Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 8/06/2013 12:10 pm


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is speaking out publicly for the first time in favor of immigration reform. The 29-year-old billionaire spoke Monday night in San Francisco at the debut screening of "Documented," a documentary by activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. Zuckerberg said he's advocating for comprehensive immigration reform because it's "really important for the future of our country and for us to do what's right." He says it's not just about securing more visas for engineers at Facebook and other Silicon Valley companies. Zuckerberg and his former Harvard University roommate Joe Green recently founded the organization Fwd.us to advocate for a pathway to citizenship for nearly 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. But Monday was the first time Zuckerberg has spoken publicly in support of immigration reform.

Carl Icahn's stake in Dell now stands at close to 9 percent, buttressing his claims that the fight for the embattled computer maker is not over. Icahn disclosed in a regulatory filing late Monday that he's purchased an additional 4 million shares in Dell Inc. Icahn actually bought the shares Thursday, the same day he filed suit to block any delay in a shareholder vote over company control a day before founder CEO Michael Dell boosted his bid. Dell and investment firm Silver Lake Partners' latest buyout bid is $13.75 per share, with stockholders also receiving a special dividend of 13 cents per share. A shareholder vote on the offer is scheduled for Sept. 12. Icahn has proposed a deal that he says is worth $15.50 per share.

It's the latest move in the chess game between Time Warner Cable and CBS — one that leaves some 3 million viewers feeling like pawns. CBS has rejected the move as a "sham." Time Warner says the cable firm will end a four-day blackout of CBS stations in three major cities. But to do so, CBS has to sell its signals "a la carte" to customers, rather than bundling it with other channels. Most cable and satellite operators sell stations in bundles, instead of letting customers pick and choose which they want. At issue between the two companies is the cost of fees to carry channels for subscribers. Most observers expect the matter to be resolved before the NFL season begins — and people start to get serious about watching that sport and other fall programming.

Top Paid iPhone Apps:

1. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang)
2. Smart Alarm Clock: sleep cycles & noise recording (Plus Sports)
3. Heads Up! (Warner Bros.)
4. djay 2 for iPhone (algoriddim)
5. Where's My Mickey? (Disney)
6. AfterLight (Simon Filip)
7. SnappyCam Pro-Fast Camera for Amazing High Speed Burst Action Living Photos (jpap)
8. Kick the Buddy: No Mercy (Crustalli)
9. iTheme-Themes for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch (novitap GmbH)
10. Pimp Your Screen (Apalon)

Top Free iPhone Apps:

1. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Gameloft)
2. Bad Piggies (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
3. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)
4. Bus Derby (Dimension Technics)
5. Colormania-Guess the Colors (Genera Mobile)
6. Vine (Vine Labs Inc.)
7. YouTube (Google Inc.)
8. Celebrity Dentist (Bear Hug Media)
9. Instagram (Burbn Inc.)
10. Snapchat (Snapchat Inc.)

Top Paid iPad Apps:

1. Minecraft-Pocket Edition (Mojang)
2. Where's My Mickey? XL (Disney)
3. Plants vs. Zombies HD (PopCap)
4. Survivalcraft (Igor Kalicinski)
5. Pages (Apple)
6. djay 2 (algoriddim)
7. Smart Alarm Clock for iPad: sleep cycles and noise recording (Plus Sports)
8. Words With Friends HD (Zynga Inc.)
9. Notepad+ (Apalon)
10. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play HD (Disney)

Top Free iPad Apps:

1. Bad Piggies HD (Rovio Entertainment Ltd)
2. Despicable Me: Minion Rush (Gameloft)
3. Candy Crush Saga (King.com Limited)
4. Where's My Mickey? Free (Disney)
5. Celebrity Dentist (Bear Hug Media)
6. Google Maps (Google Inc.)
7. YouTube (Google Inc.)
8. Bus Derby (Dimension Technics)
9. Game of War-Fire Age (Machine Zone Inc.)
10. Skype for iPad (Skype Communications S.a.r.l)

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