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4:50 AM ET, August 30, 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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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.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘iTunes Match’ Allows Both Streaming and Downloading of Music  —  Apple released a developer beta of the iTunes Match system this evening.  The system is described by Apple as follows: … Insanely Great Mac provides this nice walkthrough video which shows you how the service works.
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.
Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP says prefers to spin off PC unit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard said on Monday it prefers to spin off its personal computers unit and is currently working on understanding the larger implications of separating the business from the company.  —  The world's largest technology company …
Discussion: CNET News, VentureBeat and Electronista
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Despite spin-off talk, Air Force picks HP
Discussion: AppleInsider
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
This 26-Year Old Founder Is Raising $100 Million To Take On Giants Like Microsoft  —  Aaron Levie is unusual for a 26-year-old CEO — he's much more excited about business software than consumer products like Foursquare.  —  Levie founded Box.net, an online service for sharing and collaborating on documents and other files, in 2005.
Discussion: GeekWire
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 …
Evan Ackerman / Automaton:
Chatbot Tries to Talk to Itself, Things Get Weird  —  A chatbot is a computer program that's intended to fool us into thinking that it's human.  Historically, this has been a tricky thing to do, and for the last 20 years there's been a $100,000 prize and gold medal waiting for the first computer program …
Discussion: PC World and Engadget
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple: The next chapter  —  Tim Cook's promotion to CEO comes at an interesting time for Apple.  —  First, the company continues to refocus itself around iOS, its platform for the future.  And second, it continues to grow at an amazing pace.  —  These two factors create an exciting …
Mike Webb / MacPost:
More iPhone N94 Prototype Photos Leaked - Is this iPhone 4S or iPhone 5?  —  Images of iPhone 5 back cover marked with N94 didn't revealed much about the next iteration of the device, except that it will launch in White color scheme with iPhone-4-like form factor.
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
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Faces Challenges  —  When Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page announced that he would take over as chief executive earlier this year, he promised that he would shake up the Internet search giant to speed up decision making.  Instead, much of the shaking up has happened to the new CEO.
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) …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple's worldwide court battles against Samsung: where they stand and what they mean  —  Samsung has once again delayed the release of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia to evade an injunction against the device in that country.  Samsung may be attempting to find workarounds …
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
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 …
Mark Milian / CNN:
WikiLeaks cables detail Apple's battle with counterfeits in China  —  (CNN) — Apple was slow to act against the booming counterfeit industry in China and other Asian countries, according to cables obtained by WikiLeaks.  —  The technology giant eventually organized a team in March 2008 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BoltJS: Another Secret Piece Of Facebook's Spartan Puzzle?  —  After a steady stream of information in June, all has been quiet on the Facebook Project Spartan front in recent weeks.  Originally, at least some thought the plan was to unveil Spartan in July — but that obviously came and went.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Beyonce Pregnancy News At MTV VMAs Births New Twitter Record Of 8,868 Tweets Per Second  —  Beyonce helped push Twitter to a new record in terms of Tweets per second yesterday evening when the pop singer announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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 …
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 …
 
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Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
What Kills Startups? Blackbox Releases Report/App To Help Founders Avoid The Deadpool
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David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Mobile Connections Now Free
Discussion: FierceVoIP, VentureBeat and Ed Brill
Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple to make 22M iPhones next quarter, most of them iPhone 4
Discussion: The Next Web and iDownloadBlog.com
John Cook / GeekWire:
The nitty-gritty details of how SEOMoz's $24 million venture capital deal blew up
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After A Hot Start, Justin.tv Spins Off Socialcam, Its ‘Instagram for Video’
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Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Microsoft launches cloud CRM deal to compete with Salesforce, Oracle
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon: Droid Bionic Twitter Page Isn't Ours
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site
Discussion: Softpedia News and VentureBeat
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloud.com goes open source
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