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1:45 PM ET, August 3, 2009

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Steve Dowling / Apple:
Dr. Eric Schmidt Resigns from Apple's Board of Directors  —  Apple® today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple's Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.  —  “Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple …
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt Resigns From Apple Board.  Surprised?  —  Lots of people will be arguing today that this was inevitable, but the news comes faster than expected.  Google CEO Eric Schmidt is no longer going to sit on Apple's Board of Directors, nearly 3 years after accepting a seat.
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Google CEO Schmidt leaves Apple board
Discussion: Technologizer, Switched and Slashdot
Digits:
Apple Statement: Schmidt's ‘Right Time’ to Exit
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechVi
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Major Offensive Against Microsoft With “Going Google”  —  Microsoft and Google have seen their rivalry kicked up a notch in recent weeks.  First, Google announced Chrome OS, the company's first operating system.  Then Microsoft announced the new version of Office with major cloud app support.
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The Official Google Blog:
“Going Google” with Google Apps  —  Every morning, millions of people wake up to a very refreshing experience at work.  They don't see “mailbox is full” errors in their email.  They don't worry about backing up their data.  They can get to any file they need from any computer, anywhere with Internet access and a browser.
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Michael Arrington snared in libel verdict: lessons for us all  —  The UK's High Court of Justice has ruled that Michael Arrington and Interserve Inc libeled Sam Sethi (see above.)  The original plaint claimed that Arrington/Interserve engaged in a:  —  “...sustained campaign …
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Update On Sam Sethi Litigation: We Decline To Participate  —  Update to our June post on the...absurd...Sam Sethi litigation.  Our lawyers sent a letter letting them know that we have no intention of submitting the the jurisdiction of the UK courts, although we'd be happy to litigate his claims here in California.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
Murad Ahmed / Times of London:
Apple tries to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order  —  Apple attempted to silence a father and daughter with a gagging order after the child's iPod music player exploded and the family sought a refund from the company.  —  The Times has learnt that the company would offer …
New York Times:
Out of Search Business, Yahoo Shifts Its Focus  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Carol A. Bartz, chief executive of Yahoo, has been hobbled.  —  Three weeks ago, doctors gave her a new left knee, made of titanium and plastic.  As a result, she is limping around Yahoo's headquarters here …
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Boy Genius Report:
Verizon drops pricing on almost all existing smartphones to under $99  —  Well, hear us out.  We've had a flurry of tips sent in today that Verizon Wireless has dropped the prices of almost all existing smartphones they offer to only $99 with a two-year agreement.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google reveals plans for Chrome cloud synchronization  —  Google has revealed plans for a Chrome cloud service that will allow users to synchronize browser data with their Google accounts.  The synchronization framework, which is still at an early stage of development, will arrive …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Now on YouTube, Local News  —  With its ability to collect articles and sell advertisements against them, Google has already become a huge force in the news business — and the scourge of many newspapers.  Now its subsidiary YouTube wants to do the same thing to local television.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Amazon offers Apple Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard pre-order  —  Snow Leopard, the latest update to Apple's Mac OS X operating system, is now available for pre-order from Amazon, in anticipation of its upcoming September release.  —  As expected, Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard is priced at $29 …
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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:   Snow Leopard goes to number one on Amazon.com pre-order
Electronista:
Radio Shack rebadged “The Shack” in mobile push  —  Radio Shack today teased a major rebranding of the company that signals a greater push into the same space as general electronic chains like Best Buy.  Also supported by a leak stemming from Engadget, the store name should just be shortened to …
Clearwire News Room:
Clearwire to Officially Launch CLEAR 4G Service in 10 Markets on September 1, 2009  —  Super Fast Mobile Internet Service Coming to Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and Eight Texas Markets, Including Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Malicious ATM Catches Hackers  —  LAS VEGAS — There's no honor among thieves, nor apparently among hackers.  —  A malicious ATM kiosk was positioned in the conference center of the Riviera Hotel Casino capturing data from an unknown number of hackers attending the DefCon hacker conference …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Netflix Starts Streaming ABC Shows  —  Netflix and Disney announced today that the online movie rental company will make earlier seasons of hit shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives and Grey's Anatomy available via its “Watch Instantly” streaming service.
Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
My theory on the Apple Tablet: It doesn't exist, will never exist, and it is probably a 10 inch laptop  —  IntoMobile readers may be curious to know as to why I'm writing about a product that doesn't fit inside your pocket.  I'm doing this out of sheer frustration.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, ITworld.com and Crave
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
Twitter Now Filtering Malicious URLs  —  As Twitter has been getting more and more popular, it is increasingly targeted by worms, spam and account hijacking.  —  We've recommended Twitter to start filtering traffic to fight this.  They can easily do it, as all the messages go through them.
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
JetBlue and United give Twitter a try to sell airline seats fast  —  Looking for a quick, cheap getaway?  A bargain may be just a tweet away.  —  JetBlue and United airlines are offering their Twitter followers first dibs on some discounted fares, using the uber-trendy form of messaging …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Spokesman Peter Sunde Resigns  —  In perhaps not a completely unexpected move, Peter Sunde, the public voice of The Pirate Bay, has announced his retirement as site spokesman.  With the sale of The Pirate Bay to Sweden's Global Gaming Factory still promised for the final days of August …
Discussion: Digits and CNET News
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Quattrone: Many Hurdles to Tech I.P.O.'s Today  —  Frank Quattrone was the biggest of the big-name investment bankers during the tech industry's heyday, handling the initial public offerings of more than 100 companies, including Netscape Communications, Amazon.com and Cisco Systems.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Facebook and Nintendo DSi linkup launches today  —  Beating Microsoft to the punch, a system update at 5:00 pm EDT this afternoon will turn the Nintendo DSi into the first Facebook-integrated video game system.  —  At E3 2009 in June, Facebook announced that it would be making …
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Can Barry Diller Make Content Pay?  —  The onetime ABC programming exec and creator of the Fox Network has subtly shifted his IAC/InterActiveCorp's focus from e-commerce to media  —  It was a week after the annual Allen & Co. mediafest, and Barry Diller, the fabled former Hollywood mogul …
 
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Network neutrality in Congress, round 3: Fight!
Discussion: techPresident and TechVi
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
NASDAQ Launches Live Stock Quotes On Twitter
Discussion: Howard Lindzon, Thanks:atul
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
June Chip Sales Up 3.7%, Says SIA; “Gradual Recovery”
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Artists should look beyond iPhone with their mobile apps
Discussion: Electronista
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Pizza Hut's Delicious iPhone App Tops 100,000 Downloads In Two Weeks
 Earlier Items: 
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Indian Outsourcer HCL Acquires Data Center in the US
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
AT&T Does Not Manage or Approve Apps for the App Store (Though …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Goldman Sachs: BlackBerry, iPhone own smartphones, but if Apple …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing To Launch A Large Themes Gallery For Chrome
Discussion: CNET News, Pocket-lint.com and Neowin.net, Thanks:atul
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
DIY home surveillance with a Webcam
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
The Skype's Not Falling  —  On behalf of headline writers everywhere …
Discussion: FierceVoIP and Working Anywhere
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4Chan Users Attempt To Incite Mass Fear, Succeed Only In Creating …
Thanks:2yadav