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11:10 PM ET, August 18, 2008

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Apple:
MobileMe: Supplemental 60-day extension eligibility and details  —  Learn about the 60-day extension to MobileMe subscriptions that Apple is providing to eligible members free of charge.  —  Note: This article will be updated when all 60-day extensions have been made available.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe users get (another) extension, 60 days this time  —  Apple apparently recognizes that MobileMe “issues” are ongoing—after all, things are still occasionally going up and down and are otherwise unreliable.  That's why the company has decided to extend every MobileMe user's account by another 60 days.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple To MobileMe Subscribers: We Really Goofed. …
Discussion: Technologizer
Android Developers Blog:
Announcing a beta release of the Android SDK  —  I'm pretty happy today, for two reasons.  First, I'm happy because I get to let everyone know that we're releasing a beta SDK.  You can read about the new Android 0.9 SDK beta at the Android Developers' Site, or if you want to get straight to the bits, you can visit the download page.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Dream FCC approved, Android clear for launch?  —  The long rumored HTC Dream handset — once referred to as “The Googlephone” — just received FCC approval.  The handset is listed as type, “Dream' with a model of “DREA100.  ” The same model also appears with a WiFi Interoperability Certificate touting 802.11b/g WiFi.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Video: Android SDK v0.9 hits the internet looking almost ready for primetime
Discussion: MobileBurn.com and Engadget
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New iPhone Software 2.0.2 Today, New iPhone Shipment for AT&T Tomorrow  —  First things first, we just got word that iPhone owners can look forward to a nice little firmware update coming their way in just over half an hour.  Version 2.0.2 (5C1) is due to hit iTunes at 5:00 pm EST today and will consist mainly of performance tweaks.
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Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Is Linking to Yourself the Future of the Web?  —  Last year, Bill Janeway really got my attention (pdf) when he noted that “over time, Wall Street 'firms began to trade against their clients for their own account, such that now, the direct investment activities of a firm like Goldman Sachs dwarf …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Dell Inspiron 910 (Mini Note) Specs and Release Date  —  A few weeks ago we ran some rumored specs of Dell's answer to the Eee, the Dell Inspiron 910 (aka Mini Inspiron and Inspiron Mini).  Now we've gotten our hands on the full (internal) 910 web documentation.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Video Ad Companies: People Love Watching Video Ads!  —  Everyone knows it, so it must be true: Everyone hates pre-roll video ads — the mini-ads that publishers want you to sit through before you actually watch a clip.  We bail out on them constantly, and everyone we know does the same.
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Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
IAB Standards Have Video Ads Rolling Along
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft Silverlight: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it  —  A year or so ago I wrote a post called Adobe AIR: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it.  Here's the same kind of list for Microsoft's Silverlight, based on the forthcoming Silverlight 2.0 rather than the current version.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Randall Kennedy / Windows Sentinel:
Bursting the Vista sales bubble  —  Our Windows Sentinel tracking data shows that 35 percent of mainly enterprise-class users “downgrade” their Vista systems to XP  —  For weeks now there've been rumors that major PC makers, like Hewlett-Packard, have been quietly selling PCs with a Vista license …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft faces investigation over XP cutoff
Discussion: Technologizer and InformationWeek
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
RIAA “problem” shutters online-music startup Muxtape  —  Muxtape, a New York-based online-music startup much favored by the Tumblr set, has shut down its website, citing a “problem” with the RIAA, a music-industry organization which polices copyright.  Could it have anything to do with the ease …
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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Minnie Ingersoll / The Official Google Blog:
Time to “Free the Airwaves”  —  For quite some time we've been talking about the potential of the unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels ("white spaces") to provide affordable, high-speed wireless Internet connectivity nationwide.  For this to happen, the Federal Communications Commission …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves
Chrix Finne / Google Reader:
Read what they read  —  The Reader team has always been interested in politics, and we use Reader (of course) to stay current on all the political happenings.  As we were reading and sharing amongst ourselves, it got us thinking: what would happen if political newsmakers used Reader too?
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SportsBusiness Journal:
NBA shoots for local streaming of live games  —  The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S. sports league to stream live games in local markets, an aggressive offering that will set up a showdown between cable operators and regional sports networks.  —  The move marks the latest evolution …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Yahoo Buzz opens to everyone  —  Yahoo's Digg-a-like Buzz is opening up to the world tonight.  Until now, while anyone could see stories that had been Buzzed and vote them up or down, only about 400 publishers could contribute new links to the service.  —  A Yahoo spokesperson confirmed …
Discussion: TechCrunch and ReadWriteWeb
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
FCC approves Microsoft's unreleased 120GB Zune  —  Ever since Samsung had announced their new 120GB 1.8-inch hard drive in April 2007, Zune fansites has been buzzing with anticipation of a new Zune fitted with the higher capacity drives.  Now the wait is nearly over as the FCC publishes a test report …
Christine Tsai / Google Mobile Blog:
This is a test — ads on YouTube's mobile site  —  Over the past year, we've focused on creating and delivering a full-featured YouTube mobile user experience.  We think we've made great strides in doing this, allowing you to access YouTube wherever you are, whenever you want it.
ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.  As we enter the third decade of the Web we are seeing an increasing shift from native desktop applications towards Web-hosted clones that run in browsers.  For example, a range of products such as Microsoft Office Live …
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Friendster Launches Support For OpenSocial Apps
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Student Files Are Exposed on Web Site
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Spying as a business model. Will these guys get a clue already?
Discussion: The Iconoclast
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
U.S. at risk of cyberattacks, experts say
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Media Companies Realizing That They Can Profit From 'Pirated …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Khosla leads $3 million Series A for health start-up ZocDoc
Discussion: Valleywag and VentureBeat
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Android 0.9 SDK Beta Now Available: Includes Major UI Update
Discussion: Electronista
Norman Chan / Maximum PC all:
Everything You Need to Know About USB 3.0, Plus First Spliced Cable Photos
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
So far, Silverlight is powering the NBC Olympics quite well
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Where Are We In The Hype Cycle?
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