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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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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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Fire Contained at Apple Headquarters, R&D Building? [Update]
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 …
Microsoft:
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Transforms the Hotel Lobby Experience With Microsoft Surface  —  Sheraton Hotels in five U.S. cities debut Microsoft Surface, putting a virtual concierge and unique entertainment experiences at guests' fingertips.  —  Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and Microsoft Corp. today introduced …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Shuts Down FeedBurner's Ad Network (FAN)  —  I have been a huge fan of FeedBurner, RSS feed management company, for a really long time.  Yes, before Google bought them and even before they had most of their cool features.  In any event, I noticed a Google Groups thread …
Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
VMware admits ‘time bomb’ rolled past quality control
Discussion: The Console and Virtualization.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The PR Roadblock On The Road To Blissful Blogging  —  Most PR professionals I know are flat out busy right now and being really picky about new clients that they take on.  But the way that they do business is under fire.  Today's volleys are just the most recent example …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Does Good Tech Need PR?
Discussion: Furrier.org, PR 2.0 and Scobleizer
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?
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Adds Speed, Smarts, and Languages to Safari Plug-In, Inquisitor  —  Just 3 months after acquiring the assets of the Safari search plug-in, Inquisitor, Yahoo is announcing updates to the add-on.  —  Using the recently launched BOSS technology, Inquisitor is now faster in providing Yahoo results.
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo launches Fire Eagle: Gauging my personal ROI  —  Yahoo has launched Fire Eagle, a location management service that is the latest step in the company's effort to add social networking features to its portfolio of sites and open its platform.  —  The company describes Fire Eagle as a way …
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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, NewTeeVee and Mashable!
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
iTunes, other online stores displacing CD sales in UK  —  When it comes to US music sales, the iTunes Store has been tops for a while now and will probably stay there for the near future.  The UK iTunes Store has been doing well too, although the abandoned price cut in July wasn't exactly good news for buyers.
Discussion: Rev2.org
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Emma Thelwell / Telegraph:
CD sales tumble as Apple's iTunes dominates
Discussion: MacUser
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.
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Vudu creates bargain channel: 99 movies for 99 cents  —  The 99-cent offerings include a good assortment of worthwhile movies—including some recent hits.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  One of our biggest beefs with the Internet video-on-demand services offered on the Apple TV, Vudu, TiVo …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
VUDU announces $0.99 extended rentals, “99 for 99” movie channel
Discussion: last100, Electronista and Gearlog
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft gets a ‘Blue Screen of Death’ medal in Beijing  —  You win some, you lose some.  Microsoft is getting its brand on the Beijing Olympics in more ways than one, in one case to very poor effect.  —  Reports from China suggest that Microsoft's Silverlight is delivering exceptional streaming video for NBC's Olympic coverage.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
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: Know It All and ChasNote
 
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Some iPhone 3G Users Find Painful Experience Thanks to Poor Connections
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Sept. Quarter iPhone Sales To Quadruple To 4.5 Million, Says Piper
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Shocker: iPhone 3G Faster, Stronger, Better in Ad Than In Real Life
Discussion: Gadget Lab and TUAW
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Storms in the clouds leave users up creek without a paddle
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Winklevoss twins advance to Olympic finals
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Car Internet Debuts From Chrysler
TechCrunch UK:
Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing ‘failed’ …
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC NEWS:
US media's crimes against Web 2.0
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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
Between the Lines:
Nvidia: We underestimated AMD
Discussion: Seeking Alpha and GigaOM
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Facebook: No. 1 Globally  —  The social network site has vaulted …
Discussion: Profy and The Blog Herald
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Users Get More Control Over Feeds
 

 
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