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5:55 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: T-Mobile Newsroom and BetaNews
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.
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, parislemon 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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Michael Bolognino / Blogger Buzz:
Blogger's fresh new look  —  As you may have heard, things are starting to look a little different across many Google products—and today, Blogger is the next product to get a makeover.  —  It's been a few years since we made major updates to Blogger's look and feel, and there's a lot …
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.
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
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.
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: Engadget, Gizmodo, TechCrunch and Liliputing
 
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Dieter Bohn / This is my next:
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Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Sony Finally Fully Unveils Its Android Tabs, The Sony S and P
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
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Lewis Curdie / Mobot:
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Joanna Stern / This is my next:
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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:
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Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Apple wants its 3G MacBook prototype back