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5:40 AM ET, August 12, 2010

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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?
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
Larry Downes / Technology Liberation Front:
Deconstructing the Google-Verizon Framework  —  I've just published a long analysis for CNET of the proposed legislative framework presented yesterday by Google and Verizon.  —  The proposal has generated howls of anguish from the usual suspects (see quotes appearing in Cecilia Kang …
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Roger Cheng / Dow Jones Newswires:   UPDATE: AT&T Pleased With Verizon-Google Net-Traffic Proposal
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Kate Murphy / New York Times:
Web Photos That Reveal Secrets, Like Where You Live  —  When Adam Savage, host of the popular science program “MythBusters,” posted a picture on Twitter of his automobile parked in front of his house, he let his fans know much more than that he drove a Toyota Land Cruiser.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Sprint Epic 4G Android Slider Phone Engages on August 31 for $250  —  Sprint's second 4G Android phone, the Samsung Epic 4G, is going to be available August 31 with a $100 rebate to make it $250. … The phone is based off the same core as the other Samsung Galaxy S devices …
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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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: TeleRead and GottaBeMobile
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
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 …
Brad Sams / Neowin.net:
Microsoft to open a new gaming studio for the WP7 platform  —  If it wasn't already obvious that Microsoft was going to throw all of its weight behind Windows Phone 7, now they are taking another big step to ensure its success.  Microsoft is going to be opening a new game studio solely …
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Apple Pulls Camera+ From The App Store After Its Developers Reveal A Contraband Feature  —  The fun's over, folks*.  About a week and a half ago, iPhone developers TapTapTap pushed an updated version of their Camera+ photography app to the App Store, and all seemed well.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Social network dashboard HootSuite is ready for your money  —  HootSuite announced today that it's going to start charging some of the users of its social networking tools.  Since HootSuite offers a handy way for businesses to manage their social media presence, the move isn't a surprise …
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
On Google And Other Misunderstood Wireless Data Collectors  —  Google is in the spotlight yet again for its data collection practices, this time thanks to a police raid in South Korea.  It's the latest example of what I am convinced must be a widespread and fundamental misunderstanding …
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 …
 
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Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft ‘ONIT’ trademark filing signals plans for new men's site
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Taimur Asad / Redmond Pie:
Apple Releases iOS 4..2 for iPhone, iOS 3.2.2 for iPad to Patch …
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Benjamin Grol / Gmail Blog:
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