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9:00 PM ET, July 29, 2008


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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Twitter As News-wire
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Stop Trusting the Internet!
Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook  —  Facebook says the decision to block Scrabulous for U.S. and Canadian users was made by the Scrabulous developers, not Facebook.  —  Scrabulous has been shut down on Facebook.  —  If you try to pull up the popular Scrabble-like game …
Caroline McCarthy /   ‘Scrabble’ app on Facebook crashes in wake of ‘Scrabulous’ takedown
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Malicious attack takes down Scrabble on Facebook
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Triston McIntyre / Profy.Com:
Facebook, Scrabble and Scrabulous — Why all the Hulabaloo?
Discussion: The Inquisitr
David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed  —  Microsoft is incubating a componentized non-Windows operating system known as Midori, which is being architected from the ground up to tackle challenges that Redmond has determined cannot be met by simply evolving its existing technology.
Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
New, blue, and better than ever  —  Less is more.  —  Before  —  After  —  With the new look for Google Maps, you can do all of the same things, but without the extra clutter.  Find businesses (creamery near palo alto), addresses (6605 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO), and more (root beer in sf) from one search box.
Sprint Loses Early Termination Fee Case, May Pay $73 Million  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was dealt a major blow in its early-termination-fee case when a California judge ruled it would have to pay $ 73 million.  —  The decision could bode poorly for the various trials …
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Judge ruling on Sprint fees is blow to industry
Business Wire:
HP, Intel and Yahoo! Create Global Cloud Computing Research Test Bed  —  Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Lead the Way as Global Centers of Excellence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SANTA CLARA …
HP, Intel, Yahoo in cloud tie-up
Discussion: TechCrunch and Engadget
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows ‘Mojave’ Video Posts  —  Last week we showed a video of the Mojave Experiment to a small group of folks here on campus.  Today we are excited to share the results with the public.  —  For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago.
Chris / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Mac client now available for download - officially this time!  —  No announcement yet but Microsoft has now made the Live Mesh client for Mac available for download from  Check it out at at the  —  Mac download page and see for yourself.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and jkOnTheRun
Look Beyond the Rack for Style this Fall - Dell's New Studio and Inspiron Systems Redefine PC Design  — Puts the PC back on the desktop, or the countertop, or the bookshelf, or the entertainment center  —  Dell's smallest, most personalized and most environmentally responsible consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, launches today.
Marco Chiappetta / News:
VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head  —  VIA caused quite a stir a few months ago when the company first revealed initial details regarding their low-power Nano processor.  At the time, the product was referred to by its internal codename of Isaiah.
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:   VIA Nano and Intel Atom Review - Battle of the Tiny CPUs
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Pandora goes free (and ad-supported) on Logitech Squeezebox—with other devices likely to follow  —  Pandora's streaming music service is now free—albeit with ads—on the Logitech Squeezebox family of devices  —  Add Pandora to the list of free online music services you can access through the Logitech Squeezebox.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download  —  The first developer milestone of the next release of Firefox - code named Shiretoko Alpha 1 - is now available for download.  Shiretoko is built on pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.1 platform, which forms the core of rich internet applications such as Firefox.
Dria / Mozilla Developer News:
about:mozilla - Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1, Localization news, AMO …
Discussion: Macsimum News
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss  —  Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens excoriated Yahoo's management for failing to reach an agreement to sell all or part of the Web portal to Microsoft Corp.  —  Pickens, who bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May in hopes …
New Alliances Continue Momentum for Windows Live OneCare  —  Manufacturers choose Microsoft's all-in-one security suite to help protect and maintain their customers' PCs.  —  The name of the West Coast Labs certification received by Windows Live OneCare was updated to correct an error at time of publication.
Discussion: LiveSide and One Microsoft Way
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Cooler than Cuil, True Knowledge takes a sniper's approach to search  —  Amidst all the noise surrounding the new “Google Killer” search engine Cuil, a quiet United Kingdom startup called True Knowledge is today announcing a second funding round and further progress on its product.
Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
NYC to bypass muni Wi-Fi  —  City to seek millions from cable, phone companies for fiber or wired networks to provide Net access to underserved groups  —  Computerworld) New York City wants to provide faster and cheaper Internet access, especially to its low-income residents …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
5% Layoffs Rumored At MySpace (Updated - MySpace Clarifies, Says Performance Driven)  —  MySpace has starting laying people off, we've heard from a source close to the company.  The final tally may be 5% or more of total staff, with engineering, sales and customer service taking the biggest hits.
David Kaplan /
Online Viewing Leads 20 Percent To Skip Primetime Shows On TV: Report  —  At industry events, TV network execs often stress that streamed versions of their broadcast programs are additive and not cannibalistic.  But a report from audience tracker Integrated Media Measurement Inc …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million  —  Will BT Make Ribbit Work?  — Yes.  Better To Look For Help Outside  — Not a chance, $105 million wasted  — BT, Ribbit... what? who?  —  BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA's ‘Spore’ a week from being finished … After more than three years of anticipation, Spore is almost finished.  —  Electronic Arts' evolution game, from legendary designer Will Wright's Maxis studio, is about a week from going “gold,” I was told Tuesday by Thomas Vu, a producer on the game who gave me a demo Tuesday morning.
Discussion: TechSpot
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MS Surface goes spherical, but probably won't go global
PR Newswire:
Nokia E71 Makes Its US Debut at the Nokia Flagship Store in New York
Discussion: IntoMobile
EA wants to sell you a PC
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry
Discussion: The Open Road
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iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mobile web standards announced today

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