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4:55 PM ET, August 21, 2011

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
HP's TouchPad fire sale: The fallout  —  Summary: HP's TouchPad liquidation sale says a lot about the company, the tablet market and its ability to keep an e-commerce site running.  —  HP's TouchPad liquidation sale this weekend was telling on multiple fronts as techies drooled over a good deal …
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Best Buy does a 180 degree change, will sell HP TouchPad in U.S. stores at fire sale prices  —  Perhaps Best Buy's U.S. managers saw all those HP TouchPads being sold around them and decided to join in the fun, too.  After saying that its U.S. stores would not partake in the fire sale of the webOS tablet …
Dan Ramirez / webOSroundup:
BREAKING: HP Crediting Fire-Sale Difference to Current TouchPad Owners  —  Folks, we're all a bit upset right now, and who can blame you?  But it's looking to us like HP is trying to make things right for customers that took the plunge on the HP TouchPad previously.  Here's what we know:
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
Apple Testing LTE in iOS 5 and Hiring More LTE Engineers  —  Early last week, Boy Genius Report claimed that Apple has been testing a 4G LTE-enabled iPhone with carriers, and pointed to an “internal iOS test build” of one of Apple's major mobile partners.  In that build was a property list file (.plist) for LTE.
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Apple is field-testing LTE iOS 5 devices, could the next-gen iPad run on LTE?
Jean-Louis Gassee / Monday Note:
HP: What Léo Apotheker's Decisions Mean  —  Last Monday evening, hours after Google's $12.5B gamble on Motorola Mobile (MMI), I had an intriguing idea and began drafting a Monday Note to explore its ramifications.  It started like this: … Building and dismantling the business case …
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
Google Plus must stop this Identity Theatre  —  Bruce Schneier in Beyond Fear coined a phrase: … The Common Names debâcle at Google Plus is a variant of this, where the supposed protections are manifestly not working.  Google's stated policy on this is that you should use your ‘common name’ …
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Sean Portnoy / Home Theater Blog:
Best Buy's Samsung HDTV and Galaxy Tab combo offer: “Bundling two losing products together”?  —  Summary: Samsung is the biggest name in 3D TV, and its Galaxy Tab is the best-known Android tablet competitor to the iPad.  So when Best Buy decided to bundle a free Galaxy Tab …
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Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
Microsoft disables ‘supercookies’ used on MSN.com visitors  —  New tracking technology a ‘colossal privacy gaffe,’ researcher says  —  Computerworld - Microsoft said it has disabled an online tracking technology that, according to a Stanford University researcher, allowed the company …
Kevin Murphy / Reuters:
Missouri teachers sue to block social media law  —  (Reuters) - In the face of a lawsuit, a Missouri state senator defended on Saturday a new state law that will prohibit teachers from communicating privately with students over the Internet.  —  A teachers group filed a lawsuit Friday afternoon contending …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Is “Jupiter” the Future of Windows...PC, Phone &Tablet?  —  Is Silverlight really dead, or is it the future of Microsoft's Windows 8 and Windows Phone?  This is a question weighing on the minds of legions of Microsoft developers right now - developers who were once promised that Silverlight …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Feature: “A sort of PC”: how Windows 8 will invade tablets (and why it might work)  —  For the first time in fifteen or more years, Redmond faces a genuine challenge to its Windows desktop monopoly.  The threat isn't coming from Linux or from Mac OS X or from any other operating system.
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