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11:55 PM ET, August 15, 2008

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TSA:
New ‘Checkpoint Friendly’ Laptop Bag Procedures  —  News & Happenings  —  Starting Aug. 16, TSA will allow laptops to remain in bags meeting new ‘checkpoint friendly’ guidelines.  Not all laptop bags are ‘checkpoint friendly’  —  (see images below).  —  To help streamline the security process …
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
TSA makes laptop travel easier - or not?  —  Just when you think the federal government has come up with a plan to make the security process at airports more efficient, it turns out that the fine line in security is now blurrier than ever and I suspect the wait times at security checkpoints will actually grow longer.
Discussion: BetaNews
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Fliers cheer laptop policy change
Discussion: TheFeed, Switched and Engadget
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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VentureBeat:
Android wants to be on any device, not just your phone  —  Google's much anticipated Android mobile phone operating system, due to launch within the next few weeks, may actually be much more than a mobile OS.  Industry sources tell us that although Android will indeed start as a mobile OS …
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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Brad Stone / Bits:
Lessons From Netflix's Fail Week
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Netflix shipments back on track after severe outage
Jeremy Herron / Associated Press:
New magazine-sharing site may violate copyrights  —  NEW YORK - The magazine industry, already facing a decline in newsstand sales and falling ad revenue, is being besieged by a new foe: digital piracy.  —  A fledgling Web site called Mygazines.com encourages people to copy and upload popular magazines …
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.
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
RushmoreDrive: We need a black Google  —  Is Google too white?  No, we're not talking about the white home page that's so bright it motivates some people to change its appearance to save energy.  We're wondering if it is too white, as in Caucasian, because so many white people use Google …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Confirmed: Microsoft to proceed directly to Windows 7 Server  —  Microsoft's Windows Server division has veered from its regular schedule to eliminate — at least in name — the minor “R2″ update of Windows Server 2008 that was slated to arrive in the next year or two.
InfoWorld:
Gmail leaves Google Apps admins nervous  —  When Gmail crashed on Monday, affecting many organizations that depend on it for work e-mail via the Google Apps suite, widespread gnashing of teeth ensued.  —  At Alaska's APTI public TV and radio station, reporters working on deadline scrambled …
Discussion: CIO.com
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Internet captivated by Bigfoot hunters' press conference  —  It's the ultimate summer Friday news story: CNN Webcasting a press conference hosted by the men who claim they nabbed a dead body of the legendary creature known as Bigfoot.  —  Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi held the press conference in Palo Alto …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Fastest Growing US Companies Rapidly Adopting Social Media  —  A one year follow up on a study of social media adoption at 500 of the fastest growing companies in the US has found that familiarity with and use of blogs, podcasting, wikis, online video and social networking has skyrocketed …
BBC:
Windows 7 details to be released  —  A first glimpse at the technology inside the next version of Windows will be given in October.  —  Microsoft has said that engineering information about Windows 7 will be shared with attendees at two technical conferences it runs.
Discussion: Technology Live
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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 …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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 …
Financial Times:
Warner chief slammed in ‘Guitar Hero’ row  —  The chief executive of the company behind the Guitar Hero video game franchise has hit out at Warner Music after the label said higher royalties should be paid for use of its songs.  —  In a sign of increasing tensions between the two companies …
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Six Apart To Relaunch Blogs.com As Yet Another Blog Directory (Screenshots)
Discussion: Webware.com and ReadWriteWeb
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Picwing Debuts Their Social Digital Picture Frame
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Coming up: Live Webcast coverage from the Democratic and Republican …
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Facebook Dabbles with Commentable Video Ads
Discussion: Valleywag
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitter Implements Threaded Comments, Sort Of
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
Olympic committee rethinks copyright infringement claim on YouTube
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IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Big media exiles seek Web stars
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James Sherwood / The Register:
Sony downgrades PS3 PlayTV functionality
Discussion: last100
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The end run around the OS is underway
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
NBC Laughs All the Way to the Bank (Take That, Bloggers)
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