August 22, 2012, 11:00 AM

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Bob Quinn / AT&T Public Policy Blog:
Enabling FaceTime Over Our Mobile Broadband Network  —  Last week, we confirmed plans to make FaceTime available over our mobile broadband network for our AT&T Mobile Share data plan customers.  —  FaceTime is a video chat application that has been pre-loaded onto every AT&T iPhone since the introduction of iPhone 4.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T responds predictably to FaceTime controversy, says claims of FCC violations are ‘another knee jerk reaction’  —  AT&T's outspoken senior vice president of regulatory affairs Bob Quinn is coming out with guns blazing on the outcry over the company's recently-announced restrictions on FaceTime …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
PayPal Trumps Square's Deal With Starbucks by Partnering With Discover  —  Under a new partnership being announced with Discover, PayPal is super-sizing the number of merchant locations it will accepted at in the U.S. to more than seven million.  —  “The whole industry has been looking for a landmark …
Rob Wong / Hulu Blog:
Launching a New Hulu: A Fresh Look for the Shows You Love  —  In 1992, the great comedian Phil Hartman threw on his Arkansas sweatshirt and walked into a McDonald's.  He was on the set of “Saturday Night Live” and doing his best Bill Clinton impression, continuing the show's grand tradition of Presidential lampoons.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
T-Mobile adding unlimited data plans with no throttling on September 5th  —  Among US national carriers, T-Mobile and Sprint have long been the champions of unlimited data even as Verizon and AT&T have clamped down in recent years — but for T-Mobile customers, there's always been a catch …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Verizon Is Said To Offer Nokia Windows 8 Phone This Year  —  Verizon Wireless plans to sell a new Nokia (NOK1V) Oyj phone with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s Windows 8 software this year, marking the first time it has released a Windows device since May 2011, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Verizon Vacation Blackout Reveals The New iPhone Will Launch On Friday, September 21  —  A trusted Verizon employee has just confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier is having an all-staff vacation blackout from the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30.  You know what that means, right?
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
Apple's closing shot hits at Samsung ‘copycat’ docs  —  Apple once again hammers away at Samsung for internal documents in its closing argument against the company.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple highlighted its broad collection of Samsung internal documents, and not its millions of dollars spent …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch's Picks: The 10 Best Startups From Y Combinator's S12 Demo Day  —  75 startups pitched their hearts out today at Y Combinator's 15th Demo Day.  We saw surefire small businesses to risky big bets but after collecting opinions from their YCS12 classmates and top VCs, these are TechCrunch's top 10 picks.
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Current BlackBerry Enterprise Servers incompatible with BlackBerry 10 devices; RIM to cease development  —  Research In Motion (RIMM) has had an incredibly difficult time getting QNX-based devices to work with the company's existing systems.  The reason the BlackBerry PlayBook shipped without email …
More: ZDNet and IntoMobile
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
How ‘Call Me Maybe’ and Social Media Are Upending Music  —  For decades, the song of the summer would emerge each year following a pattern as predictable as the beach tides.  —  Pop radio would get it rolling before school let out, and soon the song — inevitably one with a big …
More: Media DecoderTweets: @pkafka
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
City of Oakland, FCC identify source of police radio interference: AT&T  —  Since its installation in July 2011, the City of Oakland has had massive problems with its radio system.  —  Timothy Wells  —  On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that local officials …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nikon's Coolpix S800c: an Android-powered point-and-shoot camera for $350  —  It's here: the first Android-powered camera, and it's one that you'd actually consider buying.  Nikon's $349.95 Coolpix S800c is nearly as slim as a smartphone from the middle of last decade, boasting inbuilt GPS …
David Meyer / GigaOM:
Google lashes out at German copyright ‘threat’  —  Google has launched a broadside against a proposed law in Germany that would see search engines forced to pay license fees for linking people to news stories.  —  Well, actually that's slightly inaccurate: the draft law would make search engines pay …
More: PC World
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
Storage Provider Nutanix Raises $33 Million And Shows Signs Of Readying For An IPO  —  Nutanix has raised $33 million in a Series C funding round.  The investment comes from investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and Khosla Ventures along with new investors Battery Ventures and Goldman Sachs.
Klint Finley / Wired:
Is There a Landmine Hidden in Amazon's Glacier?  —  On Tuesday, Amazon unveiled a new online storage service known as Glacier.  It's called Glacier because it deals in “cold storage” — i.e., the long-term storage of things like medical records or financial documents that you may need to archive for regulatory services.
Tweets: @counternotions
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
An LTE iPhone could be the most disruptive thing in the UK mobile market since the original  —  Today's been rather a momentous day in the UK mobile arena, following local regulator Ofcom's approval of Everything Everywhere's plans to use existing spectrum to roll out LTE service early.
Christina Farr / VentureBeat:
CouchSurfing, now a ‘social travel network’, gets a $15M boost  —  CouchSurfing, a website that connects travelers with friendly, foreign strangers willing to share their home, is proving to be profitable business.  Today, the company raised an additional $15 million, bringing its total funds raised in the past year to $22.6 million.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Opera Q2: Sales Up 32% To $52.1M; Mobile Surges, Desktop Flat, Google Deal Stays Put  —  Opera Software, the Norway-based Internet browser company, today reported Q2 2012 earnings that solidified the company's strength in mobile, and ongoing weakness in desktop usage in the face of competition …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
PopCap Confirms Layoffs as the Billion-Dollar Payoff From EA Becomes Less Likely  —  EA-owned PopCap, responsible for creating such games as Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies, is laying off 50 employees from its Seattle studios and is re-evaluating the need for an office in Dublin.
Mark Milian / Bloomberg:
After Getting Funded, Some Kickstarter Projects Stall  —  Kickstarter began in 2009 as a way for entrepreneurs to raise money to get projects off the ground.  Though the company's fundraising platform has been a success, many projects have not.  —  More than a million backers have given $274 million …
Tweets: @markmilianThanks:@markmilian
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify to Launch in Canada  —  STOCKHOLM—Spotify is set to launch its popular music-streaming service in Canada, and has further plans to possibly expand into Asia and South America, according to the Anglo-Swedish company's recently published annual accounts.
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Google Plans To Kill Its Popular Postini Spam Filtering Service  —  Google will soon be turning off its popular spam filtering and e-mail archiving product, Postini.  It will shift Postini users to Google Apps, which also includes Postini's features.  —  At last count, Google …
More: CNET

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