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5:05 PM ET, August 29, 2011

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DigiTimes:
iPhone 5 to have smaller than 4-inch panel, say sources  —  Despite rumors about iPhone 5 featuring a 4.2-inch panel circulating within the IT market for a while, following a leak from Apple's website in Switzerland in early August, sources from upstream panel suppliers have recently revealed …
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone 5 with Metal Chassis and Less Than 4" Screen?  —  Digitimes offers a bit of a strange report this morning that just seems to reinforce some details that have been previously reported about the iPhone 5.  —  The strangest bit, however, is that their report attempts to refute a fake …
DigiTimes:
Samsung reportedly recruits ex-HP VP for PC business; considers buying webOS  —  Samsung Electronics, despite refuting reports it plans to take over Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) PC business, reportedly has already recruited HP's ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle Samsung's PC sales …
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Al Lewis / Wall Street Journal:
H-P's One-Year Plan
Discussion: Pulse2 and The Business Insider
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Improvements in Windows Explorer … It's exciting to have this opportunity to share the improvements we're making to the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer.  Explorer is one of the most venerable parts of Windows with a heritage you can trace back to the “MS-DOS Executive” in Windows 1.0!
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October  —  BGR has exclusively learned from a close source of ours that Verizon Wireless has passed on offering the Samsung GALAXY S II in favor of something even better.  We reported last week that Verizon isn't going to sell the GALAXY S II, and we have now been told why.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
AT&T-Verizon-T Mobile Sets $100M for Google Fight  —  Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. (T) and T- Mobile USA plan to invest more than $100 million in their joint venture that lets consumers pay for goods with mobile phones, people with knowledge of the project said.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.9 to Bring iCloud Support?  —  Apple appears to be preparing a 10.6.9 update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard in order to provide compatibility with the company's upcoming iCloud service.  The following notice appeared in one developer's .Mac preference pane in Tiger …
New York Post:
Social gamer Zynga detoured on the road to IPOVille  —  Wall Street turmoil is affecting the timing of Zynga's public debut.  —  The social-gaming company, which had been racing to launch an initial public offering early next month, is no longer in a rush because of the rocky stock markets …
Mark Hearn / Sprintfeed:
Sprint Advising Employees to Remain Mum on iPhone  —  If you ask the Wall Street Journal, the iPhone is coming to Sprint in October.  This sounds great, but if you were to ask a Sprint employee, you just might get a different answer, or no answer at all.  We've received an internal memo …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Masked Anonymous Protesters Aid Time Warner's Profits  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Anonymous, the hacker group, has jostled with the Iranian government and the Church of Scientology and has briefly shut down the Web sites of Visa, MasterCard and other global corporations.
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Samsung's ChatON messaging service brings free texting to Android, iOS and BlackBerry (video)  —  It looks like Samsung is about to dip its toes in the mobile messaging market, with a new service called ChatON.  Slated to debut at this week's IFA, the app brings texting …
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe unveils PDF creation app for iPhone and iPad  —  Adobe today released a new iOS app dubbed CreatePDF that does right what the name suggest.  Using CreatePDF, one can create PDF documents from scratch, right on their iOS device, down to images, links, formatting, footnotes, drawings and more.
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
Worst of Cell Phone Disruptions Is Yet to Come, FCC Says  —  Communications networks held up better than expected against Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a Sunday afternoon briefing, with the greatest swathe of outages reported by cable TV subscribers in North Carolina.
Groklaw:
Lodsys - Lodsys in a Panic to Keep Apple Out of Suit  —  Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!  —  Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. … In the latest filing by Lodsys [PDF] in response to the Apple motion to intervene in the Lodsys v. Combay case …
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint): First Press Shots  —  Why is it that the upcoming US launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — but not Verizon — feels a bit underwhelming?  It must be because the global version of the handset is already seeing a refresh …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's WebKit Trademark Filing Challenged by Research in Motion  —  Research in Motion has filed an official opposing action against Apple's trademark filing for “WebKit” in Canada.  The opposing action which was filed earlier this month has been granted an extension of time.
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Electronista
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's official: Google wants to own your online identity  —  Ever since Google launched its new Google+ social network, we and others have pointed out that the search giant clearly has more in mind than just providing a nice place for people to share photos of their pets.
Spiegel Online:
Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.  —  Leak at WikiLeaks  —  Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources  —  Supporters of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks organization accidentally released unredacted US diplomatic cables onto the Internet.
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon may sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4: Forrester  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc may sell as many as five million tablet computers in the fourth quarter, making the largest Internet retailer the top competitor to Apple Inc in this fast-growing niche of the consumer PC market, Forrester Research said on Monday.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
So why did Cisco buy Versly?  —  Cisco Systems announced Monday that it was buying a little-known collaboration software company, Versly, for an undisclosed amount.  Versly makes it easy to collaborate inside the Microsoft Office products, though it's not clear who its customers are.
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
LivingSocial's CEO Weathers Rapid Growth  —  LivingSocial Inc. Chief Executive Tim O'Shaughnessy's duties once included occasionally emptying the office garbage.  Now the 29-year-old is managing a 3,500-person Web company with a soaring valuation that faces dozens of competitors.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent users don't “act in concert,” so judge slashes mass P2P case  —  Steele Hansmeier, the antipiracy law firm that has been routinely hammered by judges in Illinois, is now getting hammered by judges in California.  The firm has tried desperately to head off all the common objections …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloud.com goes open source  —  Citrix sets cloud builder free  —  VMworld After taking control of the CloudStack cloud management framework through its acquisition of Cloud.com back in July, Citrix Systems is now open sourcing the code behind the tool.  At the same time …
Discussion: cloudstack.org and OStatic blogs
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
In just three weeks, Facebook pays out $40K to hackers
Discussion: Facebook, PC Magazine and WebProNews
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Does Online Learning Offer the Same Value as Face-to-Face Instruction? …
Discussion: Pew Internet and @lbraun2000
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Focuses On The Social Enterprise; Debuts Android, iPad Apps For Salesforce CRM
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Comex Answers Questions About iPhone Hacking Before Heading Off To Apple
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Appolicious Advisor
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Zynga Co-founder Andrew Trader Joins VC Firm Maveron As A Venture Partner
Discussion: Business Wire and GeekWire
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CyanogenMod Team Gets Android Working On HP TouchPad
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Kim Hart / POLITICO Pro:
Twitter hires former top FCC aide
Discussion: The Next Web, The Hill and AllTwitter
Michael French / MCV: Home Stream:
Facebook games chief wants content to match consoles
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Toshiba goes ultra-thin in Berlin for 3rd Android tablet [Updated]
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Salesforce abuzz over social networking software
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Times of Unrest, Social Networks Can Be a Distraction
Wall Street Journal:
Vudu Marks a Rare Online Success for Wal-Mart
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Hurt by The Hurt Locker: why IP addresses aren't enough to find file-swappers
 

 
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