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2:10 PM ET, August 21, 2011


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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP's TouchPad fire sale: The fallout  —  Summary: HP's TouchPad liquidation sale says a lot about the company, the tablet market and its ability to keep an e-commerce site running.  —  HP's TouchPad liquidation sale this weekend was telling on multiple fronts as techies drooled over a good deal …
Phone Arena:
Best Buy does a 180 degree change, will sell HP TouchPad in U.S. stores at fire sale prices  —  Perhaps Best Buy's U.S. managers saw all those HP TouchPads being sold around them and decided to join in the fun, too.  After saying that its U.S. stores would not partake in the fire sale of the webOS tablet … / @betanews:
Dan Ramirez / webOSroundup:
BREAKING: HP Crediting Fire-Sale Difference to Current TouchPad Owners  —  Folks, we're all a bit upset right now, and who can blame you?  But it's looking to us like HP is trying to make things right for customers that took the plunge on the HP TouchPad previously.  Here's what we know:
Bryna Corcoran / @brynaathp:
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Testing LTE in iOS 5 and Hiring More LTE Engineers  —  Early last week, Boy Genius Report claimed that Apple has been testing a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone with carriers, and pointed to an “internal iOS test build” of one of Apple's major mobile partners.  In that build was a property list file (.plist) for LTE.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple is field-testing LTE iOS 5 devices, could the next-gen iPad run on LTE?
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Google Plus must stop this Identity Theatre  —  Bruce Schneier in Beyond Fear coined a phrase: … The Common Names debâcle at Google Plus is a variant of this, where the supposed protections are manifestly not working.  Google's stated policy on this is that you should use your ‘common name’ …
Discussion: Chris Saad
Jamie Zawinski / jwz:
Nym Wars  —  Yes, yes, let's just get this one out of the way now.
Discussion: Boing Boing and LAUNCH
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Microsoft disables ‘supercookies’ used on visitors  —  New tracking technology a ‘colossal privacy gaffe,’ researcher says  —  Computerworld - Microsoft said it has disabled an online tracking technology that, according to a Stanford University researcher, allowed the company …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows...PC, Phone &Tablet?  —  Is Silverlight really dead, or is it the future of Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone?  This is a question weighing on the minds of legions of Microsoft developers right now - developers who were once promised that Silverlight …
Kevin Murphy / Reuters:
Missouri teachers sue to block social media law  —  (Reuters) - In the face of a lawsuit, a Missouri state senator defended on Saturday a new state law that will prohibit teachers from communicating privately with students over the Internet.  —  A teachers group filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon contending …
Sean Portnoy / Home Theater Blog:
Best Buy's Samsung HDTV and Galaxy Tab combo offer: “Bundling two losing products together”?  —  Summary: Samsung is the biggest name in 3D TV, and its Galaxy Tab is the best-known Android tablet competitor to the iPad.  So when Best Buy decided to bundle a free Galaxy Tab …
Discussion: Digits
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: “A sort of PC”: how Windows 8 will invade tablets (and why it might work)  —  For the first time in fifteen or more years, Redmond faces a genuine challenge to its Windows desktop monopoly.  The threat isn't coming from Linux or from Mac OS X or from any other operating system.
Discussion: Slashdot
Edward Moyer / CNET News:
SF subway sets public debate on cell shutdown  —  A demonstrator at the August 15 protest.  —  BART, the San Francisco-area transit system targeted by hackers after it cut wireless service in its subway prior to a protest, posted a letter to customers today explaining its position …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
No, HP, you're off the mark  —  Oh nooo.  That was the first thought that crossed my mind as I began to read Jon Zilber's post on HP's company blog.  Quoting Mark Twain?  Oh no he didn't.  In a nutshell, Zilber's intent was to correct the world's press, which collectively played Taps while standing over webOS's grave this past week.
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