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9:20 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
LEAKED: First Shots of iPhone Nike+ Interface  —  We've long known that Nike+ has been in development for the iPhone.  Now we're finally getting a peek at the first shots of the interface.  From what we can skim, Nike+ users will get all of the nifty performance graphs right on the phone …
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple willing to replace any smoking first-gen iPod Nanos  —  If you're still hanging on to your first-generation iPod Nano, and you've noticed it has a tendency to smoke too much, Apple is willing to replace the unit.  —  The company issued a statement Tuesday after reports out of Japan …
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RIAA Says Muxtape Hosting “Illegal Content”  —  Sam Gustin has learned that Muxtape, the music sharing site that went down yesterday citing “a problem” with the RIAA, has received numerous requests to take down content the industry group deems “illegal.”  —  Those requests apparently went unheeded — until yesterday.
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog and Valleywag
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs vows iPhone app crash fix for September  —  iPhone owners suddenly locked out of their third-party apps by a crash bug on startup will have a solution next month, Apple chief Steve Jobs has revealed.  —  An AppleInsider reader has received one of Steve Jobs' characteristically brief …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Microsoft sees tailored search as way to pierce Google's armor  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Microsoft believes it's found a way to gain an edge against Google's dominant search engine: a deeper understanding of what people are searching for and what's on Web pages.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Microsoft sees Powerset-powered search ad revolution
Discussion: Mashable!
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Hope you didn't plan to actually make calls on iPhone 2.0.2  —  Yesterday's release of iPhone 2.0.2 has been mostly welcomed by the ever-critical iPhone-using contingency, but as usual, the firmware is not without its problems.  We were able to confirm that the update addresses a few 3G-related issues …
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InfoWorld:
Judge dissolves gag order against MIT students  —  A U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday dissolved a gag order against a trio of MIT students who said they found flaws in the Massachusetts transit authority's ticketing system.  —  Zack Anderson, Russell “RJ” Ryan, and Alessandro Chiesa …
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IDF: Intel thumps its chest on everything from Atom to Nehalem  —  Now the commercial starts.  If the morning keynote here at the Intel Developer Forum conference by Intel Chairman Craig Barrett was light on the Intel hard sell, the afternoon is full of it.
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Matt Peckham / Game On:
Emily is Not Real: The End of “Real” Actors?  —  I have seen the future of computer-generated video game animation, her name is Emily, and Emily is not real — or is she?  See for yourself in the following clip just released from 3D facial animation company Image Metrics, and which I read about in The Times Online this morning.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
IE 8 to get ‘porn mode’?  —  The countdown to Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Beta 2 is on.  Microsoft said the consumer-focused IE 8 test release would be available in August.  There are just 11 days left....  No doubt, Microsoft has been holding back some features that will be added to the new test build.
Discussion: istartedsomething and Gizmodo
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Offer Services for Bloggers at the Conventions  —  WASHINGTON — Google Inc. will help set up a two-story, 8,000 square-foot headquarters for hundreds of bloggers descending on the Democratic convention in Denver next week, and it will offer similar services at the Republican convention …
Pew Research Center:
Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources  —  Audience Segments in a Changing News Environment  —  For more than a decade, the audiences for most traditional news sources have steadily declined, as the number of people getting news online has surged.
Fred / A VC:
The Human Piece Of The Venture Equation  —  We've been attending a lot of “demo days” in the past month and I am attending one more this week, TechStars in Boulder tomorrow.  These startup accelerator programs, inspired by the success of Y Combinator, are launching something like 100 new web startups a year, possibly more.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
My Windows 7 wish list  —  Cynics see the new Engineering Windows 7 blog, which launched last week, as a pure PR play from Microsoft.  Maybe it's just a matter of setting expectations properly.  In a lengthy post (more than 2,100 words!) yesterday, Steven Sinofsky provided some more details …
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:   2500 Windows 7 employees broken up into 25 feature teams
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.5 build 9F17 now in developers' hands  —  Alongside the public release of iPhone Software v2.0.2 on Monday, Apple also provided its Mac OS X developers with a new private build of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update, AppleInsider has been told.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
Analyst: Apple's iPhone Devours Market Share  —  Over the past few weeks, several Wall Street kernels have popped when it comes to Apple.  Another this morning, courtesy of Pacific Crest Securities, and investors might be wondering when the whole bowl of kernels finally, suddenly, becomes popcorn.
Discussion: TUAW and Cult of Mac
Sahala Swenson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Make your 404 pages more useful  —  Your visitors may stumble into a 404 “Not found” page on your website for a variety of reasons:  — A mistyped URL, or a copy-and-paste mistake  — Broken or truncated links on web pages or in an email message  — Moved or deleted content
PC World:
Watching the Olympics on Your Mac  —  Christopher Breen, Macworld.com  —  As you may have heard, there's a smallish sporting event going on in China.  Despite its humbleness, people seem to be interested in the thing.  Some of them use Macs.  And some of those Mac users are more that a little peeved …
Discussion: Technically Incorrect
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Flailing Badly At The Edges  —  My first computer, purchased by my parents after nearly a year of begging, was an Apple II+.  That was 1982.  I was a Windows user for the next 20 years, but went back to Mac when they switched to Intel chips a couple of years ago.
 
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John Ribeiro / PC World:
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What Makes for a Good Blog?  —  My friends at Six Apart recently asked …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Takes 60% Of Search Market, While MSN Loses Share
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
NBA Plans to Offer Live Streaming in Local Markets
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Facebook to move to Stanford Research Park
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mobile handset sales down in 2Q: Market share race has three horses
Discussion: PC World, Electronista and Gearlog
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A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
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