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3:05 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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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.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
Copyright lawyers accuse 25,000 UK videogame filesharers
Discussion: Techdirt
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 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.
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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 …
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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.
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Business Wire:
eBay Supports Sellers With Dramatically Lower Listing Fee
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Wailin Wong / Chicago Tribune:
American Airlines launches Wi-Fi on some flights
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 …
Cali / GeekBrief.TV:
Copy and Paste for iPhone  —  Copy 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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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
British Government Caught Pirating On Prime Minister's Website  —  While the British government puts huge amounts of pressure on ISPs to clamp down on file-sharers, it is doing some pirating of its very own.  It seems that Prime Minister Gordon Brown's own website is in serious breach of copyright …
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Anthony / Antbag.com:
Copyright Flaw of British Prime Minister's Website
Discussion: p2pnet
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
HillCrest Labs: Nintendo's Wii Infringing Our Patents  —  Hillcrest Labs, a Rockville, Mnd.-based startup, says it has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court …
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 …
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
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Mac Customer Satisfaction Gains: “We've Never Seen Anything Like This”  —  It was certainly a schizophrenic kind of day yesterday, when it comes to Apple's rep for taking care of customers.  On the one hand, the drumbeat of complaints about the performance of the iPhone 3G grew louder …
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CloudStatus Keeps an Eye on The Clouds  —  The summer of 2008 has been the best of times and worst of times for cloud computing.  Many companies — big and small — decided to throw in their lot with cloud computing, betting that it is the future of technology infrastructure.
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Japan Is TOTALLY Sold Out of Xbox 360s (New Shipment Next Month!)  —  Remember when we thought the Xbox 360 was sold out at one Japanese store?  That's not all.  It's sold out across the whole damn country.  Like, sold out sold out.  It's so sold out that Microsoft Japan actually put …
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Martin wants broadband across USA  —  WASHINGTON - High-speed Internet access is so important to the welfare of U.S. consumers that America can't afford not to offer it - free of charge - to anybody who wants it, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin says.
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DSLreports:
FCC Boss Cares About Consumers.  Really. …
Discussion: Valleywag
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Median Disregards 60 Years Of Securities Regulations …
Casio:
CASIO RELEASES THREE NEW EXILIM DIGITAL CAMERAS
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo, Crave and iLounge
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
Live from Leipzig: North American Hardware Announcements
Business Wire:
Americas' SAP Users' Group Announces Webcast Series to Educate Members …
Discussion: PC World
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC Finally Issues Comcast Throttling Order - For whatever it's worth...
Discussion: IP Democracy
T-Marco / T Mobile News & Phone Reviews …:
3G Continues Rolling out Nationwide
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Intel Reveals SSDs Galore
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile
AppleInsider:
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MobileTopSoft news board:
HTC Touch Diamond / Pro has hidden multi-touch feature!
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Disney Dialing Up Kids Again
Discussion: Epicenter
Caroline McCarthy / Geek Gestalt:
‘Sims 3’ coming on February 20
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Noah Bierman / Boston Globe:
MBTA admits ticket not secure
Discussion: Engadget
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Grass Balls. No You Cannot Smoke it
Discussion: Gizmodo and PSFK
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Up Close with Lenovo's IdeaPad S10, One Sweet 10-Incher
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Sex, Drugs and Software Lead Spam Purchase Growth
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Hulu Reaches 100 Million Streams, 3.2 Million Uniques; Now, Time To Advertise
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