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August 31, 2012, 6:55 AM

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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.
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.
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg:
Apple Said To Use AU Optronics, LG Display Screens In Mini IPad  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) will use screens from AU Optronics Corp. (2409) and LG Display Co. (034220) for a smaller version of the iPad to be released in October, according to four people familiar with the plans.
Bloomberg:
Apple Loses Japan Patent Lawsuit Against Samsung Over Devices  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) lost a patent lawsuit in Japan as a Tokyo judge ruled that Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones and tablet computers didn't infringe on an Apple invention in the most recent decision of a global dispute.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8 to include Kid's Corner, a separate Start screen for parental control  —  Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 operating system will include a Kid's Corner option that provides a unique parental control feature to the company's mobile handsets.  Kid's Corner, previously known as Kid's Zone …
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 …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Clint Eastwood's baffling RNC speech leads @InvisibleObama Twitter to hit 20K followers in 40 minutes  —  Not-so-surprise speaker Clint Eastwood gave a strange address at the Republican National Convention tonight, where he spent much of the time talking to an empty chair that was supposed to symbolize President Obama.
More: Mashable! and Twitter BlogTweets: @alexisohanian
James Grimmelmann / Ars Technica:
Why Johnny can't stream: How video copyright went insane  —  Suppose I could offer you a choice of two technologies for watching TV online.  Behind Door Number One sits a free-to-watch service that uses off-the-shelf technology and that buffers just enough of each show to put the live stream on the Internet.
Liat Clark / Wired.co.uk:
Shenzhen minimum wage rise could impact tech product costs worldwide  —  Shenzhen, where some of China's largest electronics manufacturers are located, looks set to have its minimum wage hiked by 13.3 percent from 2013, in a move that could cause a ripple effect across the world's major technology companies.
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 …
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 …
Billy Gallagher / TechCrunch:
Stanford Creates Vice Provost For Online Learning To “Fundamentally Reshape Education”  —  Stanford University announced the creation of an Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning today, appointing computer science professor John Mitchell as the office's inaugural head.
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Wall Street Journal:
For Sharp and Hon Hai, Twist Marks Talks  —  SAKAI, Japan—Resting in the first-class car on a bullet train en route to checking out his latest investment, Taiwanese billionaire Terry Gou mused about the strengths—and weaknesses—of struggling Japanese electronics company Sharp Corp. …
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
Robot cars on public roads?  California says yes  —  Google bosses in one of the company's autonomous cars back in 2011.  —  Google  —  California legislators have sent a bill to the governor's desk that could push forward the development of autonomous cars in the Golden State.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Adobe Flash Player returns to Google Play store in UK, thanks to BBC  —  Adobe Flash is available in the Google Play for UK Android users following pressure from a group of strategic partners including the BBC.  —  “Flash Player continues to be available on Google Play for users in the UK …

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