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6:30 PM ET, August 19, 2011

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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T VP: iPhone 5 coming in early October, prepare to get ‘really, really busy’  —  One of our high-level AT&T sources just informed us that an AT&T Vice President has confirmed to several employees that the iPhone 5 is slated to launch in early October.  Additionally, the VP communicated …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HP tested webOS on an iPad.  It ran over twice as fast as the TouchPad.  —  HP's WebOS team almost certainly had an idea that the company's new tablet, the TouchPad, had very little chance of challenging Apple's dominance in the tablet market, as the company's webOS operating system was running …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
It didn't have to end this way: what HP should have done with webOS  —  HP has missed out on a fantastic opportunity with webOS.  The company was in a position, by hook or by crook, to give webOS the kind of wide distribution that even Apple would be impressed by.  It just had to spend some cash to do it.
Discussion: Technologizer
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
An inside look at HP killing webOS hardware: Here's how it really went down.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HP To Apple: You Win.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Sneaks A Big Change Into iOS 5: Phasing Out Developer Access To The UDID  —  Apple is making a lot of big changes to its mobile operating system with iOS 5, which is dribbling out in betas for developers ahead of a general release later this year.  But there is one big change some developers …
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple seeds iOS 5 beta 6, iTunes 10.5 beta 6, Xcode 4.2 preview 6 to developers (full change log)  —  Apple has released iOS 5 beta 6 to developers today as the fall launch of the major iOS software upgrade nears.  In addition, Apple released beta 6 of iTunes 10.5 to developers …
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Germany vs. Facebook: Like Button Declared Illegal, Sites Threatened With Fine  —  Updated: German websites based in the state of Schleswig-Holstein have until the end of September to remove Facebook's ‘like’ button or face a fine of up to 50,000 Euro.  —  Germany has a long tradition of using laws to protect its citizen's privacy.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Disliking “Like” in Germany  —  There's a hubbub brewing …
Thanks:marissac
Bloomberg:
Sprint Said in Talks About Clearwire Buyout  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) is talking with cable companies about a possible investment that may lead to an acquisition of partner Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), according to three people familiar with the talks.  —  Sprint, the third-largest U.S. wireless operator …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
A deal for Clearwire could be a wireless tipping point  —  Sprint is reportedly in talks with Comcast,, Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Networks to raise the up to $600 million that Clearwire needs to transition to a Long Term Evolution network.  Clearwire, the nation's largest WiMAx network …
Andreas Udo de Haes / Computerworld UK's News:
Apple files inaccurate evidence in Dutch Samsung case  —  Is the iPhone and iPad maker shooting itself in the foot with manipulated images?  —  Apple has filed inaccurate evidence again in a major case against Samsung, this time in the Netherlands, where the company is arguing Samsung's Galaxy S smartphones …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:   Is Apple faking evidence to crush the competition? Not likely
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Why HP Wants Autonomy: Math Skills  —  Autonomy excels at analyzing the vast amounts of “unstructured data” being produced every day.  —  News broke today that HP, the world's biggest manufacturer of personal computers, had offered to acquire the British software company Autonomy.
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Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Why HP is betting the farm on Autonomy
Discussion: The Tech Trade and FierceCIO News
Mark Otto / Twitter Developers:
Bootstrap from Twitter  —  We are happy to announce Bootstrap, a front-end toolkit for rapidly developing web applications.  It is a collection of CSS and HTML conventions.  It uses some of the latest browser techniques to provide you with stylish typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft: Here's what caused our cloud outage this week  —  Summary: Microsoft is informing customers hit by its Office 365 cloud outage this week that a “networking interruption” caused the problem, and that the company is planning to offer them a 25 percent credit for their trouble.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Google ‘Nexus Prime’ Android 4.0 phone could launch in October  —  Google's third-generation “Nexus Prime” smartphone — which will likely be the first Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” phone to hit the market — will launch in October according to a new report from Korean-language Electronic Times.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: How the FBI investigates the hacktivities of Anonymous  —  On September 19, 2008, hackers from the Anonymous collective attacked the website of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.  The hackers found and immediately posted e-mail addresses, passwords, and physical addresses …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Unedited Thoughts About Technology Better Left Unposted  —  We just tried to send everybody home for the day.  It's just Joe, Barry, Jesus and me.  And it's Friday.  So f**k it.  —  Apple  —  You totally care more about design and user experience than any other major tech company in the world …
Discussion: @alexia
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Wall Street Journal Confirms Early 2012 iPad 3 with Retina Display  —  In case you still had doubts, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is indeed working on its next generation iPad for early 2012.  The newspaper also seems to confirm the 2048x1536 Retina display that has been long rumored.
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
‘Anonymous’ hacker quits, calls group's members hypocrites and its efforts fruitless
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Flickr now offering real-time web APIs to developers
Discussion: Code
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft vs. Motorola: A look ahead to next week's ITC patent trial
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog
Asher Moses / The Age:
Aussie Apple boss comes out of the shadows to confront ‘rip-off’ claims
Discussion: MacRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Terrible Cost Of Patents
Steve Slater / Reuters:
Apple is worth as much as all euro zone banks
Discussion: The Tech Trade and AppleInsider, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
 Earlier Items: 
Al Scott / TechFlash:
Google plans 840-person expansion near Seattle
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The truth about scoops  —  In the wake of Motorola-Google deal …
Anthony / UX Movement:
Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes
Discussion: Gizmodo
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Help, I've fallen into a pit of steaming Google+ (what that means for tech blogging)
Discussion: GigaOM
Jessica Dye / Reuters:
Apple moves against knockoffs in New York