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1:10 PM ET, August 31, 2011

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Tom Schoenberg / Bloomberg:
U.S. Files Antitrust Complaint to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger  —  The U.S. government sued to block AT&T Inc.'s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA Inc., saying the deal would “substantially lessen competition” in the wireless market.  —  The Justice Department complaint was filed today in federal court in Washington.
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Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Surprised by Government's Move to Block T-Mobile Deal  —  AT&T said it had no indication that federal regulators would seek to block the company's planned $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA.  Earlier on Wednesday, the Justice Department filed suit to stop the acquisition …
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
AT&T vows to bring back 5,000 U.S. jobs if merger approved  —  (Reuters) - Telecommunications giant AT&T Inc, whose proposed buy of T-Mobile USA is under scrutiny by U.S. regulators, promised to bring 5,000 wireless call-center jobs back to the United States if the deal wins approval.
StreetInsider.com:
Statement by FCC Chair Genachowski on AT&T/T-Mobile Deal  —  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “By filing suit today, the Department of Justice has concluded that AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile would substantially lessen competition in violation of the antitrust laws.
Discussion: @mediaaccess
DigiTimes:
Amazon 10-inch tablet PC to start mass production in 1Q12  —  Mass production of Amazon's 10.1-inch tablet PC reportedly will be conducted in the first quarter of 2012 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to handle the orders, according to sources from upstream component suppliers.
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Peter Cartwright / netbooknews.com:   Amazon Tablets - 7-incher in October, 10-incher Next Year
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Financial Times Apps Finally Pulled From iOS  —  Two months after the deadline for compliance hit, it's now clear The Financial Times and Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) can't come to a compromise over the new requirement that in-app subscription payments must go through iTunes Store.
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Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Can HTML5 replace an iPad app?  Financial Times to find out  —  While it may be an oversimplification to talk about HTML5 as a direct competitor to native apps, one company is about to find out how the two compete in a very real sense.  The Financial Times, which in June introduced a tablet …
Discussion: mediabistro.com
Joe Fedewa / Sprintfeed:
Sprint Changing ETFs Starting September 9th  —  As of right now the early termination fee for ending a contract before it's up is a pricey $200, but starting September 9th you might not think $200 is so bad.  Our world renowned Super Spies have done it again, and this time they bring us some bad news.
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Samsung Series 7: aluminum covers, quad-core Core i7 power, and AMD graphics starting at $999  —  Samsung might have just announced a trio of new Galaxy S II phones a few hours ago, but it's shifting gears fast to some brand-canew laptops.  And they're not just your run-of-the-mill systems.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Apple wants its 3G MacBook prototype back  —  The unusual Apple notebook.  —  Apple wants a North Carolina man to return a prototype notebook computer he purchased on Craigslist earlier this year, CNET has learned.  —  Three weeks ago, photos of the device emerged in an eBay listing by Carl Frega …
Lewis Curdie / Mobot:
“One last run” TouchPad blog refers to the US  —  HOME > “ONE LAST RUN” TOUCHPAD BLO...  “One last run” TouchPad blog refers to the US  —  You know HP's “one last run” blog post about the TouchPad that everyone is currently peeing their pants over?  Well don't get too excited just yet, homies.
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's New HTML5 Chrome Apps For Gmail, Calendar And Docs Give Users Offline Access  —  As we reported at Google I/O in May, Google has been working on offline versions of their three most popular apps: Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs.  Google previously offered offline access for Gmail …
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
My Thoughts on Daily Deals...  Wowza!  There's a lot of buzz lately circulating around the future of daily deals, so I thought I'd take a moment to share my perspective.  —  Daily deals have been a hit with consumers and since we launched Yelp Deals last year, we've learned a lot about the business.
