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August 30, 2012, 12:35 PM

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Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes  —  It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America's many undeclared wars.  But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
A best-seller sells out: Amazon pulls Kindle Fire sales ahead of September 6 tablet refresh  —  With its September 6 event circled on its calendar in big red ink, Amazon has announced today that its Kindle Fire tablet is “Sold Out,” pulling the tablet from sale as it looks to its “exciting roadmap ahead.”
Dana Wollman / Engadget:
HP unveils Envy x2 laptop / tablet hybrid: 11-inch IPS screen, NFC and pen support, arriving later this year  —  You didn't think the world's top PC maker was going to sit out the laptop / tablet hybrid trend, now did you?  HP, one of the last OEMs to share its Windows 8 plans …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Bernstein Research: People don't want Windows Phones  —  Nokia's (NOK) stock got a big boost recently as investors identified positive trends despite three consecutive billion-dollar quarterly losses.  According to Bernstein Research analyst Pierre Ferragu, however, Nokia's second big Windows Phone push is destined to fail.
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Mark your Microsoft calendars: Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 launch dates revealed  —  Summary: Expect September to be a month of Windows Phone 8 handset reveals, and late October to be the official launch of the coming devices.  —  We Microsoft watchers already knew October was going to be a crazy month …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple will now give you up to $345 for your old iPhone 4S  —  If reports are true, Apple is days away from announcing its next-generation iPhone, the long-awaited follow-up to its fast-selling iPhone 4S.  If you're already shuddering at the thought of paying out for the new device …
Sarah Silbert / Engadget:
Dell announces XPS 10 Windows 8 hybrid, XPS 12 Duo convertible  —  Our next stop on the Windows 8 announcement train is Dell, which today unveiled the XPS 10, a Windows RT hybrid device that runs Microsoft's latest OS on a 10-inch touch-enabled display.  Dell says you can expect up to 20 hours …
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T readies ‘flagship’ store in Chicago: more (genius) bars in more places  —  Americans: when you think of AT&T, what comes immediately to mind?  —  For many, the answer might involve a four-letter word or two.  Huge tech corporations are rarely celebrated for their attention to quality …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
How Reddit Got Obama: “There Are Quite a Few Redditors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”  —  Question No. 1: Yup, that's really Barack Obama, taking questions over at a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).  —  Question No. 2: It was really no big deal, says Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, via email:
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon Appstore launches in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain ahead of possible tablet launch  —  Preempting what will almost certainly see the launch of the company's Kindle Fire tablet range in Europe, Amazon has pushed like its Android Appstore in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
Larry Powelson / Google LatLong:
Half a gigameter of biking navigation in 12 countries in Google Maps for Android  —  (Cross-posted on the Official Google Blog)  —  Whether you're a seasoned century rider or a casual beach cruiser, finding the best biking routes can be a challenge.  That's why today we're bringing mobile …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Twitter launches targeting for Promoted Tweets and Accounts advertising based on user interests  —  Twitter has today announced new targeting options for its Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts products that let advertisers display ads based on people's ‘topical interests’.
Michael Zhang / PetaPixel:
GIMP is Now a Self-Contained Native App for Mac OS X  —  GIMP, the image editing program that's a popular open-source alternative to Photoshop, is now easier than ever for Mac users to start using.  Though it was completely free, installing it has long required that X11 also be installed — a major pain in the butt.
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
After 28.5M iOS Downloads, ESPN Launches A Faster, All-New ScoreCenter For iPad  —  Google's report today shows just how integral the multiscreen experience has become in the consumption of digital content.  For content of the athletic variety, it seems even more substantial.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study  —  New research out from Google, working with market analysts Ipsos and Sterling Brands, puts some hard numbers behind the often-noticed trend of how people in the U.S. are using a combination of phones, tablets, computer and TVs to consume digital content.
Kim Zetter / Wired:
Wiper Malware That Hit Iran Left Possible Clues of Its Origins  —  Wiper left a trace of its existence on some hard drives, in the form of a registry key (highlighted in blue at left).  Image courtesy of Kaspersky Lab  —  How does a security company study a strain of malware that systematically wipes …

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