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12:10 PM ET, August 27, 2011

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Matt Elliott / CNET News:
Storm tracker: Sites for following hurricanes  —  One of the many projections found at the National Hurricane Center Web site  —  People up and down the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene's arrival this weekend.  When will she make landfall, and what damage might she bring to your area?
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Monika Jansen / Tech Cocktail:
10 Weather and Hurricane Preparedness Apps for iPhone and Android  —  If you are here on the East Coast, you are well aware that any plans you might have had for the weekend are up in smoke.  With Hurricane Irene bearing down on us, you might want to check out some of these great iPhone and Android apps …
Shayne Adamski / FEMA Blog:
New Digital Tools: FEMA App and Text Message Updates
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
One More Thing...  I sat down last night to write about Steve Jobs' resignation as Apple CEO and something funny happened: I had nothing to say.  This is not normal for me.  I don't get writer's block.  I often write thousands of words about what many would consider the minutia of tech.
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John C. Dvorak / MarketWatch:
Contrarian view of Steve Jobs's decision  —  Commentary: There may be a reason other than his health  —  BERKELEY, Calif. (MarketWatch) — You all know that Steve Jobs has resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc. The San Francisco Bay Area news organizations, without exception …
Discussion: Shiny Objects, Fortune and DigiTimes
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple kills TV rentals, subscription offer not coming  —  ABC and Fox were the only two networks that agreed to rent TV shows for 99 cents at iTunes and the amount of shows was limited.  —  Apple has done away with the 99-cent video rentals of TV shows it began offering last year via the Apple TV and iTunes.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Pulls the Plug on TV Rentals
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Signals Upcoming Algorithm Change, Asks For Help With Scraper Sites  —  Google is calling for help in identifying a long-running problem: scraper sites in its search results — and particularly scraper sites that are ranking higher than the original page.
Discussion: @mattcutts, CNET News and Techie Buzz
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Facebook ending Deals product after four-month test  —  (Reuters) - Facebook is getting out of the daily deals business after four months of testing, a move that may ease some competitive pressure on industry leaders Groupon and LivingSocial.  —  “After testing Deals for four months …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Kills Daily Deals, But Keeps Check-In Deals
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Alice Lipowicz / Federal Computer Week:
FBI deploys fingerprint system for mobile devices  —  The FBI has begun deploying a mobile system nationwide that enables police officers to check the fingerprints of suspects at the scene to learn if they are wanted for other serious crimes or are on a national list of high-risk offenders, FBI officials announced today.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
ICE Screws Up, Seizes Tor Exit Node; Vows Not to Learn From Its Mistake  —  Given the various domain seizures and other efforts by ICE to act as Hollywood's personal police force, it long ago became clear that they're not particularly technically competent.  As if to demonstrate …
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Awards Tim Cook 1,000,000 Shares of Stock as CEO Bonus to Stay Until 2021  —  Apple filed a form 8-K with the SEC because of the changes in corporate leadership at the company.  An 8-K is the “current report” companies must file with the SEC to announce major events that shareholders should know about.
Justin Shaffer / Facebook Blog:
Bigger, Faster Photos  —  With over 250 million photos uploaded each day, sharing pictures is one of the most popular activities on Facebook.  We are constantly working on making Facebook Photos better and today we're introducing some improvements to the way you experience photos.
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Groupon traffic drops by half while LivingSocial surges  —  Summary: Groupon's website isn't exactly seeing the same amount of traffic it used to as its rival continues to gain momentum.  —  As Groupon continues with its planned IPO and goal to raise $750 million, it's probably going to need …
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone N94 Prototype Back Cover - Is This Actually the iPhone 5?  —  Right on the heels of our “iPhone 4S” antenna photos, comes even more pieces to the puzzle.  This image from MacPost.net offers the first look at the back cover of an upcoming iPhone.  This prototype part is labeled “EVT” …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Photos of iPhone 4S/5 Logic Board Suggest A5 Processor
Discussion: iLounge, AppleLeaks, MacPost and iClarified
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Report: Justice Dept. says Page knew about rogue drug ads
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Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
HP Finds A Fall Guy For Last Week's Fiasco
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