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11:45 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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Apple's Jobs says oops on MobileMe launch  —  Apple CEO Steve Jobs admitted it was a “mistake” to roll out the company's MobileMe service at the same time it launched the iPhone 3G and other big products, tech news site Ars Technica reported late Monday.  —  Ars Technica cited an internal memo sent …
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iPhone, iPod touch 2.0.1 Software Updates
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:   MobileMe “Not up to Apple's Standards,” Says Steve Jobs
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.
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BBC:
Hi-tech criminals target Twitter  —  Micro blogging site Twitter is the latest target of cyber criminals who are increasingly finding fertile ground on social networks.  —  A fake Twitter profile with a malicious payload has been spotted by security firm Kaspersky.
Discussion: The Social Web
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T joins the cloud computing game  —  AT&T said Tuesday that it will offer cloud computing services via a new service dubbed AT&T Synaptic Hosting.  —  The telecom giant described Synaptic as a “next-generation utility computing service with managed networking, security and storage for businesses.”
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PR Newswire:
AT&T Launches Global ‘Next-Generation’ Utility Computing Service
Discussion: GigaOM
Patrick Thibodeau / Computerworld:
Company says trademark was applied for a year ago and no one opposed it
Discussion: InfoWorld and TG Daily
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
As IPO Nears, Rackspace Eyes the Cloud
Discussion: Know It All
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T to Be Provider Of ‘Cloud Computing’
Discussion: CNET News.com
Google Earth Blog:
Marriage Proposal in Street View!  —  Google decided to take some new Street View images at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.  This time they must have let the employees know, as there are many Googlers lining the street.  They must have given advance warning, because some people came prepared.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Friendster Lives: New Cash, New Boss 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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Friendster gets $20 million, ex-Googler as CEO  —  Updated at 7:24 a.m. PT on Tuesday with comment from Richard Kimber.  —  Brush off your Monty Python and the Holy Grail references: although long forgotten by social-media junkies in the United States, Friendster is not dead yet.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launching two security initiatives at Black Hat conference  —  [D.T. note: I'll be leaving today for the Black Hat and Defcon conferences in Las Vegas.  Be sure to check for a variety of security stories during the week.]  —  Microsoft is launching two initiatives aimed at improving …
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft makes daring vulnerability sharing move
Discussion: Between the Lines
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat 2008 promises to be big
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
Delta Newsroom:
Delta to Become Only Major U.S. Airline to Offer Broadband Wi-Fi Access on Entire Domestic Mainline Fleet  —  Aircell's Gogo inflight Internet service to be available in first and economy classes on more than 330 Delta aircraft in 2009, the most expansive inflight broadband offering of any U.S. air carrier
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Shareholder Vote: Like Florida, Except More Confusing!  —  All Yahoo needs now is for former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to show up and start recounting votes.  —  It could happen, given all the crazy characters who have been drawn to the much-beleaguered Internet company like a magnet in 2008.
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone security and battery life are crap  —  Analysts have decreed that the new iPhone's lack of security and poor battery life make it unsuitable for all but the lightest enterprise use.  —  The conclusions come in a nine-page research note from Gartner, as reported by Computerword.
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Google Sued For Patent Infringement For Keeping Track Of How Many Ads People Click On  —  It still seems rather amusing (if not twisted) that some patent system supporters are trying to convince the world Google would be harmed by an absence of software patents.
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Google Sued For Infringing Patent With AdSense
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
Jerry Kronenberg / Boston Herald:
Designers on quest to build $12 computer  —  Derek Lomas, Jesse Austin-Breneman and other designers want to create a computer that Third World residents can buy for less than you probably spend on lunch.  —  “We see this as a model that could increase economic opportunities for people …
Discussion: TeleRead, PC Pro and Slashdot
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Inks Seven-Figure Distribution Deal With Sony  —  Rocketboom, the daily video blog, is turning over its distribution and ad sales to Sony Pictures Television in return for a seven-figure guarantee plus a share of revenues.  Rocketboom will be distributed on Sony's Crackle video site …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft, Google Play Nice: DoubleClick To Serve Silverlight Ads (MSFT, GOOG)  —  Microsoft (MSFT) and Google may be bitter rivals, but sometimes a deal makes sense for both companies.  Like today's announcement: Google's (GOOG) DoubleClick is now capable of serving video ads …
Discussion: WinBeta and The Inquisitr
 
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo's Right Media, LucidMedia team up on contextual advertising
Consumer Reports:
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Discussion: The Register and Cult of Mac
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Micron Introduces Next-Generation RealSSD™ Solid State Drives …
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Business Wire:
Cablevision to Explore Options to Enhance Value for Shareholders
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Google's Vint Cerf on Privacy
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Colored Highlighter Pens for Marking Web Pages in Firefox
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
BlackBerry Bold now available — in Chile
BBC:
Core problem  —  We need more details about the security fixes Apple …
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Is the world ready for Flash for dummies? Absolutely
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Tenzin Pema / Reuters:
Internet companies agree on China code of conduct: report
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