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4:10 PM ET, August 12, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not hold iPhone 5 event on Sept. 7  —  Reports began to surface yesterday that Apple would hold a special event on September 7 to launch the new iPhone, but that's not happening.  —  According to my sources, Apple will not have an event or launch the next iPhone on September 7.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Hold Media Event on September 7th, 2011?  —  Kodawarisan offers the first specific date for Apple's fall media event.  According to the Japanese site, Apple is planning on holding their usual iPod-announcing event on Wednesday, September 7th.  —  Apple has traditionally held …
Zach Epstein / maramine blog:
The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Was... Disclaimer: The Devil Doesn't Pull Tricks  —  It looks like Facebook is finally winning a PR battle.  Good for them.  —  Earlier this week, it was brought to light (again) that Facebook uses several of its smartphone apps to take all of your contacts and store them on its server.
Discussion: BGR, Android and Me and TiPb
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Clever Girl: Facebook Lets You Export Friends' Email Addresses, But Makes It Opt-In  —  It's now possible to export your Facebook social graph.  Your real social graph, complete with your friends' emails, which means you can leave Facebook and import your social network into a rival site.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
How browsers make money, or why Google needs Firefox  —  Whenever we write a glowing story about Firefox or Mozilla, the ExtremeTech postbag has a tendency to fill up with letters and missives from concerned readers who are worried about Mozilla's close ties with Google.
Discussion: @dannysullivan, Thanks:mrseb
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos wants to put an airbag in your smartphone  —  Many of us have experienced the problem: We get careless with our mobile phones, they slip out of our hands, and all of a sudden we're back at the store replacing a shattered device.  —  Well, none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …
Scott Hanselman:
Welcome to the Cloud - “Your Apple ID has been disabled.”  —  Hello Hacker News and TechMeme.  OK, let's make this a movement.  Tell me your stories: http://myappleidhasbeendisabled.tumblr. com  —  So Apple is America's most valuable company.  They are, like everyone else, betting the company on the cloud.
Discussion: parislemon, Thanks:tomwarren
comScore, Inc.:
14 Million Americans Scanned QR or Bar Codes on their Mobile Phones in June 2011  —  Newspapers/Magazines and Product Packaging Most Likely Source of QR Code  —  QR Code Users Most Likely to Scan Code while at Home or Store  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 — the first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet — goes on sale for $330  —  It hasn't been an easy road for Acer's 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 — its US launch was delayed and it has been patiently waiting on Google's Android 3.2 to mend its software issues.
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Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix tests new web UI for kids.  First look  —  Netflix has started to test a separate section for children's content on its website with a UI that is optimized to be used by kids themselves.  Select Netflix members have been getting a new tab labeled “Just For Kids” …
Staska / Unwired View:
Compal to start delivery of Windows Phones to Nokia in September. 2 million units ordered for Q4 2011  —  We already told you that first Nokia Windows Phones will be made by Taiwanese Compal.  Today we have some more info about them.  —  This has still to percolate to the English speaking part of the net …
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chill, Yes THAT Chill, Is A Turntable.fm For Videos  —  Imagine innocently launching your Facebook app one night and waking up to a bevy of emails saying that Mark Zuckerberg thinks the thing that you built is spamming up HIS precious platform.  And let's say that your app is like a DJ interface for videos …
Discussion: VentureBeat and @briannorgard
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Brian Norgard / Chill:
Response to Mark Zuckerberg
Discussion: Mashable! and The New York Observer, Thanks:briannorgard
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android steals 20% of tablet market from iPad over past year  —  Android-powered tablets have taken 20% of the global tablet market from Apple's iPad over the past 12 months according to new data from ABI Research.  While Android tablets have collectively managed to make a sizable dent …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented The Web?  —  You may have seen the stories a week or so ago about how it was the 20th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee putting up the first web page.  While many, many people still confuse “the web” with “the internet,” Berners-Lee's creation really did help …
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussie startup recruits Google Maps inventor  —  THE lightbulb moment for Rebekah Campbell came as she was confronting the awful, imminent prospect of failure.  —  Tickets to a gig she was promoting were not selling and the band, Evermore, was facing the ignominy of playing before a near-empty house.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Demand Media's RSS Graffiti Buy Is Good News for a Demand Media Executive  —  Demand Media's recent purchase of technology company RSS Graffiti is good news for Michael Blend, who owned 40 percent of the start-up.  But the deal doesn't mean Blend will quit his day job — working as a Demand Media executive.
