August 30, 2012, 4:20 PM

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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:
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 …
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.
Brad Chacos / LAPTOP Magazine:
Lenovo's New Android Tablet Trio Includes 9-inch Quad-Core Slate for $299  —  Lenovo is placing a bit bet on Windows 8 and touch with the ThinkPad Tablet 2 and IdeaPad Yoga, but it's pushing full steam ahead on Android slates, too.  The company just launched three new Android 4.0 IdeaTab tablets …
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.
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.
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.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
The 30% faster Parallels 8 brings Retina and tighter integration with OS X to Windows virtual machines  —  If you've ever fired up a virtual machine on your Mac, then there's a good chance you did so with one of the top two suites out there: Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
IDC: Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader, But India's Growing The Fastest  —  The latest figures out from IDC confirm that this is the year that China will overtake the U.S. as the world's biggest smartphone market, with its 25.5% share a significant lead over the U.S.'s 17.8%.
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 …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Adobe pushes TV Everywhere forward with Adobe Pass 2.0, promises easier logins on more devices  —  No matter what's going on with Flash, Adobe is still pushing other technologies, and one of them is the one that powered NBC's Olympics apps this summer, Adobe Pass.
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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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