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8:35 PM 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.
Heather Smith / Bloomberg:
IPhone Cracks, Explosions in France Caused By External Force, Apple Says  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. said iPhones turned in by customers in France and elsewhere in Europe with shattered screens showed outside pressure caused the cracking.  —  Apple is investigating reports …
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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.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet  —  Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.  —  They're not much happier …
Sam Gustin / DailyFinance:
Microsoft's secret ‘screw Google’ meetings in D.C.  —  Microsoft's chief Washington lobbyist has been convening regular meetings attended by the company's outside consultants that have become known by some beltway insiders as “screw Google” meetings, DailyFinance has learned.
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
How To Beat the Kindle  —  Study everything the iPod's rivals did.  Then do the exact opposite.  —  You might argue that Sony was visionary.  In the fall of 2006, it introduced the first eBook with an E Ink screen—long before Amazon's Kindle rolled out with the same technology.
Wall Street Journal:
China Unicom Strikes iPhone Deal  —  Apple Device Set to Enter World's Largest Mobile Market  —  China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. announced a deal with Apple Inc. to sell iPhones in China starting later this year, bringing the popular device to the world's largest mobile market for the first time.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
China will account for 15-20% of all iPhone sales in 2010, says analyst
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Tech Trader Daily
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 …
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Pete Wylie / FierceVoIP:
Report: Mark Andressen, others aim to purchase Skype
Discussion: Signaling IT
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Developers Call BS On $2.4B iPhone App Store Number  —  Estimates that the iPhone App Store is worth $2.4 billion a year are utterly ridiculous, iPhone developers say.  —  Mobile advertising firm AdMob on Thursday got a ton of press for estimating that the iPhone App Store earns billions.
Discussion: GigaOM and Neowin.net
Bloomberg:
Comcast Wins Appeal of FCC Rule Limiting Cable Companies to 30% of Market  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp., the biggest U.S. cable-television provider, won a legal victory as a court threw out a rule limiting cable companies to 30 percent of the market.
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 …
Intel:
Intel Raises Third-Quarter Revenue and Gross Margin Expectations  —  As a result of stronger than expected demand for microprocessors and chipsets, Intel Corporation now expects revenue for the third quarter to be $9.0 billion, plus or minus $200 million, as compared to the previous range of $8.5 billion, plus or minus $400 million.
Brooke Crothers / Bits:
Tablet Computers Are Coming Soon, Nvidia Says  —  The tablet computer concept is in vogue again in Silicon Valley, thanks largely to the endless speculation that Apple will soon announce a tablet computer  —  But whatever Apple does, another large Valley company — Nvidia …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Expanding Access To Wave Soon, First “Hands-On” Impressions  —  At the end of next month, September 30, Google will expand the current “developer preview” of Google Wave to roughly 100,000 consumer users.  According to Google, “included in this group of early testers will be some of the businesses using Google Apps.”
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sources: Current iPod SKUs discontinued, hinting at refresh  —  The current line of iPods is on its last legs, lending more evidence that an iPod refresh is just around the corner.  Sources from Apple Authorized Resellers have confirmed to Ars that current stock is dwindling …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Citizen Sports' iPhone App Is Better Than ESPN's, But They're Not Named ESPN  —  As a startup in the sports sphere, Citizen Sports has a simple, but annoying problem: They're not ESPN.  And it's simply hard to compete with the name that has basically become synonymous with sports.
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
TomTom's Car Kit for iPhone hits the FCC  —  Still not convinced of the benefits of TomTom's upcoming Car Kit for iPhone?  Then perhaps a little FCC approval will change your mind.  In addition to offering a bit more reassurance that the thing is actually coming, the new listing also reveals …
Live Mesh:
Live Mesh and Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) incompatibility  —  With the recent Apple announcement regarding the availability of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), we want Live Mesh Mac users to be aware the current Live Mesh Mac software is not compatible with the new OS X version (10.6).
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Kurt Cobain returns, for “Guitar Hero” debut with “Teen Spirit”  —  Tragic Seattle rock star Kurt Cobain is headlining a new version of the hit video game “Guitar Hero” featuring an eerIE, animated Cobain resurrected on screen.  —  His appearance in “Guitar Hero 5” should balance out …
Melissa Reeder / Creative Commons:
Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin Support CC with $500,000 Gift  —  Creative Commons is honored to have received an incredibly generous gift of $500,000 from 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.  We are delighted that the couple recognizes the importance …
Michelle Meyers / CNET News:
Accused mastermind of TJX hack to plead guilty  —  Albert Gonzalez, the alleged ringleader of one of the largest known identity theft cases in U.S. history, has agreed to plead guilty to all 19 counts of related charges against him, according to court documents filed Friday.
Discussion: eWeek, PC World, Reuters and Bloomberg
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.
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Video: How Google is changing its approach to the real-time web  —  Google's Seattle engineering office last night held a series of “tech talks” for Seattle-area computer science academics and engineers.  Yes, it's hard think of a nerdier way to spend a Thursday evening …
Economist:
Now pay up  —  Newspapers have plenty of options for charging online, but no sure bets  —  IF NEWSPAPER bosses keep their promises, the next few months will see a decisive retreat from free news online.  This summer senior figures at big media firms such as News Corporation …
 
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Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
Adobe's FMS 4.0 Will Support HTTP, Sources Say
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internetnews.com:
New Trojan Snags Skype Calls on Windows PCs
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Nonprofits next to test Facebook payment platform
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Report: Virtualization Market Up for Grabs
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A Well-Timed Letter of Rejection
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