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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple welcomes some users to iCloud with early email  —  As Apple prepares to introduced its iCloud service alongside iOS 5 and its new iPhone hardware in the next two weeks, the company appears to have let some “Welcome to iCloud” emails slip out early.  —  An AppleInsider reader received …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Apple seeks worldwide iCloud music rights  —  Managers at iTunes are trying to lock down worldwide cloud-music rights, CNET has learned.  —  Sources familiar with the discussions between Apple, record companies and music publishers, say Apple is seeking international music licenses for its iCloud service.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Teardrop Skepticism  —  Preface: I don't know what the new iPhone looks like.  I don't even know whether there's only one new iPhone.  The only thing I know is that there existed, months ago, “N94” prototype iPhones that looked like the iPhone 4, but which contained the iPad 2's next-gen A5 CPU.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
‘iPhone 5’ Silicone Sleeves Already Arriving at AT&T Retail Stores  —  Earlier today, we noted that Case-Mate cases for the redesigned “iPhone 5” had appeared in AT&T's inventory database.  The addition yielded the interesting observation that AT&T is apparently placing orders for the cases despite …
Paul Yang / Google LatLong:
Helicopter view of your driving directions on Google Maps  —  Getting directions is one of the most popular features on Google Maps, whether it be for driving, walking, biking or transit.  Today, we are launching a new feature that allows you to bring your upcoming trip to life, by allowing you to preview your route in 3D.
Nick Bilton / Bits:
How the Kindle Moved From BlackBerry to iPad  —  Do you remember the first generation Amazon Kindle?  Although it helped change the publishing industry, it wasn't exactly the prettiest gadget.  It was clunky, a strange shape, and looked more like a 1960s-era calculator than an e-reader from 2007.
Jonathan Prynn / This Is London:
Google's first store pops up in London  —  It is the ultimate brand of the internet era.  But today Google embraces a more traditional form of retail technology for the first time in its short history.  —  The world's first “Google store” opened not in California but in the less glamorous setting …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Alibaba's Jack Ma at Stanford: “We Are Very Interested” in Buying the “Whole” of Yahoo  —  In answer to a direct question about whether his company was going to buy Yahoo at a forum at Stanford University in Silicon Valley this afternoon, Alibaba Chairman and CEO Jack Ma said: “We are very interested.”
Mark Milian / CNN:
Nokia paying developers to build Windows Phone apps  —  San Francisco (CNN) — As Nokia prepares for its next crucial venture into the U.S. and high-end smartphones, the Finnish cell-phone maker is missing a crucial piece: an abundant catalog of applications.
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Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Nokia's Windows Phone device to include 3D voice navigation?
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
Apple's NDA Disclosed: Why You Won't See The iPhone 5 Until Tim Cook's Ready  —  An insider offers new details about the ironclad security around Apple prototypes: private jets, windowless rooms, amorphous storage cases padlocked to tables whose wood grain signatures are photographed—and much more.
Andrew Rassweiler / iSuppli:
Amazon Sells Kindle Fire at Low Profit Margin to Promote Online Merchandize Sales  —  An IHS analysis reveals Amazon's business model for its new Kindle Fire tablet, with the company willing to settle for a razor-thin margin on sales of devices and digital content in order to achieve …
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Nick Bilton / Bits:
Adobe's Announcement Competes With Apple's  —  Are you excited about the announcement next Tuesday morning?  You know the one, from that Silicon Valley tech company that begins with an A?  —  No, I'm not talking about the long-awaited unveiling of the iPhone 5 by Apple.
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacNN
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
Major security flaw lets anyone bypass AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II security [updated]  —  BGR has uncovered a major security flaw on AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy S II that renders Android's security lock feature completely useless.  Using a simple workaround, the security hole allows anyone …
Mark Larson / Google Chrome Blog:
Problems with Microsoft Security Essentials  —  Earlier today, we learned that the Microsoft Security Essentials tool began falsely identifying Google Chrome as a piece of malware ("PWS:Win32/Zbot") and removing it from people's computers.  —  If Chrome is working correctly for you, then there's no need to take any action.
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple removes click-wheel games from iTunes as iPod classic lives its last days  —  As Apple is rumored to discontinue its aging hard-drive-based iPod classic, the company has removed a section from the iTunes Store devoted to click-wheel games.  —  Users used to be able to access a link to …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Best Buy To Cut The HTC Flyer Tablet To $299 On October 1st  —  Watch out for falling tablet prices!  No, seriously, don't get burned by price cuts.  The HTC Flyer is the latest tablet to see a major price reduction.  Starting tomorrow, October 1st, Best Buy will lower the price of the 7-inch Android 2.3 tablet from $499 to $299.
Electronista:
Nexus Prime, Droid HD, Vigor show in Verizon Cellebrite unit  —  Nexus Prime and more tracked in Verizon system  —  Three flagship Android phones Verizon have surfaced in the Cellebrite catalog system that both confirms their Verizon attachments as well as that they will ship soon.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Major Usenet Provider Ordered to Remove All Infringing Content  —  Two years ago BREIN, representing the movie and music industries, took News-Service.com (NSE) to court.  —  The group demanded that the Usenet provider delete all infringing content from its servers, and today the Court of Amsterdam sided with the copyright holders.
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
E-book ‘missing content’?  Amazon must do better  —  Neal Stephenson's “Reamde” is for sale at Amazon.  —  It looks like Kindle e-book customers have found a digital-era hole in customer service that Amazon needs to fix.  —  Those readers are giving Amazon an earful after purchasing …
Discussion: Great Hat, TeleRead and The Awl
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Finally, the Tablet to Make HP and RIM Feel Better About Themselves  —  There have been some pretty bad attempts to take on the iPad over the past year, but things reached a new low last night.  —  On NBC's “The Office,” the fictional Dunder Mifflin team was forced to sell a triangle-shaped tablet, dubbed the Pyramid.
Discussion: Gizmodo, PhoneArena and 9to5Mac
Roberta Nilerud / Ubuntu One Blog:
Ubuntu One now works on Windows!  —  It's been a long time coming but today we are thrilled to tell you that the much anticipated Ubuntu One official client for Windows is now available for download.  —  A question we get asked a lot is.....why an Ubuntu One Windows client?
Katia Moskvitch / BBC:
Smart cities get their own operating system  —  Smart cities with devices chatting to each other may dot the planet in the near future  —  Cities could soon be looking after their citizens all by themselves thanks to an operating system designed for the metropolis.
Discussion: Slashdot
Christopher Trout / Engadget:
Tango releases video calling on PCs, we go hands-on (video)  —  It's been exactly a year since Tango's free video calling service hit iOS and Android smartphones, and the startup is marking its anniversary with another big release: Tango for PCs.  We had a chance to catch up with CTO Eric Setton …
 
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Internet firms co-opted for surveillance: experts
Discussion: @eff
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Favors Its Own Download Site, Then Offers Yahoo Toolbar Download, Too
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: Technology & …
Michael Arrington / UNCRUNCHED:
Aloha! 450 Google+ Employees Are In Hawaii For Offsite
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Discussion: The Next Web
Ben Zimmer / The Atlantic Online:
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Next iPhone to likely come in 64GB, 32GB, and 16GB capacities
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Former Googler Builds Site That Shows You What Top Tech Companies Pay