August 16, 2012, 11:40 AM

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Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New Front in Battle for TV  —  Apple Inc. is in talks with some of the biggest U.S. cable operators about letting consumers use an Apple device as a set-top box for live television and other content, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The talks represent Apple's …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple's New TV Plan: Same TV, Different Box  —  The latest from my corporate cousins at the Wall Street Journal: Tim Cook is now more interested in a TV box than a TV set.  Certainly plausible — just ask Time Warner's Jeff Bewkes, who was predicting this a month ago.  —  But the bottom line hasn't changed.
Artem Russakovskii / Android Police:
[Updated: Screenshots] Google Is Gearing Up To Finally Introduce Play Store Gift Cards And A Wishlist [APK Teardown]  —  A new Google Play Store v3.8.15 apk started rolling out to Android devices today, but upon running through its UI, I was unable to uncover anything different from the versions before that.
Brooke Crothers / CNET:
Lenovo dings Microsoft Surface: We'll provide better hardware  —  Lenovo executives believe it can beat Microsoft on hardware and claims not to be worried about Microsoft's Surface tablet.  —  During Lenovo's first fiscal quarter 2013 earnings call, executives didn't mince words in attacking Microsoft's Surface strategy.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Nokia sales chief warns Samsung to ‘take note’ of next generation Lumia  —  Now that Nokia has revealed when its big Windows Phone 8 launch event will be, it's time for the company to start building up the hype and it's doing it by taking aim at its biggest competitor: Samsung.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Dish Network Said To Plan Nationwide Satellite Broadband  —  Dish Network Corp. is preparing to introduce a nationwide broadband-Internet service using a satellite from sister company EchoStar Corp. (SATS), according to three people familiar with the situation.
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
WikiLeaks' Julian Assange granted asylum in Ecuador  —  Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government after taking refuge in its London embassy in June.  —  LONDON — Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted political asylum by the Ecuadorian government …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
‘Friends’ can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules  —  A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so.  The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial …
More: Betabeat, Gizmodo and WebProNewsThanks:@gnagesh
John Letzing / Wall Street Journal:
Zynga Puts Real Money Into Gambling Lobby  —  Zynga Inc. has begun investing in state and federal lobbying efforts around gambling with real money, even as the social gaming firm predicts the U.S. won't be an initial market for the potentially lucrative new line of business.
More: Gizmodo and The Verge
Verizon, Comcast Airwaves Accord Wins Antitrust Approval  —  The U.S. Justice Department allowed Verizon Wireless's purchase of unused airwaves from Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) and other cable companies to go forward on conditions that limit the companies' agreements to sell each other's services.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The Google+ app for iOS opens web URLs in Chrome if installed, how soon until all Google apps do that?  —  Earlier today, Google released an update to its Google+ app for iOS, expanding support for Hangouts.  But tucked in there is a one-line update not which could have some interesting implications …
Chris Dixon:
E-commerce startups  —  Very few successful e-commerce companies were started in the 2000s.  Since then, e-commerce startups have enjoyed a revival.  Dozens of companies have gotten traction and venture dollars have followed.  Phrases like flash sales, social commerce, and subscription commerce have entered the startup lexicon.
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Google Doubles Down On Rewards For Bug Reports With $2 Million In Hacking Prizes  —  If Google hadn't made the message clear enough already: It really, really wants you to hack its software.  —  On Wednesday the company announced that it's holding another competition for hackers to target …
Christopher Van Der Westhuizen / The Official …:
Google Maps now has schedules for more than one million public transit stops worldwide  —  Since 2005, we've collaborated with hundreds of transit authorities around the world to make a comprehensive resource for millions of riders to find out which bus, train, subway or tram can take them to their next destination.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Three years later, deleting your photos on Facebook now actually works  —  It has been more than three years since Ars first started covering Facebook's inability to remove “deleted” photos from its servers, but this particular saga appears to be coming to an end.
More: Gizmodo
Timothy Geigner / Techdirt:
Netflix Provides ‘Knock-offs’ After Contract With Disney Ends  —  We recently talked about the steady progression of cable cord-cutting occuring in this country.  As that trend progresses, we're also seeing constant friction from the major movie studios about how they think they're offering enough …
More: Daily Dot
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Universal Music Uses Bogus DMCA Claim To Take Down Negative Review Of Drake's Album  —  We keep talking about how the DMCA takedown process, all too frequently, is used to stifle speech, and defenders of the system claim that it's ridiculous to bring up the First Amendment in a discussion on copyright.
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