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3:45 PM ET, August 1, 2008

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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FCC formally rules Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent was illegal  —  Federal regulators voted 3-2 on Friday to declare that Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent traffic last year was unlawful, marking the first time that any U.S. broadband provider has ever been found to violate Net neutrality rules.
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Fawn Johnson / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Votes 3-2 Against Comcast  —  The Federal Communications Commission on Friday voted 3-2 to cite Comcast Corp. for throttling Internet traffic to customers who use high-bandwidth file-sharing services.  —  FCC Chairman Kevin Martin wants the reprimand to set a precedent for how Internet providers …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:   Reactions to FCC's Comcast decision come fast and furious
DSLreports:
Comcast ‘Protocol Agnostic’ Throttling Tests Expand …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Punts on Network Neutrality
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire AbeBooks  —  SEATTLE & VICTORIA, British Columbia—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 1, 2008—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that, subject to closing conditions, it has reached an agreement to acquire AbeBooks.  AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Acquire AbeBooks, And With It A Stake In LibraryThing  —  Amazon has acquired twelve year old Canadian company Abebooks (formerly the Advanced Book Exchange), the companies just announced.  AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books focusing on used, rare and out of print titles …
DigiTimes:
Nvidia to quit chipset business  —  Nvidia has decided to throw in the towel and quit the chipset business, sources close to the situation at one of Taiwan's top motherboard makers have revealed.  As the story is told, Nvidia called a meeting earlier this week with its motherboard partners …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time For Apple To Get Serious About Apple TV (AAPL)  —  Apple executives continue to refer to their Apple TV set-top box business as a “hobby” — which is a polite word for “failure.”  Time for that to change: If Steve Jobs wants to make a serious run at owning our living room's “digital hub …
Arn / MacRumors:
NetShare iPhone Tethering App Reappears in App Store  —  After an unusual sequence of events, Nullriver, Inc.'s NetShare app has reappeared on the iTunes App Store.  —  The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Arn / MacRumors:
Nullriver Introduces 3G/EDGE Tethering App for iPhone [Updatedx4]
Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
Apple Quickly Kills Popular iPhone ‘Tethering’ App
Discussion: Technologizer and Cult of Mac
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Vanessa Fox / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo! SearchMonkey Becomes More Mainstream
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Travelers' Laptops May Be Detained At Border  —  No Suspicion Required Under DHS Policies  —  Federal agents may take a traveler's laptop computer or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies …
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Paul Eckert / Reuters:
Airport Security Can Seize Your Laptop
Discussion: Electronista
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Yahoo Shareholder Meeting: What's Happening  —  1:20 pm EST: Far fewer people showed up to the Yahoo  —  In the Yahoo meeting which started promptly at 1 pm EDT, and I'm struck by the big party the company is hosting.  —  And very few showed up.  —  This is inside the San Jose Fairmont's cavernous Imperial Ballroom.
Stephen Lawson / IDG News Service:
In-flight cell call ban advances in Congress  —  I like it!  —  A bill that would stifle in-flight cellular calls despite emerging technologies that finally make them feasible is headed for the U.S. House of Representatives.  —  The proposed Halting Airplane Noise to Give Us Peace (HANG UP) …
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Nicole Fabris / ABI Research:
Location-based Mobile Social Networking Will Generate Global Revenues of $3.3 Billion by 2013  —  Location Aware Services Research Service |  Location-Based Mobile Social Networking  —  The recent emergence of location-based mobile social networking services offered by providers such as GyPSii …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Location-Based Mobile Social Networking: A $3.3 Billion Market In 5 Years?
Chris Pirillo:
PayPal Denies $450 of Unauthorized Charges  —  On my birthday last Saturday, I received a “present” I wish I never had.  Due to some lax security policies that Apple has thankfully since updated, someone was able to use my birth date to obtain my iTunes password, and get into my account.
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking Free of Outlook  —  I recently moved to a new office and found that I couldn't send mail via Microsoft Outlook.  I've had this same problem in different locations.  I've been told that it depends on the ISP settings and it is easy to fix by contacting the ISP.
Andrew Storms / 360 Security:
Apple DNS Patch Fails To Randomize - Users Still At Risk  —  Did Apple forget to patch something?  By the look of things, the DNS client on the OSX 10.4.11 distribution still has not been patched.  —  A lot of people, including myself, have been prodding Apple on why they are so late to the table on this DNS patch.
Discussion: Computerworld, Zero Day and TidBITS
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Apple:
About Security Update 2008-005  —  This document describes …
toyota.co.jp:
Toyota Develops Personal Transport Assistance Robot ‘Winglet’  —  Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today development of the “Winglet”, a personal transport assistance robot ridden in a standing position.  —  The Winglet—still being refined—is one of TMC's people-assisting Toyota Partner Robots.
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Internet industry whiz Jonathan Miller in high demand  —  The venture capitalist is known for his shrewd judgment and deft handling of complex challenges.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — For 18 hours each week, Internet investor Jonathan Miller studies tai chi in New York with legendary master Ren Guang-Yi …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China opens crack in Great Firewall for Olympic press  —  It's closed!  It's open!  It's closed!  It's open again!  The Chinese government has once again agreed to open the Internet for press during the Olympic Games, apparently after being pressured by the International Olympic Committee …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Keeping The Benevolent Dictators Of Silicon Valley Honest  —  from the is-that-any-way-to-build-an- internet?  dept  —  I don't think I've ever had more people send me a single blog post than a blog post from earlier this week by Rebecca MacKinnon discussing her worries about “Silicon Valley's benevolent dictators.”
 
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
Firefox 3.1 vs IE8: ‘Alpha, beta testers step forward, please’
Discussion: InformationWeek
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Hands-on with LG's BD300 Netflix Blu-ray player
Discussion: Engadget
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Life with PlayStation update
Discussion: Destructoid
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Q&A: Microsoft game exec John Schappert talks about Xbox Live …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Net Neutrality Strawman: No One Is Stopping Broadband Providers …
Discussion: DSLreports
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