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12:45 AM ET, August 20, 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 …
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 …
Derek Kessler / PreCentral.net:
HP begins TouchPad liquidation; 16GB cut to $99, 32GB $149  —  We were wondering how exactly HP was going to handle the glut of TouchPads in the market now that they've decided they're done making hardware for webOS.  Now we have our answer: fire sale!  —  In a memo sent to HP affiliates …
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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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Rose-colored glasses  —  Since HP's announcement yesterday that they're discontinuing webOS device development (and probably webOS itself, as we know it, but they won't admit that yet), I've read a lot of smart writers eulogizing webOS and mourning its premature death.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Worth More Dead Than Alive: Could HP Turn a Profit on Palm's Patents?
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
It didn't have to end this way: what HP should have done with webOS
Discussion: Technologizer
Marc Andreessen / Wall Street Journal:
Why Software Is Eating The World  —  This week, Hewlett-Packard (where I am on the board) announced that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth.  Meanwhile, Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility.
Discussion: Data Central and @blam
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 …
Discussion: Digital Trends, Thanks:marissac
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
Discussion: PhoneArena
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 …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
‘Anonymous’ hacker quits, calls group's members hypocrites and its efforts fruitless  —  An alleged member of the notorious hacker collective “Anonymous” has apparently outed himself and quit.  The UK-based hacker, who says his real name is Matthew, operated under the pseudonym “SparkyBlaze” during his time with Anonymous.
Discussion: CNET News
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Exclusive: How the FBI investigates the hacktivities of Anonymous
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and LAPTOP Magazine
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Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Talk With Cable Companies About Clearwire Buyout
John P. Mello Jr. / PC World:
Firefox 7 Beta Puts Priority on Performance  —  Just days after the ready-for-primetime version of Firefox 6 was released, Mozilla, sticking to its aggressive development schedule for the browser, has rolled out the beta for Firefox 7 —a release of the software that is emphasizing performance improvements.
Stephen Lawson / Network World:
US surges to near global lead in mobile data  —  Consumers in the U.S. are second only to Sweden in using data, according to analyst Chetan Sharma  —  U.S. consumers are among the world's most voracious consumers of mobile data, motivated by the country's homegrown technology industry, according to analyst Chetan Sharma.
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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Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Lynch guides Autonomy into big tech's grasp
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft offers webOS developers free Windows Phones and dev tools  —  Microsoft is offering webOS developers free Windows Phone devices and dev tools.  —  Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development at Microsoft made the offer in a twitter message on Friday.
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: The Business Insider and @alexia
 
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Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Would-be Heir to Facebook Ordered to Turn Over More Devices
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
HTC pledges support for Google: “Its the ecosystem, not the operating system”
Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Flickr now offering real-time web APIs to developers
Discussion: VentureBeat and 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
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Steve Slater / Reuters:
Apple is worth as much as all euro zone banks
Discussion: The Tech Trade and AppleInsider, Thanks:srikardhanakoti
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out “The Ticker” To More Users
Discussion: Inside Facebook and TechCrunch
Al Scott / TechFlash:
Google plans 840-person expansion near Seattle
Discussion: GeekWire
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Wall Street Journal Confirms Early 2012 iPad 3 with Retina Display