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11:10 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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Business Wire:
Best Buy Mobile to Carry iPhone 3G  —  On Sale September 7 at Best Buy Stores Nationwide  —  MINNEAPOLIS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY - News) announced today that it will carry Apple's revolutionary iPhone 3G at Best Buy Mobile stores nationwide beginning September 7.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Analyst: Apple will sell at least 4.47 million iPhones this quarter
Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
Firefighters battle three-alarm fire at Apple's Cupertino campus  —  Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire at Apple's Cupertino campus late Tuesday night.  —  Heavy smoke was in the area as units from Santa Clara County, San Jose, Saratoga and Los Altos responded to the scene.
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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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Fire contained at Apple headquarters
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Yahoo launches Fire Eagle: Gauging my personal ROI
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Does Good Tech Need PR?  —  Behind the scenes of many tech blogs these days, there's a rat race for attention, with PR agents struggling to overcome the noise of feeds, news sites and other agents in order to get coverage for their clients.  Tiny web tech companies pay $5k …
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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?
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 …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online And TV Ad Firm Spot Runner Lays Off 50 Employees, But Adding 40 More
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
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.
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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 …
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.
Amy Gilroy / TWICE:
Car Internet Debuts From Chrysler  —  Auburn Hills, Mich. — Chrysler will become the first car maker to offer Internet capability Aug. 25, when its parts division begins selling a Mopar car cellular/Wi-Fi hot spot, expected to be the first of many Internet offerings from the car companies.
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Chrysler to offer $499 EVDO car routers
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook: No. 1 Globally  —  The social network site has vaulted over rival MySpace in worldwide audience growth, thanks to tools that translate content into many languages  —  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to illustrate the impact of his social network, he tells a story …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
What Are Search Blogs Talking About?  —  Lee Odden wrote Word Visualization on Search Marketing Blogs, where he used a tool named Wordle to show what the search blogs are actually talking about.  Wordle forms a tag cloud, of the most used words and phrases on a particular blog.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Nvidia: We underestimated AMD  —  Nvidia had one ugly second quarter.  It lost money.  It took a charge for defective chips.  And it's stuck with low-margin inventory it has to burn off.  Amazing how a little price competition from AMD's ATI can magnify poor execution at Nvidia.
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
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Business Wire:
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Movable Type Pro to meld blogging and social networking
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
VUDU announces $0.99 extended rentals, “99 for 99” movie channel
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