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11:15 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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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
MobileMe “Not up to Apple's Standards,” Says Steve Jobs
Discussion: Cult of Mac
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
David Lenoe / PSIRT:
Verifying Installers  —  We have seen coverage from the security community of a worm on popular social networking sites that is using social engineering lures to get users to install a piece of malware.  According to the reports, the worm posts comments on these sites that include links to a fake site.
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
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:   As IPO Nears, Rackspace Eyes the Cloud
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T to Be Provider Of ‘Cloud Computing’
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Harry R. Weber / Associated Press:
Delta to offer Wi-Fi on mainline domestic fleet
Discussion: CNET News.com and Phone Scoop
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Delta to roll out Aircell's GoGo service across entire fleet
Discussion: Gizmodo and WebProNews
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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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Image-to-Text Could Be Used in Google Street View  —  Google Street View's photo data could be used for more than just plain showing it to users.  Internally, Google could do some image analysis - like OCR, optical character recognition, to convert text contained in the images of the houses, shops and so on to text.
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 …
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.
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.
Motorola:
Motorola Expands ROKR™ Roster with Three New Additions  —  MOTOROKRTM EM30, EM28 and EM25 give mobile music fans new styles for their songs  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today expands its ROKR portfolio with the introduction of three new music-optimized devices that provide a range …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
What copyright costs us  —  It was depressing to read that William Patry, Google's senior copyright counsel, has decided to stop blogging.  With only occasional gusts of lucid intelligence in the blogging community, Patry's blog was a full-out gale.  —  Due to “crazies …
Business Wire:
Cablevision to Explore Options to Enhance Value for Shareholders  —  Company to Actively Explore Regular Quarterly Dividend And Will Explore Spin-Off of Units and Other Potential Strategies  —  BETHPAGE, N.Y.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC - News) …
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
iPhone 2.0.1 now available through iTunes
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Vint Cerf on Privacy
Discussion: Switched
PR Newswire:
Memorex(R) Covers the ‘Essentials’ with its New Line of Portable Hard Drives
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and Engadget
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone security and battery life are crap
Discussion: Computerworld
Electronista:
Olympus, Panasonic prep Micro Four Thirds
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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
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Is the world ready for Flash for dummies? Absolutely
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iPhone, iPod touch 2.0.1 Software Updates
David Griner / The Social Path:
Is Google's PG-13 virtual world doomed to be NC-17?
Tenzin Pema / Reuters:
Internet companies agree on China code of conduct: report
Discussion: Startup Meme
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn, like Facebook, is letting employees sell some stock early
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Larrabee: Intel's biggest leap since the Pentium Pro
 

 
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