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8:20 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.
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Benwilson / iPhone Atlas:
iPhone can phone home and kill apps?
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple Can Remotely Disable Apps Installed on Your iPhone
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets and Tech Beat
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.
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Electricpig.co.uk
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
ASUS Eee PC “Ultimate” S101 revealed, and it's brown
Discussion: I4U News and Gizmodo
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.
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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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.
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
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
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 …
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.”
John Leyden / The Register:
Net shoppers bullied into being Verified by Visa  —  The Verified by Visa system may be marketed as an optional opt-in system for internet shoppers, but some banks are forcing users to enrol after only three attempts to avoid it.  —  The unpleasant experiences of Verified by Visa refusenik …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Sirius Q2 Revs Up 25 Percent; Loss Narrows; Subs Up 25 Percent  —  For its last quarter as a standalone entity, satellite radio operator Sirius (NSDQ: SIRI) grew revenue 25 percent to $283 million, with subs increasing to 8.9 million, 25 percent more than a year ago.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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
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
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Monitter is three times better than Twitter's search  —  If you're a big user of Twitter search (formerly Summize), you'll probably like Monitter three times better.  That's because it lets you search for not just one word or phrase in the Twitterverse, but three at one time.
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 …
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 …
 
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Steve Boggan / Times of London:
‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes
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Monthly web report: 127 million page views for July
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Design Showcase Of Creative Online-Shops
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
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
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Jay Barnson / The Escapist:
Going Rogue  —  Cliff Harris had what many consider a dream job.
Discussion: Negative Approach and Slashdot
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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
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
New Firefox 3 Digg Extension Released
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: Daily Search Usage Approaching Email Levels
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Introducing Wikia Evolution
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