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8:45 PM ET, August 13, 2008


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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Boom: Apple Worth More Than Google  —  As Steve Jobs would say: “BOOM.”  Apple (AAPL) has eclipsed Google (GOOG) 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 2007.
John C Abell / Epicenter:
No Split for Google (Still)
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Lessig Blog:
huge and important news: free licenses upheld  —  So for non-lawgeeks, this won't seem important.  But trust me, this is huge.  —  I am very proud to report today that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (THE “IP” court in the US) has upheld a free (ok, they call them “open source” …
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 …
Discussion: Valleywag and Brier Dudley's blog
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.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Russians may not be responsible for cyberattacks on Georgia  —  Earlier this week, we covered a report from the Georgian Foreign Ministry, claiming that the Russian Business Network (RBN) was actively engaged in cyberwarfare against Georgia—with the blessing and backing of the Russian government.
Security Researcher Asserts Russian Role in Georgia Cyber Attacks  —  SecureWorks researcher Don Jackson bolstered the argument that the Russian government played a role in the cyber-attacks that broke out during their invasion of Georgia.  Research by SecureWorks has uncovered …
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 …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
For travelers, Microsoft ‘Surfaces’ in Sheraton hotels
Discussion: Gadget Lab
When Apple's reach exceeds its grasp  —  The huge success of the iPod and the incredible media hoopla surrounding the iPhone have transformed the way the world looks at Apple.  In five years, it has gone from being the company that makes weird non-Windows computers to the company that makes …
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Mac Observer
Dolapo / Google Reader:
Pick your friends!  —  Today we're excited to announce several improvements in the way sharing works in Reader.  You've given us lots of feedback on the way our experimental sharing features work and we heard you loud and clear: you want more control over your sharing.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator To Offer Standardized Funding Legal Docs  —  Early stage venture firm Y Combinator, which has funded over 102 young startups, has “open sourced” the legal documents that they provide to their startups to use as they seek additional funding beyond what they've gotten from Y Combinator.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Qik Enables Live Video Streaming From 3G iPhone  —  Qik, the startup that allows users to stream live mobile video from their cell phones, has released an application that allows users to use the service from their 3G iPhones.  Unfortunately, the application isn't available through Apple's …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Qik announces iPhone 3G support!
Discussion: VentureBeat
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.
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.
Jeremy Pepper / POP! PR Jots:
Can I can get a big cup of STFU please?  —  How many times can you beat a dead horse?  Apparently, every quarter if that horse is the PR is dead meme.  —  Well, this time it's more a slow build kicking of the horse: the recent meme started with the launch of Cuil, and Robert Scoble not being pre-briefed.
Discussion: Glass House and PR 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging
Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
NBC Online Olympics Viewing Soars, Nielsen Reports  —  The number of unique visitors to NBC Olympics video site soared to over two million on Monday as viewers tuned into the Games from the workplace, Nielsen announced today.  These numbers show that the much-grumbled about time delay …
Discussion: TechCrunch and eWeek
Vmtn / The Console:
Letter from VMware CEO Paul Maritz  —  Last night, we became aware of a code issue with the recently released update to ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 (Update 2).  —  When the time clock in a server running ESX 3.5 or ESXi 3.5 Update 2 hits 12:00AM on August 12th, 2008, the released code causes the product license to expire.
Liam Tung /
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 …
Anil Dash / Movable Type:
Movable Type Pro and 4.2: Where Blogging is Headed  —  Today, we're releasing the latest update to Movable Type, version 4.2, and along with it we're announcing the launch of Movable Type Pro, a profoundly powerful new set of capabilities that shows the web where blogging is going next.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Patent suit targets company being acquired by Microsoft  —  On the surface, the latest patent lawsuit to hit the court systems looks like many of the others: allegations of infringement, ongoing unauthorized use and so on.  But there's a little bit of a twist to this one.
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Jackson West / Valleywag:
YouTube pulls video of protest at request of IOC
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Security researchers' accounts ransacked in embarrasing hacklash
Sound & Vision Magazine:
Criterion Remastered
Discussion: Crave, Kotaku, Engadget and Gizmodo
Blakespot / Touch Arcade:
‘Frotz’: Interactive Fiction Comes to the iPhone
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
John C Abell / Epicenter:
Google Ads: Emphatic ‘No’ on Homepage, but Mobile Will Be Big
Brad Stone / Bits:
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Sept. Quarter iPhone Sales To Quadruple To 4.5 Million, Says Piper
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft gets a ‘Blue Screen of Death’ medal in Beijing
Discussion: The Register
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Adds Speed, Smarts, and Languages to Safari Plug-In, Inquisitor
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Shuts Down FeedBurner's Ad Network (FAN)
TechCrunch UK:
Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing ‘failed’ …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Sprint's '08-'09 roadmap: BlackBerry 8350i, Motorola i576 …