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9:30 PM ET, August 29, 2011

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Alex Simons / 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!
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft shows off its ‘Ribbonized’ Windows 8 file-management interface  —  Summary: The Microsoft Windows 8 engineering team is sharing yet more information on the file-management app built into the next-generation Windows release.  —  To start off the week, here's a quick round up of Microsoft news bits from around the Web:
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Fraudulent Google certificate points to Internet attack  —  This screenshot shows the warning the user reportedly got when attempting to log into Gmail.  —  A Dutch company appears to have issued a digital certificate for Google.com to someone other than Google, who may be using it to try to re-direct traffic of users based in Iran.
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Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Falsely issued Google SSL certificate in the wild for more than 5 weeks  —  Update: Mozilla have announced out of an abundance of caution that they are releasing new versions of Firefox, Firefox Mobile and Thunderbird to revoke the trust of DigiNotar's root certificate for signing certificates.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: With new design chief at the helm, here's how HTC's products will change  —  Scott Croyle only just took over as the new design head at mobile device company HTC, but the former vice president of design already has big plans.  —  In the near future, the smartphone and tablet maker will …
Discussion: WMPoweruser
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Beta Now Available for Developers  —  iTunes Match was released to developers today in an email from Apple:  —  In the email, Apple notes that beta subscribers will receive an additional 3 months free with their $24.99 paid subscription to cover the beta plus the standard 12 months after launch.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ Source Code Snoop Gets Hired By Google  —  Austrian blogger and developer Florian Rohrweck recently discovered a lot of Google+'s upcoming features just by digging around in the source code for the new social networking service.  He was one of the first (but not the only one) …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: @anon_central and The Next Web
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T's 4G LTE network goes live in Chicago; images reveal impressive speeds  —  AT&T's 4G LTE network went live this past weekend in the Chicago area, and initial speed tests reveal impressive download speeds.  AT&T has yet to announce the availability of LTE service in Chicago or any other launch market …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
How Google plans to change the way you watch TV  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt was on a diplomacy mission last week, reaching out to broadcasters in the UK and urging them to embrace changes in the way that viewers watch TV, as enabled by the Internet.  Giving the MacTaggart Lecture …
Discussion: paidContent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After A Hot Start, Justin.tv Spins Off Socialcam, Its ‘Instagram for Video’  —  Last spring, just in time for SXSW, Justin.tv launched a new standalone video app that has a simple purpose: it lets you share short videos with your friends with just a few taps.
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon: Droid Bionic Twitter Page Isn't Ours  —  Hold your horses.  A Twitter feed claiming to be the “Official Motorola Droid Bionic Twitter page” is no such thing, spokespeople from both Verizon Wireless and Motorola said.  That means the page's statement that the long-awaited Droid Bionic …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
In just three weeks, Facebook pays out $40K to hackers  —  Three weeks after launching a bug bounty program that pays Web hackers cash for finding flaws with its website, Facebook said it has paid out more than US$40,000 in rewards.  —  Three weeks after launching a bug bounty program …
John Cook / GeekWire:
The nitty-gritty details of how SEOMoz's $24 million venture capital deal blew up  —  How do venture capital deals fall apart?  Those who want the inside scoop should look no further than Rand Fishkin's more than 5,000 word treatise on how a recent $24 million venture deal with an undisclosed New York venture capitalist
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple to make 22M iPhones next quarter, most of them iPhone 4  —  A new iPhone is expected to debut in the next six weeks or so.  And Apple's supply chain is kicking into high gear to churn out a glut of the shiny new smartphones in order to meet what is likely to be voracious demand.
Discussion: The Next Web and iDownloadBlog.com
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.
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Mobile Connections Now Free  —  You probably don't know that IBM sells a social media and community building tool that competes with Socialtext and Jive and combines wikis, social streams, discussion forums and integrates with IBM's Sametime for presence/IM communications.
Discussion: VentureBeat and FierceVoIP
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
LG Display Slashes Investment Plan  —  SEOUL—Flat-panel maker LG Display Co. on Monday slashed its capital expenditure target for 2012 to a three-year low, the latest indication that demand for flat-screen TVs and personal computers is set to remain sluggish for some time to come.
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Dell launches a VMware-based cloud; Azure next  —  Dell has officially become a cloud computing provider with the launch of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud built atop VMware technology.  The move is just the first in Dell's three-pronged IaaS attack, which will soon include clouds based …
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
 
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP says prefers to spin off PC unit
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BoltJS: Another Secret Piece Of Facebook's Spartan Puzzle?
Ben Blanchard / Reuters:
China says to get tougher in fight against hacking
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Microsoft launches cloud CRM deal to compete with Salesforce, Oracle
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Does Online Learning Offer the Same Value as Face-to-Face Instruction? …
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Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloud.com goes open source
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
CyanogenMod Team Gets Android Working On HP TouchPad
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon may sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4: Forrester
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
LivingSocial's CEO Weathers Rapid Growth
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Samsung's ChatON messaging service brings free texting to Android, iOS and BlackBerry (video)
 

 
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