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12:15 PM ET, August 26, 2011

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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Max Levchin to Leave Google as Slide Is Shut Down  —  Slide, the social apps company that Google bought just over a year ago for about $200 million, will be dissolved, and its well-regarded leader Max Levchin will depart Google, sources close to the matter told AllThingsD.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bloody Thursday: Google Deadpools All Slide Products Except One  —  Because we needed more big tech news this week.  Yes, it's true that Google has just brought the hammer down on Slide, as Liz Gannes of AllThingsD first reported earlier this evening.  Yes, it's also true that Max Levchin is leaving.
The Business Insider:
CHART OF THE DAY: Apple's Incredible Run Under Steve Jobs  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple in considerably better shape than he found it.  —  When Apple acquired NeXT, and Jobs, for $400 million in December, 1996, Apple's market cap was $3 billion.  Today it's $347 billion …
Discussion: Telegraph
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Developing ‘New Technology’ for Delivering Video Content
Felix Salmon:
Don't ignore Tim Cook's sexuality
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Samsung accidentally confirms the Nexus Prime?  —  The Nexus line of phones have been widely likened to the iPhone when it comes to the wealth of speculation, rumors, and general obsession over the upcoming release of those devices.  With the next version of the both of these prolific devices on the way …
John-Paul Ford Rojas / Telegraph:
Google TV to launch in UK  —  An “internet TV” service that allows people to switch between television and the web on the same set is to be launched in the UK by Google.  —  The “Google TV” innovation will also mean that viewers can watch material from catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on their main TV screen.
Technology Review:
IBM Builds Biggest Data Drive Ever  —  The system could enable detailed simulations of real-world phenomena—or store 24 billion MP3s.  —  A data repository almost 10 times bigger than any made before is being built by researchers at IBM's Almaden, California, research lab.
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Pound for pound, Pandora ads now worth more than radio  —  Internet radio company Pandora reported the financial results for its first three months as a public company on Thursday.  The Oakland, Calif.-based company confirmed that while it still has a long way to go before it reaches …
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Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
HTC Omega: First Press Shots (Image)  —  This is the HTC Omega, an upcoming Windows Phone 7 device from HTC (likely to be announced at the September 1 press event).  It'll come in a white/silver color combination, perhaps with aluminum construction, and may be called the HTC Radar upon release.
Stephen Chapman / Between the Lines Blog:
Windows 8: Two new 3rd party apps using the new Metro UI  —  Summary: With most developers around the world having to wait until BUILD to find out how to develop for Windows 8, some companies are already cranking out Windows 8 apps!  See two of them here.  —  So far, all we've seen …
Discussion: Computerworld
Zee / The Next Web:
Google+ launches an “ignore” option.  Hide people but let them interact with your content.  —  Google has just introduced a new way of customizing Google+ so you only see content from people you're interested in with having to completely block them.  —  The Block Option
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Comex, the Hacker Behind JailbreakMe.com, Hired as Apple Intern  —  Comex, the hacker behind JailbreakMe.com, is joining Apple as an intern.  JailbreakMe.com made it extremely easy for iOS users to jailbreak their devices simply by visiting a website.  He announced the hiring on Twitter:
Rick Stroud / St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers buy each player an iPad to hold playbook, videos  —  TAMPA — Every year on every NFL team, the Turk nervously ambles next to players in the locker room, dorm room or cafeteria, his role a designated dream killer whose only job is to signal the death knell to somebody's career.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Unbridled Entrepreneurism  —  Y Combinator had its semiannual demo day earlier this week, where many of the 63 startups in this batch showed their stuff to investors and press for the first time.  It was the largest demo day so far.  And they did the same show two days in a row so more people could come.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Joe Regan / Chitika Insights:
Firefox 6 Takes Off, up to Over 8% of Traffic  —  August 16th saw the release of the newest version of Firefox; Firefox 6, and already the browser is taking off with rave reviews.  The second version released under Mozilla's new rapid-release process, Firefox 6 has seen a huge bump in our network since release day.
Discussion: BGR
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google signs up three schools for Chromebooks  —  Google's put in motion an Apple-like plan calling for Chromebooks in education, traditionally a strong market for Apple's Macintosh computers.  The company announced on its official Enterprise blog back-to-school deals with three schools …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's Mason Tells Troops in Feisty Internal Memo: “It Looks Good.”  —  Facing a barrage of negative press about its upcoming IPO, Groupon CEO and Co-founder Andrew Mason took up a pen to counter critics of the social buying service.  —  Especially under scrutiny …
Alan Burchill / Smarter Geek:
Next Gen Windows Slate Device Revealed at TechEd 2011 NZ  —  At TechEd 2011 New Zealand Jeff Johnson and Patrick Hevesi showed off some new Windows “Slate” style device in the WCL101 Come and see the latest and greatest in Windows Devices session.  —  Below is a number of photos of the devices …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Russian Search Giant Yandex Acquires Social News Startup ‘The Tweeted Times’  —  Yandex, one of the leading Internet companies in Russia, has acquired startup venture The Tweeted Times, which enables people to create custom online ‘newspapers’ generated from their Twitter accounts.
Discussion: paidContent and The Next Web
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Expendables Makers Dismiss Massive BitTorrent Lawsuit  —  Since 2010 the United States Copyright Group (USCG) has sued tens of thousands of BitTorrent users who allegedly shared films without the consent of copyright holders.  —  Their example was soon followed by other law firms …
Discussion: DSLreports and Techdirt
Pew Internet:
65% of online adults use social networking sites  —  Fully 65% of adult internet users now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago.  This marks the first time in Pew Internet surveys that 50% of all adults use social networking sites.
Discussion: Pew Internet
Nova Spivack:
Creator of Delicious Wants to Meet Your Needs With Jig  —  Joshua Schachter, the creator of Delicious, has launched his newest creation, Jig.  —  At first glance the site seems a bit like Twitter, but it has a different focus.  Instead of posting about what you are doing, you post about what you need.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins expedited trial in California lawsuit against Samsung — trial date: July 30, 2012  —  After a Dutch court ordered a preliminary injunction against three Samsung smartphones (which is far from devastating to Samsung but adds another piece to Apple's “copycat” story) …
Discussion: Guardian, GigaOM, PhoneArena and MacPost
Michelle Haag / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0 screenshots show up in the forums?  —  Just last week Kevin was talking about BlackBerry PlayBook v2.0, and now tonight watchful CrackBerry members have posted these screenshots in the forums.  Originally posted on a Chinese website, there isn't a whole lot of information …
Sarah McBride / Reuters:
Social media magazine Flipboard pursues TV, films  —  (Reuters) - Internet video is getting even more crowded.  Flipboard, the social media magazine whose investors include actor Ashton Kutcher, plans to add television shows and films to move it beyond the online articles that it offers now.
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
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Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
WikiLeaks publishes tens of thousands more cables
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Embrane gets $18M to build cloud networking tools
Discussion: Embrane and bizjournals
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Judge tosses antitrust claims over Microsoft, Yahoo spam filters
Discussion: Inquirer and The Next Web
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
As Quora Thinks More About Mobile, They Drop A Pin On Location
Greg Bensinger / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung's New Galaxy S II Won't Be Carried by Verizon