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11:20 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.
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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 …
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Yahoo!:
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 (http://fireeagle.yahoo.net) …
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: Webware.com and MobileCrunch
AppleInsider:
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.
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MacNN:   Confirmed: Best Buy to sell iPhones starting Sept 7th
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Best Buy becomes first independent iPhone retailer
Discussion: iLounge
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.
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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 …
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Direct2Dell:
New Dell Latitude Notebooks: No More Business as Usual
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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Google's Android phone to go on sale in September?
Discussion: localmobilesearch.net
PC World:
Microsoft Updates Office 2004 and 2008  —  Jim Dalrymple, Macworld.com  —  Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit released updates on Tuesday for Office 2004 and Office 2008.  —  Taking a page from Apple's most recent updates, Microsoft was stingy with details on what exactly the Office 12.1.2 update fixes.
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacUser and MacDailyNews
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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: eWEEK.com, TechCrunch and GMSV
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Not Only The World's Largest Social Network, It Is Also The Fastest Growing  —  Call it the Facebook World Tour.  Even though Facebook is now the largest social network in the world,—with 132 million unique visitors in June—it is also still the fastest growing.
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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 …
Discussion: jd/adobe and broadstuff
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 …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
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
 
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Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Irked by eBay, Some Sellers Trade Elsewhere
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Verizon:
The Best TV Service Just Got Even Better …
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VMware licensing bug blacks out virtual servers
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Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Why the iPhone Matters  —  In July, Walt spoke at the Aspen …
Discussion: iPod Observer
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
U.S. Broadband Speeds Too Darn Slow; Adoption Hits 7-Year Low
Chris Cheesman / Amateur Photographer:
PHOTOGRAPHERS TO SHAPE POLAROID HISTORY
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Gizmodo
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft readies Windows Live Wave 3
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Blogosphere Flips, Product Rumors Chase Own Tail
Discussion: MacRumors
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter's 2000-Follow Limit Raises A Ruckus. …
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Shutterfly Finally Gives Photos Wings
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