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12:00 PM 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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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
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.
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
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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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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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.
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
DirecTV Beats on Latin America Growth, Stock Off  —  Even in a recession, you gotta have satellite TV, apparently, especially if it's your ONLY TV service in rural parts of the US and South America.  DirecTV (DTV) this morning announced sales for its second quarter that beat expectations …
Discussion: Voices
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Web Developer and His Wife (A Fairy Tale)  —  There was once a mom and pop kind of web shop selling auction products, making money through the affiliate commissions.  She (the wife) would do the design and customer contacts, and he (the husband) would do the programming of the site.
Simon Sage / BlackBerry Cool:
BlackBerry Pearl 8220 coming to Rogers!  What's a Kickstart?,  —  UPDATE: Our friend Fake Ted Rogers has also told us that the BlackBerry Pearl 8220 should also be arriving to Rogers in September like its T-Mobile counterpart.  —  The upcoming BlackBerry Kickstart is coming to Rogers sometime in Q3!
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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
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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Warner Music (WMG): Rock Band, Guitar Hero Are Very Exciting.  But We Want To Get Paid  —  The most interesting bit to come out of Warner Music's (WMG) Q3 earnings call: Some saber rattling about the music-based video games, primarily Activision's Guitar Hero and Viacom's Rock Band.
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   WMG Call: Bronfman: We're Not Doing As Bad As The Rest Of The Music Industry
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.
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
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Pew Internet & American Life Project: 49% Use Search Daily  —  How often do people use a search engine?  —  The percentage of Internet users who use search engines on a typical day has soared from about one-third of all users in 2002, to a new high of just under one half (49%) …
 
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Time for Google to take out Sprint
Stuart Schwartzapfel / Autopia:
Lotus Makes Hybrids Sound Like Real Cars
Discussion: Techdirt and Engadget
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
Rob Pegoraro / Washington Post:
The Opaque Side of Apple
Discussion: iLounge
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Loganbill / webmonkey:
iPhone Coders Miffed, Muzzled By Apple's NDA
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Digg
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
 

 
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