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August 31, 2012, 10:10 AM

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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
Exclusive: meet the Amazon Kindle with ‘Paperwhite’ backlit display  —  Along with one or more new Kindle Fires, we're expecting refreshed E Ink models in Amazon's e-reader line at the company's Los Angeles event next week as well.  One of those appears to be a refreshed Kindle Touch …
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.
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 …
Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Predicting the “iPad Mini” internals  —  I saw two curious entries in Instapaper's device stats today: one iPad2,5 and one iPad2,6.  —  These device models, as reported by the OS, could be faked by a jailbreaker with enough free time.  But I've never had a device show up there that didn't end …
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.
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.
Nicole Perlroth / New York Times:
Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Morgan Marquis-Boire works as a Google engineer and Bill Marczak is earning a Ph.D. in computer science.  But this summer, the two men have been moonlighting as detectives, chasing an elusive surveillance tool from Bahrain across five continents.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Facebook To Roll Out Email- and Phone Number-Based Ad Targeting Next Week  —  Facebook will be launching new features next week that allow advertisers to target their ads to customers based on contact information that the advertiser has already collected.  It's a way for businesses to connect …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Apple, publishers offer EU e-book antitrust concessions: source  —  (Reuters) - Apple and four major publishers will allow retailers such as Amazon to sell e-books at a discount for two years in a bid to end an EU antitrust investigation and stave off possible fines, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.
More: The Verge and 9to5Mac
Lance Whitney / CNET:
Grooveshark app yanked from Google Play yet again  —  The Android music app has again been removed from Google's online store after recently being reinstated.  —  Grooveshark has been on a roller coaster ride at the Google Play store.  —  The Android music app is once again …
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 …
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.
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: Twitter Blog and Mashable!Tweets: @alexisohanian
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.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Plex announces $3.99 monthly service, new web client  —  The popular media server app Plex is getting a significant update, and for the first time giving its users the option of a paid tier of service.  Subscribers to the $3.99-a-month PlexPass will get early access to new features, starting with an all-new, faster web client.
More: Plex, MacNN, Engadget and iPhone
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 …
David Kravets / Wired:
EFF Sues to Get Secret Court Rulings Showing Feds Violated Spy Law  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation sued the government Thursday demanding a judge order the feds to release documents allegedly showing the National Security Agency unlawfully surveilled Americans' e-mails and telephone calls.
More: The Verge and PC World

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