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8:15 AM ET, August 13, 2008

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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Best Buy becomes first independent iPhone retailer  —  NEW YORK - Best Buy Co. will start selling the iPhone on Sept. 7, becoming first U.S. chain to do so outside of Apple Inc.'s and AT&T Inc.'s own stores.  —  The announcement by Best Buy expands the availability of Apple's vaunted phone …
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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.
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy to Sell iPhone
Discussion: The Open Road
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) …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Spot Runner lays off 100  —  Nick Grouf once told me he started his online-advertising agency, Spot Runner, in Los Angeles, not Silicon Valley, for one reason: The video-production talent he needed to customize television ads en masse was down south.  Now, a laid-off employee tells us Spot Runner …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Clickety Clack
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online And TV Ad Firm Spot Runner Lays Off 50 Employees, But Adding 40 More
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
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
Kontra / counternotions:
Why Apple doesn't do “Concept Products”  —  Everyone has a favorite “concept car.”  Whether it's the '54 Firebird, '64 Stiletto, '80 Epcot or '88 Sunraycer, these “flights of imagination” all have one thing in common: they weren't for real.  —  General Motors had no intention of selling these cars …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Does Good Tech Need PR?  —  Behind the scenes of many tech blogs these days, there's a rat race for attention, with PR agents struggling to overcome the noise of feeds, news sites and other agents in order to get coverage for their clients.  Tiny web tech companies pay $5k …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Does the Thrill of the Chase Make PR Obsolete?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PR-less launch kicks off a stack overflow of praise
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Get More Control Over Feeds  —  Facebook will tweak the user profile sometime tonight to let users fine tune the news items delivered to them on their home page.  Currently users can filter news items to see top items, status updates, new photos and posted items from friends.
Discussion: The Social
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Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Kicks Out Some Cool News Feed Filters  —  Facebook news feed gets a new level of filters.  Facebook just rolled out new control features on the newsfeed.  You can now filter your newsfeed content by application (i predicted this was coming), and your fiend lists.
Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
Firefighters battle three-alarm fire at Apple's Cupertino campus  —  Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at Apple's Cupertino campus late Tuesday night.  —  Heavy smoke was in the area as units from Santa Clara County, San Jose, Saratoga and Los Altos responded to the scene.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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Richard Shears / Daily Mail:
Google's Street View captures the moment a drunken Aussie keeled over outside his home  —  A man who fell asleep in a drunken stupor on the grass outside his home was horrified to find his embarrassment posted on the internet.  —  He had been drowning his sorrows over the death of a friend and collapsed after climbing out of a taxi.
Discussion: Technically Incorrect and Squash
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
VC Firm Subpoenas TheFunded For Negative Review  —  TheFunded, the site that lets startup founders leave anonymous reports on VCs they've encountered, has been issued a subpoena by a small Michigan based VC firm called EDF Ventures.  —  The firm is apparently going after an anonymous user …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture firm EDF moves to silence entrepreneur at TheFunded
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Dave Barth / Google LatLong:
Where is Georgia on Google Maps?  —  The recent conflict in Georgia has raised some questions about how Google Maps has handled mapping in that part of the world.  The most obvious question is, why doesn't Google Maps show any cities or roads for Georgia, or its neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan?
Discussion: Bits and Google Maps Mania
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
33 Brands That Suck on Twitter  —  Brands That Suck on Twitter: I don't write this post to be mean spirited; I write this post to simply call attention to brands and companies that are totally missing the boat and not listening on twitter where millions of conversations are happening everyday.
Discussion: broadstuff
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Live Messenger 9.0 M1 screenshots and details leak  —  The first Windows Live Messenger 9.0 beta program closed on June 24, 2008, and testers were not given much information about what Microsoft was planning to put into version 9.0 (the first beta build showed few changes).
Discussion: mess.be
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook: No. 1 Globally  —  The social network site has vaulted over rival MySpace in worldwide audience growth, thanks to tools that translate content into many languages  —  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to illustrate the impact of his social network, he tells a story …
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.
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Sprint's '08-'09 roadmap: BlackBerry 8350i, Motorola i576 …
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
OpenGL 3.1 promise follows gamer revolt
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Chrysler to offer $499 EVDO car routers
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Teleflip Has Flipped For Good  —  Teleflip, a Los Angeles-based start …
Chris / TVNewser:
Phelps Race May Get Coast-to-Coast Live Coverage
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Android just five weeks away?
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Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Irked by eBay, Some Sellers Trade Elsewhere
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof tweets about course, ends up moving whole class online
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Verizon:
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software …
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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-045 - Critical
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