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12:40 PM ET, August 1, 2008

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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 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 Sieze Your Laptop
Discussion: Electronista
eWeek:
U.S. Agents Can Seize Laptops
Discussion: The Register and WebProNews
Arn / MacRumors:
Nullriver Introduces 3G/EDGE Tethering App for iPhone [Updatedx3]  —  Nullriver, Inc. has released NetShare onto the iTunes App Store this evening (via iPhone Alley).  The $9.99 application promises to allow you to share your iPhone's network connection with your computer.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Tethering Briefly Comes To The iPhone, Tempers Flare
Discussion: CrunchGear
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.
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 …
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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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 …
Discussion: Industry Standard
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:   China Eases Internet Restrictions for Journalists
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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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon to Acquire AbeBooks
Discussion: Industry Standard
Apple:
About Security Update 2008-005  —  This document describes Security Update 2008-005, which can be downloaded and installed via Software Update preferences, or from Apple Downloads.  —  For the protection of our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until …
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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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.
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Mint V10: World's Smallest Pocket Projector  —  Australian company Mint Wireless is claiming their Mint V10 is the smallest commercial pocket projector in the world.  At 125 x 55 x 23 mm, this bulge in our pants means we are happy to see that, even while it means we will have to go to Sydney to get one.
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Nick Broughall / Gizmodo Australia:
Australian Company Launches The World's Smallest Pocket Projector
Discussion: CrunchGear
Joe Fay / The Register:
Sun profits evaporate as darkness falls on US economy  —  Investors run despite $1bn share buyback promise  —  Sun promised to buy back $1bn worth of shares from stockholders today as it announced static revenues and a slump in fourth quarter profits.  —  Revenues came in at $3.78bn …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Sun's fourth quarter solid; Growth in fiscal 2009 remains elusive
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Don't Cry for Us, Silicon Valley  —  Despite the media's anxiety about fallen female executives, women are actually advancing in high technology  —  There are so few women running technology companies that when one steps down, it's inevitable that we women in Silicon Valley will be confronted …
Mattathias Schwartz / New York Times:
The Trolls Among Us  —  One afternoon in the spring of 2006, for reasons unknown to those who knew him, Mitchell Henderson, a seventh grader from Rochester, Minn., took a .22-caliber rifle down from a shelf in his parents' bedroom closet and shot himself in the head.
Discussion: Voices, Slashdot and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Turns Yelp, Yahoo Local and LinkedIn SearchMonkey Apps On In Search  —  Yahoo is making a number of changes to its default search experience tonight to add more structured data to results.  Yelp, Yahoo Local and LinkedIn SearchMonkey widgets are being added to search results automatically …
 
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Mobile browser Skyfire comes to Symbian devices.  We have 100 private beta invites
Discussion: Beet.TV and TechCrunch
Stephen Lawson / IDG News Service:
In-flight cell call ban advances in Congress
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Jerry Yang prepares for showdown with Yahoo investors
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Location-Based Mobile Social Networking: A $3.3 Billion Market In 5 Years?
Alexander van Elsas / Alexander van Elsas's Weblog …:
The unlimited power of social media is bound by my human limitations
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
College funding bill passed with anti-P2P provisions intact
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Hands on: Delicious 2 cleans up social bookmarking
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Internet industry whiz Jonathan Miller in high demand
Terry Maxon / AIRLINE BIZ:
D/FW Airport has Best Buy in a machine
Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Life with PlayStation update
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Feedly Now Integrates With Google Search
Discussion: HighTouch and sarahintampa
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 …
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Bell moves to limit internet downloads of competitor ISPs
Discussion: p2pnet
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Sizes Up Its Competitors
 

 
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Emily Bell / Reuters Institute:
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Aereo May Be Dead, But Internet TV Will Live On

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