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4:05 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
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista PCs: These Prices Are Insane!
Discussion: DailyTech
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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Mozilla Labs:
What's a Concept?  —  Concepts may take the form of Ideas, Mockups or Prototypes.  —  It all begins with an idea.  A sentence, paragraph, or even bullet-points kick-start the process.  Ideas can be simple and non-technical.  It should be easy for anyone and everyone to help shape the future of the Web.
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.
Discussion: TUAW, Gizmodo and Electronista
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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
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:   Rumor: Apple display updates not coming until 2009
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”
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Time Warner: Hiding AOL woes under Joker makeup
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
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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InfoWorld:
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2008  —  Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 database to manufacturing, including with the release a new Web edition of the product aimed at its hosting partners, the company said Wednesday.  —  SQL Server 2008, which has been in beta testing for some time …
Discussion: PC World
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eWeek:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Ready for RTM
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 …
Discussion: open
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Ben Charny / Wall Street Journal:
Touch Is the Future at H-P
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
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.
Discussion: IntoMobile and Engadget Mobile
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 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
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Which Facebook Applications Really Are the Most Engaging?  A Look at MAU & MAU%.  —  Facebook updated application engagement stats published in the directory yesterday, changing the published engagement metric for applications from daily active users to monthly active users, and removing the active % altogether.
Discussion: Facebook Developers
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: ReadWriteWeb
PR Newswire:
Hughes Announces Fastest Consumer Satellite Internet Access Plan Ever Offered  —  Hughes Network Systems, LLC, (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of the fastest consumer broadband satellite Internet access plan ever offered.
 
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Dan Lewis / Wikia Search Blog:
Introducing Wikia Evolution
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Grant Gross / PC World:
DOJ Files Complaint Against Online Ad Firm
Discussion: eWeek and Computerworld
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads
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Oracle:
Oracle Introduces Oracle® VM Templates
O2 - Home:
Telefónica O2 Czech Republic today announced it will bring …
Reuters:
UBS says Microsoft aims for $20 billion buyback: report
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Kickstart about to hit Rogers, no one cares about ROKR E8 or Sony W350a
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
ARM Says Browser Drives the Mobile Web
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Google Sells DoubleClick's SEM Business To Ad Conglom Publicis (GOOG)
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale
BBC:
Robots learn to move themselves
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
USB bracelet makes it hard to lose your cables
Discussion: MacUser and Yanko Design
Lionel Laurent / Forbes:
Intel's Mobile Future
Discussion: FierceWireless
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