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August 30, 2012, 6:05 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:
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 …
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.
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.
Robert Hof / Forbes:
Poof!  $1 Billion Slashed From 2012 Facebook Revenue Forecast  —  Facebook's revenues, particularly from advertising, won't grow as fast as expected this year, according to a revised forecast from market researcher eMarketer.  —  EMarketer today said the No. 1 social network …
More: CNET, NYT Bits, VentureBeat and eMarketerTweets: @pkafka
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.
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
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Etsy is launching gift cards this October, powered by its direct checkout payment system  —  Etsy has done quite well this year: its community has already racked up $500 million in total sales over the past 8 months, and its internal payment system (direct checkout) has already processed $50M on its own since launching back in February.

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Microsoft:
Project aims to help parents protect - and connect with - their kids  —  One hackathon team from Microsoft's //oneweek focuses on family safety and aims to give parents an easy way to understand their children's lives online.
Freshdesk:
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