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2:40 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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Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Coming in September: Better 3G In The iPhone 3G
WildCowboy / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connection Issues Related to Software or Hardware?
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: p2pnet, Gearlog and Gizmodo
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CBC News:
Cineplex big screens available to Xbox gamers
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Kotaku
Jonathan Blow / Braid:
Stats: The First Week of Braid
Discussion: Destructoid
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. …
Sarah Lacy:
Stop Whining UK; Twitter Is Building a Business
Discussion: Inquirer
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   The Risk in Using Twitter as a Public Utility
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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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Faces Class Action Suit Over Beacon Ad System
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
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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 …
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.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel releases USB 3.0 controller interface spec  —  Intel has provided chipset makers with a draft specification for a USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Interface (XHCI), making good a promise it made a couple of months ago.  —  According to the chip giant, the XCHI will allow chipset makers …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Computerworld and Slashdot
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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 …
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 …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Netflix Goes Dark And Finds It's No Place To Be  —  It started this morning with an email apology from online movie rental powerhouse Netflix, confirming to its 8.4 million users that the company was suffering a shipping and distribution outage.  —  I called the company this morning …
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 …
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
One month later: Google Lively?  Not so much  —  In July, Google released Lively, a “Second Life in the browser” plug-in that lets anyone embed a basic 3D chat realm on a website or blog.  We strolled through Google's new social world back then and found that, possibly as a result of the …
Alex Davis / Courier-Journal:
Courier-Journal to lay off about 15, leave other jobs vacant  —  The Courier-Journal will lay off about 15 employees and leave other positions vacant as part of a broader cost-cutting move by the newspaper's parent, Gannett Co., the newspaper announced today.
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 an emergency broadcast system on the micro-messaging service Twitter, at least from people who have emergencies to broadcast.
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
 
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Now Playing, formerly Box Office, is back on the App Store
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Advertising Opportunities on Live Search Maps
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Sources: HTC's Google Android phone is “weeks away” from launching
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA pays Tanyan Andersen $107,951
Discussion: DailyTech
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple faithful snared in phishing scam targeting Mac.com users
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Vancouver Sun:
Radical layoffs at Radical Entertainment
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Here's An Idea: Stream Sirius Radio On Your iPhone
Tnkgrl / tnkgrl Mobile:
Modding the Acer Aspire One - Bluetooth
 Earlier Items: 
Mary A. C. Fallon / DEMO.com:
JAJAH calls wake up computers powered by new Intel boards
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
A closer look at the technology behind the Microsoft Sphere
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog:
It's official: File sharing becomes a crime without punishment in Germany
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Gordon Haff / CNET News.com:
Barriers: Twitter vs. TiVo
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Intel Launches Smaller SSD for Netbooks, Mini-desktops