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3:35 PM ET, August 15, 2008

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
An Early GPhone Review: Android Is Powerful, But No iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)  —  So now we know that the first GPhone is indeed coming this fall.  —  Will it be a hit?  It's hard to tell much from the supposed spy photos we've seen floating around on the Web, like the one to the right.
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New York Times:
T-Mobile to Offer First Phone With Google Software  —  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 …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
10 Worst Web glitches of 2008 (so far)  —  We have been reminded several times lately that Web 2.0 is in no way a synonym for “reliable.”  Major services have crashed.  Big product launches have fizzled.  Users have raised their collective fists in the air.  What's going on?  Is the Web crumbling?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and broadstuff
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Fliers cheer laptop policy change  —  WASHINGTON - It's not surprising that Tim Burke is taking an airplane flight Monday, but it is unusual that he's looking forward to it.  —  The reason: Starting on Saturday, some of the nation's airline passengers will not have to remove their laptops at airport checkpoints.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
TSA to introduce less annoying laptop bag rules this Saturday
Discussion: Switched
TSA:
New ‘Checkpoint Friendly’ Laptop Bag Procedures
Discussion: PC World
Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Friday Morning Shipping Update  —  Let's get right to it.  This morning, we're happy to report that all of our shipping centers are resuming normal operations after experiencing three days of significant issues.  Throughout the night and as we post this update, our distribution centers …
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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.
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
More Treo Pro Pictures (UPDATED with new Details!)  —  When it rains, it POURS.  This time we find them from nomad2000, again in our forums, who found them at treo8.  What we know:  — 400Mhz CPU , but snappy response  — 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM!  (Other reports show “In use: 43.96mb, Free 57.72mb")
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Revealed (Lookin' Good)  —  Yesterday's leaked Treo Pro was definitely not a rendering.  We've now got a whole gallery of it in the flesh, confirming its good looks, and maybe more importantly, its size.  While a little taller and wider than the Centro, it's mercifully thinner than its pocket-bulging predecessor.
Matt / Socialthing! blog:
Ok, so yeah...it's true!  We got acquired...  You my have seen the rumors, the leaks, etc. and while we just had to sit here and watch it all go down, we wanted nothing more than to tell the entire world how excited we are.  —  This post has been a long time coming and we're very excited …
Royal Pingdom:
The best job interview questions from Microsoft, Google... and IKEA  —  Tricky, funny and interesting, these are some questions people claim to have been asked at job interviews with Microsoft and Google.  And IKEA, sort of...  We came across these because we are currently looking for a developer …
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.
USA Today:
Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S.  —  If you're having problems with dropped calls on your new 3G Apple iPhone, you're not alone.  —  From New York to Stockholm, 3G iPhone owners are complaining loudly about connection failures - sometimes repeatedly - during calls.
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comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for July 2008  —  Travel Sites Continue to See Strong Gains During Summer Months  —  Retail, Movie and Entertainment News Sites Keep Americans Entertained During July  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CNET News.com and Epicenter
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Are Macs More Expensive?  Let's Do the Math Once and For All  —  It's of those eternal questions of the computing world that never seems to get answered definitively: Does the “Mac Tax” really exist?  Some folks are positive that Macs are overpriced compared to Windows computers; others deny it steadfastly.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Roughly Drafted
James Sherwood / The Register:
Sony downgrades PS3 PlayTV functionality  —  We're all excited about PlayTV's launch next month, but would you be upset if we said that the PlayStation 3 telly tuner now won't allow saved video to be copied to the PlayStation Portable, a PC or a Memory Stick?
Discussion: last100
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Friday Rant: Hey Microsoft!  How about some more dialog about Vista before moving on to Windows 7?  —  It's a Friday (again!) so that means time for another Friday Rant!  —  Yesterday Microsoft indicated that it might be getting ready to peel back the almost Apple-like secrecy surrounding Windows 7 …
 
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Security firm finds hacker stash, traces victims to MobileMe billing ruse
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Big media exiles seek Web stars
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hello (again): Apple's iMac turns 10
Discussion: Electronista
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony rising: PS3 opens up lead on Xbox 360 in July
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 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle: Our iPhone app has more than 23,000 downloads
Discussion: AppScout
Sarah McBride / Wall Street Journal:
Music File-Sharing Decision To Have Broad Impact
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The end run around the OS is underway
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Rogers BlackBerry Bold Pricing - $399.99 on 3yr Contract
Discussion: Gizmodo and BlackBerry Cool
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
NBC Laughs All the Way to the Bank (Take That, Bloggers)
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Google pipped - Apple the new king of Silicon Valley as market …
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Merge your Outlook and Gmail contacts
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Google Ordered to Unmask Mystery Blogger in India
 

 
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