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Apple tablet rumors get interesting with scavenger hunt, lawyering

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(Read caption) Newton 2.0? Apple tablet rumors got a boost Thursday when Apple's lawyers sent Gawker a letter demanding it call off a contest that would have paid people for sending in pictures or photos of the device (if it exists).

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As Apple product speculation tends to, tablet rumors have become a sort of sport.

Last year, gossip began to surface that Apple would be rolling out a larger-format portable device without a keyboard – dubbed at times the iTablet, Apple Tablet, and any of a handful of other monikers.

Revelations of various levels of credibility have leaked out along the way, from "confirmed" Taiwan parts orders and San Francisco venue reservations to media exec slip-ups, cryptic URL registrations, and obscure Apple ad filming reports. Our take on the likelihood of an Apple Tablet being released later this month is here, but a little back-and-forth between Apple and the folks over at Gawker has thrown fresh gasoline on the debate.

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