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8:25 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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Brian Prince / eWeek:
How I Got Hacked at Black Hat  —  A group of reporters from Global Security Mag were kicked out of the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas after stealing password information from another reporter who will remain nameless—we'll call him “me.”  —  LAS VEGAS—As some of you may have already read by now …
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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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere  —  A new version of Apple's iPhone Software could provide iPhone and iPod touch users with access to their home computer's entire iTunes media library while on the go without having to first download those media items through …
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.
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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, Cuil.com ranked as the #1034 …
 
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Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
Blizzard Confirms Departure of ‘Diablo III’ Art Director, Look Of Game Won't Change
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Black Hat organizers punt totally hackable RFID badges
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux.com:
Linux Foundation launches killer development tool
Daniel Scocco / Daily Blog Tips:
Alexa is Becoming Completely Worthless
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
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CD Duplicator Buys CD Baby; Recognizing A Digital Future
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Telecommuters get no lovin' from their ISPs, study finds
Discussion: Forrester Research
Eliot Phillips / Hack a Day:
Black Hat 2008: FasTrak toll system completely broken
Ian Williams / Yahoo! News:
Hacking ring nabbed by US authorities
Discussion: DailyTech and Computerworld
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
New Facebook App Visualization
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Social networking sites attract friends, but also enemies
InfoWorld:
IBM exec predicts the future of Linux, open source
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The myth of the creative class
 

 
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Justice minister fires Germany's top prosecutor, Harald Range, over his treason probe targeting Netzpolitik journalists

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