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5:45 PM ET, August 26, 2011

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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Apple Pulls The Plug on TV Rentals  —  Last year, Apple pushed hard to get the TV networks to rent their shows at cut-rate pricing through its iTune store.  Now it has bailed on TV show rentals altogether.  —  Apple has completely removed customers' ability to rent shows from iTunes …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple apparently abandoning 99-cent TV show rentals in Apple TV, iTunes  —  Apple has without explanation removed the ability to rent TV shows from both iTunes and its Apple TV, taking away what was just last year one of the major advertised selling points of the $99 streaming-centric set-top box.
Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 4S’ Casing Resembles iPhone 4 with Some Antenna Changes  —  Apple has been rumored to be building a new, cheaper iPhone 4 ("iPhone 4S") alongside the iPhone 5, for an October launch.  This iPhone 4S is believed to use different components and less storage to lower manufacturing costs.
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Arnold Kim / MacRumors:
iPhone N94 Prototype Back Cover - Is This Actually the iPhone 5?  —  Right on the heels of our “iPhone 4S” antenna photos, comes even more pieces to the puzzle.  This image from MacPost.net offers the first look at the back cover of an upcoming iPhone.  This prototype part is labeled “EVT” …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Photos of iPhone 4S/5 Logic Board Suggest A5 Processor
Discussion: AppleLeaks, iLounge and MacPost
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Max Levchin to Leave Google as Slide Is Shut Down  —  Slide, the social apps company that Google bought just over a year ago for about $200 million, will be dissolved, and its well-regarded leader Max Levchin will depart Google, sources close to the matter told AllThingsD.
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Slide Blog:
Update on Slide's products and our commitment to our users  —  We wanted to give you all advance notice that in the coming months, a number of Slide's products and applications will be retired.  This includes Slide's products such as Slideshow and SuperPoke!
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bloody Thursday: Google Deadpools All Slide Products Except One
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Salesforce CEO: Why I gave Apple the ‘App Store’ trademark in exchange for great advice from Steve Jobs  —  Bloomberg television has an interesting video up of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff who shares an anecdote on how Apple chairman Steve Jobs helped him out with his unique insights on Enterprise Software (!!):
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The Business Insider:   CHART OF THE DAY: Apple's Incredible Run Under Steve Jobs
Mikko / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
How we found the file that was used to Hack RSA  —  RSA was hacked in March.  This was one of the biggest hacks in history.  —  The current theory is that a nation-state wanted to break in to Lockheed-Martin and Northrop-Grumman to steal military secrets.
Technology Review:
IBM Builds Biggest Data Drive Ever  —  The system could enable detailed simulations of real-world phenomena—or store 24 billion MP3s.  —  A data repository almost 10 times bigger than any made before is being built by researchers at IBM's Almaden, California, research lab.
Rosie Gray / Runnin' Scared:
City Websites Are All Down; Why Is There So Little Info On Evacuation Procedures?  —  ​There's a lot of talk of evacuation right now in light of the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene.  The city has already released a map of evacuation zones and evacuated the “most vulnerable” …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Will cell phone networks weather Hurricane Irene?
Stephen Chapman / Between the Lines Blog:
Windows 8: Two new 3rd party apps using the new Metro UI  —  Summary: With most developers around the world having to wait until BUILD to find out how to develop for Windows 8, some companies are already cranking out Windows 8 apps!  See two of them here.  —  So far, all we've seen …
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Upcoming Amazon tablet to undercut Apple's iPad  —  Amazon's upcoming Android tablet will soon launch for “hundreds less” than Apple's $499 entry-level iPad 2 tablet, the New York Post reported on Thursday.  According to the report, which cites an anonymous source, Amazon will launch …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
A6 chip to reach iPad 3 later in 2012, says analyst  —  Apple's latest chip technology won't appear in the next-generation iPad until June 2012 at the earliest, according to a firm that tracks the mobile processor industry.  —  An ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core design—which the Apple A6 processor is based on.
Russell Holly / Geek.com:
Samsung accidentally confirms the Nexus Prime?  —  The Nexus line of phones have been widely likened to the iPhone when it comes to the wealth of speculation, rumors, and general obsession over the upcoming release of those devices.  With the next version of the both of these prolific devices on the way …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
YouTube Downloader Site Sued By World's Biggest Music Labels  —  YouTube is without doubt one of the greatest sites ever to grace the Internet.  In its library it has countless videos, many accompanied by music, and for millions of web users its a site to visit every single day.
Discussion: Penn-Olson, Thanks:arjo
Pew Internet:
65% of online adults use social networking sites  —  Fully 65% of adult internet users now say they use a social networking site like MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn, up from 61% one year ago.  This marks the first time in Pew Internet surveys that 50% of all adults use social networking sites.
Henry Blodget / The Business Insider:
Groupon Tries Sneaky New Way To Get Around SEC “Quiet Period” Rules—Think The SEC Will Notice?  —  Groupon has taken some heat in the media of late.  —  Critics have dismissed it as a “Ponzi scheme,” blasted its ridiculous “earnings before marketing expenses,” fretted about its big new competition …
John-Paul Ford Rojas / Telegraph:
Google TV to launch in UK  —  An “internet TV” service that allows people to switch between television and the web on the same set is to be launched in the UK by Google.  —  The “Google TV” innovation will also mean that viewers can watch material from catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on their main TV screen.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
HTC Omega: First Press Shots (Image)  —  This is the HTC Omega, an upcoming Windows Phone 7 device from HTC (likely to be announced at the September 1 press event).  It'll come in a white/silver color combination, perhaps with aluminum construction, and may be called the HTC Radar upon release.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple wins expedited trial in California lawsuit against Samsung — trial date: July 30, 2012  —  After a Dutch court ordered a preliminary injunction against three Samsung smartphones (which is far from devastating to Samsung but adds another piece to Apple's “copycat” story) …
Zee / The Next Web:
Google+ launches an “ignore” option.  Hide people but let them interact with your content.  —  Google has just introduced a new way of customizing Google+ so you only see content from people you're interested in with having to completely block them.  —  The Block Option
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
InboxQ Inverts Twitter Q&A Product to Help People Find Experts  —  InboxQ will today launch a Q&A site that directs users to experts who might be able to answer their questions, and then gets out of the way.  —  The company, which was previously called Answerly and which has made various online Q …
Discussion: The Next Web
Joe Regan / Chitika Insights:
Firefox 6 Takes Off, up to Over 8% of Traffic  —  August 16th saw the release of the newest version of Firefox; Firefox 6, and already the browser is taking off with rave reviews.  The second version released under Mozilla's new rapid-release process, Firefox 6 has seen a huge bump in our network since release day.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Unbridled Entrepreneurism  —  Y Combinator had its semiannual demo …
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Russian Search Giant Yandex Acquires Social News Startup ‘The Tweeted Times’
Discussion: paidContent:UK and The Next Web
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
Google signs up three schools for Chromebooks
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Opera finances improve despite fierce competition
 Earlier Items: 
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Nobody Uses Their Real Name Online, and Other Outdated Notions
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones may identify users by the sound of their voice
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Developing ‘New Technology’ for Delivering Video Content
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Meet Ness, the Pandora for restaurant recommendations
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Tumblr Investment Values Start-Up at $800 Million
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Comex, the Hacker Behind JailbreakMe.com, Hired as Apple Intern