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5:00 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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Engineering Windows 7:
Welcome to Engineering Windows 7  —  Welcome to our blog dedicated to the engineering of Microsoft Windows 7
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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 …
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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.
Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Thursday Morning Shipping Update
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ben Ling Lands (Back) at Google-This Time, at YouTube  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Ben Ling-the high-profile Facebook platform exec who came from Google less than a year ago and then up and left the social-networking site earlier this week-is about to head back to Google …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Ben Ling boomerangs from Facebook to Google
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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Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
Yep, It's True, AOL To Acquire SocialThing
Discussion: TechStars and The Social Times
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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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.
Jeff DeChambeau / Wikinomics:
Remember Photosynth?  Well, it's old-hat now.  —  Photosynth (ted talk, demo page, our coverage), a project acquired by Microsoft, made for one of the coolest tech demos to grace the internet in a very long time.  The experience that Photosynth provided by inferring 3d structures from collections …
Discussion: Webware.com, webmonkey and Gizmodo
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
Clarence / Zoho Blogs:
Live Olympics 2008 Dashboard - Powered by Zoho DB & Reports  —  Olympic fever has gripped many of us.  This edition could provide a much closer finish at the top of the table with China and USA running head-head.  China being the host nation, could have the home advantage to topple US leadership this Olympics.
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As Twitter withdraws SMS, startups rush to fill the void  —  Assuming the founders of Twitter are listening, then they will have been be hearing about the outcry from users outside the US (just read these comments) after they completely cut off all outbound SMS services in the UK and chose …
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Coming in September: Better 3G In The iPhone 3G  —  As we reported last night, two reliable sources say Apple will issue a software fix that will address the widespread complaints regarding lost calls and inconsistent 3G access with the iPhone 3G.  The problem (and it is a real issue …
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA pays Tanyan Andersen $107,951  —  RIAA News:- Another huge hole has appeared in Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony BMG's s(t)inking ship, the SS Sue 'Em All.  —  And it's well below the water-line.  —  Nor is the rapidly foundering merchant vessel MediaSentry looking too good.
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.
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Barbara Ortutay / Associated Press:
July video game sales jump 28 percent
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 …
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Dell Puts the Bite on Apple
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McCain Offers Vague, Unoffensive Technology Policy …
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Layoffs coming in AOL's datacenters?
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The Google Black Hole
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Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
MBTA published checksum info in court filings
Michael Copeland / Fortune:
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MobileMe users fall prey to phishing scam
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Beware The Strengthening Dollar
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