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7:15 PM ET, August 22, 2009

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Truth: What's Really Going On With Apple, Google, AT&T And The FCC  —  Apple has responded to the FCC's request for information around its rejection of various Google and third party iPhone applications for the iPhone.  —  In short, Apple denies that they rejected the Google Voice application …
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Real Truth about Apple and Google and Arrington  —  Watching our fearless leader's journey into AndroidWorld has been fantastically entertaining, as Mike's mission to bring Google Voice to the iPhone is presented as a move to the free open Google voice device hoedown.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Choice Nuggets From Apple's Response to the FCC's Inquiry Regarding …
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Cheating the App Store: PR firm has interns post positive reviews for clients  —  When it comes to winning in the App Store, one PR firm has discovered a dynamite strategy: throw ethics out the window.  Reverb Communications, a PR firm that represents dozens of game publishers and developers …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
The Odd Tale of Facebook, TipJoy, the Deal that Didn't Happen and the Hire that Did  —  What's next for the team behind Tipjoy, a micropayments service that closed its doors this week?  For one of the company's founders, it's a job at Facebook-the social network that offered to buy the start-up this summer …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Would-Be FFugees Shouldn't Pack Up And Find A New Home Just Yet  —  Following Facebook's acquisition of FriendFeed, a lot of users in that community were up in arms.  Basically, everyone was quick to jump to the conclusion that FriendFeed, as we knew it, was dead.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel acquires two software firms  —  Intel has quietly snapped up two software companies in the last 30 days with aim of boosting development of applications that take better advantage of chips with more than one processing core.  —  The chipmaker acquired Cilk at the end of last month and then Rapidmind earlier this week.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and ITworld.com
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Chose Surgeon Specializing in Rare Liver-Cancer Transplants  —  Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs chose to have his liver transplant performed by a Harvard University-trained surgeon with experience treating the recurrence of a rare cancer Jobs says he had in 2004.
Edo Segal / TechCrunch:
For Twitter, Sharing Data WIth Google Would Be Suicide  —  Guest author Edo Segal (@edosegal) has launched and sold several companies.  In 2000 he founded eNow, a search engine for the Real-time Internet in an age that predated RSS as a popular medium.  As such he has had a decade to think about its implications.
Casey Johnston / Ars Technica:
Microsoft tried to patent studying evolution  —  Microsoft filed a patent two years ago for widely used methods for determining evolutionary relatedness, causing disbelief and apprehension among researchers.  —  Given the existence of prior art, patent applications that lay claim …
Discussion: The Register
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune HD getting previewed at select Best Buys this weekend  —  Now that NVIDIA is totally free to chat up its Tegra involvement in the Zune HD, it's wasted little time in publishing a list of Zune HD preview locations where you can witness the magic for yourself this weekend.
Discussion: gdgt, I4U News and Maximum PC all
Kathleen Lau / Computerworld:
Could Google be tricked into talking to botnets?  —  Cybercriminals could start to take advantage of the popularity of search engines like Google as vehicles for relaying malicious code to botnets every time a particular keyword is searched for, said one security expert.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sweden launches criminal probe of Pirate Bay sale  —  Sweden's Economic Crimes Bureau has begun an investigation into some of the events surrounding the planned acquisition of The Pirate Bay by Global Gaming Factor X.  —  The Swedish newspaper, SvD reported Saturday that authorities are looking …
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