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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 …
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Ars Technica, Forbes and CNET News, Thanks:2yadav
John Poirier / Reuters:
FTC to press on with Apple-Google board probe  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it will continue to investigate the relationship between the boards of Apple Inc and Google Inc, after Google's chief quit Apple's board on Monday.
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.
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 …
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.
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
‘Moving newspaper’ on flexible screen to be launched within months  —  It is the norm in the fictional world of Harry Potter: the magical daily newspaper where words and pictures come to life in the reader's hands.  —  Now a revolutionary technology means that the moving imagery in The Daily Prophet is set to become a reality.
Discussion: Forbes
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
White House Cybersecurity Chief Quits  —  WASHINGTON — The White House's acting cybersecurity czar announced her resignation Monday, in a setback to the Obama administration's efforts to better protect the computer networks critical to national security and the global economy.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Associated Press
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Ancestry.com Files For $75 Million IPO  —  Genealogy company Ancestry.com has filed for an IPO and plans to raise about $75 million in the offering, according to an SEC filing.  It plans to list on Nasdaq or NYSE under the symbol ACOM, and Morgan Stanley and BofA Merrill Lynch are the lead underwriters.
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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AP Will Sell You A License To Words It Has No Right To Sell  —  Last year, you may recall, we pointed out that the Associated Press had a laughable sliding scale price if you wanted to copy and use more than 4 words (the first 4 free!).  After that, it cost $12.50 for 5 to 25 words.
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James Grimmelmann / The Laboratorium:
Go Away or I Shall Taunt You a Second Time
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
Richard Wray / Guardian:
INQ handsets turn to Twitter and iTunes  —  Mobile phone maker INQ is releasing two new handsets boasting support for Twitter and iTunes compatibility, thanks to a deal with one of the internet's best-known hackers  —  Mobile phone maker INQ is to follow its first award-winning eponymous mobile phone …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Financial Times:
Music service Spotify wins high-profile backing  —  By Tim Bradshaw in London, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York and Tom Mitchell in Hong Kong  —  Spotify, the digital music service widely tipped as a potential challenger to the dominance of iTunes, is close to securing new investment …
Discussion: paidContent
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Another Startup Falls Prey To The iPhone/Google Voice Crossfire  —  If you've been paying attention to the tech news at all over the last week, you're already very familiar with the outrage that Apple has sparked over its rejection of Google Voice for the App Store, and its ban of all third-party applications that tap into the service.
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
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.
Office Communicator Team Blog:
Communicator Mobile Just Got Better  —  Following the release of Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile 2007 R2 in January, the Communicator team continued to work on additional features and improved upon some of the existing ones.  Everything is now in an update that's ready to use.
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Hacker demos persistent Mac keyboard attack  —  Apple's sleek $49 Mac keyboards can be hacked and infected with keystroke loggers and impossible-to-detect rootkits, according to a security researcher presenting at this year's Black Hat/DEFCON conferences.  —  The researcher, known only as …
Discussion: Ars Technica, Technovia and threatpost
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.
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
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
If You Could See Google Street View In Video, It Would Look Like YellowBird
Thanks:2yadav
James Sherwood / The Register:
Intel denies Atom Z cull
Lance Whitney / CNET News:
EA to take Sims 3 on new adventures
Discussion: AppScout
Sarah Rotman Epps / The Forrester Blog …:
Forrester: New eReader Data Suggests Amazon Vulnerability
Discussion: GigaOM, TechFlash and paidContent
Ben Schott / New York Times:
Twittergraphy  —  The 140-character limit of Twitter posts …
Discussion: kottke.org
Robert McMillan / Network World:
Korean ‘journalists’ booted from Defcon
 Earlier Items: 
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Intel confirms data corruption bug in new SSDs, halts shipments
Discussion: internetnews.com and Ars Technica
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile UK starts shifting iPhones on the quiet
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Clear Channel to Sell Ads for Pandora
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Microsoft's Bing gains another 1 percent of U.S. search