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2:45 PM ET, August 28, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple May Be Working on XL Tablets Running Full Mac OS X  —  This one caught us by surprise, but it comes from a source that has always been 100% reliable: Not only Apple may be working on a 10-inch tablet, but also in 13" and 15" models, one running Mac OS X.
Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
IPhone Cracks, Explosions in France Caused By External Force, Apple Says  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. said iPhones turned in by customers in France and elsewhere in Europe with shattered screens showed outside pressure caused the cracking.  —  Apple is investigating reports …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Belgian teenager latest victim of exploding iPhone phenomenon  —  A 15-year old Belgian by the name of Salvatore is the latest victim in a series of mysterious iPhone explosions that have captured the attention of France's and the European Commissions' consumer affair watchdogs.
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Storm 2, Touch Pro2, Omnia II and possibly the Pre - all in Verizon's inventory database  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  One of our most loyal tipsters has just shared some quite spicy info with us.  Hi-end handset lovers will be delighted to know that the RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 …
Wall Street Journal:
China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal  —  Apple Device Set to Enter World's Largest Mobile Market  —  China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. announced a deal with Apple Inc. to sell iPhones in China starting later this year, bringing the popular device to the world's largest mobile market for the first time.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Investor Group Makes Play For Skype  —  A group of well known venture capital and large private equity firms are pooling resources to make a bid to acquire eBay-owned Skype, according to a source close to the deal.  —  Investors in the proposed purchase may include newly-formed Andreesen Horowitz …
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Pete Wylie / FierceVoIP:
Report: Mark Andressen, others aim to purchase Skype
Discussion: Signaling IT
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Microsoft's secret ‘screw Google’ meetings in D.C.  —  Microsoft's chief Washington lobbyist has been convening regular meetings attended by the company's outside consultants that have become known by some beltway insiders as “screw Google” meetings, DailyFinance has learned.
Intel:
Intel Raises Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations  —  As a result of stronger than expected demand for microprocessors and chipsets, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be $9.0 billion, plus or minus $200 million, as compared to the previous range of $8.5 billion, plus or minus $400 million.
Live Mesh:
Live Mesh and Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) incompatibility  —  With the recent Apple announcement regarding the availability of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), we want Live Mesh Mac users to be aware the current Live Mesh Mac software is not compatible with the new OS X version (10.6).
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Application Incompatibilities Compiled
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Video: How Google is changing its approach to the real-time web  —  Google's Seattle engineering office last night held a series of “tech talks” for Seattle-area computer science academics and engineers.  Yes, it's hard think of a nerdier way to spend a Thursday evening …
Mark / Tapbots:
A Well-Timed Letter of Rejection  —  We're no strangers to silly app rejection emails from Apple, but this one seems to take the cake (at least in our opinion).  Convertbot 1.4 was rejected because our icon for Time is too similar to one of Apple's default resource icons for History/Recent.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
25 Years Later, First Registered Domain Name Changes Hands  —  Did you know the first .com domain name that was ever registered was Symbolics.com, on the 15th of March 1985 by the now defunct Massachusetts-based computer manufacturer Symbolics?  —  While the first that was created in January …
Discussion: open, AppScout and Domain Name News
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing  —  Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered.  Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.  —  A lawsuit filed in Ohio on Wednesday on behalf of plaintiff Deborah Carr charges Apple …
Melissa Reeder / Creative Commons:
Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin Support CC with $500,000 Gift  —  Creative Commons is honored to have received an incredibly generous gift of $500,000 from 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.  We are delighted that the couple recognizes the importance …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
GScreen's Dual-Screen Spacebook Coming Soon(ish)  —  This is one of the first photos of an actual gScreen's dual 15.4-inch screen Spacebook—two full screens (not just an extra 10-inch one like Lenovo's W700.  Really.  There were renders before, but here are the photos.
Daily Mail:
Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters  —  The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Snow Leopard's malware protection only scans for two Trojans  —  The much hyped built-in malware protection into Apple's Snow Leopard upgrade appears to be nothing more than a XProtect.plist file containing five signatures for two of the most popular Mac OS X trojans - OSX.RSPlug and OSX.Iservice.
Discussion: CrunchGear, TidBITS, Macworld and threatpost
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Readers as patrons in the digital age  —  A few months ago someone sent me a link to a short story a friend of his had written and posted online.  I made the mistake of glancing at it while at work and then got so absorbed I couldn't stop reading until I was done.
Google LatLong:
Street View gets down to business  —  Finding a business with Street View just became easier.  For example, if you search for “thai restaurants near mountain view” on Google Maps, and click on a search result, a bubble pops up with various links, including a link to “Street View”.
Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Quantum Cryptography for the Masses  —  A new partnership will make quantum cryptography more widely available.  —  Quantum cryptography could finally hit the mainstream thanks to a deal that will allow customers to adopt the technology without having to install dedicated optical fibers.
Discussion: Softpedia News
internetnews.com:
Report: Virtualization Market Up for Grabs  —  Microsoft is a come-from-behind favorite in at least one area of virtualization led by VMware.  —  Many technology areas are still hurting due to the long-running recession.  However, one area that appears to be a harbinger of good news is virtualization, according to a new report.
Discussion: ITIC
Food Gal:
Inside the Cafe at Facebook Headquarters  —  Black mission figs with Serrano ham.  Tiny beef meatballs with pine nuts and sweet yellow peaches.  Tender braised rabbit with moscatel, cinnamon, and fresh cherries.  And rich chocolate roulade cake shot through with rum.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept  —  Obama Officials Say Oversight Will Grow  —  The Obama administration will largely preserve Bush-era procedures allowing the government to search — without suspicion of wrongdoing — the contents of a traveler's laptop computer …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet  —  Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.  —  They're not much happier …
Discussion: I4U News
internetnews.com:
New Trojan Snags Skype Calls on Windows PCs  —  Trojan.Peskyspy beats Skype encryption through Windows API attack.  How serious is the threat?  —  A new Trojan is recording Skype phone calls on Windows PCs, security research firm Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC) reported today.
Discussion: eWeek Security Watch
Marco.org:
Apple can't stop reviewing iPhone apps  —  The iPhone is on top of the market with a lot of popular support, so journalists and bloggers know that any negative press will generate a lot of attention.  Any anti-iPhone headline incites fans to defend it and validates envious people who take pleasure in the misfortune of the popular.
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Adobe's FMS 4.0 Will Support HTTP, Sources Say
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Nonprofits next to test Facebook payment platform
Discussion: Digits
Dennis Fisher / threatpost:
Apache Site Hacked Through SSH Key Compromise
Noam Cohen / Bits:
A War of Words Over Wikipedia's Spanish Version
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
MOG Raises Another $5 Million As Traffic Nearly Doubles Since January
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Sprint Should Be Giving Away The Palm Pre For Free
Business Week:
Nokia Takes Aim at Apple
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
WiFi on steroids? First “WhiteFi” prototypes hit testing stage
Discussion: CrunchGear and Fast Company
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 For iPhone Now Available On The App Store
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