Discussion: @pkafka
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell discontinues the 5 inch Streak tablet  —  Dell has stopped selling the Dell Streak 5 inch Android tablet/smartphone.  The original Streak launched last year as Dell's first Android product.  It blurred the lines between a tablet and a phone by pairing a reasonably large 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display with cellular capabilities.
Maisie Ramsay / Wireless Week:
Unredacted AT&T Filing Shows $3.8B Price Tag  —  AT&T's pledge to expand its LTE network to an additional 55 million Americans if the T-Mobile USA mega-merger goes through carries a $3.8 billion price tag, according to data accidentally leaked by the company today.
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Electronista:
AT&T ready to sell $8b in networks to clear T-Mobile deal
BERNAMA:
South Korean Government Pushes To Phase Out Online Real-Name Policy  —  In the wake of the country's worst online security breach that compromised the personal information of over two-thirds of the population, the home affairs ministry said Thursday it will push to repeal in phases the online real-name verification rules.
Discussion: The Korea Herald and The Register
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Unleashes Native Client Into Chrome, Next-Gen Web Apps To Follow?  —  For well over a year now, Google has been hyping up something called Native Client.  It's an open source technology that allows a web browser to run compiled native code.  In other words, it's a potential missing link between native apps and web apps.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Quietly Updates Platform Policies - Developers, No Linking To Competitors!  —  Facebook made some noteworthy changes to its Platform policies on the 27th of July 2011, adding a couple of new terms developers need to take into account when building apps for the Facebook Platform.
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Panda Update Launches Internationally in Most Languages  —  top news:  —  Google has just announced that their “Panda” rankings changes, first launched in the United States in late February and rolled out to English language indices internationally in April, have now launched internationally …
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Did Facebook's Redesign Just Bring Back Viral Spam?  —  Facebook has launched a major redesign for games, bringing back some viral components that were turned off after users complained about random alerts cluttering their news feeds.  —  The updates were announced Thursday evening …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
U.S. Judge Slaps Around Brazilian Court In Zynga v. Vostu  —  Ah, litigation.  Nothing ever really gets done, but the lawyers get paid, and there's always drama.  The Vostu v. Zynga case exemplifies all of this.  And it just got weird to boot.  Today a U.S. judge just told a Brazilian court …
Adam Zeis / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Sprint cancels plans to sell 4G BlackBerry PlayBook  —  If you were patiently waiting to get your hands on a 4G PlayBook from Sprint before the end of the summer, your wait just got a lot longer.  Just as we thought we were getting closer to seeing a 4G BlackBerry PlayBook arrive on Sprint …
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
Report: Apple A6 production has begun
Reuters:
German court sets Samsung, Apple hearing for Aug 25
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android Grabs 53 Percent Of Ad Impressions In Q2; iOS Takes 27 Percent Share
Discussion: AllThingsD, Fortune, TUAW and GigaOM
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Opinionaided secures $4.3M for real-time mobile Q&A
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Chinese Army Targets iPhone, iPad With Propaganda App
Discussion: TUAW and TechEye
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Box.net Bets On HTML5 For New Mobile Site; Launches PlayBook And Android Tablet Apps
Discussion: SocialTimes.com and Market Wire
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Yahoo! Image Search Boasts New Design, Galleries and Facebook Tab
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
When Startups Fail, Investors Recoup by Selling Patents
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return
Discussion: Evolver.fm, GMSV and All Facebook
Electronista:
PC makers demand more Intel cash to build $999 ultrabooks
Discussion: Daring Fireball and DigiTimes, Thanks:mattscobel
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public
Discussion: DSLreports
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / Digits:
Security Flaws in Feds' Radios Make for Easy Eavesdropping
Discussion: THN : The Hacker News
Michael Martina / Reuters:
Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores
David Ruddock / Android Police:
Exclusive Leak: First Android Ice Cream Sandwich Screenshots, Plus More ICS Details