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7:25 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
RIAA speaks on Muxtape: Illegal content
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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 …
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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.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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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.
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
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 …
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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Enhanced 404 Widget  —  Google has launched a new tool within Google Webmaster Tools that allows Webmasters to create custom 404 pages.  —  To access the tool, go to Google Webmaster Tools, then click on tools on the left and then click on “Enhance 404 pages.”
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Sahala Swenson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Make your 404 pages more useful
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Verizon's FiOS: A Smart Bet or a Big Mistake?  —  Four years ago, Verizon Communications embarked on an ambitious and expensive plan to run fiber optic cables, which can deliver ultra-fast Internet service and dozens of high-definition video channels along with old-fashioned telephone service …
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
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 …
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP  —  Vista's death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP.  —  In a survey of more than 3,000 computers …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Our Newest Report: Online Advertising VC and M&A Deals In The Last Year  —  Following our analysis of Social Media Deals, we've pleased to announce our first Online Advertising Deals Report, charting activity in venture capital and mergers & acquisitions from Q107 to Q208.
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
Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Facebook to move to Stanford Research Park  —  Some employees may remain in downtown Palo Alto — neighborhood part of firm's ‘DNA’  —  The Internet firm Facebook, headquartered in downtown Palo Alto with more than 600 employees at five offices, will move all or a substantial portion …
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Mapping Facebook's Growth Over Time  —  Using Google's new Insights for Search tool, Inside Facebook has mapped Facebook's US and international search growth over time from its launch in February 2004 to the present.  Note that while these are not visits, searches and visits do generally correlate.
 
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Brittany Petersen / AppScout:
29 Percent of Internet Users Admit Purchasing from Spam
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Microsoft prototype judges e-mail's importance
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Functionally voluntary” music may lead to blanket licenses
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Mobile handset sales down in 2Q: Market share race has three horses
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