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August 30, 2012, 9:00 PM

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Reuters:
Exclusive: Google, Apple CEOs in talks on patent issues  —  (Reuters) - Google Inc CEO Larry Page and Apple CEO Tim Cook have been conducting behind-the-scenes conversations about a range of intellectual property matters, including the ongoing mobile patent disputes between the companies, according to people familiar with the matter.
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
This is the new Amazon Kindle Fire  —  We've just been sent a purported shot of the next Kindle Fire, Amazon's Android-based tablet that's expected to be announced next week after the current model “sold out” earlier today.  We're being told that a “pair” of Fires is likely — a 7- and a 10-incher …
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Exclusive: Amazon teams with Nokia, snubs Google for maps - sources  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's new Kindle Fire will have mapping services via a tie-up with Nokia Oyj, according to two people familiar with the situation, filling a gap in the tablet's capabilities while snubbing Google Inc's popular service.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Kevin Weil / Twitter Advertising:
Interest targeting: Broaden your reach, reach the right audience  —  Twitter brings you closer: Closer to people, to world events, to professional athletes, musicians, laureates, and world leaders — whatever your interests are.  Our advertising products use this real-time interest graph …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Wolfram Alpha launches Facebook personal analytics reports  —  Wolfram Alpha is continuing to expand into the data analytics space with a feature that will likely be more popular amongst regular users than its professional data analysis service: personal analytics reports based on Facebook.
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Lenovo's new S-series laptops bridge the ultrabook-netbook gap, starting at $499 (hands-on pictures)  —  Not so long ago, Lenovo's S-series stood for inexpensive, underpowered netbooks.  That seems to have changed: Lenovo's new IdeaPad S300, S400 and S405 are still fairly budget-friendly machines …
Wired:
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In Battle With Amazon, Walmart Unveils Polaris, A Semantic Search Engine For Products  —  Walmart is today unveiling a new search engine named “Polaris” which now powers Walmart.com, as well as the company's mobile web and mobile apps, and offers a 10%-15% increased likelihood that a customer …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The myth of pinch-to-zoom: how a confused media gave Apple something it doesn't own  —  In 2007, Steve Jobs stood on stage, listing the benefits of Apple's then-new iPhone touchscreen.  “You can do multi-finger gestures on it,” he said, moving his hands back and forth in the now-familiar pinch-to-zoom motion.
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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple may now be rejecting some App Store submissions if they clone icons of popular apps  —  Apple has issued at least one App Store rejection note that cites a cloned icon as its reason reports developer Benjamin Mayo.  The notice was not received in response to one of his apps …
More: iDownloadBlog.com and Cult of MacThanks:@zee
Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
Google Will Kill Its TV Advertising Business  —  Google has decided to pull the plug on Google TV Ads, its five-year attempt to convert the cable and broadcast TV industry into selling its available ad inventory on an online ad exchange.  —  The news comes on the same day that Google …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
HR Software Maker Workday Files For $400M IPO  —  Workday, a company offering online tools for enterprises to manage human resources, payroll, and finances, just filed an S-1 form declaring its intention to raise up to $400 million in an IPO.  —  Reuters reported in July that the company …
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
Zynga Said To Lose Two Vice Presidents As Stock Drops  —  Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) vice presidents Bill Mooney and Brian Birtwistle have departed, following other top managers amid slowing sales and a stock decline at the biggest maker of social games on Facebook Inc. (FB), a person with knowledge of the matter said.

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