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5:40 AM ET, August 13, 2008

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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 …
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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.
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest …
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.
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?
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Does Good Tech Need PR?
Discussion: Stage Two Consulting
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PR-less launch kicks off a stack overflow of praise
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 …
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture firm EDF moves to silence entrepreneur at TheFunded
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Spot Runner lays off 100  —  Nick Grouf once told me he started his online-advertising agency, Spot Runner, in Los Angeles, not Silicon Valley, for one reason: The video-production talent he needed to customize television ads en masse was down south.  Now, a laid-off employee tells us Spot Runner …
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 …
Kontra / counternotions:
Why Apple doesn't do “Concept Products”  —  Everyone has a favorite “concept car.”  Whether it's the '54 Firebird, '64 Stiletto, '80 Epcot or '88 Sunraycer, these “flights of imagination” all have one thing in common: they weren't for real.  —  General Motors had no intention of selling these cars …
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
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.
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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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logitech.com:
Clip and Go!  New Logitech Mouse Clips to Your Notebook  —  Logitech V550 Nano Cordless Laser Mouse for Notebooks Features Clip-and-Go Doc  —  Many people prefer a mouse to a touchpad but often leave the mouse behind when moving from room to room.  Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) …
Discussion: Crave, DVICE, Gizmodo and Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Get More Control Over Feeds  —  Facebook will tweak the user profile sometime tonight to let users fine tune the news items delivered to them on their home page.  Currently users can filter news items to see top items, status updates, new photos and posted items from friends.
Discussion: FaceReviews and Inside Facebook
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
Richard Shears / Daily Mail:
Google's Street View captures the moment a drunken Aussie keeled over outside his home  —  A man who fell asleep in a drunken stupor on the grass outside his home was horrified to find his embarrassment posted on the internet.  —  He had been drowning his sorrows over the death of a friend and collapsed after climbing out of a taxi.
Discussion: Technically Incorrect and Squash
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 …
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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Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
Firefighters battle three-alarm fire at Apple's Cupertino campus
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Chris / TVNewser:
Phelps Race May Get Coast-to-Coast Live Coverage
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Android just five weeks away?
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Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Irked by eBay, Some Sellers Trade Elsewhere
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Prof tweets about course, ends up moving whole class online
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-045 - Critical
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Microsoft in Flickr rights shockr
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