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6:50 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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: DailyTech and Mashable!
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
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
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.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
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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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Digg
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon: Excuse me while I turn off your pacemaker
LinuxWorld 2008: Enthusiasm Up, Attendance Down
Discussion: Between the Lines
Jon / p2pnet:
William Patry Copyright Blog returns!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Elevator Pitch Friday: InChairTV (Movies At The Dentist's)
Discussion: Medgadget
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Over 100 bug fixes baked into Apple's Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update
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Windows Vista security ‘rendered useless’ by researchers
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
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
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Stealth mode Conduit Labs' LoudCrowd revealed
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