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9:05 PM ET, August 6, 2007

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Arn / MacRumors:
.Mac Update Coming at August 7th Media Event?  —  Apple's .Mac site warns users that the .Mac service will be undergoing maintenance on August 7th between 10 AM an 12 PM PDT. … Coincidentally, this time corresponds exactly to Apple's Media Event which is scheduled to take place on August 7th at 10AM PDT.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New iMacs to shift investor focus back to Apple's Mac story  —  A pair of new iMacs expected to be released by Apple Inc. on Tuesday should shift investor focus away from the early stages of iPhone sales and back onto the more significant story of the Mac market share growth, according to investment research firm Piper Jaffray.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple's .Mac service will be spotty during Tuesday's event
Discussion: The Utility Belt
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Apple Event rumors and more: iMacs, .Mac, and iPod
Discussion: DigiTimes
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Hit With iPhone Patent Suit From Disgraced Doc  —  A Des Moines, Iowa, surgeon charges that the touch keyboard on the computer maker's iPhone PDA violates a patent he holds through a company called SP Technologies.  —  You'd think physician Peter V. Boesen would want his lawyers spending …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple faces new suit over iPhone's touch-screen keyboard [updated]
Discussion: TechSpot News and Neowin.net
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple sued over iPhone keyboard
Keith Chan / gSpy:
Google Business Referral Representative  —  Google Maps allows business owners to add and edit their businesses helping them to connect with potential customers in their communities.  However, Google thinks that relying merely on business owners is not efficient enough to 'organize …
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Philipp Lenssen / WebProNews:
Become a Business Referral Representative for Google
Discussion: Valleywag and Mashable!
Lucy Morrow Caldwell / Slate:
RUDY GIULIANI'S DAUGHTER IS SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA.  —  There's one vote that Rudy Giuliani definitely can't count on in his 2008 presidential bid: his own daughter's.  According to the 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani's Facebook profile, she's supporting Barack Obama.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wins reversal of MP3 patent decision  —  Microsoft has won a reversal of a $1.5 billion jury verdict against it for infringing on a patent for MP3 technology held by Alcatel-Lucent.  —  Judge Rudi Brewster of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California tossed …
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Bloomberg:
Microsoft Judge Negates Alcatel-Lucent MP3 Patent Win
Discussion: Techdirt
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senators to SoundExchange: Don't use negotiations to demand DRM  —  The two senators who introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act have strong words for SoundExchange as it embarks on negotiations with webcasters over royalty rates: don't use the proceedings as a means of mandating DRM.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
NPR Podcast Player Launches in Facebook, powered by SplashCast  —  We're excited to announce that a custom branded Facebook application we've built with the NPR podcasting team is launching today.  —  Add NPR to your page  —  The application, called the NPR Podcast Player, displays the latest episodes of a variety of NPR Podcasts.
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David Chartier / Download Squad:
SplashCast builds official NPR Podcast Player for Facebook
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Lenovo, Novell partner to offer Linux on the ThinkPad  —  ThinkPad customers will soon have a new configuration option, as Lenovo and Novell have announced that the popular laptops will begin shipping with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED) preinstalled.
Discussion: Engadget, CNET News.com and digg
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
No relief for Qualcomm from Bush administration  —  The Bush administration has dealt another blow to chipmaker Qualcomm in its battle to dodge an International Trade Commission's ban on the importation of its advanced cell phone chips into the U.S.  —  On Monday, the Bush administration ruled …
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Nothing to Watch on TV?  Streaming Video Appeals to Niche Audiences  —  Buffering ... buffering ... buffering.  —  Seeing these words blinking at the bottom of the postage-stamp-size screen during a download of jerky video defines the annoying experience of entertainment on a computer monitor.
ClickZ:
IAC Leaves DoubleClick for Atlas  —  IAC Advertising Solutions has switched ad servers, abandoning DoubleClick in favor of aQuantive's Atlas.  —  The ad sales division of IAC/InterActiveCorp said its goal in making the move was to consolidate IAC's myriad Web properties …
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC to Host Town Hall to Examine Privacy Issues and Online Behavioral Advertising  —  The FTC will host a two-day Town Hall to bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, technology experts, and academics to address the consumer protection issues raised by the practice …
Discussion: WebProNews and Computerworld
The Mozilla Blog:
MIKE SHAVER, TEN DAYS, AND EXPLETIVES  —  Mike Shaver (Director of Ecosystem Development at Mozilla) handed his business card to Robert Hansen (RSnake) on Wednesday night at Black Hat.  On it he wrote "ten f—ing days."  When I asked him about it, he said he meant to communicate to Robert …
Valleywag:
Fake Steve Jobs: What if the Times scoop was a setup?  —  My musing on why it took Forbes so long to reach a deal with its own editor, Dan Lyons, to bring his Secret Diary of Steve Jobs to Forbes.com, raised a question in my mind: How do we know the outing of Fake Steve Jobs wasn't an inside job?
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Louise Story / New York Times:
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World  —  It is only a matter of time until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital.  —  Or so says David W. Kenny, the chairman and chief executive of Digitas, the advertising agency in Boston that was acquired by the Publicis Groupe for $1.3 billion six months ago.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Dell To Acquire Digital Entertainment Tech Company Zing
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Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
F5 Networks grabs Acopia Networks
Discussion: The Register
One Microsoft Way:
Nokia to include support for Microsoft PlayReady DRM
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Viagogo invades US online ticket-scalping market
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AMD's Opteron goes to 3.2GHz
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
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Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Physicists have 'solved' mystery of levitation
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Adobe, Microsoft accused of infringing on browser-related patents
Discussion: TechSpot News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Journalist joins class action against YouTube
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
San Francisco pulls the plug on Google / Earthlink's citywide WiFi... for now
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
L337: iPhone Unlocked for $96 with Forged SIM, Tested in Europe
Discussion: IntoMobile, MacDailyNews and digg
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ICQ Founders Start KnockaTV
 

 
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