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3:25 PM ET, August 13, 2008

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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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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Sheraton becomes third Microsoft Surface customer (Updated)  —  Sheraton will be rolling out the Microsoft Surface PC, at five hotels in Boston, Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle.  Sheraton will be the first hotel to offer the Microsoft Surface, and really the third customer …
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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 …
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.
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Internet Ad Spending Will Be Slower Than Expected
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Some iPhone 3G Users Find Painful Experience Thanks to Poor Connections  —  Problems continue for the hot new phone; Apple locks down angry users' threads  —  The iPhone 3G was supposed to be Apple's latest media darling, the successor to the device Time magazine called the “invention of the year”.
Discussion: Gear Diary
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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 …
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 …
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.
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Inquisitor Gets Smarter, Faster and Multi-Lingual  —  A few months back we announced the acquisition of Inquisitor software, which helped to extend our query suggestion features, similar to Yahoo!'s Search Assist, to the Mac community.  We've been quietly working on enhancements since …
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Adds Speed, Smarts, and Languages to Safari Plug-In, Inquisitor
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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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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Russians may not be responsible for cyberattacks on Georgia  —  Earlier this week, we covered a report from the Georgian Foreign Ministry, claiming that the Russian Business Network (RBN) was actively engaged in cyberwarfare against Georgia—with the blessing and backing of the Russian government.
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:   Kids, not Russian government, attacking Georgia's Net, says researcher
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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Jemima Kiss / Guardian:
Yahoo launches Fire Eagle location tool
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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.
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Register
TechCrunch UK:
Taking the shine off: Why blog publishing ‘failed’ in the UK (or at least didn't create a $30m exit)  —  US entrepreneurs have had notable success with Blog publishing startups, in particular Jason Calacanis (Weblogs Inc sold to AOL for $25m) and more recently Rafat Ali (Paid Content sold to The Guardian for $30m).
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Sept. Quarter iPhone Sales To Quadruple To 4.5 Million, Says Piper  —  A cheaper price tag and greater international distribution should help Apple (AAPL) quadruple its September quarter iPhone sales, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster estimates.  —  Munster thinks Apple …
Victoria Ho / CNET News.com:
Gates: Privacy a ‘challenge’ as software advances  —  HONG KONG—As software gets more powerful, privacy issues pose an “interesting software challenge,” says Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.  —  Recounting a short history of software development, Gates said innovations in natural interaction technology …
 
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Facebook Users Get More Control Over Feeds
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