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8:25 AM ET, August 5, 2008

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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs: MobileMe “not up to Apple's standards”  —  In an internal e-mail sent to Apple employees this evening, Steve Jobs admitted that MobileMe was launched too early and “not up to Apple's standards.”  The e-mail, seen by Ars Technica, acknowledges MobileMe's flaws and what could have been done to better handle the launch.
Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
Social engineering on Twitter  —  This week it's Twitter's turn to host an attack - one that is targeting both Twitter users and the Internet community at large.  In this case it's a malicious Twitter profile twitter.com/[skip]/ with a name that is Portuguese for ‘pretty rabbit’ which has a photo advertising a video with girls posted.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adaptive Path Releases Aurora To “Inspire And Engage” Community  —  Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.  —  Adaptive Path, a product development and consulting service in San Francisco, is releasing a new web interface concept called Aurora this evening.
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Larrabee: Intel's biggest leap since the Pentium Pro  —  Since the primitive 4004 chip first designed for a line of calculators, Intel has been a processor company.  And in all of the company's decades of processor design and fabrication, Intel has seen only one truly disruptive change …
Discussion: Electronista, Forbes and GigaOM
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Ruling May Pave the Way for Broader Use of DVR  —  RECORDING TV shows — and skipping the commercials that come with them — may become more pervasive in the wake of a new court ruling that blesses a new networked form of digital video recorder.  —  The United States Court of Appeals …
Discussion: Lost Remote
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn, like Facebook, is letting employees sell some stock early  —  LinkedIn is letting employees sell up to twenty percent of their vested stock options at a $500 million valuation, I've learned from a source.  Another source tells me that the plan was announced at a recent company meeting, but they didn't give me the details.
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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 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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Friendster Lives: New Cash, New C.E.O. and a New Strategy?  —  Don't count Friendster out yet.  —  The pioneering social network, surpassed by MySpace and Facebook in most of the world, is still going strong in Asia, and now it plans to build on its success there.
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
New Friendster CEO Has Asia Focus
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent.org
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iPhone, iPod touch 2.0.1 Software Updates  —  Apple on Monday evening released iPhone 2.0.1 Software Update, the first maintenance and security update for iPhone 3Gs and first-generation iPhones running iPhone Software 2.0. iPod touch 2.0.1 has also been released.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Got iBugs? Get your iPhone 2.0.1 software now
David Griner / The Social Path:
Is Google's PG-13 virtual world doomed to be NC-17?  —  There's just no denying that our world is full of perverts.  Thankfully, we have social norms, prison and pepper spray to keep them at bay.  —  Not so in the virtual world, where pervs run wild and free.
Discussion: Second Life Herald and Mashable!
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat 2008 promises to be big  —  Las Vegas - Black Hat 2008 is bigger, and some might say better.  Occupying most of the third and fourth floors of the convention hall at Caesar's Palace, the conference started on Saturday with two and four day training sessions which continue through Tuesday.
Discussion: eWeek
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Is the world ready for Flash for dummies?  Absolutely  —  Does the world really need another software add-on product?  —  That was my first question to Pat Sullivan, a serial software entrepreneur who started ACT! and SalesLogix CRM.  What was so broken that needed to be fixed with his latest company, Flypaper Studio?.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Why Apple and Facebook Need to Leave Apps Alone  —  According to numerous reports, Apple has taken down a popular free application called Box Office just days after it removed NetShare, then allowed it back onto the App Store over the weekend, only to take it down once again.
Tenzin Pema / Reuters:
Internet companies agree on China code of conduct: report  —  (Reuters) - U.S. technology giants Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Yahoo Inc, in talks with other Internet companies and human-rights groups, have reached an agreement on a voluntary code of conduct for activities in China …
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New VisionAire technology from Obscura  —  Here is the latest.  Alright, alright, it is not really “multi-touch”, because you really dont touch anything.  The system just senses where the presenters hands are and allow him to interact.  Multiple people could be doing this too.  —  We call it VisionAire.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Amanda MacArthur / Mashable!:
25+ Tools for a Road Trip 2.0
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Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Sapient and Explorologist Settle Lawsuit
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T to Be Provider Of ‘Cloud Computing’
Discussion: CNET News.com
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Online Threats Cost Consumers $8.5 Billion Over Last Two Years
Theo Valich / TG Daily:
Nvidia interview Â"E3 was a disaster Nvision is the new E3Â"
Discussion: The Tech Report and WinBeta
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Music industry ‘should embrace illegal websites’
Discussion: p2pnet, CrunchGear, Slashdot and Digg
Wall Street Journal:
Web Piracy: The Enemy Within?
Discussion: Valleywag
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Donkeys and Pickaxes  —  iPhone App Store Sales Figures & Some Thoughts...
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The Technium:
A Trillion Hours  —  The web is pretty big.  Researchers …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Micron preps 256GB solid state drive
Discussion: Gizmodo and Computerworld
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Google backs ISP-guaranteed minimum data rates
Doc Searls Weblog:
The inhospitality business  —  When you charge somebody for a service …
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
What a Chic New Bag. And X-Ray Friendly, Too.
Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Diablo III’ Designer Turns Tables, Judges Fans' Screenshots
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Shawn Fanning's Incredible Shrinking Pay Day: EA Bought Game Company …
Discussion: Valleywag
eWeek:
Linux to Outsell Windows in Mobile Internet Device Market
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