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9:35 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.
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Best Buy to Sell iPhone
Discussion: The Open Road and BloggingStocks
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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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 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Clickety Clack
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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
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?
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: The Social and webmonkey
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Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Kicks Out Some Cool News Feed Filters
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 …
KPIX-TV:
3-Alarm Fire Burns At Apple Cupertino Campus  —  CUPERTINO (CBS 5 / BCN) ― A three-alarm fire burned Tuesday night at the Apple campus in Cupertino, according to the Santa Clara County Fire Department.  —  The fire department received a report of smoke at about 10 p.m. at 20605 Valley Green Drive …
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Sue McAllister / Mercury News:
Firefighters battle three-alarm fire at Apple's Cupertino campus
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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
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.
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: The Blog Herald
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Venture firm EDF moves to silence entrepreneur at TheFunded
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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
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 …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
OpenGL 3.1 promise follows gamer revolt  —  Exclusive Graphics and games engineers angered by the delayed OpenGL spec and threatening to adopt Microsoft's DirectX have been asked to hold out a little longer for promised changes.  —  Neil Trevett, president of the cross-industry Khronos Group leading OpenGL …
Discussion: Electronista, Inquirer and Blue's News
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.
Discussion: Web Strategy and broadstuff
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Nears Clearing Biondi And Chapple to Join Board  —  Yahoo Inc. is in the final stages of vetting former Viacom Inc. Chief Executive Frank Biondi and John Chapple, the former CEO of Nextel Partners, to join its board, according to a person familiar with the matter, as it moves toward completing …
 
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Kevin Poulsen / Threat Level:
Indicted Federal Informant Allegedly Strong-Armed Hacker Into Caper …
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Leslie P. Polzer / Linux.com:
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Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Chrysler to offer $499 EVDO car routers
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logitech.com:
Clip and Go! New Logitech Mouse Clips to Your Notebook
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Teleflip Has Flipped For Good  —  Teleflip, a Los Angeles-based start …
Chris / TVNewser:
Phelps Race May Get Coast-to-Coast Live Coverage
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Android just five weeks away?
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 Earlier Items: 
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Live Messenger 9.0 M1 screenshots and details leak
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
One Man's Quest to Digitize and Publicize Rare Vinyl
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Prof tweets about course, ends up moving whole class online
Discussion: Voices
Verizon:
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software …
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