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3:55 PM ET, August 20, 2008


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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.
Business Wire:
eBay Supports Sellers With Dramatically Lower Listing Fee  —  Buy It Now(TM) Fixed Price Listing Fee to Drop More Than 70 Percent; Sellers' Fees Will Be Based Mostly on Successful Sale of Items  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—In time for the holiday shopping season, eBay (Nasdaq:EBAY …
Discussion: Mashable!
Richard Brewer-Hay / eBay Ink:
UPDATED: 70% Reduction in Fixed Price Fee and much, much more...
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
eBay: The Doldrum Years
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Wolf / NewTeeVee:
Intel and Yahoo Look to Widgetize the Living Room Web  —  This morning at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel and Yahoo announced a joint initiative to bring Internet widgets to TV.  The two companies are teaming up in an effort they believe may help jump-start the nascent living-room-web market …
Intel® And Yahoo!® To Bring The Internet To Television  —  TV Widgets Bring “Best of the Internet” Experience to Complement TV Viewing  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2008 - Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. today previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a television …
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Internet Widgets to Finally Hit the TV Set?
Discussion: Between the Lines and Comcast
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Apple tries to de-bug iPhone  —  Apple (AAPL) acknowledged Tuesday that a software update for the iPhone partly fixes the connection snags that have caused a global firestorm for the new iPhone 3G.  —  Though mum on details, Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock said on Tuesday …
Joe Brancatelli / Portfolio:
No WiFi in the Sky  —  After years of deals, tests …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel lets slip first dual-core Atom  —  IDF Intel has quietly introduced its first dual-core Atom processor, the 330, and a new motherboard to go with it.  —  The 45nm 330's a low-power part and - as the lack of an ‘N’ prefix shows - it's a desktop chip.  Intel didn't say what clock speed …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
IDF: Katzenberg shows the future of 3D film
Discussion: TG Daily
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 …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Treo Pro: Finally Offically Official
Discussion: CNN and Engadget
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Median Disregards 60 Years Of Securities Regulations With Sale Of Stock On Twitter  —  SocialMedian founder Jason Goldberg wrote a Twitter message moments ago letting people know that they are raising a new round of funding, up to $500k, and to contact him if you're interested.
Discussion: and Mashable!
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast to Slow Some Web Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp. plans to slow Internet service to its heaviest users during periods of congestion, after regulators ordered the company to devise a new method for managing its Web traffic.
Discussion: GigaOM, Digital Daily and TechBlog
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile 3G Launch Plan for 2008  —  It looks like everything is coming up T-Mobile these days.  Sweet new handsets, first crack at Android; it seems like nothing can rain on your parade.  Well... Yes, and no. T-Mobile's 3G deployment schedule was just leaked and we can finally fill in the blanks for the rest of 2008.
Discussion: WMExperts
T-Marco / T Mobile News & Phone Reviews …:
3G Continues Rolling out Nationwide
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
LG's PRADA II?  —  We don't have much to go off of besides this picture right now, but it looks as if LG is keeping the PRADA line of mobile handsets around for a little bit.  The PRADA II, as it's pictured, adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
What's $100 Million Between Frienemies? … But they're at it again, with Microsoft heaping more money into the dowry.  There won't be a divorce until Microsoft says so.  —  About 25 minutes ago, the companies announced that they had expanded their interoperability agreement.  Again.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi On RIM BlackBerry Bold: Thumbs Up, Mostly  —  How's RIM's new 3G BlackBerry Bold?  Pretty good, says Citigroup's Jim Suva, who gleefully played Walt Mossberg for a day, giving the Bold a 12-hour spin, including his own “drop and water spill test.”  —  Specifically, Suva says the new Web browser …
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
7 TIPS FOR NEW TWITTER USERS  —  [Jeremiah Owyang in Boston October 2007.  Twitter made this night happen.  Photo by Shel]  —  Unlike most social media tools, Twitter takes a while to understand.  It took me about 30 days to figure out that it was among my most valuable tools and it was brought home by chance.
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Google's search secret: It gets rid of you  —  Nielsen yesterday released a study it conducted on the popularity of the top 10 search engines for July.  As expected, Google sat atop the list, commanding more than 60 percent of the market after enjoying 16 percent year-over-year growth.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Mac Customer Satisfaction Gains: “We've Never Seen Anything Like This”
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British Government Caught Pirating On Prime Minister's Website
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Japan Is TOTALLY Sold Out of Xbox 360s (New Shipment Next Month!)
Caroline McCarthy / Geek Gestalt:
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
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