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3:35 PM ET, August 13, 2009

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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
An Insider On the Apple Tablet  —  I never fully believed the Apple tablet was real beyond dreams, until I heard these words over my phone: “Hey, it's [redacted].  I may or may not have sat in some Apple meetings for the tablet.”  —  I was driving, and swerved a little bit, even though both hands were on the wheel.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Here It Comes.  But What Is It, Exactly?  Apple Plans Keynote Event for September.  —  Time to get the rumor mill kicked into high gear: Multiple music industry sources say Apple executives have told them the company is planning one of its famed keynote events for the week of Sept. 7.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Zune HD packs a big processing punch  —  Microsoft's Zune HD will use one of the most powerful chips to go into a portable media player yet: Nvidia's multicore Tegra processor.  —  Tegra packs two processor cores based on intellectual property from U.K.-based chip designer ARM.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune HD lands September 15th, up for pre-order today  —  Do you want a Zune HD real bad?  Well you're in luck, because the wait is nearly over.  Microsoft announced today that the heavily hyped media player will be making its way into retail channels come September 15th …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Zune HD: September 15. Apple iPod Event: Likely September 8.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
NVIDIA Tegra is ready for its close-up with Zune HD launch
Discussion: CNET News, Fast Company and ITworld.com
Boy Genius Report:
Dell's smartphone pictured again, spec'd, other Android details  —  One of our trusty ninjas just blessed us with the following information: first up, real pictures of Dell's Chinese market smartphone code-named Benzine.  Just as TechCrunch reported, we've been told the handset is “launch ready.”
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
In Rumors and Dreams: This Kind of Looks Like the Apple Tablet OS To Me  —  Some overzealous but lovely tech writers don't believe the first video of this Apple Tablet OS UI vid is real but here's a clearer and with strange hardware.  All I know is that this is a cool concept.
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International Business Times:
China Unicom buys 5 million iPhones from Apple, ready for sale in September  —  Beijing - China Unicom, the potential exclusive distributor of iPhones in China, has poured 10 billion yuan ($1.46 billion) to buy 5 million units from Apple, ready to sell the first batch in September, local media reported on Wednesday.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Plans to Adopt Common Format for E-Books  —  Paper books may be low tech, but no one will tell you how and where you can read them.  —  For many people, the problem with electronic books is that they come loaded with just those kinds of restrictions.  Digital books bought today from Amazon.com …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Why Sony is embracing the ‘open’ ePub eBook standard (Hint: Amazon)
Discussion: internetnews.com and Electronista
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Microsoft: Next Mac Office due late 2010 with Outlook  —  Microsoft announced Thursday that the next edition of Microsoft Office for Mac will be released in late 2010.  The new edition of the venerable office suite will include Outlook for Mac, a new application that will replace the Entourage.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Mobile Games Are Hot.  $3 Million Hot  —  Seattle-based Z2Live, a new mobile social gaming platform, is announcing a second round of financing tomorrow - $3 million from Madrona Venture Group (also Seattle based), topping off the $1 million they raised from Madrona last year.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
Radiohead Says No More Albums  —  Radiohead said in a magazine interview that it wouldn't release any more full-length albums, instead focusing on downloadable singles like its recently released “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” and shorter EPs.  —  AFP/Getty Images  —  Radiohead's Thom Yorke at a July 2008 concert in Amsterdam.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 review  —  Oh, Windows.  You inform and entertain us.  You are inescapable, and your Start menu is full of items relevant to our productivity.  You move us.  Sort of.  To be honest, we're not sure what sort of state this fair planet of ours would be in without …
Discussion: BetaNews, PC World, Gearlog and DisplayBlog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
RockMelt: Netscape's Andreesen Backing Stealth Facebook Browser  —  Netscape founder Marc Andreesen is backing a new browser dedicated to browsing Facebook, called RockMelt, according to rumors we've heard from reputable sources.  A semi-independent desktop client for Facebook?  Doesn't seem far fetched at all.
