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10:40 AM ET, August 16, 2008


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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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Sixth place in Beijing for twin ConnectU founders  —  The 2008 Olympics in Beijing are over for Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the founders of would-be Facebook rival ConnectU who earned spots on the U.S. rowing team.  The identical twins ended up placing sixth overall in the men's pair event …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Why The MMORPG Subscription-Based Business Model Is Broken  —  Famed game developer and analyst Scott Jennings recently announced on his blog that he's quit online game publishing giant NCSoft to join John Galt Games.  His new home is the small casual game startup developing Web Wars …
Neil McAllister / PC World:
Microsoft's OOXML Wins ISO Approval  —  Office 2007's XML-based document formats will soon be published as a formal ISO standard.  Now what?  —  Recommends  —  It looks as if Microsoft's OOXML office document file format will be published as an open standard after all.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Six Apart To Relaunch As Yet Another Blog Directory (Screenshots)  —  Six Apart is finally doing something with its domain.  It is creating, well, yet another blog directory.  And I do mean that in the early-days-of-Yahoo sense: it will be edited by a small group …
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Some SMS Perspective  —  On Wednesday, we announced that Twitter has suspended outgoing SMS to our UK number.  The blue in the chart above illustrates the percent of outgoing SMS we stopped sending. 2% of our user base consumed 4% of our outbound SMS over the UK number at a price …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Now Playing on YouTube: Clips With Ads  —  After years of regarding pirated video on YouTube as a threat, some major media companies are having a change of heart, treating it instead as an advertising opportunity.  —  In the last few months, CBS, Universal Music, Lionsgate …
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 …
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Unveils ThinkPad X301 With Centrino 2 and 128 GB SSD  —  Lenovo is following up on their solid X300 notebook with the Thinkpad X301, which will have the Centrino 2 chipset and the option for a 64 or 128 GB SSD.  Set for official announcement next week, the notebook will support DisplayPort …
Discussion: Engadget
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Bearhug  —  Dave Winer used the bearhug to wrap his arms around Netscape's version of RSS and not let go until a merged RSS was born.  With Twitter's announcement of “a minor change to the API that should have a major impact on the Twitter community” the time may be here to bearhug Twitter and unify the microblogging architecture.
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 …
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Netflix shipments back on track after severe outage
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.
Jesse Stay /
Twitter Implements Threaded Comments, Sort Of  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (  —  Today Twitter made a quiet announcement on their developer mailing list that could have profound implications.  On the mailing list, Alex Payne, a leading developer at Twitter gave the following announcement:
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Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Coming up: Live Webcast coverage from the Democratic and Republican …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Beet.TV
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Facebook Dabbles with Commentable Video Ads
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Internet captivated by Bigfoot hunters' press conference
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
Olympic committee rethinks copyright infringement claim on YouTube
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Hundreds of MobileMe customers caught in phishing net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic
Jeremy Herron / Associated Press:
New magazine-sharing site may violate copyrights
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Fastest Growing US Companies Rapidly Adopting Social Media
New ‘Checkpoint Friendly’ Laptop Bag Procedures