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3:39 AM ET, August 13, 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.
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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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 …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Fire Eagle Launches Geo-Location Platform To The Public
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.
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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 …
MacNN:   Confirmed: Best Buy to sell iPhones starting Sept 7th
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Does the Thrill of the Chase Make PR Obsolete?  —  As a relatively high-profile blogger, I get to see things that others in PR, even those who blog, don't experience.  One of those is my Gmail inbox.  It's my barometer for how the public relations is adapting in this era of change.  The forecast?
Discussion: Mashable!
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Does Good Tech Need PR?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PR-less launch kicks off a stack overflow of praise
John Markoff / New York Times:
Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks  —  Weeks before 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 …
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Earl Zmijewski / Renesys Blog:
Georgia Clings to the 'Net
Discussion: CircleID
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.
Discussion: TidBITS, TUAW, Infinite Loop and MacFixIt
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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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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
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:   Microsoft readies Windows Live Wave 3
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Android just four weeks away?  —  T-Mobile asks $399, Google demands your soul  —  The rumor mill is now saying that Google's Android release is just around the corner.  —  Back in June, some unnamed sources told The Wall Street Journal that Google's currently closed open mobile platform could be delayed until 2009.
Discussion: Gear Diary and MobileCrunch
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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.
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
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Is Not Only The World's Largest Social Network, It Is Also The Fastest Growing  —  Call it the Facebook World Tour.  Even though Facebook is now the largest social network in the world,—with 132 million unique visitors in June—it is also still the fastest growing.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software Companies Destroy Startup Value  —  It is a fairly well known fact in the business community that the majority of mergers and acquisitions are a failure when it comes to increasing shareholder value, benefiting customers …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT
 
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
U.S. Broadband Speeds Too Darn Slow; Adoption Hits 7-Year Low
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Blogosphere Flips, Product Rumors Chase Own Tail
Discussion: MacRumors and PC World
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft in Flickr rights shockr
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