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12:20 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's a Core Location Blacklist  —  Yesterday I linked to a story about the discovery by Jonathan Zdziarski of a remote blacklist Apple is maintaining, supposedly, according to Zdziarski, to remotely disable rogue iPhone apps previously distributed through the App Store.
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L.A. Times Tech Blog:
UPDATED 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.
Effie Seiberg / Google Mobile Blog:
On your mark, get set, go!  Follow the Summer Games on your phone.  —  It's that time again... time for the Summer Games to begin!  It may still be August 7th here in Mountain View, but it's already August 8th in Beijing, and the Opening Ceremonies are getting ready to kick off another global celebration of athleticism.
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Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Off to the Games!  —  The 2008 Summer Games will soon commence …
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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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Refuses To Admit AOL Will Never Be Worth $20 Billion Again
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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Howard Owens:
The Philadelphia experiment isn't necessarily a bad idea
Discussion: DigiDave
Steve Outing:
Don't go backward, newspapers!
Discussion: Small Initiatives
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
Discussion: CNET News.com and TG Daily
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Living with Insecurity
Discussion: Know It All
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
blinkx Offers To Acquire Miva  —  Video search provider blinkx has publicly announced its proposal to acquire online advertising company Miva today.  Miva closed yesterday on the Nasdaq at $0.78/share, down from it's 52-week high of $5.76. blinkx is offering $1.20/share in cash.
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
blinkx Seeks to Acquire MIVA for $1.20 Per Share
Discussion: Screenwerk
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to stop selling boxed copies of Money Plus  —  Microsoft has decided against releasing a 2009 version of Money Plus, its personal-finance-management software.  The company also is planning to discontinue selling Money Plus as a boxed software product at retail …
Discussion: Technologizer and money.mvps.org
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Wall Street Beat: Time to Put off Buying LCD TVs, Displays  —  The LCD panel industry is suffering from over supply and falling demand, and in this case, what's bad for Wall Street and stock prices is good for consumers.  —  Nobody likes to buy an expensive new LCD TV or LCD computer display …
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.
Discussion: Profy, Gizmodo and Computerworld Blogs
MacNN:
The iPhone nano rumor may have Legs  —  On August 3, 2006, the UK's Mail Online claimed that “Apple is about to launch a ‘nano’ version of the hugely successful iPhone.  It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas.”  The report went on to state that the product would be launched …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On with the ECS G10IL: The Sexiest Netbook Yet  —  With this week's announcement of Lenovo entering the mini-notebook space, there were lots of oohs and ahhs over its S10's design.  I haven't yet gotten an in-person look at the S10 (like our bud at notebooks.com) but today the ECS G10IL arrived in my hands.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Between a rock and YouTube, video execs see promise  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If the $1 billion Web video advertising market is to reach the level of television's estimated $50 billion, it ironically won't be thanks to YouTube, the Internet's most popular spot for watching clips.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Three New AIR Apps To Bring Facebook To Your Desktop  —  If you love both Facebook and Adobe AIR, then you're going to love these three new AIR apps for your desktop: Facedesk, Zebr, and Flair.  Facedesk is a standalone application that lets you use Facebook without having a browser window open.
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Timothy / Slashdot:
New Study Finds Low Interest In Blu-ray
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA, Paramount announce ‘Godfather II’ game
Discussion: Inquirer
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Chertoff Misleads on Laptop Searches, Feingold Charges
Discussion: The Register and Xconomy
Samantha Rose / TG Daily:
CherryPal's $250 PC delayed
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
A First Look at Mozilla's Snowl
 Earlier Items: 
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Black Hat organizers punt totally hackable RFID badges
Discussion: TG Daily, VentureBeat and AppScout
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux.com:
Linux Foundation launches killer development tool
Daniel Scocco / Daily Blog Tips:
Alexa is Becoming Completely Worthless
Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: T-Mobile BlackBerry Roadmap for 2008
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Google GPhone Delayed By HTC Issues, Global Equities Says
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Facebook and StudiVZ battle over Germany
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere
 

 
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