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6:30 AM ET, August 20, 2008


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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs vows iPhone app crash fix for September  —  iPhone owners suddenly locked out of their third-party apps by a crash bug on startup will have a solution next month, Apple chief Steve Jobs has revealed.  —  An AppleInsider reader has received one of Steve Jobs' characteristically brief …
Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
EBay Is Planning to Emphasize Fixed-Price Sales Format Over Its Auction Model  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Acknowledging that most online shoppers cannot be bothered with auctions, eBay plans Wednesday to announce changes to its fee structure that emphasize fixed prices over bidding.
Discussion: CNET and Technologizer
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
EBay: Amazon-ification Takes Hold  —  The online auction giant, hoping to boost inventory and revive growth, will imitate Amazon and court users who sell at fixed prices  —  The Amazon effect is getting deeper at eBay.  The e-commerce giant that built its business around online auctions …
Discussion: WebGuild
Hacking Truths:
GMAIL ACCOUNT HACKING TOOL  —  A tool that automatically steals IDs of non-encrypted sessions and breaks into Google Mail accounts has been presented at the Defcon hackers' conference in Las Vegas.  —  Last week Google introduced a new feature in Gmail that allows users to permanently switch …
Cali / GeekBrief.TV:
Copy and Paste for iPhone  —  Cut and Paste for iPhone from Cali Lewis on Vimeo.  —  Direct Download Links  —  Small |  Medium |  Extra Large  —  Windows Media  —  Nokia N95 (Upload in progress) |  Nokia N800/N810 (Upload in progress)  —  Show Notes
Discussion: Gizmodo and The iPhone Blog
Dan Goodin / The Register:
HP makes things personal again in Q3  —  In a world of financial doom and gloom, sales of PCs are offering a glimmer of light.  Don't believe us?  Just look at Hewlett-Packard, which on Tuesday reported a third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations and forecast healthy sales in the current period.
Discussion: Inquirer
Damon Darlin / Bits:
Four Reasons Our Printers Are Getting Dusty
Discussion: eWeek and Imaging Insider
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Takes 60% Of Search Market, While MSN Loses Share  —  Tough to be anyone but Google (GOOG) in search.  Google gained a share point from June to July, moving from 59% to 60% of all search queries, according to Nielsen Online.  —  It came at the expense of MSN, which lost …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft plans to use Powerset to tailor search
Discussion: Inquirer
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.
Merlin Mann / 43 Folders:
What Makes for a Good Blog?  —  My friends at Six Apart recently asked me to make a list of blogs that I enjoy.  I think they're planning to use it for their new project.  Unfortunately, I'm late getting it to them (typical), but if it's still useful, I'll post it here in a day or four.
The Technium:
Why People Pirate Stuff  —  In the universe of the free ("free" as in beer), getting ripped off is the norm.  Yes, many products and services are deliberately priced at zero these days, but a significant portion of consumers will gravitate to illegitimate free versions of not-free stuff.
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and Digital Noise
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 …
Business Technology: Tries to Buy Its Way into Call Centers  — acquired InStranet, which makes software used in call centers, for $31.5 million, according to the company.  It's a sign that is ramping up its efforts to establish itself as a rival to customer-management systems from Oracle and SAP.
David Kaplan /
Hulu Reaches 100 Million Streams, 3.2 Million Uniques; Now, Time To Advertise  —  After only five months since going live, Hulu has reached 105 million streams in July, according to numbers released by Nielsen's VideoCensus.  The NBC Universal-News Corp (NYSE: NWS). joint venture's streaming numbers were fairly strong early on.
Discussion: last100
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 and Gizmodo
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.
Jim Goldman /
Analyst: Apple's iPhone Devours Market Share  —  Over the past few weeks, several Wall Street kernels have popped when it comes to Apple.  Another this morning, courtesy of Pacific Crest Securities, and investors might be wondering when the whole bowl of kernels finally, suddenly, becomes popcorn.
Discussion: TUAW and Cult of Mac
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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Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel Plans 160-Gbyte SSDs for Notebooks
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle
Discussion: CNET
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Lijit Plans to Make Money
Discussion: ben barren
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Microsoft drops its new Sidewinder gear for real
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Gmail Superstars and Quick Links Make a Killer To-Do List
Discussion: Digg
Smashing Magazine:
Screencasting: How To Start, Tools and Guidelines
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's secret “Back to My Mac” push behind IPv6
Discussion: Digg
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Novell expand controversial interop pact
 Earlier Items: 
Chippy / UMPCPortal:
OQO on Atom  —  Just spotted on stage at IDF.
Discussion: SlashGear and jkOnTheRun
Garbage In...  A late-stage venture funding outfit is foisting …
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Verizon exec: Some Net neutrality fans suffer from ‘paranoia’
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Over 30,000 Companies Rely on Voxeo
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Hope you didn't plan to actually make calls on iPhone 2.0.2
Sahala Swenson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Make your 404 pages more useful
Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Facebook to move to Stanford Research Park
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
LEAKED: First Shots of iPhone Nike+ Interface

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‘No Notoriety’ campaign to not name mass murderers sees progress

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Exonerated Chinese journalist Liu Hu recounts tactics used to get him to admit guilt while in jail

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