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12:35 AM ET, August 20, 2008


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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 …
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 …
Stephen Shankland /
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Microsoft sees Powerset-powered search ad revolution
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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
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 …
Business Wire:
HP Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  — Third quarter GAAP operating profit up 20% to $2.5 billion; $0.80 earnings per share, up from $0.66 a year earlier  — Third quarter non-GAAP operating profit up 20% to $2.7 billion; $0.86 earnings per share, up from $0.71 a year earlier
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP delivers strong third quarter fueled by blades, international, notebooks
Discussion: Business Technology
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.
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 …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Takes 60% Of Search Market, While MSN Loses Share  —  Tough to be anyone but Google (GOOG) in search.  Google gained a share point from June to July, moving from 59% to 60% of all search queries, according to Nielsen Online.  —  It came at the expense of MSN, which lost …
Discussion: CNET and
Business Technology: Tries to Buy Its Way into Call Centers  — acquired InStranet, which makes software used in call centers, for $31.5 million, according to the company.  It's a sign that is ramping up its efforts to establish itself as a rival to customer-management systems from Oracle and SAP.
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 …
Jim Goldman /
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
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
What Makes for a Good Blog?  —  My friends at Six Apart recently asked me to make a list of blogs that I enjoy.  I think they're planning to use it for their new project.  Unfortunately, I'm late getting it to them (typical), but if it's still useful, I'll post it here in a day or four.
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.
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.
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Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Engadget
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Discussion: Imaging Insider and eWeek
Don Clark / Wall Street Journal:
Chip Problems Haunt Nvidia, PC Makers
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
OQO on Atom  —  Just spotted on stage at IDF.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and SlashGear
Ryan Shrout / PC Perspective:
HYDRA Engine by Lucid - Multi-GPU Technology with No Strings Attached
Discussion: Gizmodo and The Tech Report
Garbage In...  A late-stage venture funding outfit is foisting …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
My Windows 7 wish list
Sahala Swenson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Make your 404 pages more useful
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Mapping Facebook's Growth Over Time
Discussion: Lonely CEO Media
Judge dissolves gag order against MIT students