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2:35 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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Apple:
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 …
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Macworld:
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.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Apple Admits MobileMe Snags, Gives Free 30 Days Membership Extension  —  Apple Admits MobileMe Snags, Gives Free 30-Day Extension  —  Apple's MobileMe service hit so many snags during its launch period that Apple have just issued an email apology to members.
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.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft opens up Live Mesh
Discussion: LiveSide
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Sony cutting price of PS3, adding video downloads  —  LOS ANGELES - In a bid to regain lost ground in the fiercely competitive gaming business, Sony announced Tuesday that it will cut the price of its high-end PlayStation 3 console by $100.  It also will introduce downloads of movies …
Discussion: Forbes and p2pnet
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Wii MotionPlus Hands-On (Verdict: Melancholy Bliss)  —  The Nintendo Wii broke my heart.  It wooed me with cute, clever marketing and the promise of unbelievable technology.  But it was a scam, a hoax, a hoodwink.  The Wii's main revolutionary component, the Wiimote, did not work nearly …
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: AOL Merger Or Sale Likely In The Next Two Weeks
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
EU finally cuts through licensing red tape for digital music  —  The European Commission wants online music stores across Europe to be fully stocked, and is eliminating certain restrictive policies imposed by royalty groups.  EU regulators ordered 24 music societies across Europe to modify …
Discussion: Electronista
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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 …
CNET News.com:
Today on CNET  —  CNET TV  —  Molly Wood, executive editor, tracks all things buzzable in print, video, and podcast.  Tell her your buzz.  —  Buzz Out Loud is CNET's “podcast of indeterminate length,” featuring Tom and Molly's entertaining, sometimes caustic, and always skeptical take on technology news.
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Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter UK traffic: up 485% this year, 70% higher than USA
Discussion: WebProNews and The Inquisitr
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 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review supplemental: battery life and MobileMe tests  —  We spent most of the weekend putting the iPhone 3G's battery life (and to a lesser extent, MobileMe implementation) to the test, and we've got far more encouraging results to report back than we had on day one.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawyer Sues Google For Putting His Ads On Parked Domains  —  from the what-else-can-you-sue-google- over?  dept  —  Every time you think someone has sued Google for every possible sin imaginable, someone pops up with yet another lawsuit.  The latest is that Google is being sued by a lawyer …
Simon Burns / vnunet:
Japanese boffins develop long-life Flash  —  Low power chips could last hundreds of years  —  Flash memory chips with a potential lifetime of hundreds of years have been developed by Japanese scientists.  —  The new chips also work at lower voltages than conventional chips …
Discussion: DailyTech, Phone Scoop and Slashdot
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
BlackBerry busted - iPhone success sees analyst RIM downgrade  —  Demand for the iPhone remains “unabated” since the product launch last week, pitting Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) in a two-horse race for dominance of the smartphone industry, and at least one analyst believes it's not RIM which holds the winning hand.
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Yahoo! SearchMonkey Developer Challenge illustrates diversity  —  Back in May Yahoo! opened up their SearchMonkey platform, and kicked off a competition in which developers could put SearchMonkey through its paces.  —  The whole Yahoo! open platform initiative continues to grow apace …
EU Press Room:
Intellectual Property: Commission adopts forward-looking package  —  The European Commission today adopted two initiatives in the area of copyright.  First, the Commission proposes to align the copyright term for performers with that applicable to authors, in this way bridging the income gap …
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 …
 
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Carol Warren / digitalproducer.digitalmedianet.com:
Announcing the New 32GB, 64GB and 128GB Ridata Ultra-S Plus MLC SSD
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Stickam Launches PayPerLive: Charge for Your Live Events
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Apple wants Psystar to snatch back Mac clones from customers ... and other thoughts
Discussion: Tech Broiler, DailyTech and Bits
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iPhone Frenzy, “All You Can Eat” Data, Mobile Internet Now At “Critical Mass”
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Library of Congress: DRM a serious obstacle to archiving
Tim Turpin / Video Search Engine:
BLINKX SYNDICATES VIDEO SEARCH; DELIVERS GOLD STANDARD IN VIDEO …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How-To: Take iPhone or iPod Touch screenshots!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Joss Whedon's Wacky Web Experiment Kicks Off
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Fay / The Register:
San Francisco's ‘rogue’ sysadmin still being paid while in jail
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why it matters what Chad Hurley watches
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahooglesoft Lawyers Speak!
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
A look at who's making iPhone 3G purchases thus far
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP's white trash data center is up for anything
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold / BlackBerry Thunder release information
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
The New Apple Walled Garden
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2.0 Coming Around October 2008