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7:15 AM ET, August 16, 2008

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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 …
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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?
Discussion: BetaNews
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Six Apart To Relaunch Blogs.com As Yet Another Blog Directory (Screenshots)  —  Six Apart is finally doing something with its Blogs.com 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Now Playing on YouTube: Clips With Ads on the Side  —  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 …
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitter Implements Threaded Comments, Sort Of  —  By Jesse Stay of Stay N' Alive (Identi.ca/FriendFeed)  —  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:
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 …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic  —  Last Friday, Italian ISPs started to prevent their customers from accessing the Pirate Bay.  Strangely enough, Pirate Bay traffic is not redirected to Italian authorities, but to the IFPI, the infamous anti-piracy lobby of the music industry.
 
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