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7:45 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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
RIAA speaks on Muxtape: Illegal content
Discussion: SearchViews
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 …
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 …
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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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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IDF: Intel thumps its chest on everything from Atom to Nehalem  —  Now the commercial starts.  If the morning keynote here at the Intel Development Forum conference by Intel Chairman Craig Barrett was light on the Intel hard sell, the afternoon is full of it.
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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.
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 …
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
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.
Sahala Swenson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Make your 404 pages more useful  —  Your visitors may stumble into a 404 “Not found” page on your website for a variety of reasons:  — A mistyped URL, or a copy-and-paste mistake  — Broken or truncated links on web pages or in an email message  — Moved or deleted content
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Enhanced 404 Widget
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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: Electronista and Gearlog
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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 …
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 …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP delivers strong third quarter fueled by blades, international, notebooks  —  HP on Tuesday reported fiscal third quarter earnings of $2 billion, or 80 cents a share, on revenue of $28 billion, up 10 percent from a year ago.  Excluding items, HP reported earnings of 86 cents a share, 3 cents ahead of Wall Street estimates.
Discussion: Business Technology
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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
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 …
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
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.
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
 
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Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
NBA Plans to Offer Live Streaming in Local Markets
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29 Percent of Internet Users Admit Purchasing from Spam
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Is Cox the Next Major Cell Phone Provider?
Grant Gross / PC World:
US SEC Unveils New Electronic Filing System
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu Beating CNN, Turner, Still A Fraction Of YouTube
Discussion: WebProNews
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Web Fraud 2.0: Cloaking Connections
Discussion: Xconomy
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: HipMojo.com
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Microsoft sees tailored search as way to pierce Google's armor
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Microsoft prototype judges e-mail's importance
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Free digital texts begin to challenge costly college textbooks in California
Discussion: TeleRead
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Functionally voluntary” music may lead to blanket licenses
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Slashdot
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