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7:10 PM ET, August 29, 2011

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Alex Simons / MSDN Blogs:
Improvements in Windows Explorer … It's exciting to have this opportunity to share the improvements we're making to the file management capabilities of Windows Explorer.  Explorer is one of the most venerable parts of Windows with a heritage you can trace back to the “MS-DOS Executive” in Windows 1.0!
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft shows off its ‘Ribbonized’ Windows 8 file-management interface  —  Summary: The Microsoft Windows 8 engineering team is sharing yet more information on the file-management app built into the next-generation Windows release.  —  To start off the week, here's a quick round up of Microsoft news bits from around the Web:
DigiTimes:
iPhone 5 to have smaller than 4-inch panel, say sources  —  Despite rumors about iPhone 5 featuring a 4.2-inch panel circulating within the IT market for a while, following a leak from Apple's website in Switzerland in early August, sources from upstream panel suppliers have recently revealed …
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Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
AT&T-Verizon-T Mobile Sets $100M for Google Fight  —  Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. (T) and T- Mobile USA plan to invest more than $100 million in their joint venture that lets consumers pay for goods with mobile phones, people with knowledge of the project said.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Fraudulent Google certificate points to Internet attack  —  This screenshot shows the warning the user reportedly got when attempting to log into Gmail.  —  A Dutch company appears to have issued a digital certificate for Google.com to someone other than Google, who may be using it to try to re-direct traffic of users based in Iran.
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Chester Wisniewski / Naked Security:
Falsely issued Google SSL certificate in the wild for more than 5 weeks  —  Reports surfaced this morning that accuse the government of Iran with trying to perform a man-in-the-middle attack against Google's SSL services.  —  A user named alibo on the Gmail forums posted a thread about receiving …
DigiTimes:
Samsung reportedly recruits ex-HP VP for PC business; considers buying webOS  —  Samsung Electronics, despite refuting reports it plans to take over Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) PC business, reportedly has already recruited HP's ex-vice president of PSG marketing Raymond Wah to handle Samsung's PC sales …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.9 to Bring iCloud Support?  —  Apple appears to be preparing a 10.6.9 update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard in order to provide compatibility with the company's upcoming iCloud service.  The following notice appeared in one developer's .Mac preference pane in Tiger …
New York Post:
Social gamer Zynga detoured on the road to IPOVille  —  Wall Street turmoil is affecting the timing of Zynga's public debut.  —  The social-gaming company, which had been racing to launch an initial public offering early next month, is no longer in a rush because of the rocky stock markets …
Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Masked Anonymous Protesters Aid Time Warner's Profits  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Anonymous, the hacker group, has jostled with the Iranian government and the Church of Scientology and has briefly shut down the Web sites of Visa, MasterCard and other global corporations.
Groklaw:
Lodsys - Lodsys in a Panic to Keep Apple Out of Suit  —  Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!  —  Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. … In the latest filing by Lodsys [PDF] in response to the Apple motion to intervene in the Lodsys v. Combay case …
Discussion: Electronista and parislemon
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October  —  BGR has exclusively learned from a close source of ours that Verizon Wireless has passed on offering the Samsung GALAXY S II in favor of something even better.  We reported last week that Verizon isn't going to sell the GALAXY S II, and we have now been told why.
Christian Zibreg / 9to5Mac:
Adobe unveils PDF creation app for iPhone and iPad  —  Adobe today released a new iOS app dubbed CreatePDF that does right what the name suggest.  Using CreatePDF, one can create PDF documents from scratch, right on their iOS device, down to images, links, formatting, footnotes, drawings and more.
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
How Google plans to change the way you watch TV  —  Google chairman Eric Schmidt was on a diplomacy mission last week, reaching out to broadcasters in the UK and urging them to embrace changes in the way that viewers watch TV, as enabled by the Internet.  Giving the MacTaggart Lecture …
Discussion: paidContent
Amar Toor / Engadget:
Samsung's ChatON messaging service brings free texting to Android, iOS and BlackBerry (video)  —  It looks like Samsung is about to dip its toes in the mobile messaging market, with a new service called ChatON.  Slated to debut at this week's IFA, the app brings texting …
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon: Droid Bionic Twitter Page Isn't Ours  —  Hold your horses.  A Twitter feed claiming to be the “Official Motorola Droid Bionic Twitter page” is no such thing, spokespeople from both Verizon Wireless and Motorola said.  That means the page's statement that the long-awaited Droid Bionic …
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
It's official: Google wants to own your online identity  —  Updated.  Ever since Google launched its new Google+ social network, we and others have pointed out that the search giant clearly has more in mind than just providing a nice place for people to share photos of their pets.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
After A Hot Start, Justin.tv Spins Off Socialcam, Its ‘Instagram for Video’  —  Last spring, just in time for SXSW, Justin.tv launched a new standalone video app that has a simple purpose: it lets you share short videos with your friends with just a few taps.
