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September 4, 2012, 10:05 PM

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Alexandra Scaggs / Wall Street Journal:
Prominent Facebook Underwriters Cut Their Price Targets  —  Analysts with the two biggest underwriters for Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering cut their price targets on the stock, helping to push the shares to new lows.  —  Scott Devitt, an analyst with lead Facebook underwriter Morgan Stanley …
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
FBI Says AntiSec Hackers Lied About List of iPhone ID Numbers  —  The FBI has shot down today's claim by the AntiSec hacking group that it breached an agency-owned computer and stole a database said to contain some 12 million unique ID numbers for iPhones and iPads around the world.
Aldo Cortesi:
The UDID leak is a privacy catastrophe  —  04 September 2012  —  Something I've been worrying about for a long time has just happened: Antisec has leaked a database with more than a million UDIDs.  The UDID issue has been a bit of a white whale of mine - I've written many blog posts …
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Perry Chen / Kickstarter Blog:
Accountability on Kickstarter  —  Yesterday, NPR's “All Things Considered” asked, “When a Kickstarter campaign fails, does anyone get their money back?”  The story questioned what would happen if a Kickstarter project failed to follow through on its promises.
More: CNET and VentureBeatTweets: @markmilian
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple announces special event for September 12  —  Apple on Tuesday sent out invites for an upcoming event happening in San Francisco on September 12, 2012.  The invitation I received says the event will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts at 10:00 am.
Ki Mae Heussner / GigaOM:
As ed tech heats up, Desire2Learn raises $80M in its first VC round  —  Since launching in 1999, Desire2Learn, a Canadian ed tech company that shares a hometown with Research in Motion, has bootstrapped its way to profitability.  —  But after more than a decade of going it alone …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
The end of Android tablets: can Google match Amazon's success before Microsoft closes the window?  —  This Thursday, we expect that Amazon will be unveiling a least one new Kindle Fire alongside a new e-reader.  If you believe Amazon's somewhat fuzzy math, the Kindle Fire is far and away …
Nitasha Tiku / Betabeat:
Uber Is Close to Launching a Taxi App to Hail and Pay for Yellow Cabs in New York City  —  A source has informed Betabeat that Uber—the pricey, San Francisco-based request-a-ride app for black cars—plans on an imminent launch for a similar service for yellow cabs in New York City.
Kyle Orland / Ars Technica:
What “Xbox Games on Windows” actually means  —  Only a select few Windows 8 games will be branded as “Xbox Games on Windows”  —  As a branding exercise, the recently unveiled “Xbox Games on Windows” is more than a little confusing.  The “Xbox” name has previously been exclusively reserved …
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Acer reportedly launching one Windows Phone 8 and five Android devices in 2013  —  Acer is on board to launch a suite of new Android smartphones and one new Windows Phone 8 device next year, according to a report from DigiTimes and confirmed by The Register.
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Voice mail in decline with rise of text, loss of patience  —  Technology's ceaseless pursuit of efficiency appear to be claiming another victim: voice mail.  —  With the rise of texting, instant chat and transcription apps, more people are ditching the venerable tool that once revolutionized …
More: PC MagazineTweets: @qthrul
Reuters:
Sony eschews cheap tablets as it pursues Samsung  —  (Reuters) - Sony Corp on Tuesday said it won't be drawn into price competition on tablet PCs amid a plethora of cheap models from other makers as it pursues Android rival Samsung Electronics with a new tablet out this month.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Warner Bros. Takes Another Crack at Flixster — And UltraViolet  —  Making movies is hard.  Making movie-recommendation services is a lot easier.  —  But Warner Bros. is trying to do both.  And the newest version of Flixster, the recommendation service it bought last year, is pretty interesting.

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