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8:05 PM ET, August 2, 2009


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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
FCC's Speed Shockingly Fast Looking Into iPhone-Google Voice Fiasco  —  If the FCC's recent inquiry into Apple's/AT&T's rejection of Google Voice on the iPhone is any indication, it's that consumers (and companies) can expect to be much faster served under the new Julius Genachowski FCC administration than the last one.
Discussion: BayNewser and New York Times
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
The FCC Questions Apple, AT&T and Google:  —  Last Tuesday (July 28th) when I was interviewed for the NY Times story, “Even Google Is Blocked With Apps for iPhone”, one of the questions I was asked was who I thought was the reason behind Apple's decision to block Google Voice from the iPhone Apps store.
Jason Fitzpatrick / Lifehacker:
FreeAppAlert Notifies You When For-Pay iPhone Apps Become Free  —  iPhone: There are thousands and thousands of iPhone applications, but you hardly have time to keep up with their pricing changes, let alone new releases.  The FreeAppAlert web service will keep you updated.
Discussion: Sample the Web, Thanks:tweeterism
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Analyst claims first hand knowledge of Apple gaming, home media center tablet  —  Barron's is reporting that an un-named analyst has seen Apple's forthcoming tablet and expects it to be announced in September with a ship date around November.  They mention that Apple is such a bellwether …
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget and CrunchGear
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Leaked Sprint WiMAX roadmap names new cities for 2009 rollout  —  Well, what do we have here?  One of our readers sent us a screenshot from Sprint's Sales Portal that included the above roadmap for its WiMAX rollout this year.  A number of the yet-to-be-launched cities we've already heard about …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)  —  A few weeks ago, I scored what passes these days for one of journalism's biggest coups, satisfying a holy writ for newspaper impact in the Internet age.  Gawker, the snarky New York culture and media Web site, had just blogged about my story in that day's Washington Post.
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Windows Phone mobile OS demonstrated  —  INQTV Exclusive First video of final version  —  AT A RECENT Microsoft event the INQ was given an exclusive walkthrough of the final version of the new Windows Phone operating system, running on a touch screen HTC Touch Diamond2.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Net Applications: Apple just lost half its ‘market share’  —  The so-called market share reports issued every month by Net Applications have long been controversial — mostly because they didn't actually measure market share (which business people typically express as the number of widgets …
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Asa Dotzler
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
With Twitter's Arrival, NFL Loses Control of Image Game  —  Thousands of fans gathered in Ashburn last week for the opening of Redskins training camp, separated from their oversize heroes by a long barricade.  But when the players left the field and returned to the locker room …
Discussion: Andrew Lark
New York Times:
Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates U.S. Fear of Cyberwar Risk  —  It would have been the most far-reaching case of computer sabotage in history.  In 2003, the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies made plans for a cyberattack to freeze billions of dollars in the bank accounts of Saddam Hussein …
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Twitter: More Secure Than You Think  —  Many of the company's security measures are hidden from users.  —  LAS VEGAS — For the second year in a row, Twitter has a major presence on Defcon's Wall of Sheep.  The wall, a perennial presence at the hacking conference, was designed to showcase …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon air traffic control hacker: Excuse me while I change your aircraft's flight plan  —  In a scary presentation at the Defcon hacker conference, a security researcher showed how easy it is to compromise the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control system.
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