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11:35 AM ET, August 7, 2008

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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.
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Google:
Privacy Center  —  Advertising and Privacy  —  We serve search text ads via AdWords on google.com, and we also serve contextual and placement-targeted text and display ads on the Google content network (AdSense).  To protect privacy, we follow three principles when we serve ads:
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.
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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:
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.
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 …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
YouNoodle's startup predictor wants to tell you how much your company is worth
Discussion: broadstuff
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.
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Sze / iTech News Net:
Asus S101 - High-end Eee PC with 64GB SSD
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.
Discussion: Switched
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Macworld:   More ways to protect yourself from phishing scams
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.
Discussion: Ken Yarmosh … and Lockergnome
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple poised for special event this September  —  Although it has not yet been announced, investment bank Piper Jaffray believes it's only a matter of time before Apple reveals plans to hold a special event next month to usher in a new array of iPods and Mac notebooks.
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
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.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WMG Call: Bronfman: We're Not Doing As Bad As The Rest Of The Music Industry  —  Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music Group's Chairman and CEO, began the call offering a set stats designed to show how the company is outpacing the rest of the music industry—or at least doing less worse.
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Jon / p2pnet:
BitTorrent dumps sales staff  —  Products:- Bram Cohen's BitTorrent, the file-sharing protocol which, like P2P file sharing application Kazaa, is most named in the corporate entertainment industry file sharing wars, has fired its entire sales and marketing department, says Valleywag.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PwnageTool 2.0.2 ready “in next few hours,” jailbreakers prepare your engines  —  It's not the iPhone 3G unlock yet, but at least those of you who held-off from updating your iPhone to the 2..1 firmware are about to get a taste of improved stability and snappy keyboarding while early updaters …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and The iPhone Blog
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
The Opaque Side of Apple  —  If your computer annoys or amazes you, and you yell at it or congratulate it, you'll be met with silence.  But if you direct your feedback to the company that made it, will you have any more of a dialogue?  —  Calls to tech support can enlighten or exasperate …
Discussion: iLounge
 
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Piracy could put film industry out of business, warns group
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
BioWare ‘Looking At’ More ‘Mass Effect’ DLC
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget HD:
Hands-on with the Vista Media Center TV Pack
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
WTF?! BlackBerry KickStart is BlackBerry PEARL 8220?!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Massive faux-CNN spam blitz uses legit sites to deliver fake Flash
Rick Segal / The Post Money Value:
From the Trenches: OS Who?  —  Between reviewing tons of plans …
Scott Loganbill / webmonkey:
iPhone Coders Miffed, Muzzled By Apple's NDA
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Boggan / Times of London:
‘Fakeproof’ e-passport is cloned in minutes
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Sirius Q2 Loss Narrows; Subs Up 25 Percent; A Long Wait …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Apple's iPhone Takes a Toll
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Monitter is three times better than Twitter's search
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
The true meaning of Twitter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Jajah Launches Instant Chinese/English Voice Translation
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
When TokBox talks browser-based video chat, Bain Capital and Sequoia listen
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking electronic-toll systems
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
 

 
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Amazon unveils six new tablets and e-readers, moving even further into hardware

 
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