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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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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.
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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 / mocoNews.net:
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
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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 …
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 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!
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 NBCOlympics.com.  —  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 paidContent.org
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Zero Day, Computerworld and AppScout
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
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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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Moving closer to filling in the white spaces
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Phil Berardelli / Science/AAAS:
Stretchable Conductor May Open Way to Flexible Electronics
Discussion: I4U News, The Register and Engadget
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Analyst: Ubuntu, community distros ready for the enterprise
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Cory Bohon / TUAW:
Grandialer, an iPhone app for GrandCentral
eWeek:
LinuxWorld 2008: Enthusiasm Up, Attendance Down
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William Patry Copyright Blog returns!
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
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
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Making free music pay off
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Stealth mode Conduit Labs' LoudCrowd revealed
Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
You Can't Patch a Social Network
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USB Dongle Breaches Great Firewall of China
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Report: Facebook tried to buy StudiVZ
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Elaborate Facebook Worm Virus Spreading
 

 
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