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7:05 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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Schmidt Had To Go  —  What happens when the enemy of your enemy is no longer your friend?  You cast him out, as Steve Jobs seems to have done to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who today resigned his seat from Apple's board.  An alliance which began with a mutual distrust of Microsoft …
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.
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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.
Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Apple bans App Store's 3rd-most prolific developer  —  Over the past few weeks, Apple has been much-maligned for keeping apps such as Google Voice off the App Store.  These weren't some random garbage apps; there was no farting, or baby shaking.  Google Voice apps are utilities which many have come …
Discussion: MediaPost, App Advice, Neowin.net and The Buzz Bin, Thanks:2yadav
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 …
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: BayNewser
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.
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
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
PayFail: PayPal And Its APIs Go Down, Online Shopping Grinds To A Halt  —  There's a mad rush of tips coming into us right now that PayPal's online purchasing service is down for the count.  While the site itself appears to be loading (though very slowly), numerous buyers and venders are reporting that sales are not going through.
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.
Adam Strong / Domain Name News:
BREAKING: First Ever Criminal Prosecution for Domain Name Theft Underway  —  Over the years hundreds of stories of domain name theft have been reported, most famous among them of course is the theft of Sex.com.  Even as recent as last week, reports of stolen domains sent a chilling reminder through …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Rumor: Netflix Streaming Coming To The iPhone  —  One big story today is that Netflix added ABC content to its streaming service (it actually did this a couple days ago when episodes of Lost started appearing).  But there's a potentially hotter Netflix streaming rumor floating around out there right now: That it's coming to the iPhone.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
DSLreports:
Verizon Offers $20 Naked DSL - As carrier tries to slow DSL defections...  As we mentioned last week, Verizon lost 117,000 DSL customers during the second quarter, only 25% of which upgraded to FiOS — the rest made the jump to faster cable speeds.  In order to stem the losses …
Discussion: Telecompetitor
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: NEWSFACTOR, Macworld and Ars Technica
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Why 2010 Will Be the Year of the Tablet  —  After years of enticing rumors, ambitious prognostications and flat-out blather, 2010 may finally be the year that the tablet PC evolves from being a niche device to becoming a mainstream portable computer.  —  The tipping point comes via word …
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile UK starts shifting iPhones on the quiet  —  Exclusive, what exclusive?  —  Migrate from Solaris to Red Hat on IBM  —  T-Mobile UK has started supplying iPhone 3G handsets to selected customers, while O2 UK continues to believe it has a UK exclusive on Apple's last-generation handset.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
European Commission Queries MySQL Companies Over Oracle-Sun Deal  —  September third.  That's the day the European Commission will determine whether or not to clear Oracle's planned $5.6 billion merger with Sun Microsystems.  And though there would seem, on the face of things …
Discussion: eWeek
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Network neutrality in Congress, round 3: Fight!  —  The war over network neutrality has been fought in the last two Congresses, and last week's introduction of the “Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009” (PDF) means that legislators will duke it out a third time.
Discussion: DSLreports, PC World and techPresident
Sarah Rotman Epps / The Forrester Blog …:
Forrester: New eReader Data Suggests Amazon Vulnerability  —  Just a quick note to say that we've got a new report up on the changing demographics of eReader buyers: “Who Will Buy An eReader?,” available in full to Forrester clients.  —  First, eReader interest and awareness is definitely growing, as you can see:
Discussion: GigaOM, TechFlash and paidContent
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.
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Palm Pre $99.99 only for today only  —  We've seen the Palm Pre accidentally advertised for $99.99 before, but if you'd like a legitimate $99.99 deal then head over to LetsTalk.  The company is offering the Palm smartphone for $99 after a combination of mail-in and instant discounts …
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?
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Ben Schott / New York Times:
Twittergraphy  —  The 140-character limit of Twitter posts …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Hacker demos persistent Mac keyboard attack
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Robert McMillan / Network World:
Korean ‘journalists’ booted from Defcon
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Intel confirms data corruption bug in new SSDs, halts shipments
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
My theory on the Apple Tablet: It doesn't exist, will never exist …
Discussion: I4U News and ITworld.com