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8:15 PM ET, August 21, 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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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
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 AppleInsider
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
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:
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
You Can't Read the Good Part of Google's FCC Response  —  While AT&T and Apple let everything they said to the FCC all hang out, Google's response to the rejection of its own is pretty tame.  Why?  The good part of the response, detailing the conversations between Google and Apple …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:   Apple sheds light on App Store approval process
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 …
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Google-AT&T-Apple fight over Net calls draws FCC interest  —  Apple (AAPL) and AT&T (T) Friday are expected to tell the Federal Communications Commission why Google's free voice application, called Google Voice, is banned from the Apple iPhone.  Google is also filing comments.
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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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google: We Never Blocked Skype From Android
Discussion: SlashGear
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 …
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Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram:
What We've Been Doing This Summer  —  So what's been happening with Wolfram|Alpha this summer?  A lot!  —  At a first glance, the website looks pretty much as it did when it first launched—with the straightforward input field.  But inside that simple exterior an incredible amount has happened.
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: GMSV, GigaOM and the Econsultancy blog
Microsoft JobsBlog:
Microsoft Retail Stores: We're hiring!  —  You may have heard about our plans to open Microsoft retail stores in cities around the world.  Well, I know a lot of you have heard because the JobsBloggers have been getting peppered with questions. :)  —  We've recently announced our first two stores …
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.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch Ion-based nettop in September and Eee Keyboard in October  —  Asustek Computer will launch Nvidia Ion-based Eee Box and Eee Top all-in-one PC, as well as two ultra-thin notebooks under its U/UX series line in September.  The company will also launch its Eee Keyboard …
VentureBeat:
Twitter to roll out commercial accounts this year  —  Yes, Twitter will start earning some income this year.  —  Co-founder Biz Stone said the company is in the first phase of rolling out commercial accounts that will entice business users to pay for premium services like detailed analytics.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Trading halted in stock of Pirate Bay bidder  —  The authorities that govern that Sweden"s stock markets have halted trading in Global Gaming Factory X, the software company that is due in less than a week to complete an acquisition of The Pirate Bay.  —  According to Swedish paper SvD …
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
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why did Newser's traffic fall off a cliff?  —  Michael Wolff, whose two-year-old site, Newser, is frequently cited as a model for the future of journalism, titled a typically provocative blog post yesterday, “I'm Proud to Kill the News.”  He made the usual case that news aggregators understand the web better than newspaper websites.
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Tech giants unite against Google  —  Three technology heavyweights are joining a coalition to fight Google's attempt to create what could be the world's largest virtual library.  —  Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo will sign up to the Open Book Alliance being spearheaded by the Internet Archive.
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.
Discussion: CNET News and Fast Company
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
What derailed the Windows Mobile 7 train?  —  While many industry observers obsessed this week over a report that claimed Microsoft will offer two different Windows Mobile versions to phone makers in the coming year, they glossed over the real news.  If Digitimes's August 19 story is correct …
Jordan Golson / GigaOM:
Southwest to Roll Out Wi-Fi Fleetwide in Q1 2010  —  Southwest Airlines said today that it will begin a fleetwide rollout of its in-flight Wi-Fi service in the first quarter of 2010, putting it on track to be the first major airline to offer broadband access in all of its planes.
Farhad Manjoo / Time:
The Search For a Rival  —  Every year, the market-research firm Millward Brown conducts a survey to determine the economic worth of the world's brands — in other words, to put a dollar value on the many corporate logos that dominate our lives.  Lately the firm's results have been stuck on repeat …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
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
 
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