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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Ability to Deactivate Malicious App Store Apps  —  When Apple launched the App Store, they suggested that the use of DRM'd and signed applications could allow them to protect the iPhone from malicious applications and suggested that they could deactivate such applications remotely.
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone can phone home and kill apps?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Can Remotely Disable Apps Installed on Your iPhone
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets and Tech Beat
Mykmelez / Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Snowl  —  An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser  —  Conversing (a.k.a. messaging) is a common online activity, and a number of desktop and web applications enable it.  But with an increasing variety of protocols and providers, it's getting harder and harder to keep track of all your conversations.
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
BitTorrent Inc. laying off 12 of 55 employees  —  BitTorrent Inc., the file-sharing startup whose underlying technology is responsible for much of the piracy that plagues Hollywood, is laying off its sales and marketing department.  The immediate cause of the layoffs: A failure to sell …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Fires 20% of Its Employees
Discussion: Techdirt and Digg
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Net address bug worse than feared  —  A recently found flaw in the internet's addressing system is worse than first feared, says the man who found it.  —  Dan Kaminsky made his comments when speaking publicly for the first time about his discovery at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
The Top Five Reasons Not to Upgrade to the New iPhone 3G  —  I've had my new 3G iPhone for about a month now and I thought I'd take a few minutes to write some of my thoughts and reflections on the experience for people who might be considering upgrading to the new 3G iPhone.  First a little background though.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jajah Launches Instant Chinese/English Voice Translation  —  Jajah, a popular VoIP service provider, has released a new English/Chinese translation service called JAJAH.Babel just in time for the Olympic Games.  The service, which was developed in conjunction with IBM, allows users to call …
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
When Google disowns you  —  SaaS providers are still learning the hard way that If you trade in dependency, you have to earn trust: “[Clients of] on-demand application providers ... depend on them for everyday functions and operations, and therefore trust is paramount.”
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
When TokBox talks browser-based video chat, Bain Capital and Sequoia listen  —  In the first years of the 1990s, the attempt to push video chat to the masses got off to an ignoble start when AT&T released its VideoPhone 2500.  For the low cost of $1500, you, too, could have choppy …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
More on the Facebook employee stock sale: “Dozens” selling, “investment firms” buying  —  At least nine Facebook employees are selling company stock — that private-company stock broker Laurence Albukerk personally knows of.  In a recent BusinessWeek article, He estimates there are “dozens” …
Discussion: All Facebook
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Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The true meaning of Twitter  —  What exactly is Twitter?  And what does its exploding popularity say about the state of the tech industry?  Inside the hottest Web startup since ... gosh, February at least.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — I am sitting in a meeting room at the San Francisco offices of Twitter …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads  —  Take a look at the image here and you see proof of what we all knew: Google is not going to put its highfalutin ideals above the practical realities of its business.  —  This is a screen grab of a YouTube player embedded in a blog.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking electronic-toll systems  —  LAS VEGAS — Electronic toll systems like FasTrak and E-ZPass may be convenient for drivers, but they are rife with privacy risks, a security expert said Wednesday at the Black Hat 2008 security conference.  —  Strangers with the right transponder reader walking through …
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
internetnews.com:
PTO Rains on Dell's ‘Cloud Computing’ Trademark  —  Less than a week after the industry took note, the PTO puts the mark on hold.  —  Well, that didn't last long.  —  Dell had received near-final approval for its trademark application of the term “cloud computing,” but the US Patent …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Much Will Your Startup Be Worth In Three Years?  Go Find Out.  —  See our review of the YouNoodle startup valuation predictor from a couple of days ago (as well as our skeptical post from earlier this year).  The product just came out of private beta.  Look for a tab in the top right corner …
Discussion: VentureBeat
John Leyden / The Register:
Net shoppers bullied into being Verified by Visa  —  The Verified by Visa system may be marketed as an optional opt-in system for internet shoppers, but some banks are forcing users to enrol after only three attempts to avoid it.  —  The unpleasant experiences of Verified by Visa refusenik …
Jeremiah Andrick / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Big Update to Webmaster Tools  —  Creating websites and publishing on the web is getting simpler and simpler all the time, but with more content on the web it is becoming harder for webmasters and publishers to ensure that their content can be found.  Last fall when we launched …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: Daily Search Usage Approaching Email Levels  —  According to a new report from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, daily use of search engines is growing and starting to approach email usage levels.  New research conducted by telephone 2,251 US adults, age 18 and older …
 
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Sze / iTech News Net:
Asus S101 - High-end Eee PC with 64GB SSD
Discussion: Engadget, Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Kent Zelas / Readers' Representative Journal:
Monthly web report: 127 million page views for July
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple's iPhone Takes a Toll
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Monitter is three times better than Twitter's search
Smashing Magazine:
Design Showcase Of Creative Online-Shops
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
TV-Interactive  —  The dog days of August lend themselves …
Network World:
Researchers mash Google Earth with electrical data to predict national grid problems
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Silicon Valley Isn't Ignoring China; It's Looking For The Opportunity
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
2 IP addresses, 40 matches: Tufts tries to cut RIAA driftnet
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon Fall Point-and-Shoots: 14.5-Megapixel S710, S610c With Built …
Discussion: PC Magazine, Electronista and Crave
Jay Barnson / The Escapist:
Going Rogue  —  Cliff Harris had what many consider a dream job.
Discussion: Negative Approach and Slashdot
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Greene-free VMware joins Linux club
Discussion: MarketWatch and The Open Road
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Flock Web Browser Eases Multitasking But Has Drawbacks
Discussion: Technologizer
Sun Herald:
Blog Launches With Comprehensive List Of The Top 100 Celebrity Scandals Of All Time
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
New Firefox 3 Digg Extension Released
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Introducing Wikia Evolution
 

 
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