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4:50 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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Sydney Morning Herald:
‘Slow’ iPhone 3G glitch blamed on secrecy  —  The iPhone 3G and, inset, Tom Piotrowski's speed test.  —  Asher Moses  —  iPhone 3G users in Australia and around the world are suffering from slow internet speeds and poor reception because of a flaw in the device that may have been fixed if not for Apple's immense culture of secrecy.
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Liam Tung / ZDNet.com.au:
HSBC could order 200,000 iPhones  —  Global banking giant HSBC is considering ditching the BlackBerry and adopting Apple's iPhone as its standard staff mobile device, a move that could result in an order for some 200,000 iPhones.  —  “We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Three-alarm fire scorches key building on Apple campus  —  A three-alarm fire burned for more than three hours late Tuesday night at Apple's Cupertino headquarters before firefighters were able to fully extinguish the blaze.  —  The Santa Clara County Fire Department said it received reports …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Apple burns, no one hurt, no one fiddles
Arn / MacRumors:
Fire Contained at Apple Headquarters, R&D Building? [Update]
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lehman's Online U.S. Advertising Forecast: Another $20 Billion In Growth By 2012 And Online Video Takes Off  —  I was (digitally) leafing through the latest Lehman Brothers Internet Data Book for August this morning, and came across these forecasts for total U.S. Internet online ad spending and online video ad spending.
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Internet Ad Spending Will Be Slower Than Expected
Discussion: ChasNote
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Sheraton becomes third Microsoft Surface customer (Updated)  —  Sheraton will be rolling out the Microsoft Surface PC, at five hotels in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Sheraton will be the first hotel to offer the Microsoft Surface, and really the third customer …
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Microsoft:
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Transforms the Hotel Lobby Experience With Microsoft Surface  —  Sheraton Hotels in five U.S. cities debut Microsoft Surface, putting a virtual concierge and unique entertainment experiences at guests' fingertips.  —  Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft Corp. today introduced …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Not Getting Into Live Streaming, After All (GOOG)  —  UStream, Justin.TV, Stickam, Mogulus and everyone else trying to make a business out of live streaming can breath a little easier.  YouTube, which had previously said it would start live streaming in 2008, won't be getting into the business this year.
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft's Live Maps Schools Google, Yahoo, Ask and AOL in Georgia Mapping  —  If you've been keeping up with the conflict in South Ossetia, perhaps you were curious about where the contentious events were occurring.  I hope you ended up at Microsoft's Live Search Maps …
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
VMware: Don't shut down that virtual machine  —  Update at 8:35 a.m. PT on Wednesday: Since ZDNet UK published this article, a patch for the flaw has been posted to VMware's Web site.  —  VMware virtual machines on all hosts with the company's latest hypervisor, ESX 3.5 Update 2 …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Adds Speed, Smarts, and Languages to Safari Plug-In, Inquisitor  —  Just 3 months after acquiring the assets of the Safari search plug-in, Inquisitor, Yahoo is announcing updates to the add-on.  —  Using the recently launched BOSS technology, Inquisitor is now faster in providing Yahoo results.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Shuts Down FeedBurner's Ad Network (FAN)  —  I have been a huge fan of FeedBurner, RSS feed management company, for a really long time.  Yes, before Google bought them and even before they had most of their cool features.  In any event, I noticed a Google Groups thread …
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?
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's '08-'09 roadmap: BlackBerry 8350i, Motorola i576, Motorola i950, and a lot more!  —  What would the world do without BGR?  Well, you'd probably have a lot less broken AVAYA phones, less screaming, and just all around happier wireless executives.  Oh well.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Boom: Apple Worth More Than Google  —  As Steve Jobs would say, “BOOM.”  Apple has eclipsed Google in market value.  Apple's current market cap: $159.37 billion.  Google's: $157.56 billion.  Not that we didn't see this coming.  Indeed, Valleywag predicted it back in November of 2007.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Sept. Quarter iPhone Sales To Quadruple To 4.5 Million, Says Piper  —  A cheaper price tag and greater international distribution should help Apple (AAPL) quadruple its September quarter iPhone sales, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates.  —  Munster thinks Apple …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
How To Lifestream From Your iPhone  —  Recently, we took a look at the growing trend involving lifestreaming and how more people are choosing to go this route instead of establishing a more traditional blog.  But outside of certain celebrity lifestreamers like Julia Allison, the streams belonging to …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft gets a ‘Blue Screen of Death’ medal in Beijing  —  You win some, you lose some.  Microsoft is getting its brand on the Beijing Olympics in more ways than one, in one case to very poor effect.  —  Reports from China suggest that Microsoft's Silverlight is delivering exceptional streaming video for NBC's Olympic coverage.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Brad Stone / Bits:
EBay in Talks to Buy Share of Korean Auction Site GMarket
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Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
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Movable Type Pro and 4.2: Where Blogging is Headed
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Russians may not be responsible for cyberattacks on Georgia
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Some iPhone 3G Users Find Painful Experience Thanks to Poor Connections
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TechCrunch UK:
Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing ‘failed’ …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Nvidia: We underestimated AMD
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