Darrell Etherington / GigaOM:
Spotify opens doors to iOS devs with new API  —  Subscription streaming music service Spotify launched an API on Wednesday that allows third-party iOS developers to integrate Spotify into their apps.  Called libspotify, the new resource should allow for some fairly innovative uses of Spotify services.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Amazon is testing a slick new site design, built with tablets in mind  —  It appears that online retail giant Amazon will launch a new, vastly improved version of its massively popular shopping website in the near future, overhauling its design that not only looks great on the desktop …
Discussion: Softpedia News and VentureBeat, Thanks:m4tt
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
“Respect Explorer's Heritage”  —  When photos started circulating yesterday of the new interface for Windows Explorer in Windows 8, I was sure they were a joke.  Surely, this was an Onion mock-up.  Or maybe they were from some Apple fan making fun of Microsoft's design aesthetic in which more is quite often... more.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Exec Leaves After 21 Years To Start ‘Vision+’ Fund, Promptly Partners With Nokia  —  Nokia this morning announced that Tero Ojanperä, former CTO and currently Executive Vice President and a member of the company's ‘Leadership Team’, is leaving the flailing phone manufacturer …
Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
HTC Jetstream 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet available on AT&T September 4th for $699.99  —  That “Puccini” tablet from HTC that's been floating around for a few months has finally been announced for AT&T as the Jetstream, and pretty much all the rumors are true: it offers both HSPA+ and LTE connectivity …
Helen Blackburn / The Big Blog:
Using Skype from Your Home Phone Just Got Easier  —  •Me Home Phone Adapter for Skype and a New Skype-enabled Cordless Phone from GE Open up a New World of Calls from Your Home Phone  —  At Skype, we strive to ensure anyone can use Skype anywhere, at any time.
Discussion: The Next Web and Ubergizmo
Soham Chatterjee / Reuters:
U.S. probes Oracle on African deals - WSJ  —  U.S. authorities are investigating whether business software maker Oracle Corp's deals in Africa violated federal anti-bribery laws, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.  —  Agents in the Federal Bureau …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TechEye
Todd Bishop / GeekWire:
New Kindle ‘@author’ feature lets readers ask writers questions from inside their books  —  Amazon.com today unveiled a new Kindle feature, @author, that will let readers ask questions of authors while reading their books.  Confused about the motivations of a particular character?
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Salesforce Adds Realtime Chat, Screen Sharing, And Groups To Chatter; Debuts HTML5 Mobile App  —  Salesforce's ‘social network for the enterprise’ Chatter has been the company's first real foray into incorporating social with business functions.  Salesforce originally announced Chatter …
Juliette Guilbert / The Windows Blog:
What's new in Pictures + Camera for Mango  —  I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't own a “real” camera anymore, digital or otherwise.  —  Instead, for the past couple of years I've recorded all my memorable events with my phone—my daughters' birthdays, my trip to Hawaii …
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times imagines the kitchen table of the future  —  At The New York Times Company's R&D Lab, the group's collective of technologists, artists, and journalists talks a lot about “information shadows” — the auras of data that surround us in our daily lives.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Exclusive Interview with Mike Kirkup, Sr. Director of Developer Relations, on why he is leaving Research In Motion  —  It's a sad day for CrackBerry Nation.  To say I was shocked when I saw word that one of our absolute all-time favorite Research In Motion employees, Mike Kirkup …
Discussion: Mobile Insights
 
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David Meyer / Guardian:
London 2012 Olympics to air in 3D
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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jason Lackey / Cisco Blog:
Life After Anonymous - Interview with a Former Hacker
Discussion: Guardian and ITProPortal, Thanks:oneoro
Nicholas Carlson / The Business Insider:
Groupon's PR Boss Suddenly Quit After Just Two Months On The Job—Here's Why
Discussion: Gawker and @robhof
Chris Burritt / Bloomberg:
Kodak Says Many Buyers Evaluating Patents
Discussion: AllThingsD and AppleInsider
Arik Hesseldahl / AllThingsD:
Oracle to Court: HP Was Sneaky When We Made That Deal
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mercury News
Ilya Frank / Gmail Blog:
Free calls home from Gmail for all U.S. service members
Discussion: Softpedia News