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Yahoo! Announces New Privacy Choice for Consumers  —  Will Expand Its Opt-Out Policy to Customized Advertising on  —  Yahoo.com  —  Today Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced that it will offer users greater choice in how they manage their privacy online by enabling them to opt-out of customized advertising on Yahoo.com.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo bolsters opt-out policy  —  Yahoo said Friday that it will allow users to opt out of custom ads on its network.  —  The move comes a day after Google provided a one-click opt-out as it integrates DoubleClick into its operations.  —  Yahoo said in a statement that its policy change was in response to a Congressional inquiry.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo To Enable Opt Out Feature For Customized Ads
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
iPhone ‘kill switch’ limited to location-aware apps  —  Apple's “blacklist” inside the iPhone's operating system just pertains to a specific technology, according to a report.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  Apple's iPhone blacklist appears to fall short of fears that it led directly back to a big red button on Apple CEO Steve Jobs' desk.
Discussion: TechSpot
L.A. Times Tech Blog:
UPDATED: Apple removes $1,000 featureless iPhone application
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
The Rise and Fall of Twitter  —  At the risk of offending some of you, I am posting this parody video created by Crunchgear's Nicholas Deleon and his brother Gabriel.  Just remember, it's not about Hitler.  It's about Twitter.  —  CrunchBase Information  —  Twitter  —  Information provided by CrunchBase
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State Supreme Court rejects noncompete clauses  —  (08-07) 12:04 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Californians have the right to move from one company to another or start their own business and can't be prohibited by their employer from working for a competitor in their next job, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Boing Boing
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tech IPOs Return With Rackspace  —  After a long dry spell, technology initial public offerings took a small step towards a comeback as Rackspace Hosting, a San Antonio, Texas-based company, announced its IPO.  The company that will trade on the NYSE under the ticker RAX is selling …
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 …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder gets 9530 model designation on Verizon, October 13th release date?  —  We just got a screen cap of the product inventory screen from a Verizon tipster.  It shows that the BlackBerry Thunder, which we've all been reporting as a 9500-series device is correct.
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.
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.
Discussion: DailyTech and Mashable!
Allen Hutchison / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Translate now for iPhone  —  A few months ago I was planning a vacation to Austria and Italy.  I knew a few words and phrases in German and Italian, but that was about it.  So I looked around for some portable language dictionaries.  I thought Google Translate was great, but the web page didn't work that well on the iPhone.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Opening Olympics ceremony video online, but not on NBC  —  Updated 1:00 p.m., with initial impressions of video experience on NBCOlympics.com.  —  Although NBC is holding back online video of the opening ceremonies until its TV broadcast tonight, some other sites have started posting unofficial videos.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google brings Olympics updates to mobile phones  —  Google is making it easier to check up on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing from your mobile phone.  —  Searching for any Olympic sport on Google's mobile Web site will bring up, in addition to the regular search results that Google would normally offer …
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Effie Seiberg / Google Mobile Blog:
On your mark, get set, go! Follow the Summer Games on your phone.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The PGA Championship LIVE On The Web (It's Much Easier Than The Olympics)  —  Instructive counterpoint to NBC (and the IOC's) counterproductive throttling of Olympic coverage: Watching pro golf and Turner (TWX) collaborate to simulcast the PGA Championship on cable and the Web.
Discussion: BroadDev
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Elaborate Facebook Worm Virus Spreading  —  Update: Facebook responds to malware attacks.  —  Facebook malware attacks to date have largely consisted of getting user credentials via phishing sites and then spreading spam and additional phishing attempts.  But a new worm is disseminating through Facebook …
 
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Dennis Fisher / searchsecurity.techtarget.com:
Windows Vista security ‘rendered useless’ by researchers
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
IBM expands Lotus Notes Mac support to iPhone (screenshots)
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How to watch the ConnectU founders row in the Olympics
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint eyes sale of Nextel's iDen network
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