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4:15 AM ET, September 1, 2011

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CNET News:
Apple loses another unreleased iPhone (exclusive)  —  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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John D. Sutter / CNN:
Again? Apple reportedly loses another iPhone prototype in another bar
Discussion: AppleInsider
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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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
T-Mobile USA CEO's internal memo seeks to rally the troops in light of endangered AT&T deal  —  Philipp Humm, CEO of T-Mobile's US business, has circulated an email to the company's employees today encouraging them to stay upbeat through the Department of Justice's attempt to block …
Discussion: SplatF
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Will Consumers Benefit if T-Mobile Stands Alone?
Discussion: Hit & Run and Techdirt
Sprint Newsroom / Featured News:
Sprint Statement on Department of Justice Action on Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
AT&T Surprised by Government's Move to Block T-Mobile Deal
WikiLeaks:
Guardian journalist negligently disclosed Cablegate passwords  —  A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks' decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished US diplomatic cables.  —  Knowledge of the Guardian disclosure has spread privately …
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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.
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Jon Fortt / Tech Check:
Facebook Plans to Launch Music Platform in September
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”
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 …
Lisens / Lisen's “Blog”:
My Neighbor, Steve Jobs  —  This article first appeared in Palo Alto Patch.  —  My neighbor, Steve Jobs, has been in the news lately.  The talk of the town is the recent announcement he will be stepping aside to let other seeds grow at Apple.  The business press, the general press …
Jesse Hicks / Engadget:
Windows 8 Start Menu caught on camera, shows off high-contrast design  —  Most anyone who's paid attention knows Windows 8 will feature some fancy tweaks, including a revamped Windows Explorer and new copy, move and rename functions.  But now Redmond's given us a blink-and-you'll-miss …
Discussion: AppleInsider and CNET News
Ghostinthecomputer / VintageZen:
Apple Should Kill Off the iPod Touch  —  One example always cited of Steve Jobs' genius at the helm of Apple is his decision to kill off the iPod Mini, a best selling product at the time, and introduce an entirely new product line in its place, the iPod Nano.
Discussion: Daring Fireball and TiPb
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 …
Marc Lifsher / Los Angeles Times:
Amazon offers to build facilities in bid to end sales tax fight  —  The Internet giant proposes investing up to $500 million in at least two new distribution centers and hiring as many as 7,000 workers if California lawmakers temporarily stop trying to force the retailer to collect state sales tax.
Discussion: TechFlash
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Quietly Rolls Out The Chrome Extension To Bring +1 To The Entire Web  —  You may recall that back in May, we spotted something in Google's “Dear Sophie” commercial: an unreleased +1 Chrome extension.  This was pre-Google+, when the +1 button still didn't do a whole lot …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jolie O'Dell / VentureBeat:
Former Google China chief raises $180M for startup incubator  —  Kai-Fu Lee, the former head of Google China, has just finished a $180 million fund-raise for Innovation Works, a startup incubator for he founded two years ago.  —  Innovation Works is an accelerator for early-stage web and tech companies in China.
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 McMillan / Computerworld:
Hackers break into Linux source code site  —  But Linux geeks say that the kernel source code is secure  —  IDG News Service - As Linux fans know, there are two kinds of hackers: the good guys who develop free software, such as the Linux kernel, and the bad guys who break into computers.
Discussion: The Register
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
Instagram boss on Justin Bieber, Android and why he doesn't fear Facebook filters  —  Eight million downloads later, Kevin Systrom still wants to make ‘the social camera’  —  Photo-sharing startup Instagram has been on something of a hiring spree in August 2011, boosting its headcount by 50% …
Discussion: Techland and The Next Web
Rip Empson / TechCrunch:
Impermium Launches Social Spam Index; Finds That Up To 40 Percent Of Online IDs Are Fake  —  In June, we covered the launch of Impermium, a young startup aimed at zapping the Internet's social spam wherever it hides.  Not only is the startup bringing the heat to user generated spam like spammy comments …
Discussion: ImpermiumImpermium
Joanna Stern / This is my next:
Samsung Series 7 Slate PC: a Wacom-enabled, dual-core tablet... with Windows 7  —  “Wait, you're announcing a Windows 7 tablet now?”  Yes, those were literally the words that came out of my mouth when Samsung told me of its new Series 7 Slate.  However, despite a move towards Android tablets …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Kate O'Flaherty / Inquirer:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Betabeat
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Sony debuts Android-based Walkman prototype
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google's New HTML5 Chrome Apps For Gmail, Calendar And Docs Give Users Offline Access