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3:10 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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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 …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Bear Speaks: Why Verizon's Pricey FiOS Bet Won't Pay Off
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Tops Website Customer Satisfaction Index  —  The University of Michigan's quarterly customer satisfaction index came out today, and in the Website category Google came out on top with a score of 86 out of 100 (up 10 percent from last year).  Yahoo slipped 3 percent to a score of 77.
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.
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
Palm Quietly Unveils the Treo Pro Smartphone  —  Early this morning, Palm released two official press photos of the Treo Pro along with a short video of the handset in action.  The company didn't reveal a whole lot of information other than the following: the Treo Pro smartphone features …
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Electronista:
Palm makes Treo Pro official
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.
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 …
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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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Missing YouTube Founder Flees Facebook Froth In Valley, Seeks …
Discussion: Valleywag
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft relaxes virtual-machine rules  —  Microsoft on Tuesday announced a change in its licensing policy to make it easier for businesses that want the ability to shift server software that is running in a virtual machine from one physical machine to another.
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Hundreds sued for sharing video games  —  The computer game industry has decided to get tough with people who share files illegally over the web  —  As many as 100 people suspected of illegally sharing computer game files over the internet are to be sued for copyright infringement, it emerged today.
Discussion: p2pnet and TECH.BLORGE.com
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BBC:
Game sharers face legal crackdown
Discussion: Slyck and GamePolitics News
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
NewsCred launches public beta
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
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.
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Lotame Grabs $13 Million in Funding for New Advertising Idea  —  Online advertising is the key to the future for companies that want to be successful, but a small firm called Lotame has just raised $13 million in Series B funding to take aim at advertisers and provide a unique way of getting in front of the target audience.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mobile handset sales down in 2Q: Market share race has three horses  —  NPD Group on Tuesday announced its second quarter handset sales tally and 28 million units were shipped to consumers, down 13 percent from a year ago.  —  According to NPD, second quarter handset revenue was $2.4 billion, down 2 percent from a year ago.
Discussion: Gearlog and Electronista
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.
 
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Enhanced 404 Widget
InfoWorld:
Judge dissolves gag order against MIT students
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
LEAKED: First Shots of iPhone Nike+ Interface
Discussion: MacRumors and CrunchGear
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel Developer Forum: Chairman Craig Barrett takes us on a world tech tour
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Archos 5, 5g and 7 “internet media tablets” …
Discussion: Crave, Electronista and SlashGear
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
What Will Happen When the Presses Go Silent?
Dwight / TechBlog:
It lives! City of Houston turns on free downtown Wi-Fi
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Internet Marketing Conference Tips: Robert Scoble FastCompany.TV
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
rmbr launches mobile app to get rid of business cards
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
China venture capital investments rise to highest level in five years
Discussion: PRWeb and VC Ratings
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Ralph Lauren wants you to want him right now
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
TinEye image search helps ferret out copyright ripoffs
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Dell Inspiron 910 customers can choose between XP and Ubuntu