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8:40 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.
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Yahoo pushes its location platform Fire Eagle out of the nest …
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?  —  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?
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
PR-less launch kicks off a stack overflow of praise
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  —  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.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
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
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Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
Facebook Kicks Out Some Cool News Feed Filters  —  Facebook news feed gets a new level of filters.  Facebook just rolled out new control features on the newsfeed.  You can now filter your newsfeed content by application (i predicted this was coming), and your fiend lists.
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
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
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.
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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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook: No. 1 Globally  —  The social network site has vaulted …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
OpenGL 3.1 promise follows gamer revolt
Discussion: Inquirer, Blue's News and Slashdot
Dave Barth / Google LatLong:
Where is Georgia on Google Maps?
Discussion: Bits and Google Maps Mania
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Chrysler to offer $499 EVDO car routers
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and TWICE
logitech.com:
Clip and Go! New Logitech Mouse Clips to Your Notebook
Discussion: Crave, I4U News, Gizmodo and Engadget
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Teleflip Has Flipped For Good  —  Teleflip, a Los Angeles-based start …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Android just five weeks away?
Discussion: IntoMobile and CNET News.com
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Live Messenger 9.0 M1 screenshots and details leak
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 Earlier Items: 
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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:
The Best TV Service Just Got Even Better …
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Application Rewrites after Acquisitions: How Large Software …
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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-045 - Critical
 

 
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