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5:05 PM ET, August 5, 2007

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Debunk: punk kid tries to dupe gadget blogs with phony Apple rumor  —  We're sure there's a broad swath of our readers who think every Apple-related rumor is patently untrue (which, let's be fair, isn't the case by a long shot), and an even larger number of people who think the mere act of writing them up is idiocy.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
More-solid-than-usual-rumors: Next-Gen iMacs and More Coming Tuesday, New iPod Mid-September  —  Someone close to the Infinite Loop Mothership just sent us a tip on what to expect at the Apple event this Tuesday: according to him/her/it, Steve Jobs will announce newly-designed iMacs …
Discussion: Webomatica and digg
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Rumor: Apple to update iMacs, MacBooks, and *gasp* Mac mini on Tuesday (Updated)  —  Just two days before Apple's special media event, Gizmodo purports to have new information from a tipster about what we can expect to come out of it.  And if true, there is going to be a metric buttload …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gary Rivlin / New York Times:
In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don't Feel Rich  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — By almost any definition — except his own and perhaps those of his neighbors here in Silicon Valley — Hal Steger has made it.  —  Mr. Steger, 51, a self-described geek, has banked more than $2 million.
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The angst of Silicon Valley  —  This NY Times article finally gets the story of Silicon Valley.  —  For so many years they carried the myth, the genius, driven to create, to make his or her mark on the world, doing technology because it's so challenging, so mysterious, so enabling.
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.2.2 and 2.0.11  —  Today we have two security-related releases available for both users of our main 2.2 branch and the legacy 2.0 branch.  As these releases include only security and minor bugfixes they should not cause any plugin or theme compatibility issues, so you have no good excuse not to upgrade.
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
ClickTale explores further heatmap analytics  —  About a year ago we were announcing the birth of Clicktale, an Israeli based startup that provides a new generation of web analytics service based on the analysis of recorded video sessions of your users once they land on your website.
Discussion: Mashable!
Robert Mullins / PC World:
E-Voting OK With New Security  —  California has certified some electronic polls but imposed new security mandates for the 2008 elections.  —  Recommend this story?  —  California Secretary of State Debra Bowen Friday recertified certain brands of electronic-voting machines for use …
Discussion: Engadget
Neville / Neville's Financial Blog:
Lebanese Newspaper  —  One day a bunch of people from Lebanon tried adding me as a friend on Facebook.  One of them notified me my full Facebook profile was published in a national newspaper over there!  —  If you go to Google Images and type in "Facebook" I am the first image to come up, so they used that image in the newspaper:
PIC / PalmInfocenter.com:
Treo 800p Live Spy Shots  —  PalmInfocenter has obtained a set of live cameraphone spy shots of what could be the Palm Treo 800p.  The standard blurry camera phone pics show the rumored "palm gandolf" design in the wild.  —  The pictures show a redesigned, yet familiar Treo look in a smaller and slightly slimmer package.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Only at DEFCON: Dateline NBC nailed, trying to nail Feds, hackers  —  Tip to aspiring undercover reporters: when you're given four chances to sign up as press, you're not really undercover anymore.  Cut your losses and stop pretending already.  —  In a developing story that only keeps getting richer …
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Secret New iPhone Features  —  One of the nice things about the iPhone is that, like the iPod, it can be easily updated by Apple with new features and bug fixes.  When such new software is available, you are notified the next time you plug your iPhone into your computer and the new stuff is downloaded into the phone automatically.
Megazone / TiVo Lovers Blog:
TiVo HD video issues continue despite software update  —  As I previously reported the new TiVo HD has suffered from some video issues, primarily macroblocking on digital channels.  TiVo released an update, 8.1.7b1-01-2-652, on August 1st to correct some of the video issues.
Discussion: TiVo Blog and Zatz Not Funny!
Tim Wilson / PC World:
Public Wi-Fi: Past its Prime?  —  For the average Internet user, wireless means Wi-Fi.  Most routers used in offices and at hot-spots in local cafes and-libraries use Wi-Fi technology.  However, the increasing development and use of the fledgling WiMAX technology has some questioning whether cities should invest in the older standard.
Discussion: dslreports.com
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:   Toronto Hydro Says Wi-Fi Works Great. What about Subscribers?
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
The Wikipedia Enterprise 2.0 Debate - Again  —  If you're in business, have some interest in collaboration, software, workplace dynamics, it's hard to imagine you haven't heard the term Enterprise 2.0.  Especially so after the recent Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston.
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Angel Jennings / New York Times:
What's Good for a Business Can Be Hard on Friends  —  A month ago, Brandy McDowell sat down with her longtime friend, Kezia Chandler, and told her she had switched cellphone carriers.  Their relationship has not been the same since.  —  Now, they barely speak.
Discussion: Gizmodo and VoIP Watch
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
A Graphic View of Apple iPhone's Impact
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Spencer Kelly / BBC:
The new wave of Silicon Valley start-ups
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
SF Mayor Puts Free Wi-Fi on Ballot, Lamely
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