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4:30 AM ET, August 22, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Answers the FCC's Questions  —  Today Apple filed with the FCC the following answers to their questions.  —  We are pleased to respond to the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau's inquiry dated July 31, 2009, requesting information regarding Apple's App Store and its application approval process.
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AT&T:
AT&T Statement on Letter to the FCC Regarding Apple App Store  —  WASHINGTON, DC - On July 31, 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued letters to Apple, AT&T and Google with a series of questions about the Google Voice app and Apple's App Store approval process.
Discussion: Reuters and ChannelWeb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google's Response To The FCC  —  And here's the third piece of the puzzle: Google's response to the FCC.  The document includes a description of Google Voice, why a native application would be beneficial, and how many other apps Google has pending with Apple (none).
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com and Lifehacker, Thanks:thinkmantra
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Truth: What's Really Going On With Apple, Google, AT&T And The FCC  —  Apple has responded to the FCC's request for information around its rejection of various Google and third party iPhone applications for the iPhone.  —  In short, Apple denies that they rejected the Google Voice application …
Discussion: Newsome.Org, Thanks:atul
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Apple and AT&T Answer FCC About Google Voice Rejection: It's All Apple  —  PR speak doesn't usually come this blunt, but the situation warrants it.  AT&T's full response to the FCC's investigation into the Google Voice app rejection can be summed up like this: This one's on Apple.  As for Apple's?
Discussion: paidContent
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Google Voice App Rejection: AT&T Blames Apple; Apple Denies It Happened And Google Hides  —  Federal regulators wanted to know why Apple rejected Google's innovative Voice app from its iPhone app store and what role AT&T played in the rejection.  The rejection drew sharp criticism from around …
Discussion: Skype Blogs
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Choice Nuggets From Apple's Response to the FCC's Inquiry Regarding the Rejection and Removal of Google Voice Apps From the App Store  —  Apple's response is worth reading in its entirety; it is written in clear, plain language, and gives straight answers to nearly all questions.  A few choice bits, though:
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
AT&T, Apple and Google respond to the FCC over Google Voice and the iPhone App Store  —  Whoa — we were just sent AT&T response to the FCC's investigation into the rejection of Google Voice apps from the iPhone app store, and Ma Bell isn't pulling any punches: according to the letter, AT&T …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:   Apple sheds light on App Store approval process
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   You Can't Read the Good Part of Google's FCC Response
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to require smartphone data plans starting September 6th  —  AT&T subscribers, we have good news and bad news.  The bad news is that as of September 6th, AT&T will begin requiring that all smartphones sign up for a smartphone data plan.  The good news is that customers …
Andy Rubin / Google Public Policy Blog:
Android and VoIP applications  —  I wanted to briefly set the record straight about an inaccurate claim in Friday's USA Today.  The article stated:  —  “Consumers who use Android, the Google-developed operating system for wireless devices, can't use Skype, a leading Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google: We Never Blocked Skype From Android
Discussion: SlashGear and The SiliconANGLE
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Google-AT&T-Apple fight over Net calls draws FCC interest
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
DST Still Shopping for Facebook Shares  —  Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies appears to be hungry for a bigger piece of Facebook.  —  AFP/Getty Images  —  The firm just finished spending $100 million to purchase current and former Facebook employees' shares of the company …
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Wall Street Journal:
Restless Workers in Silicon Valley Seek Ways to Cash In Early
Discussion: GigaOM, GMSV and the Econsultancy blog
Gmail Blog:
Email a task list  —  Sometimes you need to get your tasks out of Tasks.  Although you already know how I feel about paper, we decided to add support for printing with Tasks's graduation from Gmail Labs.  Today we're offering another export solution which doesn't kill trees: emailing a task list.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Reddit, Sears, Grills That Cook Babies... And The Streisand Effect  —  Adam sends in a link to a Reddit story where it comes out that someone (not entirely sure who) decided to push Reddit to take down an earlier story.  Apparently Sears.com had some oddity in how content on its e-commerce site …
Discussion: Fox News and The Register
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Yahoo wins U.S. court ruling over webcasting fees  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court in New York ruled that a Yahoo Inc Internet radio service is not required to pay fees to copyright holders of songs it plays, a defeat for Sony Corp's BMG Music.
Philip Lam / all things Palm Pre:
New Palm Pre Ad from Bell looks identical to the iPhone Ads  —  I hate to say it, but the latest Bell Palm Pre Ads looks almost identical to the iPhone Ads that Apple had been running for years.  It's a dude holding the device in one hand (impossibly good looking hands) …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Advertising And User-Targeting Network Lookery Heads To The Deadpool  —  Lookery, a startup that focuses on collecting demographic data about users and sites around the web and then selling this information to ad networks to target users, is heading to the deadpool.
Discussion: Scott Rafer's Blog and HipMojo.com
Brad Stone / Bits:
Craigslist Expands Coverage of Cities by 25 Percent  —  Craigslist, the simple, disruptive and occasionally controversial classified advertising site, is expanding.  —  On Thursday, the San Francisco company quietly added new sites for 140 cities, a 25 percent increase, bringing its global directory to 690 cities over all.
Discussion: paidContent and WebProNews
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Wolfram Alpha Really Did This Summer: Struck A Deal With Bing.  —  Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram gave a report today listing what the team at Wolfram Alpha, his new search engine, did this summer.  They added new knowledge domains and over 2 million lines of code …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Declares War On Spam Developers  —  Facebook is getting aggressive with a few developers who have been abusing the platform.  Today the company alerted us to a “substantial” policy enforcement against the developers behind My Calendar, one of the largest Facebook applications.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Luke Salkeld / Daily Mail:
Facebook bully jailed: Death threat girl, 18, is first person put behind bars for vicious internet campaign  —  A teenager who posted a death threat on Facebook, yesterday became the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.
Discussion: CNET News and The Blog Herald
Kathleen Lau / Computerworld:
Could Google be tricked into talking to botnets?  —  Cybercriminals could start to take advantage of the popularity of search engines like Google as vehicles for relaying malicious code to botnets every time a particular keyword is searched for, said one security expert.
 
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Farhad Manjoo / Time:
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon tries to lock in long-term cloud customers with price cuts
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Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Facebook says no IPO in 2009  —  A piece I wrote on what a …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
What Exactly Do 1.6 Billion Retweet Buttons Get You? …
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