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12:20 AM ET, August 19, 2008

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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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Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Android 0.9 SDK Beta Now Available: Includes Major UI Update
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Electronista
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Video: Android SDK v0.9 hits the internet looking almost ready for primetime
Discussion: MobileBurn.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Dream FCC approved, Android clear for launch?
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone 2.0.2 software launches.  Will this be the one to fix the connection issues?
Discussion: Engadget, PC World and MacRumors
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe users get (another) extension, 60 days this time
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider
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 …
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: ReadWriteWeb
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Opens Doors To Everyone  —  Buzz, Yahoo's Digg-like effort to leverage reader gestures and third party content in determining the most popular news, removes it's barriers to entry tonight.  —  Until now only a hundred or so invited publishers could post news to Buzz.
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.
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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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
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 …
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.
Engineering Windows 7:
The Windows 7 Team  —  Thanks to everyone who provided comments and sent me mail.  I definitely appreciate the discussion we have kicked off.  There's also a ton of energy in our hallways as this blog started.  It seems like a good thing to do to start off is sort of an introduction to the Windows development team.
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
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 …
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IOC Wants Olympic Torrents Off The Pirate Bay  —  In an official letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked for “assistance” from the Swedish government with preventing video clips from the Olympics in Beijing to be shared on The Pirate Bay.
Discussion: Threat Level
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Why We Compete with Google  —  How do you plan to compete with Google or why do you compete with Google?  That is a question we get asked very often.  It is better to ask why Google is interested in the business software market.  Let me explain with a spreadsheet.
 
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Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Vuclip mobile video search can make any video format play on your phone
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Direct2Dell:
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Spying as a business model. Will these guys get a clue already?
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and CenterNetworks
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So far, Silverlight is powering the NBC Olympics quite well
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Where Are We In The Hype Cycle?
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