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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Upcoming Apple TV loses 1080p playback, gains apps... and will be renamed iTV  —  You might remember that we broke news of an updated Apple TV headed to market just a few months ago.  If your brain isn't working right, let us jog it: a trusted Engadget source asserted that the gang …
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Adrianne Jeffries / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple Rumor: iTV Hitting in the Fall, $99?  —  Rumors about the next iteration of Apple TV have coalesced around a few key facts - the device is expected to be named iTV, in the style of the company's more successful offerings, run customers an easy $99 and hit sometime in the fall.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Exclusive: Sony Ericsson to introduce Android 3.0 gaming platform and PSP Go-like smartphone  —  There's no question that gaming on the Android platform has heretofore been relatively underwhelming, but that looks like it's all about to change.  It seems that Sony Ericsson …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
N92  —  Let's concede for the moment that Amy Thomson's report for Bloomberg back on June 29 is correct, and that Verizon is going to start selling iPhones in January 2011.  Let's further say that this first Verizon iPhone will be a CDMA iPhone 4 — pretty much the same specs as the iPhone 4 we have now, but with CDMA instead of GSM.
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Rene Ritchie / TiPb:
CDMA iPhone 4 codenamed N92, in engineering verification test for possible January (Verizon?) debut  —  Daring Fireball has revealed that the CDMA iPhone 4 is codenamed N92 and is entering the engineering verification (EVT) stage, one step before the design verification test (DVT) stage …
Paul Graham:
What Happened to Yahoo  —  When I went to work for Yahoo after they bought our startup in 1998, it felt like the center of the world.  It was supposed to be the next big thing.  It was supposed to be what Google turned out to be.  —  What went wrong?  The problems that hosed Yahoo go back a long time …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog, Thanks:zee
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Waiting for Godot: Apple's Fall Event Is Definitely Happening, but Exactly When and What?  —  Oh, it's coming.  —  According to several sources, and as has been widely expected, Apple will once again be holding its annual autumn special event, possibly closer to mid-September this time.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Dell's Streak: a Tiny Tablet That Takes Calls, Too  —  In just a few months, Apple's iPad has established that there is indeed a consumer market for a multitouch tablet computer.  —  The 1.5-pound slate with a 10-inch screen has already sold more than 3 million units, even though it costs $499 …
Discussion: Electronista and FM Blog
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Ortwin Gentz / The FutureBlog:
PatentGate — Apple responded, resolved amicably  —  To our surprise, the „PatentGate" story, first revealed by Dan Wineman, ignited a true blogosphere frenzy.  The New York Times, TUAW, The Register, TechCrunch, Om Malik, n-tv and heise online are just a few among the many commentators (see below) of the story.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Two Days After Steve Slater's Slide Ride, JetBlue Comes Back to the Web  —  Be honest — if you ran JetBlue, you'd want to stay quiet, too.  Right?  —  But the airline, which gets lots of credit for engaging its customers on the Web, on Facebook and on Twitter, had to speak up eventually …
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AdAge:
How Steve Slater Is Stifling JetBlue's Social-Media Strategy
Discussion: CNET News and BoomTown
James Hawkins / Google Chrome Blog:
Syncing, simplifying, and speeding up with Chrome's new beta  —  In today's new Google Chrome beta release, we're introducing a host of new beta features which will further improve Chrome's ease of use and speed.  —  One of my favorite features, Autofill, helps you fill in web forms automatically …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Google Ventures Invests In iPhone Game Developer ngmoco  —  Google Ventures, the VC arm of the search giant, has made an investment in popular iPhone/iPad game developer ngmoco, say multiple sources.  The company, which is already profitable, took the money as part of a new round of funding …
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Next to exit HP: Top aide to Hurd  —  As the many questions around Mark Hurd's departure continue to go unanswered, a key aide to the former CEO has also abruptly resigned this week.  —  The mystery deepens.  Caprice Fimbres McIlvaine, formerly head of internal communications at Hewlett-Packard …
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Technology Review:
Why We Need This Giant Tablet Computer  —  We need the “screen territory” available in a textbook, magazine, or A4 sheet of paper.  —  The first thing everyone notices about the forthcoming tablet computer / ebook reader called Kno is that it's ginormous.  Each of its two 14.1" …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Benjamin Grol / Gmail Blog:
Updates to Contacts and a (slightly) new look for Gmail  —  We're constantly reviewing user feedback about Gmail, and for a while now the number one request has been for a better contacts experience.  You've asked us to generally make Contacts easier to use, as well as for specific improvements …
Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:
UPDATE: AT&T Pleased With Verizon-Google Net-Traffic Proposal  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- AT&T Inc. (T) was the latest company to weigh in on Google Inc. (GOOG) and Verizon Communications Inc.'s (VZ) joint proposal to establish rules on how deeply broadband operators can manage the traffic riding on their networks.
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Pedram Keyani / Facebook:
Reflecting on 3 years at Facebook  —  Last Friday, I hit my 3-year milestone at Facebook.  This got me thinking about all that I've experienced and learned since I started here.  Before coming to Facebook, I worked at Google as an engineer for two years.  While I learned a number of things there …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft ‘ONIT’ trademark filing signals plans for new men's site  —  Look out, Maxim and GQ?  A newly surfaced trademark filing shows Microsoft seeking to register the name “ONIT” for a new website catering to men.  —  Based on the sound of it, the site could be a natural addition …
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Facebook bug spills name and pic for all 500 million users  —  Just add email address  —  A bug in Facebook's login system allows attackers to match unknown email addresses with users' first and last names, even when they've configured their accounts to make that information private.
Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple Releases iOS 4.0.2 for iPhone, iOS 3.2.2 for iPad to Patch JailbreakMe PDF Exploit  —  Apple has just released iOS 4.0.2 for all iPhones, iPod touches, and iOS 3.2.2 for iPad to patch the PDF exploit which was used by JailbreakMe to jailbreak all iOS devices on iOS 4.0.1.
Yang Li / Google Mobile Blog:
Flipping for Gesture Search  —  You may already be familiar with Gesture Search, our Android app from Google Labs that lets you search by writing out characters on the touchscreen of your device.  Today we're happy to announce a new version, Gesture Search 1.2, which includes a new motion gesture.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Androinica and Lifehacker
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Demand Media a Home to Badware, Researchers Say  —  As Demand Media gears up for its initial public offering, anti-spam advocates and online crime fighters say that the company needs to clean up its act.  —  In a report, released late Tuesday, HostExploit, a volunteer badware-tracking group …
Matthew Wilkins / iSuppli:
Integrated Graphics Microprocessors Take Over Notebook PC Market  —  Four out of five notebook PCs shipped worldwide in 2014 will employ graphics-enabled microprocessors, up from about one out of three in 2010, as computer makers seek to offer smaller and more innovative products, according to iSuppli Corp.
 
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