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3:00 PM ET, August 3, 2007

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Sunir / Fresh Thinking:
Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  Introducing Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  A couple months ago the good folks at Amazon invited FreshBooks to be among their first few 3rd party integrators with Amazon Flexible Payment Service (FPS), the next leg in their amazing line up of web services.
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Ka-Ching!  —  Ever since the first Amazon Web Service was released in mid-2002, we have encouraged developers to use them to create new types of businesses.  —  This encouragement has taken many forms over the years.  Let's revisit some of the more interesting moments in the last 5 years of AWS history...
Phil801:   Amazon Announces "Flexible Payment Service" or FPS
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Amazon's Flexible Payments Service to compete with Google Checkout, PayPal
BBC:
Warning of webmail wi-fi hijack  —  Using public wi-fi hotspots has got much riskier as security experts unveil tools that nab login data over the air.  —  Demonstrated at the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, the tools make it far easier to steal account details, said Robert Graham of Errata Security.
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Wendy M. Grossman / The Register:
Fun with passports and paperclips
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Fred / A VC:
The Open Social Network  —  We've got social networks with lots of users, like MySpace, Beebo, Facebook, etc, and we've got open social networks like Marc Canter's People Aggregator and Marc Andreessen's Ning.  But we really don't yet have an open social network with a lot of users.
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Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Lenovo targets rural China with basic PC  —  BEIJING - Lenovo Group Ltd. said Friday it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast but poor rural market and priced as low as $199.  —  Lenovo's announcement follows rival Dell Inc.'s bid to boost its presence in China's booming market …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Lenovo aims for 'rural market,' announces $199 desktop for China
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Plaxo launching Pulse, its own social network  —  Plaxo, the online address book, will try to recreate itself as an open social network called "Pulse" beginning Monday.  —  In retrospect, you should have seen this coming.  Plaxo is primed for this.  —  The Mountain View …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Report: Plaxo to unveil social network on Monday
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phx.corporate-ir.net:
The Washington Post Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings  —  The Washington Post Company (NYSE:WPO) today reported net income of $68.8 million ($7.19 per share) for its second quarter ended July 1, 2007, compared to net income of $78.7 million ($8.17 per share) for the second quarter of last year.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Washington Post Co. Q2 Profit, Revs Fall; Online Revs …
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Wil Harris / Inquirer:
Tech rags forced to face unpalatable facts  —  Analysis Online is the way, unless it isn't  —  WHAT TO make of the recent wave of high-profile defections, replacements and general crashes over in the SF tech press?  Some might suggest it's the death of print.  Some suggest it's the death of online.
BBC:
Google sidesteps mobile reports  —  Google has refused to deny mounting speculation that it is working to produce its own brand mobile phone.  —  Reports suggest that the web giant is developing a "GPhone", centred on its mobile services, such as search, e-mail and maps.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life (finally) gets a direct competitor: Multiverse  —  The brainchild of several ex-Netscape execs, the Mountain View start-up Multiverse, as the name suggests, isn't a single online world, but a platform for creating games and other 3D experiences with the company's development tools, which are then run on its servers.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo!'s bet on Hadoop  —  One of the most important announcements at Oscon last week was Yahoo!'s commitment to support Hadoop.  We've been writing about Hadoop on radar for a while, so it's probably not news to you that we think Hadoop is important.  —  Yahoo's involvement …
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
True Story: Man Goes Through Vasectomy to Get iPhone  —  A Gizmodo reader underwent a vasectomy to get an Apple iPhone, following his wife's orders after a road trip with his kids to Boise, Idaho.  But fear not, dear readers-with-your-manly-parts-still- intact, because his amazing tale …
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Forever Geek and digg
Reuters:
Microsoft slashes Vista price in China  —  Microsoft has more than halved the retail price of its Vista operating system in China.  —  The Home Basic edition dropped from $201 (1,521 yuan) to $66, and the Home Premium package dropped from $238 to $118.  The move was effective as of Wednesday.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft resolves lawsuit over Xbox Fall Update  —  Microsoft has reached a resolution in one Xbox 360 lawsuit.  The latest court filing in the case of Kevin Ray v. Microsoft Corp. (PDF, 3 pages) indicates that the two sides have agreed to dismiss the case.
Discussion: CNET News.com and WinBeta
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vonage Beta Testing New Ambit VOIP Gateway  —  Consumer VOIP service Vonage is beta testing a new, self-described "cool and sleek, yet simplistic and approachable" gateway device produced by Ambit.  The device, an Ambit VDV21, includes a LCD screen that displays caller ID and voicemail notifications.
 
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Senate Commerce Passes V-Chip 2.0 Bill
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM goes to Princeton Softech
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Game Over  —  The question we were left with two weeks ago was …
Matt Rosoff / CNET News.com:
Is audio compression a good thing?
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BBC:
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FCC Commissioner: US playing "Russian roulette with broadband and Internet"
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Nokia to jump on music download bandwagon?
PC World:
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