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5:15 AM ET, August 31, 2009

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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Man uses ‘Find My iPhone’ to locate his iPhone... and three robbery suspects  —  It's the moment every iPhone owner dreads — but secretly dreams about.  You're walking in a dark alley (or near the intersection of Amberson Avenue and Amberson Place in Shadyside, in this case) and three men approach, one brandishing a gun.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
A Hired Gun for Microsoft, in Dogged Pursuit of Google  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Qi Lu knows as well as anyone just how difficult it is to take on Google.  —  For nearly a decade, Mr. Lu played a leading role in building Yahoo's Internet search and advertising technologies.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware to step up data center automation game  —  VMware on Monday will roll out a product family dubbed vCenter to automate data center tasks and manage to service level agreements.  —  The announcements will kick off VMworld 2009 in San Francisco this week.
Dan Dorfman / The Huffington Post:
SEC Investigating Apple Trading  —  Hey, have some investors been screwing around illegally with the shares of high-flying Apple, Inc., a superstar of the investment scene?  —  Apparently, the Securities & Exchange Commission is suspicious this may be the case and has kicked off an investigation …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
New Palm phones in Sprint inventory: P120 and C40  —  Following up on the word of Palm devices appearing in Verizon's database, we've been sent the above screenshot of a Sprint inventory management system, showing not one, not two, but three plot-thickening Palm devices.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Lost or stolen Kindle?  Amazon says you're out of luck  —  As the Kindle takes off in popularity, losses and thefts will as well.  After hearing one reader's tale of woe after losing his Kindle, we discovered that there are not that many options for recovery, though there could be if Amazon really wanted to offer them.
Discussion: MobileContentToday, Thanks:atul
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Did AT&T get a sour apple when it snagged the iPhone?  —  No. But the WSJ feels otherwise.  Their arguments:  — The iPhone used to generate 40% new users for AT&T in 2007.  Now that has dropped “all the way down” to 35%.  No other Smartphone brings over a third of their customers from another network or anything close to that.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
So Dan Lyons Called  —  And he's all, “I guess you saw that 'Dear Gruber: You've Been Pwned' thing I wrote last week over at Fake Steve.  Haven't seen a link to it from Daring Fireball, so just checking to make sure you're cool with that.”  —  “It's cool,” I tell him.
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Thanks:atul
Steve Lohr / Bits:
VMware vs. Microsoft: It's About More Than the Plumbing  —  I wrote an article Monday on the competition between VMware and Microsoft in virtual machine software.  Truth is, this is the sort of story that, by the standards of the New York Times, falls into the realm of subjects geeky but perhaps of broad significance.
Discussion: New York Times, Thanks:atul
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
All a Cub Reporter Needs Is a Scoop and an iPhone  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A Web site for local news hopes to fill the growing void in professionally reported local news by recruiting citizens armed with iPhones as reporters.  —  The site, Fwix, will release an iPhone application this week …
Discussion: Podcasting News
Laura Saunders / Wall Street Journal:
Is ‘Friending’ in Your Future?  Better Pay Your Taxes First  —  Tax deadbeats are finding someone actually reads their MySpace and Facebook postings: the taxman.  —  State revenue agents have begun nabbing scofflaws by mining information posted on social-networking Web sites …
Discussion: Electronic Pulp
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Here come AMD's six-core, ultra-low-power Opteron EEs  —  There are three “rails” of wattage in AMD's architectural plan for its CPUs: its higher-performance SE line, its lowest-power EE line, and its hybrid HE line that trades some performance for power savings.
 
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Ryan Faas / Computerworld:
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Cal Bear / sanfranmag.com:
Home is where the brain is  —  The only-in-America story …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
When the Apple tablet comes out, are you in?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
The Volokh Conspiracy:
Lori Drew Opinion Handed Down …
Discussion: Slashdot
William Skidelsky / Guardian:
Google Books: philanthropy or piracy?
Discussion: CNET News