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10:40 AM ET, August 14, 2008

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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Changes for Some SMS Users—Good and Bad News  —  Let's start with the bad news.  Beginning today, Twitter is no longer delivering outbound SMS over our UK number.  If you have been receiving SMS updates from Twitter via +44 762 480 1423, you'll notice that they've stopped and you may want to explore …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter kills SMS service in some countries over costs.  Will someone kill SMS already?  —  I've got some bad news for you if you're addicted to the micro-messaging service Twitter and don't live in the United States, Canada or India: You're about to get shafted.
Discussion: broadstuff and WebProNews
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Twitter cuts UK SMS - there goes another business model  —  Twitter has killed its outbound SMS services outside of the United States, Canada or India, and with it a potentially highly lucrative business model in Europe.  In the UK you'll still be able to send Twitter an SMS to update your status, but you won't be receiving them.
Discussion: Inquirer and SarahLacy.com
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.
Discussion: DSLreports, TechBlog, TUAW and Business Week
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WildCowboy / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connection Issues Related to Software or Hardware?  —  According to a new article from BusinessWeek.com, additional sources have corroborated an analyst's claim that recent iPhone 3G connection issues are the result of issues with the Infineon chipset used to provide 3G connectivity in the iPhone.
Associated Press:
Magazine blames iPhone's design for 3G woes
Discussion: DailyTech
John Markoff / New York Times:
Ruling Is a Victory for Supporters of Free Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A legal dispute involving model railroad hobbyists has resulted in a major courtroom victory for the free software movement also known as open-source software.  —  In a ruling Wednesday, the federal appeals court …
Discussion: Download Squad
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Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court: violating copyleft = copyright infringement
Discussion: PC World, Computerworld Blogs and Digg
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Idle LANs: Three nonaltruistic ways to use your PC's spare capacity  —  You probably already know that you can take that desktop computer you leave on all the time and use its spare computing power to look for extraterrestrial intelligence or a cure for cancer.  Swell.  But suppose you're not so much into saving the world?
Discussion: The Next Web and TechCrunch
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Wuala P2P online storage service goes live
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NBC sees new media habits form with Olympic games  —  NEW YORK (AP) — About half of the people who are using mobile phones to pull down video or information about the Olympics have been trying out that technology for the first time, NBC said on Wednesday.  —  NBC Universal …
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CBC News:
Cineplex big screens available to Xbox gamers  —  Cineplex Entertainment is renting out downtime at its theatres to video gamers looking to play their Xbox 360 titles on a giant screen.  —  Beginning on Friday, gamers will be able to book two-hour sessions at 29 Cineplex theatres across the country for $179 plus taxes.
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Kotaku
The Hindu:
Court notice to Google, Yahoo  —  New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre, Google India, Yahoo India and Microsoft Corporation on a petition seeking a ban on popular online search engines promoting sex selection techniques.  —  A three-Judge Bench …
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John Ribeiro / PC World:   Microsoft, Google, Yahoo Sued for Sex Selection Ads in India
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What do the freaking tech bloggers want?  —  UPDATE: if you are a PR person and you are reading this blog, any vitriol aimed at the PR industry is NOT aimed at you.  Probably. :-)  —  I remember working at a small tech startup back in the mid 1990s.  Winnov.  We made video capture cards and videoconferencing solutions.
Vishesh Kumar / Wall Street Journal:
Cablevision Pitches Options to Investors  —  Cablevision Systems Corp. tested the waters for its strategic options during a three-day investor roadshow that concluded Wednesday.  The cable operator also told investors it would hold off on major acquisitions.
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 …
Discussion: BetaNews
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 …
PC World:
Intel Drops Centrino Atom Brand After Five Months  —  Intel has dropped the Centrino Atom brand after just five months, opting instead to use just the Atom brand across this part of its product line.  —  “Basically, we are simplifying and coalescing our efforts around ‘Atom’ as the single brand …
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Engadget and Pocketables
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.
Discussion: Engadget
 
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Bob Brewin / NextGov.com:
Air Force suspends Cyber Command program
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog:
It's official: File sharing becomes a crime without punishment in Germany
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Advances Remote Access To PC Functions
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
Barriers: twitter vs. TiVo
BBC:
Spending on communications falls
Jennifer Tan / Reuters:
Electronic Arts Aims To License ‘Spore’ Movie Rights
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Intel Launches Smaller SSD for Netbooks, Mini-desktops
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
John Kennedy / Global Voices Online:
China: Citizen reporter Zuola carted off
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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Kevin Donovan / Techdirt:
The IOC Joins the DMCA Censorship Club
John Resig:
ECMAScript Harmony  —  There's been some turmoil in the world of ECMAScript.
Discussion: Ajaxian and Labnotes
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Woman to Woman, Online  —  Heather Armstrong's wickedly funny blog …
Discussion: Epicenter and Profy
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Is the Kindle ebook reader becoming Amazon's iPod?
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