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12:10 PM ET, August 14, 2008

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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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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.
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. …
Discussion: broadstuff and WebProNews
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   The Risk in Using Twitter as a Public Utility
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Twitter cuts UK SMS - there goes another business model
Discussion: Inquirer and SarahLacy.com
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 …
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 …
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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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Twitter joins the Olympics, as a Chinese journalist cries out for help  —  There seems to be some grassroots support for the idea of a Twitter emergency broadcast system, at least from people who have emergencies to broadcast.  The latest cry for help: A Chinese journalist nabbed …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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John Kennedy / Global Voices Online:   China: Citizen reporter Zuola carted off
Mary A. C. Fallon / DEMO.com:
JAJAH calls wake up computers powered by new Intel boards  —  Internet telephony company JAJAH, Inc. (DEMOfall 06) of Mountain View, CA today introduced an application that uses Intel Corp.'s new “remote wake” technology to turn on Windows-based computers to make and accept online calls.
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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?
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Wuala P2P online storage service goes live
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.
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
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Intel Launches Smaller SSD for Netbooks, Mini-desktops  —  Intel launched a much smaller version of its Z-P230 SSDs (solid state drive) aimed at netbooks and mini-desktops, the company said Wednesday.  —  The new SSD is based on a miniature card module that weighs just 8 grams …
Discussion: Inquirer, jkOnTheRun and Engadget
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Wanted: Writers for D.C. tech lobby group, secrecy mandatory  —  Mel King is a Boston-area community organizer locally famous for a housing sit-in, an almost-successful mayoral campaign, and the South End Technology Center, which provides low-cost computer training.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Harvard Crimson
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 …
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.
 
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Reuters:
LG sees slower TV market growth in '09
Discussion: TMCnet
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
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eMarketer:
Online Video Ad Spending Growth
Discussion: NewTeeVee and p2pnet
Tom Brennan / Mad Cap:
Googling Eric Schmidt
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Changes Their Minds On Streaming Video: They Won't Do It
Discussion: Inquirer and Voices
 Earlier Items: 
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel releases USB 3.0 controller interface spec
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog:
It's official: File sharing becomes a crime without punishment in Germany
Discussion: TorrentFreak and p2pnet
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
Barriers: Twitter vs. TiVo
The Hindu:
Court notice to Google, Yahoo
Joseph De Avila / Wall Street Journal:
Questions for Bob Bowman
Kevin Donovan / Techdirt:
The IOC Joins the DMCA Censorship Club
PC World:
Intel Drops Centrino Atom Brand After Five Months
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Woman to Woman, Online  —  Heather Armstrong's wickedly funny blog …
Discussion: Epicenter, Profy and BlogHer