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6:25 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.
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FCC's more proactive stance: Should we cheer or worry?  —  The Federal Communications Commission is being way progressive.  Just days after Apple shot down Google Voice related apps the FCC pounced with a bevy of questions for Apple, AT&T and Google.  —  The FCC sent letters to all parties involved seeking information.
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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 …
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: Reuters and paidContent
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 …
Discussion: I4U News and CrunchGear
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, MAKE Magazine and digg.com
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Nine Reasons RadioShack Shouldn't Change Its Name
Discussion: Pulse2
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)  —  A few weeks ago, I scored what passes these days for one of journalism's biggest coups, satisfying a holy writ for newspaper impact in the Internet age.  Gawker, the snarky New York culture and media Web site, had just blogged about my story in that day's Washington Post.
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
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The FTC Takes On Targeted Web Ads  —  Jon Leibowitz, Obama's top consumer watchdog, hints that he's losing patience with the behavioral-targeting practices of Internet marketers  —  On a side table in his Washington offices, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz keeps a framed image …
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.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
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: Irregular Enterprise
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide warns Archbishop Nichols  —  Websites such as Facebook and MySpace encourage teenagers to view friendship as a “commodity” and are leading them to suicide, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned.
 
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Electronic High-Security Locks Easily Defeated at DefCon
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg.com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SmartPhones Sales Up, But Mobile Startup Funding Down
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
 Earlier Items: 
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Twitter: More Secure Than You Think
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
With Twitter's Arrival, NFL Loses Control of Image Game
Discussion: Andrew Lark
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Net Applications: Apple just lost half its ‘market share’
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Asa Dotzler