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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Netflix users suffering service's longest outage ever
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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What May Be Behind the iPhone 3G Glitches  —  Dropped calls and choppy Web surfing on Apple's latest smartphone may stem from an Infineon chip.  A fix is on the way  —  Complaints over dropped calls and choppy Web connections on Apple's iPhone 3G have sparked a wave of debate in the blogosphere over the root cause of the problems.
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Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Coming in September: Better 3G In The iPhone 3G  —  As we reported last night, two reliable sources say Apple will issue a software fix that will address the widespread complaints regarding lost calls and inconsistent 3G access with the iPhone 3G.  The problem (and it is a real issue …
Discussion: InformationWeek Weblog and Crave
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Heinen settles with SEC over Apple option backdating complaint  —  In doing so, Heinen neither admitted or denied the Commission's allegations.  —  According to the complaint, “Heinen caused Apple to fraudulently backdate two large options grants to senior executives of Apple …
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Karey Wutkowski / Reuters:
Ex-Apple general counsel settles backdating case  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Apple Inc (NasdaqGS:AAPL - News) general counsel Nancy Heinen has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle options backdating charges, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Former Apple lawyer settles options case with SEC
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Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Facebook faces class-action suit over Beacon  —  A class-action suit filed in California charges Facebook and a handful of other companies, including Blockbuster, Fandango and Overstock, with violating online privacy and computer fraud laws related to Facebook's controversial Beacon system.
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Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7  —  Welcome to Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our first post on a new blog from Microsoft—the Engineering Windows 7 blog, or E7 for short.  E7 is hosted by the two senior engineering managers …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ben Ling Lands (Back) at Google-This Time, at YouTube  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Ben Ling-the high-profile Facebook platform exec who came from Google less than a year ago and then up and left the social networking site earlier this week-is about to head back to Google …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ben Ling boomerangs from Facebook to Google  —  Where's Ben Ling headed next?  We hear he might be headed back to Google — not a startup.  Ling, a talented product manager, is closely watched as a talent barometer.  His defection from Google to Facebook last year kicked off a series of trend stories about people leaving Google.
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Indie Game Developer Finds Success On Xbox 360 — Est.  $825K Sales In First Week  —  Console game developers — people who make games for the Xbox, PlayStation, etc. — have mostly been big companies — EA, Activision, etc. — because of the high cost of game development and retail distribution.
Discussion: Braid, p2pnet, Gearlog, Destructoid and Gizmodo
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
A closer look at the technology behind the Microsoft Sphere  —  Back in March when we first got a whiff of the Microsoft Sphere, we were intrigued that the software giant had managed to take the technology used in the Microsoft Surface, and put it to use in a sphere.
Discussion: Engadget
Markus Jakobsson / Markus Jakobsson's blog:
What is worse than reusing passwords?  —  9 I like it!  —  Do you use the same password all over the place?  Yes, you probably do - whether you know it or not.  —  The fact is, while some people still casually use the same password for many sites, almost all of us reuse what we may think of as …
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Sources: HTC's Google Android phone is “weeks away” from launching  —  Over the past few days, we've gotten multiple confirmations from reliable sources that the first phone built on Google's Android platform will launch in the next several weeks.  It will be an HTC phone, likely the HTC Dream …
Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
MacBook Air Revision Imminent, Penryn, More Power  —  PhoneNews.com can confirm that Apple is preparing to release an new revision of the MacBook Air.  While that in and of itself is not a surprise to many, we can confirm some of the specifications of the unit.  —  Much of the MacBook Air's external design will not change.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
AT&T Mulls Watching You Surf  —  AT&T is “carefully considering” monitoring the Web-surfing activities of customers who use its Internet service, the company said in a letter in response to an inquiry from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  —  While the company said it hadn't tested …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Psystar ‘Definitely Still Shipping’ Mac Clones  —  In further defiance of Apple, Psystar also this week said it is making Leopard OS restore disks available to its customers.  —  In the latest sign that it has no intention of backing down in its copyright dispute with computing giant Apple …
 
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Mac OS X 10.5.5 bug fix list grows with build 9F13 seed
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RIAA pays Tanyan Andersen $107,951
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Radical layoffs at Radical Entertainment
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Here's An Idea: Stream Sirius Radio On Your iPhone
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Courier-Journal to lay off about 15, leave other jobs vacant
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