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2:15 PM ET, August 16, 2008

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Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
First Google Android phone sighting reveals awkward iPhone rival  —  The first smartphone based on Google's Android mobile platform could hit the U.S. market as early as October, according to new reports, but a video of the handset leaked on the Internet reveals a device which lacks …
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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 …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
U2 Tracks Leak After Bono Plays Stereo Too Loudly  —  U2 manager Paul McGuinness, who wants file-sharers to be disconnected from the Internet, has something else to complain about today.  Four songs from U2's upcoming album ‘No Line On The Horizon’ have been leaked online after Bono played …
Discussion: The Sun, mathewingram.com/work and Digg
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 …
Andrew Mager / The Web Life:
Wordcamp 2008  —  In the quiet flats of University of California San Francisco Mission Bay campus, bloggers, thinkers, journalists, developers, and inventors melt together for a full day of lectures and learning.  The goal of Wordcamp 2008 is to figure out the future of publishing on the web.
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Mashable!
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 …
Discussion: HighTouch
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.
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
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: GottaBeMobile and Engadget
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 …
 
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Ansley Berrones / Yanko Design:
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David Milliken / Reuters:
Sony plans no PS3 price cuts at Leipzig games fair
Discussion: PC World and I4U News
BBC:
Writing the history of virtual worlds
Discussion: GamePolitics News
DisplaySearch:
North America TV Shipments Surge 28% Y/Y in Q2'08; Samsung Achieves Record Share
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Confirmed: Microsoft to proceed directly to Windows 7 Server
Discussion: Inquirer
BBC:
Windows 7 details to be released
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RushmoreDrive: We need a black Google
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Beet.TV
InfoWorld:
Gmail leaves Google Apps admins nervous
Financial Times:
Warner chief slammed in ‘Guitar Hero’ row
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Internet captivated by Bigfoot hunters' press conference