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9:45 PM ET, August 31, 2011


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CNET News:
Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive)  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone apparently went missing.  —  In a bizarre repeat of a high-profile incident last year, an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar, CNET has learned.
John D. Sutter / CNN:   Again? Apple reportedly loses another iPhone prototype in another bar
Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Complaint to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger  —  The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.  —  The Justice Department complaint was filed today in federal court in Washington.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Surprised by Government's Move to Block T-Mobile Deal
Wikileaks / Twitlonger:
WIKILEAKS EDITORIAL - Guardian disclosure  —  Wed Aug 31 23:44:00 2011 GMT A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks' decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished US diplomatic cables.  Knowledge of the Guardian disclosure has spread privately …
Discussion: @dsarno and Agence France Presse
James Ball / Guardian:
Unredacted US embassy cables available online after WikiLeaks breach  —  Guardian denies allegation in WikiLeaks statement that journalist disclosed passwords to archive  —  A security breach has led to the WikiLeaks archive of 251,000 secret US diplomatic cables being made available online, without redaction to protect sources.
Discussion: @adrianchen
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Designing for Metro style and the desktop  —  We thought it would be good to take a moment to talk about where we are heading in terms of the user interface of Windows 8.  —  By now you've seen two different elements of the Windows 8 design—first, a Metro style user interface we showed previously …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft: The Schizophrenic Windows 8 Interface Will Offer the “Best of Both Worlds”  —  One thing that has vexed industry watchers for quite a while now is how Microsoft plans to integrate its flashy Metro interface for tablets and phones with its upcoming Windows 8 interface.
Discussion: parislemon, CodenameWindows and eWeek
Ben Parr / Mashable:
Facebook To Launch Music Platform With Spotify, MOG & Rdio  —  Facebook intends to launch its long-rumored music service next month with Spotify, MOG and Rdio as three of the company's launch partners, Mashable has learned.  —  The music and media platform will be announced at Facebook's f8 developer conference on Sept. 22.
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
Facebook Plans to Launch Music Platform in September  —  Facebook plans to launch a music platform at its f8 conference in San Francisco on 9/22, a source with knowledge of the plans tells CNBC.  —  The social network's music platform launch has been long rumored, but has not yet materialized.
Michael Bolognino / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger's fresh new look  —  As you may have heard, things are starting to look a little different across many Google products—and today, Blogger is the next product to get a makeover.  —  It's been a few years since we made major updates to Blogger's look and feel, and there's a lot …
Ghostinthecomputer / VintageZen:
Apple Should Kill Off the iPod Touch  —  One example always cited of Steve Jobs' genius at the helm of Apple is his decision to kill off the iPod Mini, a best selling product at the time, and introduce an entirely new product line in its place, the iPod Nano.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Paul Graham:
The Patent Pledge  —  I realized recently that we may be able to solve part of the patent problem without waiting for the government.  —  I've never been 100% sure whether patents help or hinder technological progress.  When I was a kid I thought they helped.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Amazon 10-inch tablet PC to start mass production in 1Q12  —  Mass production of Amazon's 10.1-inch tablet PC reportedly will be conducted in the first quarter of 2012 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to handle the orders, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Samsung Series 7 Slate PC: a Wacom-enabled, dual-core tablet... with Windows 7  —  “Wait, you're announcing a Windows 7 tablet now?”  Yes, those were literally the words that came out of my mouth when Samsung told me of its new Series 7 Slate.  However, despite a move towards Android tablets …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Samsung Series 7: aluminum covers, quad-core Core i7 power, and AMD graphics starting at $999
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ramps Up Its Ad Plan Again, With Ads You Haven't Asked To See  —  Coming to some of you, in about a month: Ads in your Tweetstream, from Twitter accounts you don't follow.  —  In an incremental but important step for Twitter's ad business, Dick Costolo's company …
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Next Web
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Yahoo dives back into original series  —  Netcaster takes another stab at TV-style programming  —  Exclusive: The broadcast networks will find themselves with some unexpected company this fall in their pursuit of eyeballs and ad revenues: Yahoo.  —  The beleaguered online giant will launch …
Discussion: Marketing Pilgrim
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Why Facebook Decided To Settle With Lamebook  —  Facebook is never one to shy away from a good legal throw-down, but it has quietly settled a trademark tangle with Lamebook, a site that republishes “the funniest and lamest” Facebook posts.  According to a joint statement from the companies …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Charles Newark-French / Flurry Blog:
Mobile App Inventory Hungry Enough to Eat Internet Display Ad Spend  —  Smartphones app usage, facilitated by explosive iOS and Android device adoption, has created among the fastest-growing media channels in the history of consumer technology.  Flurry estimates that, worldwide …
Kate O'Flaherty / Inquirer:
Sony launches touchscreen 3D PC  —  JAPANESE ELECTRONICA MAKER Sony is launching a touchscreen 3D PC that allows users to watch 3D video from a TV or Playstation 3 through a 3D HDMI output.  —  The Vaio L Series PC can be used with the same rechargeable active shutter glasses …
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Sony VAIO S Series gets a 15-inch variant, full HD screen option
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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 Earlier Items: 
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Sony Finally Fully Unveils Its Android Tabs, The Sony S and P
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Sony debuts Android-based Walkman prototype
Discussion: Engadget, Crave, Liliputing and Gizmodo
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's New HTML5 Chrome Apps For Gmail, Calendar And Docs Give Users Offline Access
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Couple Can Sue Laptop-Tracking Company for Spying on Sex Chats
Discussion: WebProNews