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8:00 PM ET, August 8, 2008


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Yahoo! Announces New Privacy Choice for Consumers  —  Will Expand Its Opt-Out Policy to Customized Advertising on  —  —  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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo to Let Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads  —  Yahoo Inc. said it will allow users to stop receiving targeted ads based on factors like what Web pages they visit or other ads they click on, following a congressional probe into whether such online advertising violates consumer privacy.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Yahoo lets consumers opt out of targeted advertising.  Everyone rejoice?
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, Boing Boing and Slashdot
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.
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
Tricia Duryee /
T-Mobile USA To Take Extreme Measure; Will Ditch The Traditional Deck To Mirror Apple's App Store  —  Starting this fall, T-Mobile USA will take the extraordinary step of ditching its traditional deck on the phone and replacing it with a platform that's open to almost any developer, multiple sources have told us.
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 and GMSV
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Airline Plans To Cancel All Flights Booked Through 3rd Party Websites  —  from the piss-off-your-customers-much?  dept  —  And people wonder why airlines have so much trouble staying in business?  We were already confused enough by American Airlines' desire not to be listed on the sites …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon: Excuse me while I turn off your pacemaker  —  The Defcon conference is the wild and woolly version of Black Hat for the unwashed masses of hackers.  It always has its share of unusual hacks.  The oddest so far is a collaborative academic effort where medical device security researchers …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Opening Olympics ceremony video online, but not on NBC  —  Updated 1:00 p.m. PDT, with initial impressions of video experience on  —  Although NBC is holding back online video of the opening ceremonies until its TV broadcast Friday night, some other sites have started posting unofficial videos.
Discussion: Gizmodo and
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
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: Mashable! and DailyTech
Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Grandialer, an iPhone app for GrandCentral  —  If you are one of the lucky ones who got in on the GrandCentral beta, then you might be interested in a new iPhone app that integrates with the GrandCentral service.  Grandialer (iTunes link) allows you to use your iPhone to call people using your GrandCentral telephone number.
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Moving closer to filling in the white spaces
Discussion: WebProNews and Ars Technica
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Analyst: Ubuntu, community distros ready for the enterprise
Discussion: Digg
Jon / p2pnet:
William Patry Copyright Blog returns!
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Over 100 bug fixes baked into Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update
Dennis Fisher /
Windows Vista security ‘rendered useless’ by researchers
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Lisa Granatstein / Mediaweek:
Forbes President, Publisher Jim Berrien Stepping Down
Devin Leonard / Fortune:
Making free music pay off
Discussion: Sony Insider
Interoperable Sirius XM Radios to arrive in less than 9 months
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Stealth mode Conduit Labs' LoudCrowd revealed
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Google brings Olympics updates to mobile phones
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The PGA Championship LIVE On The Web (It's Much Easier …
Discussion: BroadDev
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
You Can't Patch a Social Network
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
USB Dongle Breaches Great Firewall of China
Caroline McCarthy /
Report: Facebook tried to buy StudiVZ
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Elaborate Facebook Worm Virus Spreading