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MG Siegler / parislemon:
Incoming: A Native Gmail iPhone App.  Finally.  —  Ever since I bought the original iPhone in 2007, there's been one app above all others that I've been sorely missing: Gmail.  Of course, back then, there were no native third-party apps.  But a year later, when those came, Gmail was still nowhere to be found.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Despite new CPU options, Apple reportedly questioning future of Mac Pro  —  Despite the coming availability of a new generation of Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs suitable for advancing Apple's Mac Pro line, the company has reportedly been evaluating whether to continue to invest in furthering …
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Chris Rawson / TUAW:
On the Mac Pro's future  —  The Mac Pro is a strange outlier among Apple's products.  It's insanely powerful, but it's priced out of the reach of most mortals.  It's by far Apple's most “traditional” computer; the Mac Pro is a tower you can crack open and customize quite easily …
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Revealed: Why Techmeme links to them instead of you!  —  Over time, nearly every major tech news publisher has asked us a variant of “Why do you always post them and not us?” or “Why did you pick them over us for that story when we posted first?”  So it's probably time to address this issue in a general way.
Phil McKinney:
Goodbye HP  —  Earlier today, I announced that I will be retiring from HP.  —  This is not the traditional retirement.  I'm not planning on spending my days playing golf or sitting around the house driving my wife crazy.  I have far too much passion, energy and ideas to sit on the sidelines.
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Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:   Phil McKinney retiring from HP; big thinkers on the way out?
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
On The Verge of a New Tech Site, Which Finally Debuts  —  Tonight at 1 am PT, techies who have nothing else to do — that would be me! — can click onto a brand new tech site called The Verge.  —  Well, kind of — it's the result of many months of work by the gang that defected …
Discussion: @zee, @bankoff, paidContent and @bankoff
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Noah Davis / Business Insider:   The New Site From The Engadget Crew And SB Nation Is About To Take The Tech World By Storm
Alan Green / Official Google Reader Blog:
New in Reader: a fresh design, and Google+ sharing  —  Today we're rolling out the new Reader design, and the Google+ features that we mentioned just over a week ago.  Before the day's over, all Reader users will be able to enjoy the following improvements:  — A new look and feel that's cleaner, faster, and nicer to look at.
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
INSIDE GROUPON: The Truth About The World's Most Controversial Company  —  It's August 2011, and Andrew Mason is agitated.  —  He's at his desk in the middle of Groupon's wide open, call center-style office in Chicago.  His headphones are on.  His brow is furrowed.
Michael Arrington / Uncrunched:
SimpleGeo To Be Acquired By Urban Airship  —  SimpleGeo, the once promising location startup, has been acquired, I've heard.  The buyer is Urban Airship.  —  This is an all stock acquisition apparently, totaling around $3.5 million in value.  Since SimpleGeo has raised nearly $10 million …
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Scott Kveton / Urban Airship:
Urban Airship Acquires SimpleGeo
Oonagh Reidy / Smart Office:
Samsung: Show Us The Source Code, Apple  —  Samsung are demanding the source code for iPhone 4S firmware as well as Apple's agreements with all major Aussie telco's as it looks to ban iPhone 4S here.The demand came today as Samsung faced yet another legal showdown with foe Apple …
Andy Meek / The Daily:
Remarkable tale of how Apple boss hired unknown musician for iTunes  —  With the release of his authorized biography, many details from the notoriously private life of Steve Jobs have been made public for the first time.  —  Anecdotes paint the portrait of a brilliant but exacting individual …
Thanks:daily
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
How Android swallowed the UK smartphone market in just 18 months  —  Figures from Kantar ComTech show how dramatically Android has risen to prominence - but what does that mean for rival contenders such as Nokia, Apple and RIM?  —  In just 18 months, Android has come from nowhere to become …
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Hulu Plus app is ready for Apple TV, decision to update is “political not technical”  —  We've gotten word that inside Apple there are Apple TVs running the Hulu Plus app natively.  The app is feature complete and ready to roll out to Apple TV users on current builds.