Discussion: GigaOM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
BitTorrent users don't “act in concert,” so judge slashes mass P2P case  —  Steele Hansmeier, the antipiracy law firm that has been routinely hammered by judges in Illinois, is now getting hammered by judges in California.  The firm has tried desperately to head off all the common objections …
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's WebKit Trademark Filing Challenged by Research in Motion  —  Research in Motion has filed an official opposing action against Apple's trademark filing for “WebKit” in Canada.  The opposing action which was filed earlier this month has been granted an extension of time.
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Zach Epstein / BGR:
AT&T's 4G LTE network goes live in Chicago; images reveal impressive speeds  —  AT&T's 4G LTE network went live this past weekend in the Chicago area, and initial speed tests reveal impressive download speeds.  AT&T has yet to announce the availability of LTE service in Chicago or any other launch market …
Discussion: Android Life and GottaBeMobile
Evan Blass / pocketnow.com:
Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Sprint): First Press Shots  —  Why is it that the upcoming US launch of the Samsung Galaxy S II on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — but not Verizon — feels a bit underwhelming?  It must be because the global version of the handset is already seeing a refresh …
John Cook / GeekWire:
The nitty-gritty details of how SEOMoz's $24 million venture capital deal blew up  —  How do venture capital deals fall apart?  Those who want the inside scoop should look no further than Rand Fishkin's more than 5,000 word treatise on how a recent $24 million venture deal with an undisclosed New York venture capitalist
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon may sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4: Forrester  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc may sell as many as five million tablet computers in the fourth quarter, making the largest Internet retailer the top competitor to Apple Inc in this fast-growing niche of the consumer PC market, Forrester Research said on Monday.
Spiegel Online:
Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources  —  Related articles, background features and opinions about this topic.  —  Leak at WikiLeaks  —  Accidental Release of US Cables Endangers Sources  —  Supporters of Julian Assange's WikiLeaks organization accidentally released unredacted US diplomatic cables onto the Internet.
Sara Yin / PC Magazine:
Worst of Cell Phone Disruptions Is Yet to Come, FCC Says  —  Communications networks held up better than expected against Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a Sunday afternoon briefing, with the greatest swathe of outages reported by cable TV subscribers in North Carolina.
Jung-Ah Lee / Wall Street Journal:
LG Display Slashes Investment Plan  —  SEOUL—Flat-panel maker LG Display Co. on Monday slashed its capital expenditure target for 2012 to a three-year low, the latest indication that demand for flat-screen TVs and personal computers is set to remain sluggish for some time to come.
 
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Erica Ogg / GigaOM:
Apple to make 22M iPhones next quarter, most of them iPhone 4
Discussion: The Next Web and iDownloadBlog.com
Derrick Harris / GigaOM:
Dell launches a VMware-based cloud; Azure next
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Microsoft launches cloud CRM deal to compete with Salesforce, Oracle
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
In just three weeks, Facebook pays out $40K to hackers
Discussion: PC Magazine and Facebook
Audrey Watters / Hack Education:
Does Online Learning Offer the Same Value as Face-to-Face Instruction? …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloud.com goes open source
Discussion: cloudstack.org and OStatic blogs
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Seesmic Focuses On The Social Enterprise; Debuts Android, iPad Apps For Salesforce CRM
Discussion: SiliconANGLE and MediaPost, Thanks:sameerpatel
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Comex Answers Questions About iPhone Hacking Before Heading Off To Apple
Discussion: 9to5Mac and Appolicious Advisor
Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
LivingSocial's CEO Weathers Rapid Growth
Casey Newton / San Francisco Chronicle:
Salesforce abuzz over social networking software
Mike Cassidy / Mercury News:
World's biggest startup launches in Silicon Valley
Discussion: MediaPost