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4:30 PM ET, August 6, 2008

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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Should You Pay Twice as Much for a Mac?  —  [Editor's Note: This is companion to another post at Microsoft Watch telling a different story from the same NPD data.]  —  On Saturday, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing two HP notebooks on sale at the local Target.
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Dwight / TechBlog:   The price difference between Macs and PCs widens
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mozilla mocks up possible Firefox successors in idea factory  —  Mozilla Labs this week took steps to open up its idea factory to wider outside input, asking for community help to develop the next big ideas that might power future browsers.  Like any good research lab, the goal …
Discussion: OSDir.com and Electronista
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All  —  Yahoo has confirmed that a ‘tabulation error’ occurred in the shareholder vote count conducted by Broadridge Financial Solutions, the independent firm hired to do the job.  Turns out, just over half of the shareholders felt …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   It's a done deal: Icahn on Yahoo board
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
EFF launches Coders' Rights site at Black Hat conference  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation is using the Black Hat USA conference, taking place in Las Vegas, to launch a site designed to help security researchers navigate the treacherous legal waters they face when exploring the vulnerabilities in commercial software.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Coders' Rights Project  —  EFF's Coders' Rights Project protects programmers and developers engaged in cutting-edge exploration of technology in our world.  Security and encryption researchers help build a safer future for all of us using digital technologies, yet too many legitimate researchers …
eWeek:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Ready for RTM  —  Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing after several delays.  Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 will help Microsoft compete with Oracle and its 11g database, and IBM and its DB2 9.5 database.  SQL Server 2008 will be generally available within two weeks.
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2008
Discussion: PC World
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Keeps Pushing Touch  —  The Wall Street Journal is reporting that within 18 months HP plans to have multiple touchscreen products, including a laptop, “that use the same type of finger-tapping interface popularized by Apple Inc.'s iPhone.”  If HP does use the same type of touch screen …
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Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Touch Is the Future at H-P
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple, Palm among the targets in GSM smartphone lawsuit  —  A small patent licensing firm hopes to skim profits from Apple and other top smartphone makers by suing them for allegedly violating no less than ten patents relating to GSM phone technology and voice encoding.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Bewkes confirms AOL split  —  Time Warner will indeed split its AOL access and media units starting next year, CEO Jeff Bewkes confirmed in a release announcing the company's second-quarter earnings.  —  It's the first time the executive has confirmed the split, though it's been widely talked about for months.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The $125 Million-Sweet DailyCandy Revenge of Bob “Pitchman”
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple Cinema Displays Finally at MWSF 2009?  —  Readers interested in new Apple Cinema Displays may have to wait just a bit longer.  —  Apple has not significantly updated their Cinema Displays in years.  Apple currently offers 20", 23" and 30" monitors at $599, $899, and $1799, respectively.
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing Google Insights for Search  —  In June, we updated Google Trends with numbers and the ability to download results to a spreadsheet.  We received a lot of great feedback from agencies and advertisers on how they're using the new version; from identifying new growth markets to optimizing their Google AdWords campaigns.
Dan Lewis / Wikia Search Blog:
Introducing Wikia Evolution  —  One of our core values at Wikia Search is Community.  We want everyone to be able to participate in the Wikia Search project.  That's why we are proud to introduce Wikia Evolution, our new Firefox toolbar.  You can download it here, or via Mozilla's Firefox Add-On Library.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon?  Gaining Some Ground  —  The latest NPD figures on music sales are out for the first half of 2008, and as you might expect, Apple's iTunes is still in the top spot, but what's interesting is who's in fourth place: Amazon.  Here's the top five:  —  1) iTunes
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Sees Sept. Event With New Macs, New iPods  —  Apple (AAPL) is likely to hold a special event in early September to unveil new iPods and redesigned Mac portables, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.  In a research note, he points out that Apple has held a special event …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
mloovi - Feedburner for the rest of the planet?  —  Mloovi is a new tool which will translate RSS newsfeeds into 24 languages.  It does this via Google Translate but the process is utterly seamless.  You just put an RSS feed's URL into the box and that's it.
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Jibi / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: BlackBerry 8220 - Pictures of Red Kickstart  —  While these are images from the upcoming BlackBerry 8220 device simulator, these images show what the red-colored BlackBerry flip-phone will look like.  This device is starting to look better and better since the first leaked pictures surfaced …
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The Beijing Olympics LIVE On The Web — Even If NBC Doesn't Want You To  —  NBC will bring 2200 hours of Beijing Olympics streaming video to the web, starting today.  But Americans will miss some of the best parts.  Why?  Because NBC, which has exclusive rights to the games …
Discussion: Little Red Blog
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month  —  Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — Bharti Airtel Ltd., India's largest mobile-phone operator, will introduce the iPhone 3G in the country on Aug. 22, part of a 70-nation rollout of the faster, cheaper upgrade to Apple Inc.'s mobile handset.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Pulse 2.0
 
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Johnny De'Silva / CoolSmartPhone.com:
HTC Touch Pro on Vodafone.co.uk - Coming this month!
GamesIndustry.biz:
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Grant Gross / PC World:
DOJ Files Complaint Against Online Ad Firm
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
“I Am Rich” iPhone app - a steal at $999.99!
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Report: BitTorrent Firing 20% Of Workforce
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Telefónica O2 Czech Republic today announced it will bring …
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Google Sells DoubleClick's SEM Business To Ad Conglom Publicis (GOOG)
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale
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