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4:55 PM ET, August 12, 2011

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Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple will not hold iPhone 5 event on Sept. 7  —  Reports began to surface yesterday that Apple would hold a special event on September 7 to launch the new iPhone, but that's not happening.  —  According to my sources, Apple will not have an event or launch the next iPhone on September 7.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple to Hold Media Event on September 7th, 2011?  —  Kodawarisan offers the first specific date for Apple's fall media event.  According to the Japanese site, Apple is planning on holding their usual iPod-announcing event on Wednesday, September 7th.  —  Apple has traditionally held …
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
Jeff Bezos wants to put an airbag in your smartphone  —  Many of us have experienced the problem: We get careless with our mobile phones, they slip out of our hands, and all of a sudden we're back at the store replacing a shattered device.  —  Well, none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …
comScore, Inc.:
14 Million Americans Scanned QR or Bar Codes on their Mobile Phones in June 2011  —  Newspapers/Magazines and Product Packaging Most Likely Source of QR Code  —  QR Code Users Most Likely to Scan Code while at Home or Store  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Netflix tests new web UI for kids.  First look  —  Netflix has started to test a separate section for children's content on its website with a UI that is optimized to be used by kids themselves.  Select Netflix members have been getting a new tab labeled “Just For Kids” …
Scott Hanselman:
Welcome to the Cloud - “Your Apple ID has been disabled.”  —  Hello Hacker News and TechMeme.  OK, let's make this a movement.  Tell me your stories: http://myappleidhasbeendisabled.tumblr. com  —  So Apple is America's most valuable company.  They are, like everyone else, betting the company on the cloud.
Discussion: parislemon, Thanks:tomwarren
Zach Epstein / maramine blog:
The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled Was... Disclaimer: The Devil Doesn't Pull Tricks  —  It looks like Facebook is finally winning a PR battle.  Good for them.  —  Earlier this week, it was brought to light (again) that Facebook uses several of its smartphone apps to take all of your contacts and store them on its server.
Discussion: BGR, Android and Me and TiPb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Clever Girl: Facebook Lets You Export Friends' Email Addresses, But Makes It Opt-In  —  It's now possible to export your Facebook social graph.  Your real social graph, complete with your friends' emails, which means you can leave Facebook and import your social network into a rival site.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Android steals 20% of tablet market from iPad over past year  —  Android-powered tablets have taken 20% of the global tablet market from Apple's iPad over the past 12 months according to new data from ABI Research.  While Android tablets have collectively managed to make a sizable dent …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Chill, Yes THAT Chill, Is A Turntable.fm For Videos  —  Imagine innocently launching your Facebook app one night and waking up to a bevy of emails saying that Mark Zuckerberg thinks the thing that you built is spamming up HIS precious platform.  And let's say that your app is like a DJ interface for videos …
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Brian Norgard / Chill:
Response to Mark Zuckerberg
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
How browsers make money, or why Google needs Firefox  —  Whenever we write a glowing story about Firefox or Mozilla, the ExtremeTech postbag has a tendency to fill up with letters and missives from concerned readers who are worried about Mozilla's close ties with Google.
Discussion: @dannysullivan, Thanks:mrseb
Staska / Unwired View:
Compal to start delivery of Windows Phones to Nokia in September. 2 million units ordered for Q4 2011  —  We already told you that first Nokia Windows Phones will be made by Taiwanese Compal.  Today we have some more info about them.  —  This has still to percolate to the English speaking part of the net …
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft claims Windows Phone 7.5 launch on September 1 is “just a rumor”
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
What If Tim Berners-Lee Had Patented The Web?  —  You may have seen the stories a week or so ago about how it was the 20th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee putting up the first web page.  While many, many people still confuse “the web” with “the internet,” Berners-Lee's creation really did help …
Discussion: Against Monopoly
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Aussie startup recruits Google Maps inventor  —  THE lightbulb moment for Rebekah Campbell came as she was confronting the awful, imminent prospect of failure.  —  Tickets to a gig she was promoting were not selling and the band, Evermore, was facing the ignominy of playing before a near-empty house.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Acer Iconia Tab A100 — the first 7-inch Honeycomb tablet — goes on sale for $330  —  It hasn't been an easy road for Acer's 7-inch Iconia Tab A100 — its US launch was delayed and it has been patiently waiting on Google's Android 3.2 to mend its software issues.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Demand Media's RSS Graffiti Buy Is Good News for a Demand Media Executive  —  Demand Media's recent purchase of technology company RSS Graffiti is good news for Michael Blend, who owned 40 percent of the start-up.  But the deal doesn't mean Blend will quit his day job — working as a Demand Media executive.
