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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart introduces wireless plan under own brand  —  NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday that it is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
“Embarrassing And Damaging” Zuckerberg IMs Confirmed By Zuckerberg, The New Yorker  —  Earlier this year, we published a series of posts featuring instant messages written by Facebook CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg.  —  Today, the New Yorker quoted two of them in a profile of Zuckerberg.
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Jose Antonio Vargas / New Yorker:
Mark Zuckerberg opens up.  —  Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his college dorm room six years ago.  Five hundred million people have joined since, and eight hundred and seventy-nine of them are his friends.  The site is a directory of the world's people, and a place for private citizens to create public identities.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Acquired Imsense Ltd for HDR Capabilities in iOS 4.1 [Updated]  —  One of the most highly-publicized features of iOS 4.1, released last week, is the ability to take High Dynamic Range (HDR) photos, a feature which allows the iPhone 4's camera to capture a wider range of light intensity …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
HDR photography with iPhone 4 and iOS 4.1: how good is it?
Discussion: Electronista and Imaging Insider
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Video: New Amazon Kindle Ad Shows How Impossible It Is To Read The iPad In Direct Sunlight  —  Real Madrid v. Barcelona, Ali v. Frazier, and now Kindle v. iPad.  This here commercial illustrates, in humorous fashion, the fact that the iPad isn't nearly as easily visible in direct sunlight as the Kindle.
Chris Dale / YouTube Blog:
Testing, testing...YouTube begins trial of new live streaming platform  —  From U2 to the Indian Premier League to the White House to E3, we've worked closely with our partners to give you a front row seat to a wide array of live events.  Today and tomorrow, tune in as we open a new chapter of YouTube live streaming.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
“The Social Network” Is Just as Brutal as Mark Zuckerberg Feared  —  It's hard to feel sorry for a billionaire.  But here I am, feeling bad for Mark Zuckerberg.  If you see the “The Social Network” you're probably going to feel bad for him, too.  —  I saw a screening of the movie last week …
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
The Boxee Box: Intel Inside, Available for Preorder  —  Boxee and D-Link are announcing today that their upcoming Boxee Box will be powered by Intel's CE4100 Atom processor.  The online video set-top-box, which will ship in early November, can also be pre-ordered from Amazon.com starting today.
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David / Signal vs. Noise:
Acquisition condolences  —  Every time a young, promising start-up is bought out by a stodgy, old incumbent, the world is flush with congratulations.  Congratulations to the team, island mojitos now await them.  Congratulations to the venture capitalist, their past nine flops can fade in the background for a week.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The Five Words You Can Never Suggest On Google Instant  —  Like it or not, lots of people search for nude celebrities on Google.  But with Google's new Google Instant Search, those inclined to seek celebs in the buff have to figure out their queries without any help from Google.
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Said to Plan Debt Sale to Pay for Dividends, Buybacks  —  Microsoft Corp. is planning to sell debt this year to pay for dividends and share repurchases because too much of its cash is held overseas, according to a person familiar with the matter.  —  The company would try to raise …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Exclusive: Galaxy Tab, red / white BlackBerry Torch and Samsung Focus hitting AT&T in Q4  —  Mmm, delicious.  That's the feeling we're left with after being inundated with yet another round of AT&T leaks, this time giving us insight at a few flagship devices on tap for the carrier's holiday push.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Google Says Google Reader Is Doing Just Fine  —  We reported last week in the aftermath of IAC's decision to shut down Bloglines that Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Reader was not doing that well either, citing the latest Hitwise figures which showed visits to the service down 27 percent year-over-year.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Consumer Reports Still Hates The iPhone 4  —  Consumer Reports is reiterating that it does not recommend the iPhone 4 in light of Apple ending its free case program.  —  If iPhone 4 owners have antenna problems, they can still get an free case, but they have to call Apple Care and explain their problems.
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Why Isn't the Price of Broadband Obeying Moore's Law?  —  The quality and cost of broadband Internet access haven't budged in years.  —  The U.S. government doesn't keep an index of broadband internet prices by which to evaluate the success of its broadband promotion policies …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft Zune HD2 more than just a rumor?  —  Just days after I posted about the (not so) crazy rumor I heard about Microsoft readying a Zune HD2, WMPoweruser unearthed a job description that made it sound like such a device is, indeed, in the making.  —  According to that job description …
Dianne de Guzman / Silicon Alley Insider:
Disney Hates On HTML5  —  Disney-ABC EVP Albert Cheng told a crowd at the Appnation conference today that HTML5 is “not ready” for ABC.  —  He gave two reasons:  — No room for ads.  Without the ability to insert ads, Disney-ABC has little interest in moving towards HTML5.
Discussion: Electronista
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
Google Voice (GV Mobile) app submitted to App Store [Updated: New info]  —  We reported that Sean Kovacs, the developer of GV Mobile, may have gotten the heads up that his app would be re-approved to the App Store.  Well today, it looks like he submitted it.  —  Update:
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and Digital Daily, Thanks:markgurman
Mat Honan / The Awl:
The First Interview: Meet Josh Simpson, the Man Behind Twitter's @BPGlobalPR  —  On May 19, @BPGlobalPR started sending out messages about the Gulf oil spill to Twitter.  The parody account took on the persona of an inept and insensitive public relations pro working at BP …
Apple:
iPad Wi-Fi Models Available in China on September 17  —  Apple® today announced that the Wi-Fi models of its magical iPad™ will be available to customers in China from Apple Retail Stores, and select Apple Authorized Resellers, on Friday, September 17 starting at 10:00 a.m.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AOL Said To Be Dialing Up Brizzly-Maker Thing Labs For An Acquisition  —  A couple months ago, a rumor was spreading around that Thing Labs (makers of the Twitter/Facebook app Brizzly) was being acquired by Foursquare.  That wasn't true, it was simply speculation based on some tweets.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Now Accepts American Express Reward Points For Purchases  —  Amazon and American Express have announced a partnership that will allows AmEx card members to accumulate rewards to use for purchases on Amazon.com.  Similar to the way that card members can use points towards flights and hotel stays …
Discussion: Business Wire and The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Count on Mobile to Be Part of Everything Google Does  —  Google VP Omar Hamoui Points Out That Apple Didn't Invent Good Mobile Creative, They Just Marketed It Better  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In May, google finally got the FTC's blessing for its $750 million acquisition of the mobile ad network AdMob …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel takes the wraps off its “Nvidia killer”  —  Intel showed a demo of its hybrid graphics-microprocessor chip today, a chip that's aimed at eliminating the need for a stand-alone graphics chip in personal computers.  —  Code-named Sandy Bridge, the hybrid chip is a threat to the maker …
 
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Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Wireless Industry Attracts $312 Million In Venture Capital In Q2
San Francisco Chronicle:
Newsom wants law to require online city data
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sensor Networks Top Social Networks for Big Data
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Jeff Bercovici / DailyFinance:
The Web Eclipses Print Newspapers as a News Source
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Are IDC and Gartner mobile OS forecasts trustworthy?
Discussion: Fortune and Electronista
Natalie Zmuda / AdAge:
Gap Taps Foursquare Cofounders for Holiday Ad Campaign
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
HP's Rahul Sood Optimistic That Upcoming WebOS Devices Will Sell Based …
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Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Kills Pages Discovery Tool
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Exchange “remote wipe” is a terrible, terrible bug
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
iLoveHandles turns nano iPods into oversized watches
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
iPad headed to Target on October 3rd?
David / TmoNews:
myTouch HD Internal Doc Hints Toward FFC And America's Largest “4G” Network