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August 29, 2012, 5:20 AM

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Matt Warman / Telegraph:
Apple ‘AirPlay Direct’ planned for September launch  —  Hifi manufacturers are preparing for Apple to launch ‘AirPlay Direct’ technology that allows wireless music playback without the need for a WiFi network.  —  Apple's Steve Jobs launched AirPlay in 2010
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Judge Koh Sets Dec. 6 Hearing on Apple's Request to Ban Several Samsung Phones  —  Though the verdict is in, the paperwork continues in the patent dispute between Apple and Samsung.  —  Aiming to put some limits on things, Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday established a schedule for post-trial filings …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Mobile Moment: Will Consumers Buy In?  —  The technology industry is buzzing that Microsoft Corp. could emerge a winner after Apple Inc.'s big patent suit victory.  But there's a catch: Consumers must be convinced they want what Microsoft is selling.
Quentin Fottrell / MarketWatch:
Apple win whacks Android resale prices … While many experts predict Apple Inc.'s court victory over Samsung could shake up the wireless industry over the long term, it's already having an impact on one key area: the resale market.  —  Since the $1.05 billion verdict Friday …
Sam Biddle / Gizmodo:
How To Be a Genius: This Is Apple's Secret Employee Training Manual  —  We recently showed you just how badly some of Apple's retail elite behave when no one's watching, but surely they were taught better, right?  You bet they were: Apple tells its new recruits exactly what what to think and say.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The Talented Ms. Hornstein: How @Shirls Fooled The Valley  —  Silicon Valley is full of hustlers, and that's often a good thing.  But there's a difference between hustling and flat-out lying, and when people deceive company after company, it's time to call them out.
Bloomberg:
Isis Mobile-Payment System To Debut In September After Delays  —  Isis, the mobile-payment joint venture backed by AT&T Inc. (T), Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA Inc., is on track for a debut in September, following months of delays and a change in strategy last year.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Zynga's Chief Creative Officer Mike Verdu Exits to Start a New Company  —  Mike Verdu confirmed to AllThingsD that he is leaving Zynga to start his own game company in which Zynga will be an investor.  —  As Chief Creative Officer at Zynga, Verdu oversaw a number of the company's game studios …
Ethan Smith / Digits:
Google Reinstates Controversial Music-Streaming App Grooveshark  —  More than a year after Google Inc. removed the controversial Grooveshark music-streaming service from its app store for Android smartphones, the app was quietly reinstated Tuesday afternoon, despite ongoing copyright infringement lawsuits against the company.
Mike Torres / The Windows Blog:
SkyDrive for Android phones now available  —  A few weeks ago we announced our intention to release an official SkyDrive app for Android phones.  Today we're excited to announce that the app is now available for download.  We want to ensure that you're able to have your files accessible across …
Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
Uh Oh!  Amazon Researchers Say Pinterest Doesn't Generate A Lot Of Sales  —  Zappos Labs, the research arm of the Zappos online apparel site, has been experimenting with Pinterest—and the results are not encouraging.  —  Will Young, director of Zappos Labs, told Bloomberg that Pinterest users …
More: BloombergTweets: @samdecker
Dan Goodin / Ars Technica:
How I cracked my neighbor's WiFi password without breaking a sweat  —  The four-way handshake, in which a wireless device (STA) validates itself to a WiFi access point and vice versa.  —  Last week's feature explaining why passwords are under assault like never before touched a nerve with many Ars readers, and with good reason.
Andrew Cunningham / Ars Technica:
New quad-core Intel Atom SoCs target PCs, servers, and tablets  —  Enlarge / The Bay Trail platform will be available for just about any application you can think of.  —  Intel via Baidu  —  Leaked Intel documents have revealed details of the company's next-generation Atom platform.
Elinor Mills / CNET:
Hackers vow ‘hellfire’ in latest major data leak  —  Team GhostShell says it published one million records, allegedly from banks, government agencies, consulting firms and others — and claims there's more to come.  —  A group of hackers has released a vast quantity of data from banks …
Katherine Boehret / AllThingsD:
TiVo Stream Gets Viewers Off the Couch  —  With my time limited, I'm continuously working to chip away at the ever-growing list of programs and movies on my TiVo.  —  For the past week, I've been testing a device that solves a lot of my problems: TiVo Stream.
Bloomberg:
Britain May Ease IPO Rules To Prevent $15 Billion Drain  —  As Avast Software NV (AVST) planned its initial public offering last year, Chief Executive Officer Vincent Steckler considered listing the Czech anti-virus software maker in London before finally settling on the Nasdaq Stock Market in New York.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET:
Time Warner Cable invests $25M to build 1Gbps fiber network  —  Time Warner Cable is following Google's lead with a 1Gbps fiber network in New York City, except Time Warner will focus on business customers and it hasn't yet announced pricing.  —  Time Warner Cable announced Tuesday …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
RealNetworks cutting up to 160 jobs in overhaul  —  Another big layoff is happening at RealNetworks as the struggling digital media company tries to reorganize and regain its foothold.  —  Up to 160 jobs are being cut, reducing Real's employment by up to 14 percent.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Google.com starts displaying birthday reminders before you start searching for things  —  Before you perform your next overly-complicated Google search, you might be met with the reminder of a special someone's birthday.  As part of the Google+ platform, the company has rolled out birthday reminders …

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