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11:50 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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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 …
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.
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:
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: PC World and 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
Marco.org:
Apple's fairly dull FCC response
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and TUAW
Erica Ogg / CNET News:   Apple sheds light on App Store approval process
Edo Segal / TechCrunch:
For Twitter, Sharing Data WIth Google Would Be Suicide  —  Guest author Edo Segal (@edosegal) has launched and sold several companies.  In 2000 he founded eNow, a search engine for the Real-time Internet in an age that predated RSS as a popular medium.  As such he has had a decade to think about its implications.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Jobs Chose Surgeon Specializing in Rare Liver-Cancer Transplants  —  Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs chose to have his liver transplant performed by a Harvard University-trained surgeon with experience treating the recurrence of a rare cancer Jobs says he had in 2004.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Sweden launches criminal probe of Pirate Bay sale  —  Sweden's Economic Crimes Bureau has begun an investigation into some of the events surrounding the planned acquisition of The Pirate Bay by Global Gaming Factor X.  —  The Swedish newspaper, SvD reported Saturday that authorities are looking …
Discussion: Slashdot, Music Ally and digg.com
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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.
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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 …
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
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.
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 and GMSV
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) …
 
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Declares War On Spam Developers
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Advertising And User-Targeting Network Lookery Heads To The Deadpool
Discussion: Scott Rafer's Blog and HipMojo.com
Marin Perez / InformationWeek:
Google Integrates Apps With RIM's BES
Discussion: CNET News and ReadWriteWeb
Michael V. Copeland / Fortune:
Red Hat takes on the recession
Discussion: The Open Road
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Yahoo wins U.S. court ruling over webcasting fees
Lori Grunin / CNET News:
Photoshop.com adds video hosting, group albums
Discussion: TechCrunch and Download Squad
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tipjoy Heads To The Deadpool
Luke Salkeld / Daily Mail:
Facebook bully jailed: Death threat girl, 18, is first person put …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yelp Launches Bing-Powered Blackberry App
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Survey: Apple's lack of netbook hurts it with students
Discussion: eWeek, Maximum PC all and PC World
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
You Tube Search-and-Delete Code Makes Money for Rights-Holders
Farhad Manjoo / Time:
The Search For a Rival  —  Every year, the market-research …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon tries to lock in long-term cloud customers with price cuts
Discussion: Between the Lines and TechCrunchIT
Brad Stone / Bits:
Craigslist Expands Coverage of Cities by 25 Percent
Discussion: Pulse2, paidContent and WebProNews