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Appcelerator raises $15M, now largest third-party app publisher on iOS, Android  —  Skipping past the obvious “acceleration” puns, things are looking good for Appcelerator, maker of a cross-platform app development platform.  —  The company announced today that it has raised $15 million …
Soledad O'Brien / CNNMoney.com:
Michael Arrington is right (about one thing)  —  Michael Arrington thinks there should be more effort made to improve diversity in Silicon Valley.  I agree.  But that important message is being drowned out by a heated online debate.
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Caleb Garling / Wired Enterprise:
Motorola Banks $228 Million from Unnamed Patent Holder  —  Motorola Mobility — the smartphone manufacturer recently snatched up by Google — has received a total of $228 million in cash and licensing fees from an unnamed company, and all signs point to Blackberry maker Research in Motion as the outfit in question.
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Boxee gets more porn with FyreTV app  —  Boxee users can soon watch more X-rated content, thanks to a new app from adult over-the-top distributor FyreTV (link not safe for work).  The app will offer access to some 15,000 movies from more than 100 adult studios, according to FyreTV …
Discussion: Business Insider
Matt McLernon / YouTube Blog:
Life in a Day now available on YouTube  —  On July 24, 2010, thousands of people around the world recorded videos of their lives to take part in Life in a Day, a cinematic experiment to document a single day on earth.  From more than 4,500 hours of footage recorded and uploaded to YouTube …
Susan Wojcicki / The Official Google Blog:
Increasing transparency and choice with ads on search and Gmail  —  Our advertising system is designed to show the right ad to the right person at the right time.  Because ads should be just as useful as any other information on the web, we try to make them as relevant as possible for you.
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
These Facts About The Chinese Startup Scene Will Blow Your Mind  —  Entrepreneur Bowei Gai sold his last company, a mobile business-card reading app called CardMunch, to LinkedIn earlier this year.  Since then, he's been able to pursue some of his other interests.  —  Like the Chinese startup scene.
Adobe:
Adobe Acquires Auditude to Capitalize on Exploding Video Advertising Opportunity  —  For immediate release  —  Auditude Platform Empowers Publishers and Media Companies to Maximize Value of Video Content  —  Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired …
Discussion: GigaOM and @pkafka
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Shares Melt as Rumors Collide (Plus, I Add Another Log to the Fire)  —  Do sale rumors make a troubled asset more attractive?  Yes — except when more rumors (that those sales rumors might not be true) appear.  —  Welcome to just another day in the life of Yahoo, which saw its shares drop more than 5.5 percent today.
Discussion: @cnbc
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Apple's iPhone to make up more than half of Q4 smartphone sales across top-3 U.S. carriers  —  In the third quarter of 2011, Apple offered just two smartphones: the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 3GS.  The latter was sold by just one carrier in the United States while the former was sold by two of the four major wireless carriers.
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Music App Developer Smule Raises $12 Million
Discussion: VatorNews and VentureBeat
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Google Analytics For Business Data, Chart.io, Raises $3.2 Million
Discussion: alarm:clock
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration Technology Blog:
Google Begins Indexing Facebook Comments
Discussion: LAUNCH, Thanks:labnol
Josh Constine / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Discontinues Official Mp3 Music Player, Pushes Users to Streaming Partners
Discussion: The Next Web
Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
South Korea fines flat-panel LCD display makers
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Airbnb Is Thinking About Partnering With Car-Sharing Services
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Book Publisher Files Mass-BitTorrent Lawsuit
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How Google is quietly experimenting in new ways for readers to access publishers' content
Discussion: The Next Web
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Outsmarted: Captcha security not much of a gotcha
J.B. / Fusible.com:
Google quietly reveals GOMO, a service that mobilizes your site on demand
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, PC Magazine and Betabeat, Thanks:fusible
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Go Daddy Supports E-PARASITE Legislation Even Though Its Own Site Is Dedicated To Theft …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Domains
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple looking to bring AirPlay Mirroring, iMessage application to Mac OS X
Imtiyaz Delawala / ABC News:
Bill Gates Dismisses Criticism in Steve Jobs Biography