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10:15 PM ET, August 7, 2008


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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The myth of the creative class  —  As I near the end of writing my book, one lesson that has struck me is about the will of most people to create, and the new possibilities the Google age brings us.  —  One survey I quote says that 81 percent of us say we have a book in us.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Much ado about the iPhone's ‘kill switch’  —  The discovery of a “kill switch” inside the iPhone 2.0 software prompted much consternation and little fact-finding.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple's iPhone “kill switch” has prompted much hand-wringing, despite the fact that no one knows exactly what it does.
Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone can phone home and kill apps?  —  Apple has apparently included a blacklisting mechanism in iPhone OS 2.x via which the device can phone home, check for unauthorized applications, and disable them.  The OS includes a URL that points to a page containing a list of unauthorized applications, specifically:
Wired News:
Watch the Olympics Online  —  The 2008 Beijing Olympics will happen while most Americans are sleeping.  While NBC, the games' official media outlet in the United States, will be providing thousands of hours of content on the web, the only way to truly ensure you won't miss too many record-breaking moments …
Discussion: Lifehacker,, BroadDev and PSFK
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Facebook and StudiVZ battle over Germany  —  BERLIN: When Facebook sued the German leader in social networking, StudiVZ, last month, it contended that the company had illegally copied Facebook's “look and feel” with similar graphics and features.  —  “A great deal, if not all …
Rafat Ali /
Did Facebook Try to Buy German Clone StudiVZ? All Stock Offer
Discussion: Valleywag
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
How Cuil is This?  —  We received numerous requests to update the daily chart from our last post on Cuil.  As expected, as the initial media hype subsided, traffic to the upstart search engine has declined precipitously.  —  As of this Tuesday, August 5th, ranked as the #1034 …
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
New Facebook App Visualization  —  New Facebook App Stats Visualization  —  Measure More with New Application Metrics and Visualizations.  Get ready to have a field day and spend some time reviewing the plethora of new insights that facebook has released for application owners.
Discussion: metarand
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook offers more measurements for third-party developers
Discussion: TechCrunch
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Google GPhone Delayed By HTC Issues, Global Equities Says  —  The word from Half Moon bay is that Google's (GOOG) “GPhone” cell-phones, being built by various handset makers, could be delayed from an end-of-year introduction to sometime later in the first quarter of next year, according to Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Apps Hit by Prolonged Gmail Access Problem  —  A technical problem hit an undetermined number of Gmail users, including paying subscribers to the Google Apps hosted software suite, locking them out of their accounts for about 15 hours on Wednesday and early Thursday.
Christina Clark / Download Squad:
SlingPlayer 2.0 released today  —  Slingbox from SlingMedia is one of my favorite things to use.  Being rather addicted to watching the Food Network and TLC's What Not to Wear it's great to just grab my laptop and check out what's on wherever I am.  My favorite time to use Slingbox?
Eliot Phillips / Hack a Day:
Black Hat 2008: FasTrak toll system completely broken  —  FasTrak is the electronic toll collection system used by the state of California.  Motorists can purchase a toll transponder for ~$26 and link the serial number with a debit account to have their tolls deducted automatically.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Switched
IBM exec predicts the future of Linux, open source  —  With LinuxWorld showcasing the popularity of the open source operating system, and with open source in general finding its legs in the enterprise, Bob Sutor, IBM's vice president of open source and standards, made a slate of predictions …
Discussion: PC World, eWeek and Law & Life
Nick / Rough Type:
“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”: sources and notes  —  Since the publication of my essay Is Google Making Us Stupid? in The Atlantic, I've received several requests for pointers to sources and related readings.  I've tried to round them up below.  —  The essay builds on my book The Big Switch …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Mashups Harnessing The Power Of Yahoo's BOSS  —  Yahoo's Search Blog has posted a list of some of the most promising new web apps being built using its BOSS search platform.  BOSS is a radically open API that launched last month that allows developers to utilize much of Yahoo's core search data without …
Tom Espiner / CNET
At Black Hat, Kaminsky details DNS flaw  —  Security researcher Dan Kaminsky has offered more details about a fundamental flaw in the Domain Name System and the extent of the vulnerability.  —  In a presentation at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday …
Jack Buser / PlayStation.Blog:
Want into the PlayStation Home Closed Beta Test?  Here's How to Apply  —  Today we're announcing the expansion of our closed beta test for PlayStation Home to begin at the end of the month.  —  Later today, the PLAYSTATION Store will be updated with a PlayStation Home theme.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Mozilla's “Snowl” hunts Twitter, RSS, and (soon) e-mail  —  The web is an increasingly chatty place.  Between following comment threads, checking in with friends on Twitter, reading a few blogs with RSS feeds, and conquering a mountain of e-mail, we have plenty of conversations to keep track of.
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google believes $1B investment in AOL is crumbling
Leon Neyfakh / New York Observer:
Dial Press Pays 300K For Tech Journalist's Book on the Most …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces the slim and elegant T700 …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Malicious Hackers Use Facebook Wall for Malware Attack
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Social networking sites attract friends, but also enemies
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BitTorrent, Inc. Addresses Downsizing, Refutes Rumors
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Austin Modine / The Register:
US Patent Office rains on Dell's ‘cloud computing’ trademark
Discussion: eWeek
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Will.I.Am's Video “One More Chance” is a BlackBerry Ad
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizzard Looking for New Diablo III Art Director
Jeff Bakalar / Crave: The gadget blog:
Asus Eee Stick looks very familiar
Discussion: CrunchGear and iTech News Net
Microsoft Research Machine Translation …:
Office document translation (updated)
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LiveSide
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Video Producers: We're Pretty Sure There's A Business Here, Somewhere
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Two weeks until iPhone 3G Launch v2.0
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple poised for special event this September