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6:25 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google believes $1B investment in AOL is crumbling  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In an assessment that could lead to a substantial charge against its future profits, Google Inc. believes its $1 billion investment in advertising partner AOL is souring.  —  The Mountain View-based company disclosed …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google: AOL's Not Worth $20 Billion Anymore  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has filed its 10-Q quarterly, and some interesting language about how it continues to value its 5 percent stake in AOL: “We review our investment in AOL (NYSE: TWX) for impairment in accordance with FSP SFAS 115-1 …
Discussion: The Register and VentureBeat
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Refuses To Admit AOL Will Never Be Worth $20 Billion Again
L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple removes $1,000 featureless iPhone application  —  Eight iPhone owners have joined an elite clan: Their Apple gadget is running a program that cost nearly $1,000.  —  When the iPhone first hit the market in June 2007, those who paid the $499 entry price — and signed the two-year AT&T contract — owned a status symbol.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat expels reporters in network snooping  —  Elinor Mills of CNET News co-wrote this story. Updated 6:50 p.m. with more detail.  —  LAS VEGAS—Three journalists for a French security magazine were kicked out of the Black Hat security conference after they allegedly sniffed the press room computer network on Thursday.
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
How I Got Hacked at Black Hat  —  A group of reporters from Global Security Mag were kicked out of the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas after stealing password information from another reporter who will remain nameless—we'll call him, me.  —  LAS VEGAS—So as some of you may have already read by now …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
A stake through the heart of the has-been Inquirer  —  What the hell are they thinking in Philadelphia?  Inquirer ME Mike Leary just sent a memo saying they are going to hold all but breaking news for the paper and even restrict bloggers from using their blogs to work on stories in progress.
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Steve Outing:
Don't go backward, newspapers!
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Live Search:
We're bringing the Olympics to you  —  Microsoft is into the Olympics in a big way through our partnership with NBC on NBCOlympics.com, the official online home of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing!  And Live Search is ready to help you find everything you want during the games.  —  Feeling competitive?
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Rumor Control: Why I Can't Put ‘Tibet’ in My Hotmail Address  —  A reader wrote in to say he had heard that Microsoft was not letting people choose usernames with the word “Tibet” in them when signing up for its online services.  This turns out to be true, technically speaking.
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Facebook and StudiVZ battle over Germany  —  BERLIN: When Facebook sued the German leader in social networking, StudiVZ, last month, it contended that the company had illegally copied Facebook's “look and feel” with similar graphics and features.  —  “A great deal, if not all …
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.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
How Cuil is This?  —  We received numerous requests to update the daily chart from our last post on Cuil.  As expected, as the initial media hype subsided, traffic to the upstart search engine has declined precipitously.  —  As of this Tuesday, August 5th, Cuil.com ranked as the #1034 …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
What's Being Built with BOSS  —  It's been about a month since Yahoo! Search BOSS launched, so it seems like an opportune time to look at some of the mashups and search products that have been built using the BOSS APIs & services.  As we've said before, our goal with BOSS is to remove …
Discussion: CNET News.com and WebProNews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Mashups Harnessing The Power Of Yahoo's BOSS
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb, Joe Duck and Laserlike
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere  —  A new version of Apple's iPhone Software could provide iPhone and iPod touch users with access to their home computer's entire iTunes media library while on the go without having to first download those media items through …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Google GPhone Delayed By HTC Issues, Global Equities Says  —  The word from Half Moon bay is that Google's (GOOG) “GPhone” cell-phones, being built by various handset makers, could be delayed from an end-of-year introduction to sometime later in the first quarter of next year, according to Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research.
Eliot Phillips / Hack a Day:
Black Hat 2008: FasTrak toll system completely broken  —  FasTrak is the electronic toll collection system used by the state of California.  Motorists can purchase a toll transponder for ~$26 and link the serial number with a debit account to have their tolls deducted automatically.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup  —  As I wrote last month in What Good is Collective Intelligence if it Doesn't Make Us Smarter?, at this year's Web 2.0 Summit, we're focusing on how what we've learned from the web over the past decade can be applied to solve the world's hard problems.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Black Hat organizers punt totally hackable RFID badges  —  Black Hat The annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas has become one of the premier venues for exposing lax security practices that put the unwashed masses at risk.  In an interesting twist, a researcher is calling out conference organizers …
Discussion: TG Daily, VentureBeat and PC World
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux.com:
Linux Foundation launches killer development tool  —  Ask any independent software vendor what he hates most about developing for Linux and he'll tell you that it's having to develop for SUSE and for Red Hat and for Ubuntu and ... you get the idea.  The Linux Foundation has just released …
 
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Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
Blizzard Confirms Departure of ‘Diablo III’ Art Director, Look Of Game Won't Change
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Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Many Challenges of the Social Media Industry
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
CD Duplicator Buys CD Baby; Recognizing A Digital Future
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft promises 12 patches next week
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Brian Womack / Investor's Business Daily:
Netbooks A Linux Stronghold?
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
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CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THREE NEW ADDITIONS TO ITS VIXIA HIGH …
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Malicious Hackers Use Facebook Wall for Malware Attack
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
New Facebook App Visualization
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Social networking sites attract friends, but also enemies
Nick / Rough Type:
“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”: sources and notes
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Will.I.Am's Video “One More Chance” is a BlackBerry Ad
InfoWorld:
IBM exec predicts the future of Linux, open source
Discussion: eWeek, Law & Life and Computerworld
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Apps Hit by Prolonged Gmail Access Problem
 

 
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