmap: Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, & More  —  Obviously the most anticipated addition to AT&T's lineup this fall will be the next iPhone (iPhone-s plural?), but that doesn't mean the carrier has forsaken other popular platforms.  In fact, the company's second-half lineup — or most of it …
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 …
Melanie Lee / Reuters:
China's Renren signs agreement with Microsoft's MSN  —  (Reuters) - Chinese social-networking site Renren said on Wednesday it has signed an agreement with Microsoft's joint venture instant messaging firm, MSN, to cooperate in areas of instant messaging and social networking.
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: DisplayBlog, Ubergizmo, BetaNews and TUAW
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
Brian Proffitt / ITworld:
The impact of Oracle's defense of API copyrights  —  Long-held practice of API copyright exemption jeopardized  —  Recent examinations of Oracle's strategy in its Java copyright infringement case against Google reveal tactics that could seriously jeopardize the US software industry, depending on how the Ninth Circuit Court rules.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
YouTube and comScore Deal Has Potential to Make Online Video Blow Up  —  I've long been bullish on YouTube, viewing it as the best advertising platform ever known to mankind (despite the giddiness that some have for Facebook and Twitter).  —  A Walled Garden?
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Slovenia Launches Supervizor, An Official Public Web App For Monitoring Public Spending  —  The threat of corruption is ever-present in areas like government spending, where miles of red tape, billions in assets, and a legitimate need for secrecy at times presents a potential trifecta for would-be defrauders.
Discussion: Funky.Karaoke
Chuck Salter / Fast Company:
Ticketmaster Teams With Facebook So You Can Sit Next To Your Friends  —  Live events are inherently social, says CEO Nathan Hubbard.  Buying tickets should be, too.  —  When Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard and his new executive team hit the road earlier this year touting a more innovative …
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 …
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
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
OpenFeint And CrowdStar Incubator YouWeb Raises $2 Million
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Mobile Apps
Erik Martin / reddit:
reddit acquires redditgifts.com to support Secret Santa '11 …
Discussion: VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Yale oversight exposes 43,000 Social Security numbers
Discussion: Softpedia News and The Register
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
VeriFone Willing to Shell Out $1 Billion Annually to Grow Payments Network
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Six Months After The AOL Deal, HuffPo Employee Equity Is Down 40%
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 Earlier Items: 
Brad Molen / Engadget:
Verzo teases its first Android smartphone, aims for a late-September launch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Skype Really Paid For GroupMe
Discussion: Betabeat
Irina Slutsky / AdAge:
Five Years in, Twitter Seeks PR Help
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Y Combinator Unloads Massive New Batch of Start-Ups
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Judge says warrant required for cell phone location data
Bill Ray / The Register:
Google closes Android developer complaint forums
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and 9to5Google