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3:10 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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Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
An inside look at HP killing webOS hardware: Here's how it really went down.  —  Neither Palm devices, nor the HP TouchPad were ever going to be able to showcase webOS properly.  That's why yesterday's news that HP was shutting down its webOS hardware development should have been welcomed …
Joshua Topolsky / This is my next:
HP: ‘We are not walking away from webOS;’ exclusive details from inside  —  An insider has given us details from an all-hands meeting HP just held with employees in the webOS Global Business Unit in light of today's announcement that HP will no longer make webOS devices.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
HP To Apple: You Win.
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
HP eats $100 million charge to cover unsold stockpile of TouchPads
Bloomberg:
Apotheker Sets Biggest HP Strategic Bet in Oracle Rivalry: Tech
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Time For Facebook To Buy WebOS From HP For A Couple Bucks
Discussion: @richardkerris
Bloomberg:
Sprint Said to Talk With Cable Companies About Clearwire Buyout  —  The third-biggest U.S. wireless operator is negotiating with Comcast and other cable companies to obtain control of Clearwire and help complete its LTE network  —  (Bloomberg) — Sprint Nextel Corp. is talking with cable companies …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
A deal for Clearwire could be a wireless tipping point
Discussion: Engadget and LAPTOP Magazine
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
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Germany vs. Facebook: Like Button Declared Illegal, Sites Threatened With Fine  —  German websites 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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and @anonymousirc
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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.
Jessica Dye / Reuters:
Apple moves against knockoffs in New York  —  Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has moved swiftly and, until now, secretly to crack down on stores in the Chinatown section of Queens, New York, accused of selling knock-off Apple gear emblazoned with the company's distinctive logo, according to documents unsealed Thursday in Brooklyn federal court.
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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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 …
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Begins Rolling Out “The Ticker” To More Users  —  While we haven't confirmed whether or not the move is permanent, Facebook appears to be in the process of rolling out their live feed ticker to the homepage of all users.  What's most significant is how this could impact the platform …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TechCrunch and NBC Bay Area
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.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
New HTC phones coming 1 September?  —  HTC is to hold one of its Meet HTC events for the public in London on 1 September, Pocket-lint has discovered after?surreptitiously?stumbling across the announcement on the company's Facebook page.?  —  Nothing too exciting about that you may think …
Anthony / UX Movement:
Why Rounded Corners are Easier on the Eyes  —  Designers use rounded corners so much today that they're more of an industry standard than a design trend.  They're not only found on software user interfaces, but hardware product designs as well.  So what is it about rounded corners that make them so popular?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Al Scott / TechFlash:
Google plans 840-person expansion near Seattle  —  Google's offices in Bothell, Wash., would be near the University of Washington's satellite campus and a revitalized downtown.  —  Google has filed plans to add up to 840 workers at an office park north of Seattle, a dramatic expansion of its workforce on the home turf of Microsoft.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Help, I've fallen into a pit of steaming Google+ (what that means for tech blogging)  —  For the past six weeks I've been totally engrossed in Google+.  Addicted is the right word.  It's like those dinosaurs that fell into a pit of tar and couldn't get out.  Heck, I'm not the only one.
Discussion: GigaOM
 
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Steve Slater / Reuters:
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The truth about scoops  —  In the wake of Motorola-Google deal …
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Dan Kaplan / SC Magazine US:
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Discussion: Nota Bene
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
News sites using Facebook Comments see higher quality discussion, more referrals
Rebecca Lynn / Xconomy:
Are Free Motorola Phones in Our Future? A VC's Take on Why Google is Buying Motorola
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
IPad helps Apple take top spot in worldwide mobile PC market
Discussion: DisplaySearch, TechSpot and Inquirer
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
My Old Friend, AT&T, Still Bringing The Scumbaggery After All These Years
Spencer Ante / Digits:
College One-Stop Shop: Chegg Buys Web Tutoring Service
Discussion: Mashable! and Pulse2
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Beware of Juice-Jacking
Discussion: PC World