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10:00 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
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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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.
Lessig Blog:
huge and important news: free licenses upheld  —  So for non-lawgeeks, this won't seem important.  But trust me, this is huge.  —  I am very proud to report today that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (THE “IP” court in the US) has upheld a free (ok, they call them “open source” …
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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 …
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Court: violating copyleft = copyright infringement
Discussion: 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.
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
Joseph De Avila / Wall Street Journal:
Questions for Bob Bowman  —  The CEO and president of Major League Baseball's online ventures talks about watching sports on the Web and why you aren't viewing highlights on your BlackBerry — yet.  —  When Major League Baseball first launched its Web site, skeptics thought it would be nothing …
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
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
Barriers: twitter vs. TiVo  —  Kathy Sierra tweets: … This is a sometimes overlooked advantage of Software as a Service (SaaS) in its various forms.  Even installing free or trial software can be challenging enough that all manner of virtual appliances and application virtualization …
Rob Small / Apple:
Apple Premieres Movies on the iTunes Store in Australia & New Zealand  —  Apple® today announced that movies from major film studios including 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Premieres iTunes Movies in Australia and New Zealand [Updated]
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Infinite Loop
 
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BBC:
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Jennifer Tan / Reuters:
Electronic Arts Aims To License ‘Spore’ Movie Rights
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Intel Launches Smaller SSD for Netbooks, Mini-desktops
Discussion: Engadget
John Kennedy / Global Voices Online:
China: Citizen reporter Zuola carted off
Discussion: VentureBeat
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Uni.  Washington and Microsoft Research collaborates on …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Two New Nokia Handsets to be Announced August 25th
Discussion: iGadget Life and IntoMobile
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
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Best Buy's Break-Even iPhone Deal
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
BoxOffice returns to the App Store but is hush, hush on the reason for the ban
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
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Discussion: Profy
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
This camera is Outta Sight!
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Pageonce's New iPhone App: Now 100% Mobile and Self-Destructs When Stolen
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jack Schofield / Guardian:
Is the Kindle ebook reader becoming Amazon's iPod?
Macworld:
When Apple's reach exceeds its grasp
Discussion: The Mac Observer