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11:45 PM ET, August 12, 2008


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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Platform leader Benjamin Ling to leave Facebook, as platform continues to evolve  —  Last fall, Benjaming Ling was recruited out of Google to help lead the Facebook developer platform product marketing team.  But he's planning to leave Facebook within the next couple of weeks, I've heard from sources within Facebook.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ben Ling to Leave Facebook  —  Earlier this afternoon, sources told BoomTown that Ben Ling (pictured here) was leaving his job at Facebook, a high-profile departure given that the social-networking company grabbed the well-known techie from Google (GOOG).  —  Ling and Facebook have since confirmed the departure to me.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Fire Eagle Location Service Comes Out Of Private Beta  —  I'm at the Brickhouse in San Francisco as Tom Coates, head of the Fire Eagle team, is announcing the release of Fire Eagle, which had been in private beta.  The service is intended to be something of a “clearinghouse” or …
Yahoo! Launches Fire Eagle  —  New Platform Enables Users to Easily Update and Manage Their  —  Location Information Across the Web  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced the general availability of Fire Eagle ( …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest so it can spread its wings  —  I've said it before, I'll say it again: Location, location, location.  As computing continues to go mobile it's an increasingly important feature for many web services.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Fire Eagle Launches Geo-Location Platform To The Public
Discussion: and MobileCrunch
Sources: Best Buy to sell Apple's iPhone 3G nationwide  —  Best Buy Co., Inc. is expected to announce as early as Wednesday plans to begin selling the iPhone 3G next month, making it the first independent U.S. reseller to offer the the coveted touchscreen handset outside of Apple and AT&T.
MacNN:   Confirmed: Best Buy to sell iPhones starting Sept 7th
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:   Best Buy becomes first independent iPhone retailer
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Disqus 2.0: New Plugin, New Interface, And Local Comment Backup  —  Disqus, the enhanced blog commenting system, has launched a 2.0 version of its software that includes a host of new features, including a new plugin for WordPress, an improved developer API, and an overhauled UI for its main site.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
Dell's comeback machine  —  The redesigned Dell Latitude line will offer colors, a Linux mode, and other un-Dell touches.  Photo: Dell  —  I'm at Dell's design headquarters near Round Rock, Texas, getting a first glimpse of the company's colorful new line of business laptops that go on sale Tuesday …
Microsoft Help and Support:
Description of the Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac 12.1.2 Update  —  View products that this article applies to. … INTRODUCTION  —  Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-043.  This security bulletin contains all the relevant information about the security updates for Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks  —  Weeks before bombs started falling on Georgia, a security researcher in suburban Massachusetts was watching an attack against the country in cyberspace.  —  Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks in Lexington noticed a stream of data directed …
Shawn / TmoNews:
Android may be here sooner then we think  —  We're hearing rumor after rumor that Android has been delayed, and pushed back to 2009.  Well TmoNews is jumping into the pool or rumors, calling BS on those other rumors, and putting in our vote of confidence on a presale of the Android phone on September 16th, 2008.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Google's Android phone to go on sale in September?
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Early adopters vs the Mainstream: Google Insights points out websites only used by Silicon Valley nerds  —  Intro to Google Insights  —  I have recently been playing around with the insanely useful Google Insights for Search product.  You should definitely try it out if you haven't.
Discussion:, TechCrunch and GMSV
Erik Huggers / BBC Internet blog:
Open Industry Standards For Audio & Video On The Web  —  One of the key drivers in making audio and video distribution possible via the internet is the great advances in compression technologies (codecs).  Obviously, broadband adoption and ever more capable PCs and mobile devices helped a lot …
PR Newswire:
Limelight Networks Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results  — Grew revenue to $30.3 million, a 22% increase from the year-ago second-quarter non-GAAP revenue of $24.9 million  — Selected by Microsoft as the primary provider of content delivery services for video content on on MSN
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Limelight Networks Q2 Solid, Big Spending Ahead (LLNW)
Discussion: and Contentinople
Daily Mail:
Parents horrified as most violent video game ever to launch on ‘family friendly’ Wii  —  A new computer game tipped to be the most violent ever is being released exclusively on the so-called ‘family friendly’ Wii console.  —  Nintendo will dramatically transform Wii's image with the release …
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-041 - Critical  —  Vulnerability in the ActiveX Control for the Snapshot Viewer for Microsoft Access Could Allow Remote Code Execution (955617)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves …
Discussion: Computerworld
David Meyer / CNET
Microsoft in Flickr rights shockr  —  Microsoft has always been rather strident on the topic of copyright infringement, as you may have noticed, which makes tale of its “Iconic Britain” photo contest all the more astonishing.  —  The competition was designed as part of the marketing campaign …
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof tweets about course, ends up moving whole class online  —  As more of the student population gets access to broadband connections, faculty at major universities are exploring how rich media and online interactivity can enhance, supplement, and even replace the classroom experience.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software Companies Destroy Startup Value  —  It is a fairly well known fact in the business community that the majority of mergers and acquisitions are a failure when it comes to increasing shareholder value, benefiting customers …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
One Man's Quest to Digitize and Publicize Rare Vinyl  —  Thousands of recordings that had been largely consigned to the realm of prehistory in the digital age have gained a new life, thanks to the tireless efforts of one man.  —  Cliff Bolling didn't realize what he was getting into when he picked …
The Best TV Service Just Got Even Better - Special Promotion Makes Signing Up for FiOS TV Even Sweeter  —  Cable Can't Compete With Ultimate Home-Entertainment Experience From Verizon; Promotion Offers Free High-Def Digital Video Recorder for 12 Months and Free Month of HBO/Cinemax for New FiOS TV Customers
Discussion: Telecompetitor and DSLreports
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Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Why the iPhone Matters  —  In July, Walt spoke at the Aspen …
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Microsoft readies Windows Live Wave 3
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Movable Type, Wordpress becoming social platforms
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Blogosphere Flips, Product Rumors Chase Own Tail
Discussion: MacRumors
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Shutterfly Finally Gives Photos Wings
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UI Guru Jakob Nielsen's Site Is Unreadable
Discussion: Alertbox
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
3G iPhone Connection Problems Chip-Related?