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8:55 AM ET, August 19, 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Apple Is Flailing Badly At The Edges
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe users get (another) extension, 60 days this time
Discussion: The Register, MacRumors and TidBITS
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
An In-Depth Video Tour of Android 0.9, an (Almost) Great (Almost) OS  —  Earlier today Google released the Android 0.9 SDK r1 Beta, boasting of a pile of API updates and a visual refresh that moves it one solid step closer to actually, you know, showing up on a phone.
Discussion: The Register
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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.
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Android 0.9 SDK Beta Now Available: Includes Major UI Update
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
RIAA issue prompts Muxtape hiatus  —  Free music mixtape service Muxtape has temporarily been shut down due to pressure from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  There's not much more information about downtime besides a small note on the front page of Muxtape.com saying that …
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Muxtape:
No artists or labels have complained.  The site is not closed indefinitely.  Stay tuned.  —  Beta users of Muxtape For Bands: you are unaffected by this outage.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
RIAA “problem” shutters online-music startup Muxtape
Discussion: CrunchGear, hypebot and The Inquisitr
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 …
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Mike / Marksonland:   Does Too Much Self-Linking Make Users Go Blind?
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
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, past 19 million homes, roughly half its territory.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
See it.  Love it.  Buzz it.  —  In February, we introduced Yahoo! Buzz as a new way for you to discover, vote for, and share the content and stories that matter most to you.  You also got a say in what stories might be read by millions, with the voting power to potentially get your favorite content on the Yahoo! Front Page.
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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 …
Royal Pingdom:
New SSL policy in Firefox hurting tens of thousands of sites  —  With Firefox 3, Mozilla has changed the way Firefox handles SSL certificates.  This change could scare away visitors from tens of thousands of websites that have expired or self-signed SSL certificates.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EngrishFunny Is Newest Site In Lolcats Empire  —  The company behind the popular ICanHasCheezburger site has launched a new website, EngrishFunny, which makes fun of grammatically incorrect variations of English (often found in Asia).  Users send in photos of poorly translated or written products, signs, instructions, etc. to the site.
Discussion: PDA and Tinfinger
Brenda Stokes / iPhone Buzz:
iPhone 2.0.2 Beats 2.0.1 on 3G performance  —  The iPhone 2.0.2 software update came out today and though its intent was unspecific ("bug fixes") it looks as if the results are truly impressive.  Vincent tested OS 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 side by side in a series of speed tests using Mobile Safari and the results speak for themselves.
Discussion: MacRumors and VentureBeat
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Workday: The Next Software Power?  —  PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield is building another software upstart that is attracting a lot of attention  —  Ever since veteran software entrepreneur Dave Duffield launched his new startup, Workday, a year and a half ago, people have wondered if it could become the next Salesforce.com (CRM).
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Curious Case of Facebook's Benjamin Ling and Sheryl Sandberg  —  Here's one certainty in the hubbub that has resulted in the wake of the departure of high-profile exec Ben Ling from Facebook last week: COO Sheryl Sandberg is definitely not responsible for the melting of the polar ice caps.
Discussion: Valleywag
Agence France Presse:
Japan warns of iPod nano fire risk  —  TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Tuesday warned users of Apple iPod nanos of a potential fire risk after two new instances in which the popular portable music players overheated.  —  The economy, trade and industry ministry has received two new reports of minor fires …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NewsCred Goes Public With Credibility-Based News Source
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple customer satisfaction scores gain at rivals' expense
PC Pro:
Visual search engine is photographer's best friend
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slashdot
Nick Galvin / Sydney Morning Herald:
Dopple your fun  —  Five internet gurus spell out what's happening …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LachStock
Debjones-Nm / Comunicano:
PALRINGO BRINGS FIRST PUSH-TO-TALK APPLICATION
Michelle Thatcher / Crave:
Logitech unveils ergonomic Cordless Desktop Wave Pro
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Nokia:
Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte reflects authenticity and performance
Christopher Twarowski / Washington Post:
Financial Data ‘on Steroids’
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Friendster Launches Support For OpenSocial Apps
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Why We Compete with Google
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Student Files Are Exposed on Web Site
ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.
Norman Chan / Maximum PC all:
Everything You Need to Know About USB 3.0, Plus First Spliced Cable Photos
Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft Silverlight: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it