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10:15 AM ET, August 28, 2009

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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple May Be Working on XL Tablets Running Full Mac OS X  —  This one caught us by surprise, but it comes from a source that has always been 100% reliable: Not only Apple may be working on a 10-inch tablet, but also in 13" and 15" models, one running Mac OS X.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Application Incompatibilities Compiled  —  Many users have been wondering whether their current applications will be compatible with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and both Apple and users with access to the final version of Snow Leopard have been working to compile this information for reference purposes.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Snow Leopard's malware protection only scans for two Trojans  —  The much hyped built-in malware protection into Apple's Snow Leopard upgrade appears to be nothing more than a XProtect.plist file containing five signatures for two of the most popular Mac OS X trojans - OSX.RSPlug and OSX.Iservice.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yelp Brings First US Augmented Reality App to iPhone Store  —  Social review service Yelp has snuck the first Augmented Reality (AR) iPhone app specifically for the US into the iTunes App Store.  The undisclosed new feature allows iPhone 3Gs owners to shake their phones three times to turn on a view called “the Monocle.”
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Wall Street Journal:
China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal  —  HONG KONG — China Unicom Ltd. clinched a deal to sell Apple Inc.'s iPhone in China, bringing the popular device to the world's largest mobile market in terms of subscribers.  —  The country's second-largest mobile phone operator after China Mobile Ltd …
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BBC:
China signs deal to sell iPhones
WM Professional / Phone Arena:
Storm 2, Touch Pro2, Omnia II and possibly the Pre - all in Verizon's inventory database  —  Published on: Today by PhoneArena Team  —  One of our most loyal tipsters has just shared some quite spicy info with us.  Hi-end handset lovers will be delighted to know that the RIM BlackBerry Storm 2 …
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
GScreen's Dual-Screen Spacebook Coming Soon(ish)  —  This is one of the first photos of an actual gScreen's dual 15.4-inch screen Spacebook—two full screens (not just an extra 10-inch one like Lenovo's W700.  Really.  There were renders before, but here are the photos.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Investor Group Makes Play For Skype  —  A group of well known venture capital and large private equity firms are pooling resources to make a bid to acquire eBay-owned Skype, according to a source close to the deal.  —  Investors in the proposed purchase may include newly-formed Andreesen Horowitz …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 For iPhone Now Available On The App Store  —  Nearly two weeks after submitting the app to Apple, Facebook's totally revamped 3.0 application is finally live on the App Store, according to the app's developer Joe Hewitt.  You can download it now here.
Google LatLong:
Street View gets down to business  —  Finding a business with Street View just became easier.  For example, if you search for “thai restaurants near mountain view” on Google Maps, and click on a search result, a bubble pops up with various links, including a link to “Street View”.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Belgian teenager latest victim of exploding iPhone phenomenon  —  A 15-year old Belgian by the name of Salvatore is the latest victim in a series of mysterious iPhone explosions that have captured the attention of France's and the European Commissions' consumer affair watchdogs.
Discussion: SlashGear and Gearlog
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Apple to iPhone developers: Please make your apps less useful  —  Apple strikes again.  Normally, when an iPhone/iPod touch app gets updated it's good news.  Woo hoo — new features, new fun! iStat users who updated their app to the latest version that became available this afternoon however …
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Bush's Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept
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Food Gal:
Inside the Cafe at Facebook Headquarters  —  Black mission figs with Serrano ham.  Tiny beef meatballs with pine nuts and sweet yellow peaches.  Tender braised rabbit with moscatel, cinnamon, and fresh cherries.  And rich chocolate roulade cake shot through with rum.
Daily Mail:
Weather supercomputer used to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters  —  The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain's worst polluters.
Economist:
The world according to Chambers  —  Cisco's chairman and chief executive is stretching his company in all directions.  Can it hold together?  —  JOHN CHAMBERS no longer travels much.  That is not for want of energy, of which the boss of Cisco Systems has plenty.
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Duncan Graham-Rowe / Technology Review:
Quantum Cryptography for the Masses  —  A new partnership will make quantum cryptography more widely available.  —  Quantum cryptography could finally hit the mainstream thanks to a deal that will allow customers to adopt the technology without having to install dedicated optical fibers.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Facebook Press Room:
Facebook Announces Privacy Improvements in Response to Recommendations by Canadian Privacy Commissioner  —  Facebook to provide users with even greater control over information shared with third-party applications, and revisions to privacy policy PALO ALTO, Calif. — August 27, 2009 …
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing  —  Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered.  Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.  —  A lawsuit filed in Ohio on Wednesday on behalf of plaintiff Deborah Carr charges Apple …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Readers as patrons in the digital age  —  A few months ago someone sent me a link to a short story a friend of his had written and posted online.  I made the mistake of glancing at it while at work and then got so absorbed I couldn't stop reading until I was done.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Sprint Should Be Giving Away The Palm Pre For Free  —  There was plenty of hype around the launch of the Palm Pre, which by all accounts is a pretty damn good phone (I've played around with it, and like it).  However, Palm and Sprint made two huge mistakes in marketing it.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
FBI investigating mystery laptops sent to governors  —  There may be a new type of Trojan Horse attack to worry about  —  IDG News Service - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is trying to figure out who sent five Hewlett-Packard laptop computers to West Virginia Governor Joe Mahchin a few weeks ago …
 
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John Ozimek / The Register:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
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