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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:
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  —  Update: Mozilla have announced out of an abundance of caution that they are releasing new versions of Firefox, Firefox Mobile and Thunderbird to revoke the trust of DigiNotar's root certificate for signing certificates.
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.
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Zach Honig / Engadget:
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon give Isis mobile payment network a $100 million boost
Discussion: VentureBeat, DailyTech and ReadWriteWeb
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iTunes Match Beta Now Available for Developers  —  iTunes Match was released to developers today in an email from Apple:  —  In the email, Apple notes that beta subscribers will receive an additional 3 months free with their $24.99 paid subscription to cover the beta plus the standard 12 months after launch.
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Poornima Gupta / Reuters:
HP says prefers to spin off PC unit  —  (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard said on Monday it prefers to spin off its personal computers unit and is currently working on understanding the larger implications of separating the business from the company.  —  The world's largest technology company …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Electronista
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Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Despite spin-off talk, Air Force picks HP
Discussion: AppleInsider
Matt Rosoff / The Business Insider:
This 26-Year Old Founder Is Raising $100 Million To Take On Giants Like Microsoft  —  Aaron Levie is unusual for a 26-year-old CEO — he's much more excited about business software than consumer products like Foursquare.  —  Levie founded Box.net, an online service for sharing and collaborating on documents and other files, in 2005.
Discussion: GeekWire
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 …
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Exclusive: With new design chief at the helm, here's how HTC's products will change  —  Scott Croyle only just took over as the new design head at mobile device company HTC, but the former vice president of design already has big plans.  —  In the near future, the smartphone and tablet maker will …
Discussion: WMPoweruser
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 …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google+ Source Code Snoop Gets Hired By Google  —  Austrian blogger and developer Florian Rohrweck recently discovered a lot of Google+'s upcoming features just by digging around in the source code for the new social networking service.  He was one of the first (but not the only one) …
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 …
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 …
Mark Milian / CNN:
WikiLeaks cables detail Apple's battle with counterfeits in China  —  (CNN) — Apple was slow to act against the booming counterfeit industry in China and other Asian countries, according to cables obtained by WikiLeaks.  —  The technology giant eventually organized a team in March 2008 …
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
BoltJS: Another Secret Piece Of Facebook's Spartan Puzzle?  —  After a steady stream of information in June, all has been quiet on the Facebook Project Spartan front in recent weeks.  Originally, at least some thought the plan was to unveil Spartan in July — but that obviously came and went.
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.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
In just three weeks, Facebook pays out $40K to hackers  —  Three weeks after launching a bug bounty program that pays Web hackers cash for finding flaws with its website, Facebook said it has paid out more than US$40,000 in rewards.  —  Three weeks after launching a bug bounty program …
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
Apple's worldwide court battles against Samsung: where they stand and what they mean  —  Samsung has once again delayed the release of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia to evade an injunction against the device in that country.  Samsung may be attempting to find workarounds …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Beyonce Pregnancy News At MTV VMAs Births New Twitter Record Of 8,868 Tweets Per Second  —  Beyonce helped push Twitter to a new record in terms of Tweets per second yesterday evening when the pop singer announced her pregnancy at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Discussion: @twitterglobalpr
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: CNET News, GigaOM and Mashable!
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 …
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
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
 
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google CEO Faces Challenges
David Strom / ReadWriteWeb:
IBM Mobile Connections Now Free
Discussion: FierceVoIP, VentureBeat and Ed Brill
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
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
How Google plans to change the way you watch TV
Discussion: paidContent
Aislyn Greene / TechFlash:
Microsoft launches cloud CRM deal to compete with Salesforce, Oracle
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Verizon: Droid Bionic Twitter Page Isn't Ours
 Earlier Items: 
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Bayfiles: The Pirate Bay Founders Launch File-Hosting Site
Discussion: VentureBeat
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Cloud.com goes open source
Discussion: cloudstack.org and OStatic blogs
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple's WebKit Trademark Filing Challenged by Research in Motion
Discussion: AppleInsider, 9to5Mac and Electronista
Alistair Barr / Reuters:
Amazon may sell 3-5 million tablets in Q4: Forrester
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Verizon Wireless exclusively launching Samsung DROID Prime in October