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August 30, 2012, 7:55 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 …
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.”
Kevin Weil / Twitter Advertising:
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Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
HBO cuts the cord for international launch  —  Nordic region won't need pay-TV subscription to get net  —  HBO will make the Nordic region the first market where its programming will be available to consumers without requiring that they have a pay-TV subscription.
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.
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 …
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.
More: BuzzFeedTweets: @daanno
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
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Bing Now Lets You Search And Browse Your Friends' Facebook Photos  —  Microsoft just launched a new search feature for Bing that lets you search your friends' photos on Facebook.  This new tool, says Microsoft, is essentially an expansion of the photo experience Bing introduced as part of Bing's redesign earlier this year.
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 …
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.
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 …

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