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August 29, 2012, 11:50 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
AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to unveil Wi-Fi free version of AirPlay at Sept. 12 event  —  A report on Tuesday claims inside knowledge of a new AirPlay feature Apple will allegedly introduce at its widely rumored Sept. 12 special event, with the new technology allowing users to stream audio directly to HiFi units or speakers without a Wi-Fi network.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Judge Koh Sets December 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 posttrial filings …
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
Sony Xperia Tablet S official: slimmed-down design, Tegra 3, IR remote and Android 4.0, starts at $400  —  Looks like those leaked slides showing Sony's Xperia-branded tablet were right about pretty much everything.  (Well, everything except the price, anyway).
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Apple Geniuses: Now help you online in UK  —  Apple has announced a new feature to its Online store in the UK.  Apple Geniuses to help you pick the right iPhone.  —  “Now there's a whole new way to shop for an iPad or iPhone at the Apple Online Store,” says Apple.
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.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
Big Brother on a budget: How Internet surveillance got so cheap  —  The surveillance powers of CCTV are coming to a network near you, thanks to deep packet inspection and big data analytics.  —  ogglog  —  When Libyan rebels finally wrested control of the country last year away …
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Google lands patent for automatic object recognition in videos, leaves no stone untagged  —  Google has already been working on patents that could pick out faces and song melodies in our YouTube clips.  Now, it might just have the ultimate tool: the technique in a just-granted patent could pick …
Sean Ludwig / VentureBeat:
ClearSlide nets $28M from Bessemer, Greylock to give sales teams better presentation tools  —  Sales communications startup Clearslide has raised $28 million in its second round of funding aimed at opening a New York City office, developing new products, and increasing marketing efforts, the company announced today.
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.
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 …
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.
Associated Press:
New York Times leading group defense in patent suit over mobile texts containing Web links  —  The New York Times Co. is girding for a legal battle that many larger organizations have avoided.  —  The Times is leading the defense of a diverse group of companies that use technology they assumed was free …
Zachary Lutz / Engadget:
LG Optimus L9 announced with 4.7-inch display, language translation app and custom keyboard  —  There will soon be a new Optimus L-Series smartphone on the prowl, as LG has just announced the Optimus L9 as a followup to its Optimus L3, L5 and L7 handsets.  This series is viewed by LG …
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.
Darrell Etherington / BetaKit:
WePay Targets PayPal Where It Hurts With Easy Payment Buttons  —  Startup WePay, which began as a way for groups of friends to pay for something together, but has since evolved to become a direct competitor to PayPal in the online payments space, today introduced new payment buttons.
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.
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.
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 …
Reuters:
KKR in talks to invest $1.27 billion in Japan's Renesas: sources  —  (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR is in talks to invest about 100 billion yen ($1.27 billion) in Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp, sources said on Wednesday, in a deal that would provide a much needed boost to the struggling chipmaker.
Alex Williams / TechCrunch:
AppFog Acquires Nodester As Platform As A Service Market Shows Signs Of Consolidation  —  AppFog has acquired Nodester, the most recognized platform as a service (PaaS) for the fast growing Node.js community.  The move is one of the first signs of consolidation and proof that multi-language platforms …

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