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10:10 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google believes $1B investment in AOL is crumbling  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In an assessment that could lead to a substantial charge against its future profits, Google Inc. believes its $1 billion investment in advertising partner AOL is souring.  —  The Mountain View-based company disclosed …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google: AOL's Not Worth $20 Billion Anymore  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has filed its 10-Q quarterly, and some interesting language about how it continues to value its 5 percent stake in AOL: “We review our investment in AOL (NYSE: TWX) for impairment in accordance with FSP SFAS 115-1 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Refuses To Admit AOL Will Never Be Worth $20 Billion Again
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat expels reporters in network snooping  —  Elinor Mills of CNET News co-wrote this story. Updated 6:50 p.m. with more detail.  —  LAS VEGAS—Three journalists for a French security magazine were kicked out of the Black Hat security conference after they allegedly sniffed the press room computer network on Thursday.
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Living with Insecurity
Discussion: Know It All
Brian Prince / eWeek:
How I Got Hacked at Black Hat
Discussion: CNET News.com, TG Daily and VentureBeat
L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple removes $1,000 featureless iPhone application  —  Eight iPhone owners have joined an elite clan: Their Apple gadget is running a program that cost nearly $1,000.  —  When the iPhone first hit the market in June 2007, those who paid the $499 entry price — and signed the two-year AT&T contract — owned a status symbol.
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Live Search:
We're bringing the Olympics to you  —  Microsoft is into the Olympics in a big way through our partnership with NBC on NBCOlympics.com, the official online home of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing!  And Live Search is ready to help you find everything you want during the games.  —  Feeling competitive?
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Effie Seiberg / Google Mobile Blog:
On your mark, get set, go!  Follow the Summer Games on your phone.  —  It's that time again... time for the Summer Games to begin!  It may still be August 7th here in Mountain View, but it's already August 8th in Beijing, and the Opening Ceremonies are getting ready to kick off another global celebration of athleticism.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
blinkx Offers To Acquire Miva  —  Video search provider blinkx has publicly announced its proposal to acquire online advertising company Miva today.  Miva closed yesterday on the Nasdaq at $0.78/share, down from it's 52-week high of $5.76. blinkx is offering $1.20/share in cash.
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Rumor Control: Why I Can't Put ‘Tibet’ in My Hotmail Address  —  A reader wrote in to say he had heard that Microsoft was not letting people choose usernames with the word “Tibet” in them when signing up for its online services.  This turns out to be true, technically speaking.
Discussion: Profy, Gizmodo and Computerworld Blogs
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
A First Look at Mozilla's Snowl  —  Yesterday, Mozilla announced Snowl, a prototype of a universal messaging/content aggregation plugin for Firefox.  In its current incarnation, Snowl only allows you to view your Twitter messages and RSS feeds, though Mozilla is planning on adding more messaging services in the near future.
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Wall Street Beat: Time to Put off Buying LCD TVs, Displays  —  The LCD panel industry is suffering from over supply and falling demand, and in this case, what's bad for Wall Street and stock prices is good for consumers.  —  Nobody likes to buy an expensive new LCD TV or LCD computer display …
MacNN:
The iPhone nano rumor may have Legs  —  On August 3, 2006, the UK's Mail Online claimed that “Apple is about to launch a ‘nano’ version of the hugely successful iPhone.  It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas.”  The report went on to state that the product would be launched …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum  —  One of the wireless giants has weighed in on whether the Federal Communications Commission should OK unlicensed devices that can send and receive broadband through unused TV channels.  Verizon Vice President Thomas Tauke's comments about …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup  —  As I wrote last month in What Good is Collective Intelligence if it Doesn't Make Us Smarter?, at this year's Web 2.0 Summit, we're focusing on how what we've learned from the web over the past decade can be applied to solve the world's hard problems.
Microsoft:
Plan ahead for upcoming security bulletins  —  Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification issued: August 7, 2008  —  Microsoft Security Bulletins to be issued: August 12, 2008  —  This is an advance notification of security bulletins that Microsoft is intending to release on August 12, 2008.
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft promises 12 patches next week
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and PC World
 
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Samantha Rose / TG Daily:
CherryPal's $250 PC delayed
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Yahoo! Search Blog:
What's Being Built with BOSS
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Black Hat organizers punt totally hackable RFID badges
Discussion: TG Daily, VentureBeat and AppScout
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux.com:
Linux Foundation launches killer development tool
Daniel Scocco / Daily Blog Tips:
Alexa is Becoming Completely Worthless
Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: T-Mobile BlackBerry Roadmap for 2008
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Many Challenges of the Social Media Industry
Discussion: broadstuff and Media Bullseye
Brian Womack / Investor's Business Daily:
Netbooks A Linux Stronghold?
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
New Report Says Tiered Broadband Bad, Unlikely
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Telecommuters get no lovin' from their ISPs, study finds
Discussion: Forrester Research
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Google GPhone Delayed By HTC Issues, Global Equities Says
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Facebook and StudiVZ battle over Germany
Eliot Phillips / Hack a Day:
Black Hat 2008: FasTrak toll system completely broken
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
How Cuil is This?  —  We received numerous requests to update …
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Social networking sites attract friends, but also enemies
 

 
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Execution of U.S. journalist reveals the changing business of war coverage

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