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August 29, 2012, 1:10 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
AnandTech:
Preparing for the iPhone Next: Rumors Analyzed  —  While we typically don't comment on rumors we don't know to be true at AnandTech, we often get requests to help set rational expectations ahead of major iDevice launches.  The shroud of secrecy around major Apple launches can pave the way for both sensible and unrealistic conclusions.
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.
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 …
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.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
OnLive lost: how the paradise of streaming games was undone by one man's ego  —  “I'm the one that brought you here.  I'm the one that ultimately made decisions, and I'm the one that ultimately takes responsibility.  So I am sorry, and it didn't end up exactly as we'd hoped.”
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.
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 …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Unsuccessfully Tried to Purchase Exclusive Access to TSMC Chip Production for iOS Devices  —  Bloomberg reports that Apple and Qualcomm each put forth investment bids topping $1 billion in attempting to secure exclusive access to chip supplies from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company …
More: Bloomberg
David Beren / TmoNews:
T-Mobile Adding microSIM Kits For iPhone 4/4S, Training Employees For “Selling Against The iPhone”  —  Based on both pieces of information that just came into our inbox, we're trying to draw two conclusions, one that T-Mobile isn't getting the iPhone 5, which shouldn't surprise anyone.
Steve Gorman / Reuters:
Second accused LulzSec hacker arrested in Sony Pictures breach  —  (Reuters) - A second suspected member of the clandestine hacking group LulzSec was arrested on Tuesday on charges he took part in an extensive computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment, the FBI said.
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.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
Google's Nexus 7 tablet pops up in rare home page ad  —  In a first, Google is actually touting a product on its home page, which is typically free of advertisements.  —  Google really wants people to take a look at its Nexus 7 tablet.  —  The $199 tablet started popping up on Google's home page today …
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IBM Envisions Watson As Supercharged Siri For Businesses  —  International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) researchers spent four years developing Watson, the computer smart enough to beat the champions of the quiz show “Jeopardy!”  Now they're trying to figure out how to get those capabilities into the phone in your pocket.
More: ZDNet and VentureBeatThanks:@sarahfrier
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
Magisto brings its ‘magical’ video editing to Android  —  Automated video editing service Magisto has launched an Android app targeted at consumers who want to create fun videos without much hassle, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Magisto launched its video editing client on the iPhone …
Ricardo Bilton / VentureBeat:
Foxconn International hit with $226M loss on slumping smartphone orders  —  Declining orders from big smartphone clients like Nokia have handed Foxconn International it largest-ever first-half loss.  —  The Foxconn Technology subsidiary, which only gives earnings twice a year …

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