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7:40 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.
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Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
EBay: Amazon-ification Takes Hold
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 …
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
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Damon Darlin / Bits:
Four Reasons Our Printers Are Getting Dusty
Discussion: eWeek and Imaging Insider
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
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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 …
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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.
Sarahintampa / Channel 10:
Zemanta Plugin for Windows Live Writer  —  Zemanta is a technology used by bloggers that inserts automatic links, adds relevant photos, adds links to related articles, and automatically tags your posts.  The technology is available either as a browser plugin or a server-side plugin …
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 Blogs.com 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.
Business Technology:
Salesforce.com Tries to Buy Its Way into Call Centers  —  Salesforce.com acquired InStranet, which makes software used in call centers, for $31.5 million, according to the company.  It's a sign that Salesforce.com is ramping up its efforts to establish itself as a rival to customer-management systems from Oracle and SAP.
Discussion: eWeek, PC World and Between the Lines
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Mike Ricciuti / CNET News.com:   Salesforce broadens platform with call center buy
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
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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
Sierra Modro / GottaBeMobile:
Intel Unveils UrbanMax Concept  —  Intel just announced and released a new concept / innovation platform codenamed the UrbanMax.  A slate styled convertible laptop, this is a very unique concept.  It reminds me in some ways of the HP TC1100 (of blessed memory...) with its sliding keyboard …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, PalmAddicts and Engadget
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — If anyone knows how best to survive a corporate near-death experience, it is Jon Rubinstein.  —  In 1997 the former Hewlett-Packard engineer was asked by Apple's founder, Steven P. Jobs, to lead …
Discussion: CrunchGear and CNET News.com
Devin Coldewey / CrunchGear:
Microsoft drops its new Sidewinder gear for real  —  I believe I saw pictures of these very items a couple months ago, but I must be mistaken, because Microsoft told me they had no new stuff coming out at that time!  Must have been a mirage.  In any case, they're no mirage now, and they look pretty freaky.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Forbes:
Garbage In...  A late-stage venture funding outfit is foisting junky startups on investors—much to the benefit of the Sand Hill Road crowd.  —  It's just the sort of improbable success that Silicon Valley adores.  Two young entrepreneurs have, in a mere five years, turned …
Discussion: Valleywag, HipMojo.com and PE Hub Blog
 
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Jacqueline Emigh / BetaNews:
Microsoft supports Blu-ray mastering in Windows; is Xbox next?
Mark Hachman / PC Magazine:
Intel Plans 160-Gbyte SSDs for Notebooks
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Lijit Plans to Make Money
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Trendwatch: No-Risk Web Video
Discussion: Mashable! and The Underwire
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Gmail Superstars and Quick Links Make a Killer To-Do List
Discussion: Digg
Smashing Magazine:
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
RockYou's Money Making Plan For Facebook Apps: Classified Car Ads
Discussion: The Social Times and Valleywag
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple's secret “Back to My Mac” push behind IPv6
Discussion: Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Microsoft, Novell expand controversial interop pact
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
New silver Motorola Q9h with Windows Mobile 6.1 hits AT&T stores
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Verizon exec: Some Net neutrality fans suffer from ‘paranoia’
Kim Martin / voxeo.com:
Over 30,000 Companies Rely on Voxeo
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
Analyst: Apple's iPhone Devours Market Share
Discussion: TUAW and Cult of Mac
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Hope you didn't plan to actually make calls on iPhone 2.0.2
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
IE 8 to get ‘porn mode’?
Discussion: istartedsomething and Gizmodo
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