Discussion: Jon Burg's Future Visions, Thanks:atul
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
How The Associated Press will try to rival Wikipedia in search results  —  Yesterday we revealed plans by The Associated Press to hold back some content from member websites.  (Great discussion going on there, by the way.)  The primary motivation of that initiative is search …
Discussion: Mashable!, Techdirt, Mediaite and Gawker
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It Begins: Celebrities Start Whoring Themselves As Virtual Gifts On Facebook  —  It was only a matter of time.  Over two years after its virtual goods marketplace opened, Facebook has cast away its innocence and started to sell virtual gifts emblazoned with celebrity faces and paraphernalia.
Brian Shih / Official Google Reader Blog:
A flurry of features for feed readers  —  Since our last big launch, we've been thinking about ways to help our users better share, discover, and consume content in Reader.  Today, I'm happy to announce several new features that we hope will further improve the way you use Reader.  —  Send to...
Emily Yoffe / Slate:
How the brain hard-wires us to love Google, Twitter, and texting.  And why that's dangerous.  —  Seeking.  You can't stop doing it.  Sometimes it feels as if the basic drives for food, sex, and sleep have been overridden by a new need for endless nuggets of electronic information.
Discussion: Inc.com
Mike Magee / TG Daily:
Apple, AT&T sued for lack of MMS capability  —  A class action started in a Louisana district court alleging that Apple and AT&T touted the iPhone as supporting MMS (multimedia messaging service) but have not as yet provided the service.  —  The plaintiffs allege that Apple …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, DSLreports and Gadgetell
Brian Prentice:
Microsoft's Word Patent Woes May Be Broadly Shared  —  Few things must be more emotionally paradoxical for the anti-patentistas of the world than to see Microsoft get clobbered on a patent infringement action.  Do you rejoice because one of the great advocates, and enforcers …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Palm Reportedly Cuts Pre Production Plans  —  The best days for the Palm (PALM) Pre may already have past.  That was the implication of the Sell call on the stock this morning from Morgan Joseph - and the same theme can be found in a similarly bearish note this morning from Collins Stewart analyst Ashok Kumar.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Temporarily Pulling Caffeine Sandbox  —  If you're still trying to compare Google results with the new “Caffeine” sandbox, be prepared to wait while Google makes some datacenter upgrades.  —  Matt Cutts just posted the news on Twitter that the sandbox is being taken down …
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fewer workers, bigger paychecks in high tech  —  Silicon Valley is supporting fewer jobs but issuing fatter paychecks, according to a federal report that says high-tech payrolls have shrunk about 17 percent since 2001, while the average tech wage has risen nearly 36 percent.
Discussion: Mercury News
Gabor / Gabor hits Send:
Introducing the New reMail  —  Today, we're launching the new reMail for the iPhone!  It's a completely new product.  —  reMail downloads all your email to your phone and lets you search full-text at light speed.  —  All My Email On My Phone?  Really?  —  Yes, reMail downloads all your email to your phone.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Snow Leopard May Beat Apple's Timetable.  On The Prowl In Just Two Weeks?  —  There's been talk the past couple of days that the latest developer build of OS X Snow Leopard, 10A432, has been designated the “Golden Master” version, meaning it's ready for prime time.  Multiple sources are now stating it is.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Mozilla VP on What Firefox Mobile Means for Your Phone  —  Is a full-fledged, add-on-powered mobile browser something you want for your phone?  Jay Sullivan, Mozilla's Vice President for mobile, works every day to make it happen.  Read what Sullivan has to say about Fennec, iPhones, Android, and all things mobile.
Discussion: WMExperts
Chicago Tribune:
New law makes sex offenders' use of Internet social networking a felony  —  Quinn also signs law against online ‘grooming’ of victims  —  SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed new laws Tuesday designed to limit sex offenders' use of technology as a way to find more victims.
 
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Rae Theodore / FindLaw:
Class Certification Denied in Apple Music Monopoly Case
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Patrick Phillips / I Want Media:
Internet Publishers, Bloggers Say No to New Fees
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iPod Touch Cutting Into Handheld Game Market, Top Analyst Says
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion compensation in mobile screens
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