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9:45 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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New York Times:
Smartphone Is Expected via Google  —  T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone powered by Google's Android software, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  The phone will be made by HTC, one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world …
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Google Ordered to Unmask Mystery Blogger in India  —  Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them, reports the Wall Street Journal.  —  The blogger known only as “Toxic Writer,” …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Revealed (Best Looking Palm Ever)  —  Wow, check out the Treo Pro, previously thought to be the Treo 850.  It's safe to say Palm is plunging ahead with the Centro's industrial design, but the stark (glossy?) black and white color scheme with the phone/end orbs make it slick, rather than kiddie cool.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Revealed (Lookin' Good)  —  Wow, check out the Treo Pro, previously thought to be the Treo 850.  It's safe to say Palm is plunging ahead with the Centro's industrial design, but the stark (glossy?) black and white color scheme with the phone/end orbs make it slick, rather than kiddie cool.
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Exclusive: A Look at Google Ad Planner Data Vs. Comscore  —  When Google Ad Planner came out back in June, I immediately thought of Comscore - and I was not alone.  Many in the marketing industry thought that Google's product would be a “Comscore killer,” and when I noted as much in my coverage …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Dell Puts the Bite on Apple  —  Former Apple vet Tim Bucher, now at Dell, is counting on his Zing software to give iTunes some competition  —  On Nov. 10, 2004, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs had a strained conversation with Tim Bucher, one of the company's engineering executives.
Discussion: WinBeta
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Confirmed: AOL will acquire Socialthing  —  AOL's People Networks division, formed when the company acquired Bebo, has picked up a new friend: Socialthing, a Boulder, Colo.-based start-up that aggregates social feeds from sites like Digg, Twitter, and Flickr.  —  The acquisition has not yet been completed, but is close to it.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Acquires FriendFeed Competitor Socialthing
Discussion: Epicenter, PDA and TechStars
Industry Standard:
Facebook users change middle names to Hussein in Obama solidarity protest  —  Facebook claims it cracks down on fraudulent profiles and approves every name change that users make — so why are they letting Barack Obama supporters to change their middle name to “Hussein”?
Discussion: Valleywag
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Launches AdSense for Feeds  —  I noticed a new option in my AdSense account: AdSense for feeds, a program that displays contextual and placement-targeted ads in FeedBurner feeds.  FeedBurner announced in May that AdSense for Feeds will be available to a small number of publishers and now it seems that everyone can use it.
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Merge your Outlook and Gmail contacts  —  I spend most of my workday Alt-Tabbing between my Gmail inbox and the Outlook account on my employer's Exchange Server.  The problem is, when it comes to contacts, there isn't much overlap between the two: Only a handful of Gmail addresses are also in the Outlook contacts list, and vice-versa.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Blogs Need To Be Social  —  Earlier this week, San Francisco-based web publishing software company Six Apart released the newest version of its flagship product, Moveable Type, and pushed the blogging community into taking the first step toward a very social future.
Discussion: Six Apart and metarand
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Next Social Networks Will Be Powered By WordPress and Movable Type
Discussion: The Inquisitr and Webmetricsguru
Engineering Windows 7:
Welcome to Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7
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Ellen Messmer / LinuxWorld.com:
Torvalds: Fed up with the ‘security circus’  —  Creator of the Linux kernel explains why he finds security people to be so anathema  —  Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, says he's fed up with what he sees as a “security circus” surrounding software vulnerabilities and how they're hyped by security people.
Discussion: iTWire and Digg
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Report: US falling further behind on broadband speeds, reach  —  The latest measure of the state of the US broadband market is now available and, like many other takes on the subject, the picture it paints is a bit depressing.  The report puts the US in 15th place when it comes to national broadband speeds …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Digg
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
EU calls phoul over ad company Phorm's invasive snooping  —  In the quest for increasingly targeted Internet advertising, some companies are turning to tactics that threaten to undermine user privacy.  One such company is the UK advertiser Phorm, which snoops and analyzes Internet traffic …
Discussion: p2pnet and DSLreports
Yahoo!:
Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple Appointed to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple were appointed to Yahoo!'s board of directors.  —  “We are pleased to add people …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Appoints 2 Icahn Allies to Its Board
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Netflix may lose $1.8M to $3.6M in revenue per day over outage  —  Update: Netflix has been facing shipping delays and outages in its distribution centers for the last two days and has been fumbling to find a fix.  The company said Thursday that it is hoping to bring its systems online overnight.
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
After field tests, mixed signals on white space broadband
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
You Are Here (and Probably Seeing an Ad)
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Premier Now Selling iPhone 3G Online
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees Boost in Italian Traffic Following ‘Block’
Discussion: DSLreports and Copy me happy
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: Wuala online P2P backup service makes us nervous
Clarence / Zoho Blogs:
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Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
July video game sales jump 28 percent
Jeff DeChambeau / Wikinomics:
Remember Photosynth? Well, it's old-hat now.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Webware.com and webmonkey
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Police nab Shadow creators, force botnet to commit suicide
Discussion: Gizmodo and ZDNet
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Layoffs coming in AOL's datacenters?
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As Twitter withdraws SMS, startups rush to fill the void
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Google Black Hole
Discussion: Beyond Search and Deal Journal
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Massachusetts: MIT students deserve ‘no First Amendment protection’
Discussion: Boston Globe and The Register
Michael Copeland / Fortune:
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