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4:25 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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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:   Reactions to FCC's Comcast decision come fast and furious
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC spanks Comcast for P2P blocking: no fine, full disclosure
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Punts on Network Neutrality
Discussion: NewTeeVee
DSLreports:
Comcast ‘Protocol Agnostic’ Throttling Tests Expand …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal  —  The mystery of Jon Miller's disappearing Yahoo board appointment has been gotten a little less mysterious.  He isn't taking the job because Time Warner (TWX), his former employer, won't let him.  What we're not sure about: Whose story to believe.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Valleywag
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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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Time Warner Nixes Jonathan Miller's Appointment To Yahoo Board.  Pokes Potential AOL Buyer In the Eye.  —  The Yahoo shareholder meeting is going on right now, but already not everything is going according to plan.  Yahoo was able to avoid a showdown today with activist investor Carl Icahn by agreeing to open up three board seats.
New York Post:
TIME WARNER: MILLER CAN'T GO TO YAHOO!
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
US lawmakers mortified at mobile phones  —  Vote to ban cellphone use inflight  —  SOME SENSITIVE legislators in the US House of Representatives apparently think mobile phones should remain banned on airplanes because their owners are sometimes annoying.  —  Several members …
Discussion: MobileCrunch
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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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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.
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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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Location-Based Mobile Social Networking: A $3.3 Billion Market In 5 Years?  —  Location-based mobile social networking is just getting started in the U.S., and there's a lot of hype surrounding it.  But will that hype turn into dollars?  —  Research firm ABI Research predicts the nascent industry …
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Nicole Fabris / ABI Research:
Location-based Mobile Social Networking Will Generate Global Revenues …
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.
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.
 
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Anne Trafton / MIT News:
‘Major discovery’ from MIT primed to unleash solar revolution
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Martin Shankleman / BBC:
Early stereo recordings restored
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
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Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
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Switzerland Network Testing Tool
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
China opens crack in Great Firewall for Olympic press
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