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2:15 PM ET, August 13, 2009

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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.
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 …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
NVIDIA Tegra is ready for its close-up with Zune HD launch
Discussion: CNET News, Fast Company and ITworld.com
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.
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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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.”
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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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.
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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, Gawker and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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 …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Tests Top Right AdWords Product Ad  —  I reported at the Search Engine Roundtable that Google is testing a new form of products ads.  This time, the product ad is displayed at the top right section of the page, directly above the normal AdWords ads.  —  Here is a picture:
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
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.
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 …
Emily Steel / Digits:
Microsoft Ad Exec Takes Venture-Capital Job  —  Former Microsoft ad executive and aQuantive CEO Brian McAndrews is joining Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, as a managing director.  —  Microsoft  —  Brian McAndrews  —  Mr. McAndrews is a big name in the digital advertising world.
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
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
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple exploring motion compensation in mobile screens  —  A new patent application revealed this week suggests that Apple could be working on motion compensation features on highly mobile screens like the iPhone.  —  Originally filed in February of 2008, the application describes various methods …
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
FanSnap Raises Another $5.2 Million For Its ‘Kayak For Event Tickets’  —  FanSnap, the startup that we've likened to a Kayak for event ticket searches, has closed a $5.2 million funding round led by Highland Capital Partners.  As part of the deal, Richard de Silva of Highland will be joining the company's board of directors.
 
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Patrick Phillips / I Want Media:
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