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11:45 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's a Core Location Blacklist  —  Yesterday I linked to a story about the discovery by Jonathan Zdziarski of a remote blacklist Apple is maintaining, supposedly, according to Zdziarski, to remotely disable rogue iPhone apps previously distributed through the App Store.
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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.
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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Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Off to the Games!  —  The 2008 Summer Games will soon commence …
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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Brian Prince / eWeek:
How I Got Hacked at Black Hat
Discussion: CNET News.com and TG Daily
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Living with Insecurity
Discussion: Know It All
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.
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
blinkx Seeks to Acquire MIVA for $1.20 Per Share
Discussion: Screenwerk
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 …
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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to stop selling boxed copies of Money Plus  —  Microsoft has decided against releasing a 2009 version of Money Plus, its personal-finance-management software.  The company also is planning to discontinue selling Money Plus as a boxed software product at retail …
Discussion: money.mvps.org
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 and CrunchGear
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Between a rock and YouTube, video execs see promise  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If the $1 billion Web video advertising market is to reach the level of television's estimated $50 billion, it ironically won't be thanks to YouTube, the Internet's most popular spot for watching clips.
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA, Paramount announce ‘Godfather II’ game … It looks like Electronic Arts and Paramount Pictures have gotten the don's blessing, after all.  —  EA on Friday announced the first real details of Godfather II, the video game, that it will be making in conjunction with Paramount Pictures.
Discussion: Inquirer
 
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Timothy / Slashdot:
New Study Finds Low Interest In Blu-ray
Discussion: IT Facts and Homotron.net
Edwin / Coolest Gadgets:
Asus Vit W1 wireless mouse
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On with the ECS G10IL: The Sexiest Netbook Yet
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Chertoff Misleads on Laptop Searches, Feingold Charges
Discussion: The Register and Xconomy
Samantha Rose / TG Daily:
CherryPal's $250 PC delayed
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
A First Look at Mozilla's Snowl
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere
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