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12:15 AM ET, August 21, 2008

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Erica Sadun / TUAW:
The Rumor Room: iTunes Unlimited  —  By definition, nearly all tips we receive about Apple future product intros are wrong.  After all, we're not Engadget.  People aren't going to risk their jobs to deliver insider information.  —  That being said, a tip that shot into our mailbox …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple finally ready for iTunes subscriptions?  —  The iTunes Store might soon have a yearly subscription option for $129 a year.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Three Mac rumors sites have received anonymous tips that Apple is getting ready to introduce a subscription iTunes service in September.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Digg
WildCowboy / MacRumors:   September Apple Event Rumor: ‘iTunes Unlimited’, iPhone iDisk Access?
Jordan Golson / Industry Standard:
Rumors of iTunes music subscriptions fly again
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and MacDailyNews
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
More on iPhone app-crashing, how to downgrade iTunes
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast to Slow Some Web Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp. plans to slow Internet service to its heaviest users during periods of congestion, after regulators ordered the company to devise a new method for managing its Web traffic.
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC Order scolds Comcast for changing story on P2P blocking
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's forthcoming iPhone app to be more like its web site; that site redesign was no coincidence  —  Facebook is planning to launch a new version of its iPhone application in September, that will make the app more like the newly-redesigned web site.  So, the deeper rationale for the site redesign …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, Gizmodo and Inside Facebook
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Will M / All Facebook:
Facebook's Tim Kendall on Future of Monetization
Yahoo!:
Intel® And Yahoo!® To Bring The Internet To Television  —  TV Widgets Bring “Best of the Internet” Experience to Complement TV Viewing  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2008 - Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. today previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a television …
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Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Apple tries to de-bug iPhone  —  Apple (AAPL) acknowledged Tuesday that a software update for the iPhone partly fixes the connection snags that have caused a global firestorm for the new iPhone 3G.  —  Though mum on details, Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock said on Tuesday …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over iPhone 3G flakiness
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
LG's PRADA II?  —  We don't have much to go off of besides this picture right now, but it looks as if LG is keeping the PRADA line of mobile handsets around for a little bit.  The PRADA II, as it's pictured, adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Now Reaches 350 Million Users, And Growing  —  Six months ago, OpenSocial was nothing but a list of promised partnerships.  But the social network application platform backed by Google has made a lot of progress since then as those partners started to go live with their OpenSocial Apps.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Median Disregards 75 Years Of Securities Regulations With Sale Of Stock On Twitter  —  SocialMedian founder Jason Goldberg wrote a Twitter message moments ago letting people know that they are raising a new round of funding, up to $500k, and to contact him if you're interested.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Palm Treo Pro unboxing and hands-on  —  Well we've gotten our hands all over Palm's new Treo - the Pro - and we've documented it all on film... er, disk.  Here's what were liking so far - no more recessed screen (finally!), that HTC-licensed task manager, and the extremely slick packaging.
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Martin wants broadband across USA  —  WASHINGTON — High-speed Internet access is so important to the welfare of U.S. consumers that America can't afford not to offer it — free of charge — to anybody who wants it, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin says.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge: Copyright Owners Must Consider ‘Fair Use’ Before Sending Takedown Notice  —  In the nation's first such ruling, a federal judge on Wednesday said copyright owners must consider “fair use” of their works before sending takedown notices to online video-sharing sites.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
An Unexpected Look at an All-New Google News  —  Google has long liked to test new features by randomly surprising a subset of its visitors with them to gauge their response.  Seems like I'm always reading blog posts from folks who have stumbled upon something unexpected and interesting …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Retail sources say its closing time for current iPod line  —  Resellers both near and afar are reporting signs that Apple's current line of iPod digital music players are on their way out the door, just as one prominent Wall Street analyst restates his claim that a $199 iPod touch is likely …
Discussion: One More Thing and MacRumors
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
The #1 Paid App: Koi Pond  —  Who could have predicted that the persistent #1 paid application on the iPhone would be a $0.99 pond simulator.  The Blimp Pilot's Koi Pond [$0.99.  App Store] application that is just that.  —  The developers describe their creation:
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Verisign's Personal Identity Portal Is Half Way To Password Bliss  —  Verisign's new Personal Identity Portal (PIP from now on) isn't the sexiest application out there to help you manage passwords.  But it has Verisign's strong reputation for security behind it, and it is a surprisingly easy way to manage website credentials.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hillcrest Labs: Nintendo's Wii Infringing Our Patents  —  Hillcrest Labs, a Rockville, Mnd.-based startup, says it has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
New iPhone Comes Loaded with Photos of the Girl Who Made It  —  We've seen pictures from the factory coming loaded on new iPhones before, but this is the first time we've seen what appear to be intentional snapshots loaded on a new iPhone.  Surprise: the person who put your iPhone together is a cute girl!
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Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
Sources: Xbox 360 price cut week of Sept. 7; 60GB $299, Elite $399, Arcade $199
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Microsoft launches 3D wonder Photosynth for consumers
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Dan Zarrella / CenterNetworks:
To Reach Prolific Content Sharers, Lay Off the Humor
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Breathe Tmobile / TmoWorld:
Everything you need to know about the G1!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Crave
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
New Intel chipset lays the foundation for sub-$200 desktops
Discussion: PC World
Gary / HDGURU.Com:
Labor Day Surprise-HDTV Makers Drop Prices Again
Discussion: Bits and Gizmodo
louisgray.com:
Why the Embargo Process Is Broken and Why We Still Need It
TechCrunch:
Ten Startups Debut At TechStars Demo Day
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
AdBrite = AdDumb.  Why You Should Avoid In-line Ads, Whether Contextual or Not.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft, Sony offer new video-game gizmos
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Hulu Getting Ready To Go International
Stryde Hax:
Hack the Olympics!  —  There's been some widely publicized …
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia to announce x86 chip next week
Discussion: Engadget and Slashdot
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony gets official with PSP-3000
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
IDF: Katzenberg shows the future of 3D film
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft's Photosyth Opens To The Public
 

 
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