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10:20 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  —  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.
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe users get (another) extension, 60 days this time
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.
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.
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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 …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
RIAA “problem” shutters online-music startup Muxtape
Discussion: Portfolio.com, CrunchGear and hypebot
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.
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Video: Android SDK v0.9 hits the internet looking almost ready for primetime
Android Developers Blog:
Announcing a beta release of the Android SDK
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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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.
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 …
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
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: Podcasting News and Engadget
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
iPod Nano batteries suspected of overheating, setting tatami mats on fire
Discussion: The Register
Thomas Lee / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
YouTube co-founder looks for his next success  —  St. Paul Central grad Jawed Karim talks about launching start-ups, being an entrepreneur and Silicon Valley.  —  Many university students spend summer break painting houses, backpacking through Europe or spending some quality time with Madden 08.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple customer satisfaction scores gain at rivals' expense  —  Apple blew away its PC industry peers in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index, perhaps because it was the only company that didn't release a Windows Vista PC.  —  The University of Michigan released its annual ACSI scores Tuesday …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NewsCred Goes Public With Credibility-Based News Source  —  NewsCred, the news aggregator that ranks stories by the credibility of their source, has launched to the public.  Instead of relying on popularity as many social news sites do, NewsCred instead allows users to rate each story …
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
Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What If the Kindle Succeeds?  —  The news recently has been full of reports that Amazon's e-book reader, the Kindle, is doing better than expected.  Analyst Mark Mahaney from Citibank says Amazon is on track to sell about 380,000 Kindles this year, and says the Kindle “is becoming the iPod of the book world …
Discussion: TeleRead
 
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Garmin gets in the social-networking groove
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Steve Hamm / Business Week:
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Nick Galvin / Sydney Morning Herald:
Dopple your fun  —  Five internet gurus spell out what's happening …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LachStock
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PALRINGO BRINGS FIRST PUSH-TO-TALK APPLICATION
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Curious Case of Facebook's Benjamin Ling and Sheryl Sandberg
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Michelle Thatcher / Crave:
Logitech unveils ergonomic Cordless Desktop Wave Pro
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
Nokia:
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
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ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.
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NBA shoots for local streaming of live games
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