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9:30 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.
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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:
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Can Remotely Disable Apps Installed on Your iPhone
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets and Tech Beat
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC “Ultimate” S101 revealed, and it's brown  —  We've already seen the S101 Ultimate Eee PC at the top of ASUS' Eee PC pyramid of implosion.  ASUS' prez, Jerry Shen, told us earlier to expect the Atom-based netbooks to ship with a 32GB SSD, 10.2-inch, 16:9 aspect LED backlit display and battery life of about 4-5 hours.
Discussion: I4U News, Electronista and Gizmodo
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Sze / iTech News Net:
Asus S101 - High-end Eee PC with 64GB SSD  —  According to CNET Crave Taiwan and HKEPC, Asus is preparing a high-end version of Eee PC that features 64GB SSD.  The new laptop will named as the S101 and the Eee PC brand will be dropped to reflect the higher price tag of $899 USD.
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson announces the slim and elegant T700 - a phone that shines above the rest  —  Shine with the new Sony Ericsson T700, a phone with slim elegance that will help you stand out from the crowd.  This flawless phone combines timeless design and premium features for the mainstream market.
Discussion: Engadget, I4U News and IntoMobile
Maggie Shiels / BBC:
Net address bug worse than feared  —  A recently found flaw in the internet's addressing system is worse than first feared, says the man who found it.  —  Dan Kaminsky made his comments when speaking publicly for the first time about his discovery at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.
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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How Much Will Your Startup Be Worth In Three Years?  Go Find Out.  —  See our review of the YouNoodle startup valuation predictor from a couple of days ago (as well as our skeptical post from earlier this year).  The product just came out of private beta.  Look for a tab in the top right corner …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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 …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple's iPhone Takes a Toll  —  With the debut of the new iPhone 3G, rival phonemakers and wireless operators—and possibly Apple—will feel the impact  —  Last year, when Apple (AAPL) unveiled its iPhone and made it available in the U.S. exclusively from AT&T, the debut sent ripples throughout the cell-phone industry.
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
From the Trenches: OS Who?  —  Between reviewing tons of plans, conducting due diligence meetings, and being in an airplane 40 of the last 90 days, blogging has been light.  On the other hand, I've been pulling together lots of fun data for all you start-up types out there.
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.”
Steve Boggan / Times of London:
‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes  —  New microchipped passports designed to be foolproof against identity theft can be cloned and manipulated in minutes and accepted as genuine by the computer software recommended for use at international airports.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, Guardian and The Register
 
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Scott Loganbill / webmonkey:
iPhone Coders Miffed, Muzzled By Apple's NDA
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Digg
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
LIVE Warner Music (WMG) Q3 Earnings Call: Not Awful
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Sirius Q2 Revs Up 25 Percent; Loss Narrows; Subs Up 25 Percent
Kent Zelas / Readers' Representative Journal:
Monthly web report: 127 million page views for July
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Monitter is three times better than Twitter's search
Smashing Magazine:
Design Showcase Of Creative Online-Shops
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PTO Rains on Dell's ‘Cloud Computing’ Trademark
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
You Will Never, Ever Game On A Rig This Expensive
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Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
When TokBox talks browser-based video chat, Bain Capital and Sequoia listen
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
2 IP addresses, 40 matches: Tufts tries to cut RIAA driftnet
Discussion: Slashdot and Digg
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Nikon Fall Point-and-Shoots: 14.5-Megapixel S710, S610c With Built …
Discussion: PC Magazine, Electronista and Crave
Jeremiah Andrick / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Big Update to Webmaster Tools
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Flock Web Browser Eases Multitasking But Has Drawbacks
Discussion: Technologizer
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking electronic-toll systems
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: Daily Search Usage Approaching Email Levels
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
BitTorrent Inc. laying off 12 of 55 employees
 

 
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