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9:40 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.
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
If You Are A TechCrunch Reader Outside of California, Raise Your Hand.  —  Which map above is a better representation of regional interest in TechCrunch?  —  Before you answer that, first some background.  Some blogs are putting up posts today based on maps and data generated by Google Insights for Search …
Discussion: Now I Have a Blog Too
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
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 and MacUser
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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-043 - Critical
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-041 - Critical
Discussion: PC World and Computerworld
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  —  Today we're officially unveiling our new line of Latitude laptops to the world.  Based on the amount of internal buzz and the volume of work it took to get us here, this is about the biggest product rollout I can remember …
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
John Markoff / New York Times:
Cyberspace Barrage Preceded Russian Fighting  —  Weeks before physical 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 …
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.
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 …
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: broadstuff
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
U.S. Broadband Speeds Too Darn Slow; Adoption Hits 7-Year Low  —  The bad news: Broadband adoption slipped to a seven-year low last quarter.  The worse news: It could take a century for the United States to catch up to broadband speeds in Japan, given the rate at which services are improving here.
 
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof tweets about course, ends up moving whole class online
Verizon:
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InfoWorld:
VMware licensing bug blacks out virtual servers
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Discussion: IntoMobile and wmpoweruser.com
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software …
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Why the iPhone Matters  —  In July, Walt spoke at the Aspen …
Discussion: iPod Observer
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ConnectU-Facebook fight one stroke closer to finish line
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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. …
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft in Flickr rights shockr
Brad Stone / Bits:
Shutterfly Finally Gives Photos Wings
Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
UI Guru Jakob Nielsen's Site Is Unreadable
Discussion: Alertbox
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
3G iPhone Connection Problems Chip-Related?
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Some Web Firms Say They Track Behavior Without Explicit Consent
 

 
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