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3:15 AM ET, August 22, 2008

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Polvi / Extend Firefox:
Announcing the Extend Firefox 3 Winners  —  Extend Firefox 3 has wrapped up and we're very excited to announce the winners!  We received well over 100 entries, representing hundreds of hours of hard work from people around the world.  —  This contest had an extraordinary group of judges …
Jason Calacanis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jason Calacanis On How To Get PR For Your Startup: Fire Your PR Company  —  For over ten years I've been in the unique position of being both a CEO and a journalist in the technology space.  My first company produced Silicon Alley Reporter magazine, where I held the dual titles of CEO and Editor.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Synthy / Photosynth Blog:
Photosynth: Yikes!  —  We have been abolsutely overwhlemed by demand, and have turned Photosynth.com into a special static/read-only mode for the moment.  The team is hard at work adding capacity and getting the full site back online.  We've been under incredible demand since we released just over 12 hours ago.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Video: BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone Web Browser Showdown (It Gets Ugly)  —  We've seen the BlackBerry Bold and iPhone head-to-head before, as well as the Bold's greatly improved browsing powers over past BlackBerrys, but not side-by-side in a web browser race.  It actually gets pretty ugly, uglier than we thought it would.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Woz urges engineers to follow their hearts  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Steve Wozniak got his start as a down-to-earth engineer, but the Apple co-founder made the case for keeping your head in the clouds sometimes.  —  In an on-stage interview with Tech Nation's Moira Gunn here at the Intel Developer Forum …
Discussion: Valleywag and The Mac Observer
Chris Borowski / Reuters:
Actors paid to line up for iPhone launch in Poland  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - When Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rolled out its iPhone in the United States, some fans paid big money to be among the first to get their hands on the device.  In Poland, people are getting paid to line up.
Royal Pingdom:
Linux popularity across the globe  —  The Linux landscape is constantly changing and has a strong community of both developers and users.  But where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?  —  To try to answer these questions …
Discussion: The Open Road and Jeremy's Blog
Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel cuts phone-as-modem pricing from $50 to $15 per month  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. is providing another possible incentive for customers to stick around, knocking $35 off one of its monthly plan offerings — but shoppers will need to check the fine print.
Grant Gross / PC World:
Comcast: No New Traffic Management Plan Yet  —  Comcast has made no final decisions on how to manage network congestion, despite news reports Wednesday that it will slow traffic for heavy users for up to 20 minutes during times of peak network use.  —  Comcast has been looking …
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Turning Up The Heat On Spam  —  Twitter is not in the inflatable boat business contrary to this week's flavor of spam.  Despite the fact that there are apparently lots of “surprisingly attractive” inflatable boats available for financing, these updates and other spammy accounts are unwanted junk affecting good user experience.
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
Associated Press:
Intel shows how to send power wirelessly  —  THE PROMISE: Using wireless power transmission, one day people might be able to recharge their laptops or cell phones or other gadgets without plugging them into an electrical socket.  The technology makes use of some basic physics …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twenty Thoughts About a Microsoft Ad Campaign I Haven't Seen Yet  —  The big news in the blogosphere today involves new details about Microsoft's upcoming $300 million Windows ad campaign: It will apparently feature Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld, use the slogan “Windows, Not Walls,” and begin on September 4th.
Discussion: TG Daily, GMSV and Digital Daily
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Mac-Loving Seinfeld Endorsing Microsoft For $10 Million
Sarah Lacy:
6% Can Be a Lot More Than You Think  —  Earlier this week, Paisano created quite a stir with his review of Y Combinator's demo day.  The reaction certainly shocked me, as I thought it was a pretty balanced piece.  He gave Y Combinator credit for a lot of Web innovation while bringing …
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Quality Score improvements  —  In July 2005, AdWords introduced minimum bids for keywords based on Quality Score.  This system allows us to show very high quality ads to Google users, while also giving advertisers control over their keywords.  Since 2005, we've improved Quality Score in many ways …
Gearlog:
Sony Unveils S-Air Play and XROSS FADE  —  Today Sony announced two new additions to its home audio line-up, and both are a little quirky and cool.  Available in the next week, the S-Air Play (above) and the XROSS FADE (pic after the jump) offer two methods for pumpin' up the jams at your next party.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Out of the Box
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Brazilian charged in U.S. in connection with operating botnet  —  A Brazilian man has been charged in connection with operating a botnet composed of more than 100,000 computers infected with malicious software allegedly designed to send spam, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.
mobilenewscwp.co.uk:
Mobile broadband to hit 100Mbps  —  GSMA reckons mobile broadband will reach speeds of 100Mbps before fixed line broadband  —  Mobile broadband could hit 100 Mbps before fixed fibre lines, according to the GSM Association (GSMA).  —  As demand for faster data speeds grows …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Music Subscriptions Coming To iTunes (AAPL) Next Month?  Nope  —  It's late August, which means that it's time for a new round of “What Will Apple Do Next?” rumors, pegged to the new product presentation Steve Jobs usually gives in September.  Last year, certain members …
 
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