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9:50 AM ET, August 3, 2009

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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.
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 …
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.
Dominic Lawson / 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 …
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 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Nine Reasons RadioShack Shouldn't Change Its Name
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and Pulse2
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.
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
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: ITworld.com
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
AT&T Does Not Manage or Approve Apps for the App Store (Though We May Bitch About the Ones We Dislike)  —  AT&T (T) has replied to a Federal Communications Commission letter of inquiry into the role it played in the rejection of a number of third-party Google (GOOG) Voice apps from Apple's …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Reuters
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Analyst claims first hand knowledge of Apple gaming, home media center tablet  —  Barron's is reporting that an un-named analyst has seen Apple's forthcoming tablet and expects it to be announced in September with a ship date around November.  They mention that Apple is such a bellwether …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
DIY home surveillance with a Webcam  —  We're on the tail end of the summer vacation season, which according to the FBI is one of the peak periods of home burglaries.  Chances are good you're about to head out of town, leaving your dwelling to fend for itself against intruders.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Windows 7, new laptop designs to converge  —  A rip-up-the-carpet PC refresh of both software and hardware is in the offing as Microsoft's latest operating system and new laptop designs converge later this year.  —  At the Intel Technology Summit on Wednesday, an executive described …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Caustic Graphics rallies developers to its 3-D graphics technology  —  Caustic Graphics has a big mountain to climb as it prepares to launch a hardware platform that will bring the highest quality graphics and animation to a community of artists and designers.  —  Part of its task is to rally software developers to its side.
Discussion: CNET News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4Chan Users Attempt To Incite Mass Fear, Succeed Only In Creating Really Tidy Block List  —  Twitter is getting a ton of spam tonight for the hashtag #sept2nd along with vague sounding warnings about something bad happening on that date.  There's also a YouTube video and a Digg story that is just starting to get clicks.
Thanks:2yadav
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Flood of ARM-based Snapdragon and Tegra smartbooks to hit market in 4Q09  —  An array of smartbooks built around ARM-based Snapdragon or Tegra processors from a mix of players, including Acer, Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron Technology, Compal Electronics and Inventec Appliances …
Discussion: Softpedia News
 
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
Indian Outsourcer HCL Acquires Data Center in the US
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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: Neowin.net, Thanks:atul
Jd Rucker / Soshable:
7 Reasons Why I Won't Tweet Diggbar Links Ever Again...
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Seeking Alpha
Ursus Rex:
A retention problem at Facebook
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
The Skype's Not Falling  —  On behalf of headline writers everywhere …
Discussion: Working Anywhere
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
‘An Excellent Deal’ for Yahoo
Discussion: paidContent
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Electronic High-Security Locks Easily Defeated at DefCon
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg.com
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SmartPhones Sales Up, But Mobile Startup Funding Down
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide warns Archbishop Nichols
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The FTC Takes On Targeted Web Ads
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Demographic Segmentation and Social Media
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
As Banks Retreat, Valley Financier Looks to Fill a Gap
Dan Goodin / The Register:
cPanel, Netgear and Linksys susceptible to nasty attack
Discussion: HolisticInfoSec.org
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Twitter: More Secure Than You Think