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5:35 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 …
StreetInsider.com:
Statement by FCC Chair Genachowski on AT&T/T-Mobile Deal
Sprint Newsroom / Featured News:
Sprint Statement on Department of Justice Action on Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction
Discussion: Light Reading, Thanks:jbtaylor
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Deutsche Telekom Vows to Fight to Keep AT&T-T-Mobile Deal Alive
Discussion: BetaNews and T-Mobile Newsroom
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Designing for Metro style and the desktop  —  We thought it would be good to take a moment to talk about where we are heading in terms of the user interface of Windows 8.  —  By now you've seen two different elements of the Windows 8 design—first, a Metro style user interface we showed previously …
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Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Microsoft: The Schizophrenic Windows 8 Interface Will Offer the “Best of Both Worlds”  —  One thing that has vexed industry watchers for quite a while now is how Microsoft plans to integrate its flashy Metro interface for tablets and phones with its upcoming Windows 8 interface.
Discussion: eWeek and CodenameWindows
Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
Facebook Plans to Launch Music Platform in September  —  Facebook plans to launch a music platform at its f8 conference in San Francisco on 9/22, a source with knowledge of the plans tells CNBC.  —  The social network's music platform launch has been long rumored, but has not yet materialized.
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Ben Parr / Mashable:
Facebook To Launch Music Platform With Spotify, MOG & Rdio  —  Facebook intends to launch its long-rumored music service next month with Spotify, MOG and Rdio as three of the company's launch partners, Mashable has learned.  —  The music and media platform will be announced at Facebook's f8 developer conference on Sept. 22.
CNET News:
Apple loses another unreleased iPhone  —  Cava22, the San Francisco bar where another unreleased iPhone apparently went missing  —  In a bizarre repeat of a high-profile incident last year, an Apple employee once again appears to have lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar, CNET has learned.
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Peter Cartwright / netbooknews.com:   Amazon Tablets - 7-incher in October, 10-incher Next Year
Paul Graham:
The Patent Pledge  —  I realized recently that we may be able to solve part of the patent problem without waiting for the government.  —  I've never been 100% sure whether patents help or hinder technological progress.  When I was a kid I thought they helped.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
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 …
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.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter Ramps Up Its Ad Plan Again, With Ads You Haven't Asked To See  —  Coming to some of you, in about a month: Ads in your Tweetstream, from Twitter accounts you don't follow.  —  In an incremental but important step for Twitter's ad business, Dick Costolo's company …
Discussion: scribbal.com and The Next Web
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.
Kate O'Flaherty / Inquirer:
Sony launches touchscreen 3D PC  —  JAPANESE ELECTRONICA MAKER Sony is launching a touchscreen 3D PC that allows users to watch 3D video from a TV or Playstation 3 through a 3D HDMI output.  —  The Vaio L Series PC can be used with the same rechargeable active shutter glasses …
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Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Sony VAIO S Series gets a 15-inch variant, full HD screen option
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.
Charles Newark-French / Flurry Blog:
Mobile App Inventory Hungry Enough to Eat Internet Display Ad Spend  —  Smartphones app usage, facilitated by explosive iOS and Android device adoption, has created among the fastest-growing media channels in the history of consumer technology.  Flurry estimates that, worldwide …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Couple Can Sue Laptop-Tracking Company for Spying on Sex Chats  —  An Ohio woman and her boyfriend can sue a laptop-tracking company that recorded their sexually explicit communications in an effort to identify thieves who stole the computer the woman was using.
Discussion: Gawker
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Sony debuts Android-based Walkman prototype  —  Sony's Android-powered Walkman brings many music-specific features.  One of them is this W.Music app, shown here with a scattering of albums that will play when tapped.  Swipe gestures bring new albums into view.
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechCrunch
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 …
 
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Discussion: PC Magazine and 9to5Google
Maija Palmer / Financial Times:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Subjot: A Topic-Based Twitter, Without The Noise
Discussion: Betabeat
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
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Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple, RIM Phones, Tablets Targeted By Openwave in Patent Case
 Earlier Items: 
Soham Chatterjee / Reuters:
U.S. probes Oracle on African deals - WSJ
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Nokia Exec Leaves After 21 Years To Start ‘Vision+’ Fund, Promptly Partners With Nokia
Juliette Guilbert / The Windows Blog:
What's new in Pictures + Camera for Mango
Lewis Curdie / Mobot:
“One last run” TouchPad blog refers to the US
Megan Garber / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times imagines the kitchen table of the future
Discussion: Gawker and Screenwerk
Jeremy Stoppelman / Yelp Official Blog:
My Thoughts on Daily Deals...
Discussion: Between the Lines Blog and Pulse2