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7:00 PM ET, August 4, 2008

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to let employees sell some stock — at internal $4 billion valuation  —  Facebook has an internal valuation of $4 billion, as we've previously reported.  It will begin letting current employees sell 20 percent of their fully vested stock options at that valuation, starting this fall, I've learned from well-connected sources.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Facebook Letting Employees Cash Out?  —  Facebook employees are in an enviable position: Each of them owns a small piece of a company that's worth billions of dollars, which means each of them is looking at the prospect of a windfall — one day.  But until Facebook sells or goes public …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Appeals Court: Cablevision Can Offer Network DVR; Big Win For Cable; Bad News For Content, Satellite Cos  —  In a stunning ruling that has huge implications for the cable industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has cleared the way for Cablevision (CVC) to offer so called “network DVRs …
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Mark Harrington / Newsday:
Federal court backs Cablevision on key recording system
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Cablevision Wins Remote Storage DVR Appeal, But....
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why is Sanjay Jha so popular on Google?  —  Who the heck is Sanjay Jha?  He had risen to the top of Google's Hot Trends rankings, which means he was being searched for vigorously.  —  People were probably looking for the Sanjay Jha who until recently was chief operating officer of Qualcomm, the San Diego-based chip maker.
Discussion: PhoneReport v2.0
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola's New Cellphone CEO: No Big Product Changes For A Year (MOT)
Discussion: Gizmodo
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Translation Center, a New Human Translations Service in the Making  —  Google is working on a new service called Google Translation Center.  Just a short while ago, we noticed that “center” had been added to Google's robots.txt file, and now co-editor Tony Ruscoe discovered the link …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Takes On Mechanical Turk With Translation Center
Discussion: CNET News.com
Business Wire:
Lenovo Dives into Sub-Notebook Computing with its First Consumer “Netbook”  —  IdeaPad S10 Combines Tiny Technology, High Fashion and Extreme Portability  —  Lenovo today announced it is entering the “netbook” PC market with the new IdeaPad S10 netbook PC.
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Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo announces first netbook
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine, TG Daily and Engadget
CNN:   Lenovo Confirms Plan For Low-Cost Portable Computer
Joop Dorresteijn / The Next Web:
Feedburner hack: how to get 2500 subscribers overnight (video)  —  Established blogs like ReadWriteWeb and Techcrunch proudly show a Feedburner chicklet that displays the sites popularity.  But beware - since people are more likely to subscribe to a site with a bigger amount of readers, some sites manipulate the counter.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
All It Takes To Inflate Your FeedBurner Numbers Is a Netvibes Account
Discussion: Quick Online Tips
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Building 800,000 iPhones A Week  —  Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that produces the iPhone 3G for Apple, has ramped up production to 800,000 units per week, says a source close to Apple with direct knowledge of the numbers.  This is “above current full capacity” and there may be some concerns with quality control.
BBC:
Microsoft sees end of Windows era  —  Microsoft has kicked off a research project to create software that will take over when it retires Windows.  —  Called Midori, the cut-down operating system is radically different to Microsoft's older programs.  —  It is centred on the internet …
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Midori musings: Thoughts on a “post-Windows” OS
Around the Rings:
Press Release — IOC Launches Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Online Channel  —  The IOC will launch an online Channel to broadcast the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in 77 territories* across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including India, Republic of Korea, Nigeria and Indonesia, it was announced today.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Zappos tries computers on for size  —  As I made the usual morning slog through my in-box Monday, I was about to skip past a news release touting a back-to-school promotion for Live Search Cashback, when I noticed one of the featured deals was on a ThinkPad tablet PC from electronic shoe retailer Zappos.com.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Thailand Overreacts; Bans Grand Theft Auto Due To Stupid Kid  —  from the yeah,-blame-the-game-instead-of-the- kid dept  —  What is it with people wanting to blame technology for crimes rather than the idiots who perpetrate the crimes?  The latest is that Thailand has banned the sale …
Discussion: TG Daily
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Jim Reed / BBC:
Thailand bans Grand Theft Auto IV
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
MacBook redesign leaked?  Probably not  —  Are these really leaked pics of a redesigned MacBook, widely expected later this year?  Probably not, as Apple has always done an excellent job of keeping their new designs under wraps.  But the Interwebs are abuzz with this series of shots …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone nano: A rumor before its time  —  Is Steve Jobs preparing to launch a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone in time for Christmas?  —  That's the rumor — based on a brief item in London's Daily Mail — that had Apple watchers buzzing over the weekend.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
MPAA Want to Bung-Up “Analog Hole,” Disable Piracy-Enabling Cable Box Outputs  —  Movies movies movies... we all love a good show, but the lovely MPAA is up to some pretty strange shenanigans to ensure that you get to see some shows just once—until they're out on DVD at least.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire and CrunchGear
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
In online ad space, blank-faced hipsters in panties prove powerful  —  It's no surprise to anyone who reads blogs about celebrity gossip, nightlife, indie music, or pretty much any other niche of pop culture: American Apparel, the Los Angeles-based retailer infamous for bringing back the '80s aerobics look …
Discussion: Valleywag and WebProNews
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple Yanks Another Popular App from iTunes, This Time Box Office  —  Last week, Apple quietly stopped distributing NetShare, put it back up, and now appears to have pulled it again.  But what could we expect?  It was a piece of software allowing users to transform their iPhones into Wi-Fi hotspots.
Dan Moren / MacUser:
Rob Enderle does not know the meaning of surrender.  Or disclosure.  —  It's no secret that we're not big fans of “analyst” Rob Enderle, but to me, this takes the cake.  In his latest “column” on TechNewsWorld, among discussions of Steve Jobs's health, Enderle also talks up Dell's plans …
Discussion: The Macalope and TechNewsWorld
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Shareholder Vote Number-Crunching-Whither Cap Re's No Vote?  —  There is a mini-tempest brewing over how shares were tallied in the Yahoo (YHOO) annual meeting last Friday, specifically around whether a group of votes withheld by one of Yahoo's major shareholders were either not counted …
Discussion: Valleywag and Breakout Performance
 
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Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker's lawyer hints at antitrust defense
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Hints at Mistrial in RIAA v. Jammie Thomas
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Avoiding the Second System Effect in Software Development
Zooie / zooie's blog:
Yahoo Boss - Google App Engine Integrated
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
15 Year Old Entrepreneur Launches Teens In Tech
Discussion: Ypulse and MacMegasite
Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Your Social Media Representation Isn't Actually Yours
Discussion: WebProNews and The Inquisitr
John Oates / The Register:
Google's Blogger brands users as spammers
Rachael King / Business Week:
How Cloud Computing Is Changing the World