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1:00 PM 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 …
Liam Tung /
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 and Macsimum News
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Analyst: Apple will sell at least 4.47 million iPhones this quarter
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple will sell 4.47 million iPhones this quarter
Steven Musil / One More Thing:
Best Buy to sell iPhones in September
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 …
Associated Press:
Fire burns building at Apple HQ in California  —  Firefighters have put out a blaze that burned for more than three hours at the headquarters of computer maker Apple.  —  The Santa Clara County Fire Department says the three-alarm fire scorched the roof and the second level at one of the six buildings …
Jonathan Skillings / One More Thing:
3-alarm fire scorches Apple facility
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and KPIX-TV
Arn / MacRumors:
Fire Contained at Apple Headquarters, R&D Building? [Update]
Discussion: The Apple Core
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging
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 ( …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo launches Fire Eagle: Gauging my personal ROI
Discussion: eWeek
Tom Espiner / CNET
VMware: Don't shut down that virtual machine  —  Update at 8:35 a.m. PT on Wednesday: Since ZDNet UK published this article, a patch for the flaw has been posted to VMware's Web site.  —  VMware virtual machines on all hosts with the company's latest hypervisor, ESX 3.5 Update 2 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
VMware admits ‘time bomb’ rolled past quality control
Discussion: The Console and
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.
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.
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 …
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Internet Ad Spending Will Be Slower Than Expected  —  Aug. 12 (Bloomberg) — Internet advertising spending in the U.S. will be lower than expected this year and next, putting pressure on Google Inc., Yahoo! Inc. and Microsoft Corp., according to EMarketer Inc.
Discussion: ChasNote
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Not Getting Into Live Streaming, After All (GOOG)  —  UStream, Justin.TV, Stickam, Mogulus and everyone else trying to make a business out of live streaming can breath a little easier.  YouTube, which had previously said it would start live streaming in 2008, won't be getting into the business this year.
Discussion: Contentinople and Mashable!
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: Seeking Alpha and GigaOM
Dave Barth / Google LatLong:
Where is Georgia on Google Maps?  —  The recent conflict in Georgia has raised some questions about how Google Maps has handled mapping in that part of the world.  The most obvious question is, why doesn't Google Maps show any cities or roads for Georgia, or its neighbors Armenia and Azerbaijan?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lehman's Online U.S. Advertising Forecast: Another $20 Billion In Growth By 2012 And Online Video Takes Off  —  I was (digitally) leafing through the latest Lehman Brothers Internet Data Book for August this morning, and came across these forecasts for total U.S. Internet online ad spending and online video ad spending.
Discussion: ChasNote
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft gets a ‘Blue Screen of Death’ medal in Beijing
Thomson IR:
NVIDIA Reports Results for Second Quarter of Fiscal 2009 and …
Discussion: DailyTech and Ars Technica
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Adds Speed, Smarts, and Languages to Safari Plug-In, Inquisitor
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Shuts Down FeedBurner's Ad Network (FAN)
Discussion: The Next Web
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Shocker: iPhone 3G Faster, Stronger, Better in Ad Than In Real Life
Discussion: Gadget Lab and TUAW
Erant / HackMii:
libdi and the DVDX installer.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Storms in the clouds leave users up creek without a paddle
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Car Internet Debuts From Chrysler
 Earlier Items: 
TechCrunch UK:
Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing ‘failed’ …
Business Wire:
Disney Launches Global Research & Development Labs with Carnegie …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
What Are Search Blogs Talking About?
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Movable Type Pro to meld blogging and social networking
Discussion: AppScout
Darren Murph / Engadget:
VUDU announces $0.99 extended rentals, “99 for 99” movie channel
Discussion: last100, Crave, Gearlog and Electronista
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook: No. 1 Globally  —  The social network site has vaulted …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Get More Control Over Feeds

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Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster

Committee to Protect Journalists:
Somalia, Iraq, and Syria top CPJ's list of places where journalists are killed with impunity

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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