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7:45 AM ET, August 31, 2009

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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Challenging Microsoft With a New Technology  —  Microsoft's No. 1 rival is a household name, Google.  But a strong candidate for No. 2 is a company that is scarcely known outside the technology industry: VMware.  —  “VMware is definitely a threat,” said Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC, a research firm.
Discussion: Bits, Thanks:atul
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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.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land, Thanks:atul
Ryan Faas / Computerworld:
What's the real deal with 64-bit computing in Snow Leopard?  —  Is Snow Leopard a 64-bit operating system?  Well, yes and no.  —  Computerworld - One of the biggest points of confusion around Apple's newest version of Mac OS X is about whether it's really a 64-bit or a 32-bit operating system.
Discussion: Softpedia News and PC World
Hadley Leggett / Wired Science:
Wikipedia to Color Code Untrustworthy Text  —  Starting this fall, you'll have a new reason to trust the information you find on Wikipedia: An optional feature called “WikiTrust” will color code every word of the encyclopedia based on the reliability of its author and the length of time it has persisted on the page.
Discussion: Neowin.net, TG Daily and digg.com
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.
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 …
Maria Elena / Show Tracker:
Fox goes tweet, tweet, tweet on your TV screen during reruns of ‘Fringe’ and ‘Glee’  —  Is that a tweet you see on your TV screen?  —  If you watch Fox's “Fringe” rerun on Thursday or a repeat of the “Glee” pilot on Friday, it is.  —  Twitter, as you may know, has become all the rage in the TV industry …
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.
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google May Hand Over Caribbean Journalists' IP Addresses  —  Google has reportedly sent a letter to a high-profile Caribbean investigative website called The TCI Journal saying it will supply the IP addresses used to access the Journal's primary GMail account unless the Journal supplies a legal counter-motion within the next two weeks.
Discussion: Wikileaks
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek set to launch ultra-thin notebooks using new Intel CPUs  —  Asustek Computer plans to launch two new ultra-thin notebooks using Intel's upcoming 45nm Celeron 743 and SU2300 CPUs on September 7, 2009, according to industry sources.  —  The new models will initially ship to areas including Taiwan, China and Europe.
Discussion: Engadget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Report: Tech component inventory lean (perhaps too lean)  —  Inventory levels of key items in the technology industry's supply chain—components like semiconductors, hard drives and interconnects—are very lean, according to a report by Goldman Sachs.  —  These tight inventories are the result …
 
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Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Did AT&T get a sour apple when it snagged the iPhone?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
So Dan Lyons Called
Discussion: Global Nerdy, Thanks:atul
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Conferences Continue To Grow
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
All a Cub Reporter Needs Is a Scoop and an iPhone
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Lost or stolen Kindle? Amazon says you're out of luck
Discussion: MobileContentToday, Thanks:atul
Zizhuang Yang / Facebook Engineering's Notes:
Every Millisecond Counts
Discussion: TechCrunch
Owen Fletcher / Network World:
China game boss sniped rivals, took down Internet
Discussion: Techgeist
 Earlier Items: 
Devin Leonard / New York Times:
Hey, PC, Who Taught You to Fight Back?
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Fred / A VC:
Is Speculating On What Private Companies Are Worth A Good Idea?
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Techgeist
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