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5:50 AM ET, August 27, 2011

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Pulls the Plug on TV Rentals  —  Last year, Apple pushed hard to get the TV networks to rent their shows at cut-rate pricing through its iTune store.  Now it has bailed on TV show rentals altogether.  —  Apple has completely removed customers' ability to rent shows from iTunes …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple abandons 99-cent TV show rentals for Apple TV  —  Apple has removed the ability to rent TV shows from both iTunes and its Apple TV, taking away what was just last year one of the major advertised selling points of the $99 streaming-centric set-top box.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple kills TV rentals, subscription offer not coming
Discussion: MacRumors
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.
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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 and Fortune
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.
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
Discussion: paidContent
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.
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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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 4S’ Casing Resembles iPhone 4 with Some Antenna Changes
Discussion: Examiner, iPodNN, I4U News and Computerworld
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Photos of iPhone 4S/5 Logic Board Suggest A5 Processor
Discussion: AppleLeaks, iLounge and MacPost
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 …
CNNMoney.com:
Facebook hits 1 trillion page views?  Nope.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The news stormed across blogs and headlines this week: Facebook had become the first website to rack up a mind-boggling 1 trillion monthly page views.  —  The tip came from an advertising service called DoubleClick AdPlanner …
Shayne Adamski / FEMA Blog:
New Digital Tools: FEMA App and Text Message Updates  —  Posted by: Shayne Adamski, Senior Manager, Digital Engagement  —  As Hurricane Irene threatens the East Coast, I'm excited to announce FEMA's gone mobile (again).  I wanted to share two new ways you can get information about how to prepare …
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Rosie Gray / Runnin' Scared:
City Websites Are All Down; Why Is There So Little Info On Evacuation Procedures?
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Will cell phone networks weather Hurricane Irene?
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
HP Finds A Fall Guy For Last Week's Fiasco  —  Hewlett-Packard's series of earnings and strategy announcements last Thursday was a communications fiasco.  —  But at least HP knows there was a problem: the company has “reassigned” its communications head, Bill Wohl, according to a memo leaked to PRWeek and confirmed by AllThingsD.
Discussion: PRWeek US, AllThingsD and Electronista
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
How we found the file that was used to Hack RSA  —  RSA was hacked in March.  This was one of the biggest hacks in history.  —  The current theory is that a nation-state wanted to break in to Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman to steal military secrets.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
What AT&T-Mo tells us about transparency  —  Let the sunshine in.  —  Sometimes knowing you are observed is enough to make you behave well.  That's why the free press is so valued in the U.S, why we have the Freedom of Information Act and why several states have sunshine laws that allow citizens …
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Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
F.C.C. Restarts Clock on Review of AT&T's T-Mobile Deal
Discussion: Reuters and Public Knowledge
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Upcoming Amazon tablet to undercut Apple's iPad  —  Amazon's upcoming Android tablet will soon launch for “hundreds less” than Apple's $499 entry-level iPad 2 tablet, the New York Post reported on Thursday.  According to the report, which cites an anonymous source, Amazon will launch …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Salesforce CEO: Why I gave Apple the ‘App Store’ trademark in exchange for great advice from Steve Jobs  —  Bloomberg television has an interesting video up of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff who shares an anecdote on how Apple chairman Steve Jobs helped him out with his unique insights on Enterprise Software (!!):
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reuters
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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InboxQ Inverts Twitter Q&A Product to Help People Find Experts
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