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6:30 PM ET, August 7, 2008

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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:
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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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
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 …
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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.
Discussion: PSFK and contentious.com
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?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Web Video Producers: We're Pretty Sure There's A Business Here, Somewhere  —  Can anybody make any money in Web video?  This is a recurring question for us, one we've been asking in different forms for much of the last year.  Today's answer, via Web analytics firm TubeMogul: Yes, maybe.
Discussion: MediaFlect
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Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
TubeMogul: Average Video Ad CPM Is $12.39
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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, PSFK and CrunchGear
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
When selling up becomes selling out  —  What's the difference between selling up and selling out?  In theory, the difference between the two is simple.  Imagine a graph that pits the amount of money you get against the fulfilled potential of your idea: selling up is when you make a deal …
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Should you sell out your next big open source idea?
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
Rajas Moonka / The Official Google Blog:
New enhancements on the Google content network  —  Today we're announcing some key enhancements on the Google content network (partner sites for which we provide advertising) that will offer a better experience for users and better value for advertisers and publishers.
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.
Jeff Bakalar / Crave: The gadget blog:
ASUS Eee Stick looks very familiar  —  ASUS has announced its first-ever motion control wireless joystick that the company is calling the Eee Stick.  Now where have we seen this before?  Ah that's right; it's almost an exact copy of the Remote/Nunchuk combination that you use with your Nintendo Wii.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Kotaku
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook offers more measurements for third-party developers  —  In response to your requests for more ways to better understand and visualize the performance of your applications on Facebook, today we are introducing a whole new set of metrics you can use to monitor user actions for your applications.
Discussion: FaceReviews and TechCrunch
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Most iPhone Apps Are Failing To Leverage The Network Effect  —  I'm seeing a trend as I continue to download and test many of the 1,500+ and growing iPhone applications currently available on iTunes: Few of them are really taking advantage of the network effect to build any kind of competitive barrier to entry.
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BitTorrent, Inc. Addresses Downsizing, Refutes Rumors  —  There was a bit of a BitTorrent shakeup in the news yesterday, as ValleyWag reported that BitTorrent, Inc. laid off 20% of its workforce.  According to the report, these layoffs were a result of a failed $15 million deal to sell BitTorrent's BEN …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, p2pnet and Valleywag
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
The Top Five Reasons Not to Upgrade to the New iPhone 3G  —  I've had my new 3G iPhone for about a month now and I thought I'd take a few minutes to write some of my thoughts and reflections on the experience for people who might be considering upgrading to the new 3G iPhone.  First a little background though.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Two weeks until iPhone 3G Launch v2.0  —  The new iPhone 3G is already available in 22 countries, but the device is about to launch in 21 more in just a couple of weeks.  We have been trying to keep the noise down by not posting about every single country on earth that will be getting …
 
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Now It's Phisher Against Phisher.  —  Here's the latest sign …
Discussion: Valleywag and Xconomy
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Second Life's Newest Problem: Too Much Advertising
Austin Modine / The Register:
US Patent Office rains on Dell's ‘cloud computing’ trademark
Discussion: eWeek
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Will.I.Am's Video “One More Chance” is a BlackBerry Ad
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizzard Looking for New Diablo III Art Director
InfoWorld:
IBM exec predicts the future of Linux, open source
Discussion: eWeek, PC World and Law & Life
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
Taking funky Creative Zen Mozaic for a spin
Jack Buser / PlayStation.Blog:
Want into the PlayStation Home Closed Beta test? Here's How to Apply
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Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
MS Patch Tuesday: Critical IE, Office, Excel patches coming
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Glam's Not-So-Pretty, BFF Approach To Pushing Its ComScore Numbers Higher
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Warner Music to rhythm games: pay up or the music gets it!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitterfone Releases Full Audio Interface For Twitter
Discussion: Lockergnome
David Kender / CamcorderInfo.com Blog:
Canon Vixia HF11 Camcorder Review
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Web Developer and His Wife (A Fairy Tale)
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple poised for special event this September
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