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12:25 PM ET, August 15, 2008


 Top Items: 
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
An Early GPhone Review: Android Is Powerful, But No iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)
Discussion: Tech Ticker
Matt / Socialthing! blog:
Ok, so'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 …
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and WebProNews
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.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Acquires FriendFeed Competitor Socialthing
Discussion: Epicenter, PDA and AppScout
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
Yep, It's True, AOL To Acquire SocialThing
Discussion: TechStars, 901am and The Social Times
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.
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
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Google pipped - Apple the new king of Silicon Valley as market …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and CrunchGear
Rafe Needleman /
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
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 (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.
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 …
Discussion: Zero Day, AppScout and
Engineering Windows 7:
Welcome to Engineering Windows 7
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
NBC Laughs All the Way to the Bank (Take That, Bloggers)  —  UPDATED with quotes from Jeff Zucker.  —  NBC may be taking lumps in the blogosphere for its decision to provide so much of its Olympics coverage exclusively through traditional channels, but they have given advertisers …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Epic Games' Mike Capps, on teaming up with Electronic Arts  —  Mike Capps, president of hit video game developer Epic Games announced today that Electronic Arts will publish a new action game from Epic's new subsidiary, People Can Fly.  —  People Can Fly is the game developer based …
Discussion: TG Daily
David Meyer / CNET
Sun open-sources mobile Java UI toolkit  —  Sun has open-sourced its toolkit for creating Java-based user interfaces for mobile phones.  —  The source code for the lightweight UI toolkit was released Thursday under the “GPLv2 with Classpath Exception” license.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Rogers BlackBerry Bold Pricing - Official Flyer!  —  Here it is folks, official Pricing on the BlackBerry Bold from Rogers.  $399.99 on a 3 year contract.  Ouch.  And here I was still hoping it would come in at $299 like the 16 gig iPhone 3G.
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool
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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
Phishing scam dupes hundreds of MobileMe users
USA Today:
Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S.
Discussion: FierceWireless
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's Best Buy play makes 12m iPhones “very conservative”
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
EU calls phoul over ad company Phorm's invasive snooping
Discussion: p2pnet
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)
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Premier Now Selling iPhone 3G Online
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET
Merge your Outlook and Gmail contacts
Ellen Messmer /
Torvalds: Fed up with the ‘security circus’
Discussion: iTWire and Digg
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Report: US falling further behind on broadband speeds, reach
Discussion: Podcasting News and Digg
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees Boost in Italian Traffic Following ‘Block’
Discussion: DSLreports and Copy me happy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Blogs Need To Be Social
Industry Standard:
Facebook users change middle names to Hussein in Obama solidarity protest
Discussion: Valleywag and Technology Live
Jeff DeChambeau / Wikinomics:
Remember Photosynth? Well, it's old-hat now.