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7:55 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.
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 …
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
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Hit 105M Streams in July
Discussion: Digital Daily and The Inquisitr
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu Beating CNN, Turner, Still A Fraction Of YouTube
Discussion: WebProNews
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
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Gmail Superstars and Quick Links Make a Killer To-Do List  —  We've already shown you how to use Gmail Superstars and Gmail Quick Links—both exclusive features of previously mentioned Gmail Labs—and now reader Alex McRoberts details how he uses the two excellent features to turn his Gmail account into a killer to-do list manager.
Discussion: Digg
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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
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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
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Microsoft, Novell expand controversial interop pact
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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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