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11:35 AM 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  —  Eric Schmidt and Apple mutually agree to split ties, citing an increasing conflict of interest after Google unveiled its new Chrome operating system last month.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt resigned from Apple's board …
Discussion: Technologizer, Switched and Slashdot
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Google Chief Resigns as Apple Director
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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Goldman Sachs: BlackBerry, iPhone own smartphones, but if Apple ever gets an enterprise subsidy...  Goldman Sachs is increasing its smartphone forecast based on a consumer survey that reveals Research in Motion and Apple are the runaway winners in the field, but for vastly different reasons.
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.
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 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 Voice apps and Google's official GV client from Apple's iTunes App Store.
Discussion: TidBITS and Gizmodo
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 …
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 and Engadget
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 …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google reveals plans for Chrome cloud synchronization
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Pizza Hut's Delicious iPhone App Tops 100,000 Downloads In Two Weeks
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Indian Outsourcer HCL Acquires Data Center in the US
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Caustic Graphics rallies developers to its 3-D graphics technology
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing To Launch A Large Themes Gallery For Chrome
Discussion: CNET News and Neowin.net, Thanks:atul
Jd Rucker / Soshable:
7 Reasons Why I Won't Tweet Diggbar Links Ever Again...
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
‘An Excellent Deal’ for Yahoo
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Electronic High-Security Locks Easily Defeated at DefCon
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4Chan Users Attempt To Incite Mass Fear, Succeed Only In Creating …
Thanks:2yadav
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Smartphone 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
Dan Goodin / The Register:
cPanel, Netgear and Linksys susceptible to nasty attack