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2:35 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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Macworld
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Amy-Mae Elliott / Pocket-lint.com:
Snow Leopard goes to number one on Amazon.com pre-order
Discussion: TUAW
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Clear Channel to Sell Ads for Pandora  —  World's Biggest Radio Company Helps One That Wants to Be  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Pandora has ambitions to be “the world's biggest radio station,” as founder Tim Wetergren told Ad Age in July.  One step toward that goal is apparently a newly struck ad sales pact with Clear Channel.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
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, 9 to 5 Mac and Crave
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 …
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 …
Gabriel Snyder / Gawker:
The Time Gawker Put the Washington Post Out of Business  —  Spurred on by his editor, a Washington Post reporter complained over the weekend that we “stole” his profile of a ridiculous “generational guru” when we blogged about it on this site.  Our question: where's your outrage at your editors?
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
James Whatley: An apology for an accident of publication  —  This weekend, TechCrunch Europe contributor Milo Yiannopoulos heard a rumour that James Whatley, who as head of social media for Spinvox has been a vociferous supporter of the company, might be quitting his job.
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Microsoft's Bing gains another 1 percent of U.S. search  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Microsoft increased its share of the U.S. Internet search market by another 1 percentage point in July, taking its combined share with new search partner Yahoo to 20.36 percent, according to data released on Monday.
DigiTimes:
Staggered Windows 7 RTM schedule puts pressure on OEM production  —  Despite having recently been handed the RTM version of Windows 7, Taiwan-based OEM PC makers have said they will not be able to start rolling out PCs with Windows 7 off their production lines until September …
Discussion: Maximum PC all and WinBeta
 
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Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile UK starts shifting iPhones on the quiet
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Namco's new iPhone division headed by former Apple producer
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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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 …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4Chan Users Attempt To Incite Mass Fear, Succeed Only In Creating …
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