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7:35 AM ET, August 14, 2008

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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” …
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court: violating copyleft = copyright infringement  —  A federal appeals court has overruled a lower court ruling that, if sustained, would have severely hampered the enforceability of free software licenses.  The lower court had found that redistributing software in violation of the terms …
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs and Digg
John Markoff / New York Times:
Ruling Is a Victory for Supporters of Free Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A legal dispute involving model railroad hobbyists has resulted in a major courtroom victory for the free software movement also known as open-source software.  —  In a ruling Wednesday, the federal appeals court …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Changes for Some SMS Users—Good and Bad News  —  Let's start with the bad news.  Beginning today, Twitter is no longer delivering outbound SMS over our UK number.  If you have been receiving SMS updates from Twitter via +44 762 480 1423, you'll notice that they've stopped and you may want to explore …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter kills SMS service in some countries over costs.  Will someone kill SMS already?  —  I've got some bad news for you if you're addicted to the micro-messaging service Twitter and don't live in the United States, Canada or India: You're about to get shafted.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NBC sees new media habits form with Olympic games  —  NEW YORK (AP) — About half of the people who are using mobile phones to pull down video or information about the Olympics have been trying out that technology for the first time, NBC said on Wednesday.  —  NBC Universal …
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Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
NBC Online Olympics Viewing Soars, Nielsen Reports....Beet.TV Gets Olympics Workflow Story from Microsoft  —  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.
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What do the freaking tech bloggers want?  —  UPDATE: if you are a PR person and you are reading this blog, any vitriol aimed at the PR industry is NOT aimed at you.  Probably. :-)  —  I remember working at a small tech startup back in the mid 1990s.  Winnov.  We made video capture cards and videoconferencing solutions.
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Jeremy Pepper / POP! PR Jots:
Can I can get a big cup of STFU please?
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Is the Kindle ebook reader becoming Amazon's iPod?  —  Yes, but perhaps only after it becomes a newspaper reader.  One of the drawbacks with today's ebook readers is the price of the hardware, which ranges up to £400.  Even after this year's $40 price cut, Amazon's ebook reader, the Kindle, costs $359.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and broadstuff
QIK:
Qik announces iPhone 3G support!  —  As most of us have been out enjoying the sun, Qik's developers have been working day and night to bring you the world's first live video streaming application for the Apple iPhone 3G!  From the wonderful feedback we get from our fans …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Qik Enables Live Video Streaming From 3G iPhone
Rob Small / Apple:
Apple Premieres Movies on the iTunes Store in Australia & New Zealand  —  Apple® today announced that movies from major film studios including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) …
Discussion: I4U News and The Inquisitr
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Premieres iTunes Movies in Australia and New Zealand [Updated]
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Infinite Loop
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Pageonce's New iPhone App: Now 100% Mobile and Self-Destructs When Stolen  —  When Pageonce unveiled their first version of their iOnce iPhone app, it became an instant success.  Within 10 days it was ranked in the top three applications in the Productivity category, and overall it was ranked …
Discussion: Macsimum News
PC World:
Intel Drops Centrino Atom Brand After Five Months  —  Intel has dropped the Centrino Atom brand after just five months, opting instead to use just the Atom brand across this part of its product line.  —  “Basically, we are simplifying and coalescing our efforts around ‘Atom’ as the single brand …
Discussion: Engadget
Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
MacBook Air Revision Imminent, Penryn, More Power  —  PhoneNews.com can confirm that Apple is preparing to release an new revision of the MacBook Air.  While that in and of itself is not a surprise to many, we can confirm some of the specifications of the unit.  —  Much of the MacBook Air's external design will not change.
Discussion: Engadget
John Resig:
ECMAScript Harmony  —  There's been some turmoil in the world of ECMAScript.  —  While many are - even, at least, vaguely - familiar with the development of ECMAScript 4 the devil is in the details.  I've blogged about ES4 extensively in the past - and even did a speaking tour …
Discussion: Ajaxian and Labnotes
 
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WildCowboy / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connection Issues Related to Software or Hardware?
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Wuala P2P online storage service goes live
Discussion: Webware.com, ReadWriteWeb and Profy
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Best Buy's Break-Even iPhone Deal
Kate McAlpine / New Scientist:
Spin flip trick points to fastest RAM yet
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
BoxOffice returns to the App Store but is hush, hush on the reason for the ban
Rebecca / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Wikipedia Wins Dismissal of Baseless Defamation Claims
Discussion: Techdirt and Ars Technica
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Anthony James / Yanko Design:
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ScanLife 2D Barcode reader comes to iPhone
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Patent suit targets company being acquired by Microsoft
Jackson West / Valleywag:
YouTube pulls video of protest at request of IOC
Discussion: WebProNews and Miro
Macworld:
When Apple's reach exceeds its grasp
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Mac Observer
Dolapo / Google Reader:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator To Offer Standardized Funding Legal Docs
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Movable Type Pro and 4.2: Where Blogging is Headed
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft's Live Maps Schools Google, Yahoo, Ask and AOL in Georgia Mapping
Discussion: Valleywag, GMSV and Google LatLong