Discussion: @pkafka
BERNAMA:
South Korean Government Pushes To Phase Out Online Real-Name Policy  —  In the wake of the country's worst online security breach that compromised the personal information of over two-thirds of the population, the home affairs ministry said Thursday it will push to repeal in phases the online real-name verification rules.
Discussion: The Korea Herald and The Register
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
New Patents Surface for an iPhone Antenna Clip, Solar Energy and a new Oil Resistant Coating for iOS Devices  —  A number of interesting Apple patent applications surfaced at the US Patent & Trademark Office yesterday.  This report will cover three of them.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, 9to5Mac and Geek.com
Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Google's Panda Update Launches Internationally in Most Languages  —  top news:  —  Google has just announced that their “Panda” rankings changes, first launched in the United States in late February and rolled out to English language indices internationally in April, have now launched internationally …
Adam Zeis / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Sprint cancels plans to sell 4G BlackBerry PlayBook  —  If you were patiently waiting to get your hands on a 4G PlayBook from Sprint before the end of the summer, your wait just got a lot longer.  Just as we thought we were getting closer to seeing a 4G BlackBerry PlayBook arrive on Sprint …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Björk's “App Album” Shows The Way For Musicians  —  Icelandic musician Björk recently released what she claims to be the world's “first app album.”  It's an iPad and iPhone app featuring 10 songs, each song accompanied by an interactive app.  The “mother” app is called Biophilia, which is the name of the album.
Discussion: TUAW
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Dell discontinues the 5 inch Streak tablet  —  Dell has stopped selling the Dell Streak 5 inch Android tablet/smartphone.  The original Streak launched last year as Dell's first Android product.  It blurred the lines between a tablet and a phone by pairing a reasonably large 5 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display with cellular capabilities.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Facebook Quietly Updates Platform Policies - Developers, No Linking To Competitors!  —  Facebook made some noteworthy changes to its Platform policies on the 27th of July 2011, adding a couple of new terms developers need to take into account when building apps for the Facebook Platform.
 
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Kelly Hodgkins / TUAW:
Report: Apple A6 production has begun
Reuters:
German court sets Samsung, Apple hearing for Aug 25
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
U.S. Judge Slaps Around Brazilian Court In Zynga v. Vostu
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Millennial: Android Grabs 53 Percent Of Ad Impressions In Q2; iOS Takes 27 Percent Share
Discussion: GigaOM, AllThingsD, Fortune and TUAW
Faith Merino / VatorNews:
Opinionaided secures $4.3M for real-time mobile Q&A
Discussion: MediaPost and VentureBeat
Adam Rawnsley / Danger Room:
Chinese Army Targets iPhone, iPad With Propaganda App
Discussion: TUAW and TechEye
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
When Startups Fail, Investors Recoup by Selling Patents
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Google's Google+ Adds Games, But Wants Data in Return
Discussion: GMSV, Evolver.fm and Techland
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
U.S. Anti-Piracy Police Kept Secret From The Public
Discussion: DSLreports
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Unleashes Native Client Into Chrome, Next-Gen Web Apps To Follow?
Douglas MacMillan / Bloomberg:
‘Angry Birds’ Maker Seeks $1.2B Valuation