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3:11 AM ET, August 7, 2008

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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.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, TechSpot and Valleywag
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Tom Yager / Ahead of the Curve:
iPhone hackers go too far, get shut down by Apple  —  I was all set to give this week's column over to a new register-direct implementation of a JavaScript interpreter that's many times faster than all currently available implementations.  It's not exactly growing hair on a billiard ball …
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale  —  Top execs at the social network are selling shares—at prices far lower than the site's once-vaunted $15 billion valuation  —  Insiders at Facebook are selling stock in the social networking company, and the prices they're getting for their shares suggest …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
More on the Facebook employee stock sale: “Dozens” …
Discussion: All Facebook
MarketWatch:
VMware Joins The Linux Foundation  —  VMware Joins Leading Linux Consortium to Address Increasing Adoption of Virtualization and Cloud Computing With Linux  —  The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that VMware has become a member of the Foundation.
Discussion: The Open Road
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:   Greene-free VMware joins Linux club
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.
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 …
Discussion: Pew Internet, AppScout and WebProNews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Search Challenges Email As Most Popular Daily Online Activity
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.
Discussion: Webware.com and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Flock Web Browser Eases Multitasking But Has Drawbacks  —  Even with the advent of tabbed browsing, which allows you to keep multiple Web pages open in the same window, Web multitasking can be a pain.  You have to constantly click back and forth among tabs if they contain fast-changing material …
Discussion: Technologizer
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Pulse 2.0
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
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Black Hat: Dan Kaminsky explains the bug that threatened the Internet  —  LAS VEGAS — Here at the Black Hat security conference, we just heard from the guy who made “cache poisoning” and “DNS flaw” into household words.  —  Before a crowded ballroom of perhaps 1,000 security researchers …
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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon Fall Point-and-Shoots: 14.5-Megapixel S710, S610c With Built-In Wi-Fi, and Budget S560  —  Rounding out Nikon's fall point-and-shoot lineup—feast your eyes on the headliners above—we've got four other pieces of camera newness:  —  •The S710 crams 14.5-megapixels into a tiny body.
Discussion: Crave and Electronista
 
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Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Silicon Valley Isn't Ignoring China; It's Looking For The Opportunity
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
2 IP addresses, 40 matches: Tufts tries to cut RIAA driftnet
Cade Metz / The Register:
Please ignore the net neutrality sideshow haunting Comcast's BitTorrent bust
Jay Barnson / The Escapist:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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