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5:30 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
Stephen Shankland /
Microsoft sees tailored search as way to pierce Google's armor  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Microsoft believes it's found a way to gain an edge against Google's dominant search engine: a deeper understanding of what people are searching for and what's on Web pages.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft plans to use Powerset to tailor search  —  Microsoft plans to use the tools it acquired in Powerset to “gain an edge against Google” according to a report coming out of the Search Engine Strategies conference in San Jose on Tuesday.  Senior Vice President Satya Nadella believe that gaining …
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: The iPhone Blog
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Industry Standard and webmonkey
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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
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