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7:15 PM ET, July 16, 2008


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Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Indeed Now Open  —  Where we were wondering before, we can now confirm that Live Mesh is indeed open to anyone with a valid Windows Live ID.  Open to anyone in the US without having to adjust a thing, and open to anybody elsewhere in the world willing/able to adjust their OS'es region and language setting to EN-US.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking: Live Mesh Now Open to All of U.S.  —  Windows Live Mesh is Microsoft's software+services data synchronization platform.  Because of its complex nature, most people assume that file synchronization is all there is to Live Mesh, but in reality, that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and sarahintampa
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft opens up Live Mesh
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Open, But With A Cap?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft opens up Live Mesh to more testers
Discussion: LiveSide and WinBeta
MobileMe: 30-day Extension Eligibility and Details  —  Note: This FAQ will be updated when your 30-day extension has been made available.  Please bookmark this page and check again in a few weeks.  Please note that Apple's MobileMe Support team will be unable to provide any additional information regarding …
Apple apologizes for MobileMe launch, extends subscriptions  —  Apple's launch of MobileMe last Friday was bumpy with many users not being to login at all, while others had difficulty getting anything to sync properly.  Apple on Wednesday recognized those problems and is offering an olive branch to all MobileMe subscribers.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL talks with Microsoft, Yahoo heat up: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's (NYSE:TWX - News) discussions to merge or sell its AOL Internet division with Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) or Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News) have taken on new urgency ahead …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Time Warner To Discuss Possible Deal  —  Microsoft Corp., seeking an alternative to a deal with Yahoo Inc., is planning to meet executives from Time Warner Inc.'s AOL today to advance discussions on a possible tie-up, according to people familiar with the situation.
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Technologies behind Google ranking  —  In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking.  As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking.  The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR).
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google search seeks to understand users, queries, and Web pages
Discussion: WebProNews
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all  —  Google vowed that its Linux-based Android mobile platform would empower enthusiasts and amateur developers, but today we have seen compelling evidence that this is an empty promise.  Third-party Android application developers …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
PayPal Helps eBay Post 20% Increase in Income  —  SAN FRANCISCO — EBay, based in San Jose, Calif., reported that net income in its second quarter rose 20 percent to $568 million, or 43 cents a share, compared to the year-ago quarter.  —  The company said revenue climbed 20 percent …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Q2 Beats Street; Revs $2.2B, Non-GAAP EPS 43c; Ups Full …
Ijustine / Tasty Blog Snack:
THE LOOPT DEBACLE  —  With the launch of the app store this past week in conjunction with the new iPhone, a little application called loopt has been causing a bit of conflict with the community.  Loopt is a location based social networking site that uses GPS to determine your exact location …
Discussion: Bokardo, Loopt In and Valleywag
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Loopt Trips Over Privacy
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Getting Buzzed Says About Yahoo  —  The battle over Yahoo's search business as witnessed over the last few days seems both ridiculous and petty.  And it takes the attention away from what is Yahoo's true value: a media aggregation platform.  Yahoo is the place a lot of people …
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
IT Admin Locks up San Francisco's Network  —  A network administrator has allegedly locked up a multimillion-dollar computer system for the city of San Francisco that handles sensitive data, and he is refusing to give police the password  —  Terry Childs, 43, was arrested Sunday …
Discussion: DailyTech and TG Daily
Joe Fay / The Register:   San Francisco's ‘rogue’ sysadmin still being paid while in jail
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?  —  How do you know when one of the world's most respected investment firms has veered off path and bet wrong?  —  That's the crux of the question raised by a piece in this month's Fortune entitled “Kleiner bets the farm” that puts Kleiner Perkins …
Discussion: Go West and VC Ratings
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iPhone Frenzy, “All You Can Eat” Data, Mobile Internet Now At “Critical Mass”  —  We will probably look back on last year's announcement of the iPhone (1.0) as the seminal or galvanizing event of the mobile internet.  In fact the events leading up to the iPhone were a decade or more in the making …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter UK traffic: up 485% this year, 70% higher than USA  —  The two Heathers (Hopkins and Dougherty) have both written about the growth of Twitter in the US recently, so here is some UK data on the micro-blogging service.  As you can see from the chart below, the site's growth has really ramped up this year.
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Virgin Mobile USA treads a quirky path to success  —  Virgin Mobile USA (VM) definitely walks to its own, very hip drumbeat.  —  Big cellphone carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless are famous for herding customers into long-term service contracts.  Virgin specializes in prepaid plans …
Discussion: and Wireless Week
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail iGoogle gadget  —  Google just released a new version of the Gmail iGoogle gadget that, for the most part, is a fully functioning interface for your Gmail.  You can do everything from read, delete, mark as spam, and compose messages right from your homepage.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Hires Former Twitter Chief Architect Blaine Cook
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Report: EU to expand Intel antitrust investigation
Discussion: Computerworld
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
EasyTweets Offers an Almost Perfect Web-Based Twitter Management Tool
Discussion: WebProNews
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun video- iPhone Accessory Day
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Apple must win its case against Psystar — or else
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 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone profits: Apple cleared estimated $330 million in three days
David Kaplan /
WSJ Laying Off 50 Staffers Amid Editorial Reorg; Plans To Add 95 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple's walled garden
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, MySpace Ignore Location On iPhone At Their Peril
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review supplemental: battery life and MobileMe tests
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How-To: Take iPhone or iPod Touch screenshots!
Discussion: Industry Standard
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Sony cutting price of PS3, adding video downloads