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11:40 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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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
Business Wire:
Best Buy Mobile to Carry iPhone 3G
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Best Buy to sell iPhones soon
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Analyst: Apple will sell at least 4.47 million iPhones this quarter
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 …
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and Valleywag
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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.
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 …
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging
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
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.
Discussion: The Social and webmonkey
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and Seeking Alpha
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Storms in the clouds leave users up creek without a paddle  —  Weeks after Amazon's S3 cloud storage service went down due to a software error, and in the midst of continued MobileMe issues, two more online services have suffered problems.  Gmail was unavailable for a couple of hours on Monday …
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Winklevoss twins advance to Olympic finals  —  There's been another victory on the water for ConnectU founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss—even as their court case against Facebook continues to peter out unfavorably.  —  The identical twins, representing the United States in the men's pair …
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.
 
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Associated Press:
Gates speaks of software-writing revolution
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TechCrunch UK:
Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing ‘failed’ …
Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
US media's crimes against Web 2.0
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Disney Launches Global Research & Development Labs with Carnegie …
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Movable Type Pro to meld blogging and social networking
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Gavin Clarke / The Register:
OpenGL 3.1 promise follows gamer revolt
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VC Firm Subpoenas TheFunded For Negative Review
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Platform leader Benjamin Ling to leave Facebook, as platform continues to evolve
 

 
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