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2:40 PM ET, August 26, 2011

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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  —  Because we needed more big tech news this week.  Yes, it's true that Google has just brought the hammer down on Slide, as Liz Gannes of AllThingsD first reported earlier this evening.  Yes, it's also true that Max Levchin is leaving.
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  —  Steve Jobs is leaving Apple in considerably better shape than he found it.  —  When Apple acquired NeXT, and Jobs, for $400 million in December, 1996, Apple's market cap was $3 billion.  Today it's $347 billion …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Developing ‘New Technology’ for Delivering Video Content
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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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: WinRumors and Technologizer
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.
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 …
Discussion: Betabeat
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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.
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
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Expendables Makers Dismiss Massive BitTorrent Lawsuit  —  Since 2010 the United States Copyright Group (USCG) has sued tens of thousands of BitTorrent users who allegedly shared films without the consent of copyright holders.  —  Their example was soon followed by other law firms …
Colleen Taylor / GigaOM:
Pound for pound, Pandora ads now worth more than radio  —  Internet radio company Pandora reported the financial results for its first three months as a public company on Thursday.  The Oakland, Calif.-based company confirmed that while it still has a long way to go before it reaches …
Michael J. de la Merced / DealBook:
F.C.C. Restarts Clock on Review of AT&T's T-Mobile Deal  —  The Federal Communications Commission said on Friday that it has restarted its review of AT&T's proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA, after pausing the process to demand more information about the deal.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Unbridled Entrepreneurism  —  Y Combinator had its semiannual demo day earlier this week, where many of the 63 startups in this batch showed their stuff to investors and press for the first time.  It was the largest demo day so far.  And they did the same show two days in a row so more people could come.
Discussion: Techie Buzz
Rick Stroud / St. Petersburg Times:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers buy each player an iPad to hold playbook, videos  —  TAMPA — Every year on every NFL team, the Turk nervously ambles next to players in the locker room, dorm room or cafeteria, his role a designated dream killer whose only job is to signal the death knell to somebody's career.
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Comex, the Hacker Behind JailbreakMe.com, Hired as Apple Intern  —  Comex, the hacker behind JailbreakMe.com, is joining Apple as an intern.  JailbreakMe.com made it extremely easy for iOS users to jailbreak their devices simply by visiting a website.  He announced the hiring on Twitter:
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.
Discussion: scribbal.com and Pew Internet
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 …
 
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Christian Zibreg / 9to5Google:
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Future iPhones may identify users by the sound of their voice
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Bill Ray / The Register:
Mobile operators: US quake proves we need more spectrum
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Feature: March of the Penguin: Ars looks back at 20 years of Linux
Discussion: CNN
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Analyst: Google Would Be the ‘Most Compelling’ Buyer of Hulu
Tomio Geron / Social Markets:
Despite Y Combinator Growth, Paul Graham Still Coding