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4:55 AM ET, August 7, 2008

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Ability to Deactivate Malicious App Store Apps  —  When Apple launched the App Store, they suggested that the use of DRM'd and signed applications could allow them to protect the iPhone from malicious applications and suggested that they could deactivate such applications remotely.
Discussion: PC World and TechSpot
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:   TV-Interactive  —  The dog days of August lend themselves …
Mykmelez / Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Snowl  —  An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser  —  Conversing (a.k.a. messaging) is a common online activity, and a number of desktop and web applications enable it.  But with an increasing variety of protocols and providers, it's getting harder and harder to keep track of all your conversations.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Webware.com and Mashable!
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Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale  —  Top execs at the social network are selling shares—at prices far lower than the site's once-vaunted $15 billion valuation  —  Insiders at Facebook are selling stock in the social networking company, and the prices they're getting for their shares suggest …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
More on the Facebook employee stock sale: “Dozens” …
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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
Facebook insiders selling at discount prices
Discussion: broadstuff
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
BitTorrent Inc. laying off 12 of 55 employees  —  BitTorrent Inc., the file-sharing startup whose underlying technology is responsible for much of the piracy that plagues Hollywood, is laying off its sales and marketing department.  The immediate cause of the layoffs: A failure to sell …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
BitTorrent Fires 20% of Its Employees
Discussion: Techdirt and Digg
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: Daily Search Usage Approaching Email Levels  —  According to a new report from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, daily use of search engines is growing and starting to approach email usage levels.  New research conducted by telephone 2,251 US adults, age 18 and older …
Discussion: AppScout, WebProNews and Clickety Clack
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Deborah Fallows / Pew Internet:
Search Engine Use
Discussion: CircleID and TechCrunch
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads  —  Take a look at the image here and you see proof of what we all knew: Google is not going to put its highfalutin ideals above the practical realities of its business.  —  This is a screen grab of a YouTube player embedded in a blog.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jajah Launches Instant Chinese/English Voice Translation  —  Jajah, a popular VoIP service provider, has released a new English/Chinese translation service called JAJAH.Babel just in time for the Olympic Games.  The service, which was developed in conjunction with IBM, allows users to call …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Flock Web Browser Eases Multitasking But Has Drawbacks  —  Even with the advent of tabbed browsing, which allows you to keep multiple Web pages open in the same window, Web multitasking can be a pain.  You have to constantly click back and forth among tabs if they contain fast-changing material …
Discussion: Technologizer
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
New Firefox 3 Digg Extension Released  —  Hey everyone -  —  We've just launched our first Firefox 3 extension and wanted to provide a quick video showing how it works.  Some highlights include:  — Notifications: No matter where you are on the web, you can discover popular Digg stories …
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
When TokBox talks browser-based video chat, Bain Capital and Sequoia listen  —  In the first years of the 1990s, the attempt to push video chat to the masses got off to an ignoble start when AT&T released its VideoPhone 2500.  For the low cost of $1500, you, too, could have choppy …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Pulse 2.0
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The true meaning of Twitter  —  What exactly is Twitter?  And what does its exploding popularity say about the state of the tech industry?  Inside the hottest Web startup since ... gosh, February at least.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — I am sitting in a meeting room at the San Francisco offices of Twitter …
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
When Google disowns you  —  SaaS providers are still learning the hard way that If you trade in dependency, you have to earn trust: “[Clients of] on-demand application providers ... depend on them for everyday functions and operations, and therefore trust is paramount.”
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon Fall Point-and-Shoots: 14.5-Megapixel S710, S610c With Built-In Wi-Fi, and Budget S560  —  Rounding out Nikon's fall point-and-shoot lineup—feast your eyes on the headliners above—we've got four other pieces of camera newness:  —  •The S710 crams 14.5-megapixels into a tiny body.
Discussion: Crave and Electronista
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking electronic-toll systems  —  LAS VEGAS — Electronic toll systems like FasTrak and E-ZPass may be convenient for drivers, but they are rife with privacy risks, a security expert said Wednesday at the Black Hat 2008 security conference.  —  Strangers with the right transponder reader walking through …
Discussion: The Register
Jeremiah Andrick / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Big Update to Webmaster Tools  —  Creating websites and publishing on the web is getting simpler and simpler all the time, but with more content on the web it is becoming harder for webmasters and publishers to ensure that their content can be found.  Last fall when we launched …
Dan Lewis / Wikia Search Blog:
Introducing Wikia Evolution  —  One of our core values at Wikia Search is Community.  We want everyone to be able to participate in the Wikia Search project.  That's why we are proud to introduce Wikia Evolution, our new Firefox toolbar.  You can download it here, or via Mozilla's Firefox Add-On Library.
 
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Network World:
Researchers mash Google Earth with electrical data to predict national grid problems
Discussion: Slashdot
internetnews.com:
PTO Rains on Dell's ‘Cloud Computing’ Trademark
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
You Will Never, Ever Game On A Rig This Expensive
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Silicon Valley Isn't Ignoring China; It's Looking For The Opportunity
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
2 IP addresses, 40 matches: Tufts tries to cut RIAA driftnet
Cade Metz / The Register:
Please ignore the net neutrality sideshow haunting Comcast's BitTorrent bust
Jay Barnson / The Escapist:
Going Rogue  —  Cliff Harris had what many consider a dream job.
Discussion: Negative Approach and Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Researcher: encourage more, not less Internet traffic
 Earlier Items: 
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Greene-free VMware joins Linux club
Discussion: MarketWatch and The Open Road
Sun Herald:
Blog Launches With Comprehensive List Of The Top 100 Celebrity Scandals Of All Time
Discussion: paidContent.org and Pulse 2.0
Jessica Hall / Reuters:
Dish Network again weighs DirecTV deal: report
Tom Yager / Ahead of the Curve:
iPhone hackers go too far, get shut down by Apple
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Black Hat: Dan Kaminsky explains the bug that threatened the Internet
Jason Gertzen / Sprint Connection:
Sprint loses 901,000 customers, but reports other improvements
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Worthless, $1000 “I Am Rich” iPhone App Disappears (AAPL)
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple Cinema Displays Finally at MWSF 2009?
 

 
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