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12:10 PM ET, August 13, 2009

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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 …
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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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
An Insider On the Apple Tablet  —  Despite the rumors, I never fully believed the Apple tablet was real, 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.
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.
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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.
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Emily Steel / Digits:
Microsoft Ad Exec Takes Venture-Capital Job
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 …
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.
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...
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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Bboyer / Hacker Journalist:
Sex offenders: Your tweets (and LinkedIn and TimesPeople) are now a felony
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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.
Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Palm Issues Statement Over Palm Pre Privacy Concerns  —  Today a report surfaced that accused webOS and the Palm Pre of sending end-user information — including location data and what sort of applications were running — back to Palm without end-user consent.
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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
FYI: The Pre Reports Your Location to Palm
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: Gearlog and DisplayBlog
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.”
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.
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 …
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Shareholders Sue To Stop Google's Purchase Of On2  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is offering a 57 percent premium to purchase video firm On2 Technologies—but that's not enough to satisfy a cadre of On2 shareholders, who are suing to block the deal.  Investors say there's “no evidence …
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
CNET News:
Samsung unveils cameras with two screens  —  Last week, we reported on Samsung's Tap and Take campaign, which function was unveiled today in the form of two new point-and-shoots with dual LCDs.  The Korean company has also announced a compact shooter which sports a truckload of popular wireless connectivity options.
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.
Discussion: CNET News, MacRumors and WinBeta
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: Techdirt and Mediaite
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a ‘non-issue’  —  Demand (not technology) in question  —  Free whitepaper - The security implications of Web 2.0  —  OpenSource World Dell has delivered a dose of reality for both Microsoft and the Linux community on the subject of netbooks.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Dispelling The Myth Of ‘Anonymous’ Data  —  Until relatively recently, ad industry executives tended to talk about the differences between “personally identifiable” and “non-personally identifiable” information when they discussed privacy.  —  But in the last three years …
Chuck Miller / SC Magazine US:
WordPress issues new version, closes password flaw  —  WordPress, the popular blogging software platform, has been updated to fix a flaw that could have enabled a hacker to change an administrator password.  —  The bug enables a specially crafted URL to evade a password reset security verification check …
Discussion: WordPress and Blogging Pro
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 …
Michael Mace / Mobile Opportunity:
Four questions about the Microsoft-Nokia alliance  —  The Microsoft-Nokia alliance turned out to be a lot more interesting than the pre-announcement rumors made it out to be.  Rather than just a bundling deal for mobile Office, the press release says they'll also be co-developing …
Discussion: Business Week and eWeek
GamesIndustry.biz:
Wii outsells UK rivals in 2009  —  The Nintendo Wii has outsold all other consoles in the UK by some margin so far this year, GamesIndustry.biz can reveal, notching up almost 800,000 units shifted since the beginning of January.  —  Meanwhile the DSi has now sold 370,000 units …
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, VG247 and Kotaku
 
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