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12:50 PM 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 …
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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.
Discussion: Tech Ticker
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 …
Discussion: BetaNews, WebProNews and Feld Thoughts
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Acquires FriendFeed Competitor Socialthing
Discussion: Epicenter, PDA, TechStars, AppScout and 901am
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: MacDailyNews and WinBeta
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Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Google pipped - Apple the new king of Silicon Valley as market value overtakes hi-tech rival  —  The sleek, touchscreen iPhone has proved so lucrative for Apple that the electronic gadgets manufacturer has unseated Google to become the most valuable company in America's cradle of technological innovation, Silicon Valley.
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.
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
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
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.
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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 …
Instinct Insight:
Instinct Application Upgrades Live  —  As you have noticed, the application updates for the Instinct were turned on recently.  We are pushing updates to improve your experience with Picture Mail, the web browser, Sprint TV and Radio, Sprint Navigation, Sprint Email, Sprint Music Store, Visual Voicemail and Mobile Sync.
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Rogers BlackBerry Bold Pricing - $399.99 on 3yr Contract  —  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.  Silly me.  Once a [Roger] Robber, Always a Robber :)
Discussion: Gizmodo and BlackBerry Cool
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle: Our iPhone app has more than 23,000 downloads  —  Oracle said it has had more than 23,000 downloads of its Oracle Business Indicators application for the iPhone.  —  Oracle and Salesforce were among the first with what I'd call real enterprise apps for the iPhone delivered via Apple's App Store.
Discussion: AppScout
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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Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Thursday Afternoon Shipping Update
Discussion: PC World and AppScout
Cyndy Aleo-Carreira / Industry Standard:
Video: IOC backs off DMCA take-down for Tibet protest
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude-On instant OS detailed, screenshooted
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
Computerworld:
Phishing scam dupes hundreds of MobileMe users
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Interview with Epic Games' Mike Capps, on teaming up with Electronic Arts
Discussion: TG Daily
USA Today:
Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S.
Discussion: FierceWireless
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Sun open-sources mobile Java UI toolkit
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
You Are Here (and Probably Seeing an Ad)
Discussion: Gawker
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Premier Now Selling iPhone 3G Online
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Merge your Outlook and Gmail contacts
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Report: US falling further behind on broadband speeds, reach
Discussion: Podcasting News and Digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Blogs Need To Be Social
Discussion: Six Apart and metarand
Industry Standard:
Facebook users change middle names to Hussein in Obama solidarity protest
Discussion: Valleywag and Technology Live
 

 
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