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9:05 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: Silicon Alley Insider and 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
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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
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
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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
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 …
Peter Ha / TechCrunch:
Aircell's Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi Service Going Live Today and CrunchGear's Got a Seat  —  Today, Aircell announced that their fleet of Boeing 767-200s will have the Gogo service enabled on flights originating from NYC's JFK to LA, San Francisco and Miami.  CrunchGear will have a seat on a flight to LAX today that leaves JFK at 12 PM EDT.
Discussion: DSLreports, CrunchGear and VoIP Watch
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Computer games industry threat to downloaders: 'pay up or we'll sue'  —  The computer games industry has launched an unprecedented assault on illegal downloads, demanding payment from thousands of families who obtained the latest releases over the internet without paying.
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.
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 …
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
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft plans to use Powerset to tailor search
Discussion: Inquirer
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.
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
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: Engadget and Gizmodo
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.
 
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Verizon exec: Some Net neutrality fans suffer from ‘paranoia’
Jim Goldman / CNBC.com:
Analyst: Apple's iPhone Devours Market Share
Discussion: TUAW and Cult of Mac
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
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IE 8 to get ‘porn mode’?
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