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1:20 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: TechCrunchIT, TechSpot and Valleywag
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Tom Yager / Ahead of the Curve:
iPhone hackers go too far, get shut down by Apple  —  I was all set to give this week's column over to a new register-direct implementation of a JavaScript interpreter that's many times faster than all currently available implementations.  It's not exactly growing hair on a billiard ball …
Discussion: iPhone Savior
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” …
Discussion: All Facebook
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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mozilla mocks up possible Firefox successors in idea factory  —  Mozilla Labs this week took steps to open up its idea factory to wider outside input, asking for community help to develop the next big ideas that might power future browsers.  Like any good research lab, the goal …
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.
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Black Hat: Dan Kaminsky explains the bug that threatened the Internet  —  LAS VEGAS — Here at the Black Hat security conference, we just heard from the guy who made “cache poisoning” and “DNS flaw” into household words.  —  Before a crowded ballroom of perhaps 1,000 security researchers …
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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
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple Cinema Displays Finally at MWSF 2009?  —  Readers interested in new Apple Cinema Displays may have to wait just a bit longer.  —  Apple has not significantly updated their Cinema Displays in years.  Apple currently offers 20", 23" and 30" monitors at $599, $899, and $1799, respectively.
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: Electronista and Crave
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 …
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 …
eWeek:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Ready for RTM  —  Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing after several delays.  Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 will help Microsoft compete with Oracle and its 11g database, and IBM and its DB2 9.5 database.  SQL Server 2008 will be generally available within two weeks.
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Jay Barnson / The Escapist:
Going Rogue  —  Cliff Harris had what many consider a dream job.  He was a programmer at Lionhead Studios, home of star designer Peter Molyneux and the eventual developer of such titles as Fable and Black & White.  But one man's dream job is another's soul-crushing grind.
Discussion: Slashdot and Negative Approach
Jason Gertzen / Sprint Connection:
Sprint loses 901,000 customers, but reports other improvements  —  Sprint Nextel said Wednesday that it lost 901,000 subscribers in the second-quarter, but reported that other improvements are starting to take hold with its business.  —  “We are seeing signs of progress from our efforts …
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
 
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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
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Researcher: encourage more, not less Internet traffic
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Greene-free VMware joins Linux club
Discussion: The Open Road
Jeremiah Andrick / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Big Update to Webmaster Tools
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking electronic-toll systems
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Sun Herald:
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Jessica Hall / Reuters:
Dish Network again weighs DirecTV deal: report
Cade Metz / The Register:
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Discussion: GigaOM and Techdirt
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
New Firefox 3 Digg Extension Released
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Worthless, $1000 “I Am Rich” iPhone App Disappears (AAPL)
Dan Lewis / Wikia Search Blog:
Introducing Wikia Evolution
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
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