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7:50 PM ET, August 3, 2007

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Amazon Web Services Blog:
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...
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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon's Flexible Payments Service to compete with Google Checkout, PayPal
Discussion: Download Squad and PC World
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Billboard Expands Hot 100 Chart To Include Streaming Media Data  —  Billboard is augmenting its ranking of digital music sales for its Hot 100 chart formula by including weekly streamed and on-demand music data from Yahoo and AOL Music.  The magazine began factoring in the sale of digital tracks …
Discussion: Mashable!, WebProNews and Contentinople
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eMediaWire:
Billboard Revamps Hot 100 Chart With Online Music Data From AOL Music and Yahoo!  —  Reflects growth of digital delivery in redefined music marketplace.  —  New York, NY (Billboard Publicity Wire) August 3, 2007 — Billboard, the world's most comprehensive source of music, digital data and events …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Compiler
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Business Wire:
Apple iPhones Will Be Sold for 99¢; Only to the First Nine Customers at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the First 99¢ Only Stores® on Thursday, August 9th, 2007  —  COMMERCE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—99¢ Only Stores® invites all to join in celebrating our 25th anniversary!
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Zoli's Blog and Lost Remote
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MacDailyNews:
Apple 4GB iPhones just 99-cents for first nine in line at 99 Cents Only Store
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Average PC is a smorgasboard for a new MP3-eating trojan  —  It's no secret that people like to collect music on their PCs, with music files taking up more and more hard drive space as time goes on.  Recent data from Comscore says that as of April of this year the typical computer …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Facebook Is NOT For Business  —  Facebook's closed platform and data lock-in are coming under seige from Dave Winer and others.  It's time to call another Facebook foul — the notion that Facebook is suddenly a killer app for business that will unseat LinkedIn, simply because Facebook opened its doors to everyone.
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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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 …
Insanely Great Tees:
Paperclip: Designed by Apple in California  —  Shortly after I got my iPhone, the rubber ring around the screen started to come out.  I tried pushing it back in, but it kept getting worse, so I brought it back to the store.  Because it had been more than two weeks since I bought it, I had to send it in for repairs!
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Follow-up: Federated Media's Network Show - WebbAlert and Disclosure  —  Yesterday, I discussed the potential issues of disclosure with FM's new TV show, "Webb Alert."  The feedback I have received (mostly on Skype and in email) agrees with me that there is something wrong here.
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
More details revealed on Dell's Latitude XT tablet  —  Strange how quiet Dell's been about that Latitude XT of theirs — outside the buzzsaw experiment.  Well fine, if Dell don't want to talk about it, we'll talk about it for 'em.  In addition to that photo above, here's some more dirt …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and Forever Geek
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amp'd Mobile purchased by United Systems Access  —  United Systems Access will purchase bankrupt mobile entertainment company Amp'd Mobile, letting more than 100,000 customers keep their service if they make the jump to the Main-based company.  —  The Los Angeles Times has the story here.
Discussion: Epicenter and dslreports.com
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
New Wi-Fi network proves critical in Minneapolis bridge disaster  —  Only partially completed, it was working in the downtown area near the bridge  —  A new Wi-Fi network in Minneapolis — only partially completed and just two months old — is nonetheless giving the city critical help …
 
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Windows Vista Security:
x64 Driver Signing Update
Discussion: CNET News.com
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Breaking: First Third-party Native iPhone Application
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Reconfirmation: Flickr To Add Video
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Lock-in and the web, day 2  —  Every day I dish up a number of topics …
Discussion: Valleywag
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Pirate Bay's 'brokep' details new SuprNova.org
Discussion: Inquirer and The Register
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Twitter Is Now An Extension Of My Blogging
Discussion: Feedonomics
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
PlayStation 3 complications caused GTA IV delay - analyst
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM goes to Princeton Softech
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Inquirer
 Earlier Items: 
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Game Over  —  The question we were left with two weeks ago was …
Lachlan Hardy / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Mashup Editor
Discussion: Ajaxian
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft resolves lawsuit over Xbox Fall Update
Discussion: Engadget and WinBeta
BBC:
Firms withdraw BNP Facebook ads
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: US playing "Russian roulette with broadband and Internet"
Discussion: WebProNews and digg
Wil Harris / Inquirer:
Tech rags forced to face unpalatable facts
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Lenovo targets rural China with basic PC
Reuters:
Microsoft slashes Vista price in China