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6:50 AM ET, August 22, 2008


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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: Infothought and Feld Thoughts
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 …
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.
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple's Ambitious iPhone 3G Plans  —  It intends to make at least 40 million iPhones in the next year; selling so many will hinge on global success and fixing connection glitches  —  Forecasting iPhone sales is one of tech's toughest guessing games.  Since Apple's iPhone 3G came storming …
Discussion: MacRumors
Eric / Photography Bay:
Canon 50D Info Leaked - REAL SPECS!  —  Canon's China website has published specifications for the 50D in its public webspace.  Although the info is not on the front page of the site yet, it is accessible to anyone.  Here is the link (update: it's down, but this one is still live for the moment 11:51p.m.
Synthy / Photosynth Blog:
Photosynth: Yikes!  —  We have been abolsutely overwhlemed by demand, and have turned 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.
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, Jeremy's Blog and Digg
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon, Google Close To Mobile Search Deal  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is nearing an agreement with Google Inc. on a wide-ranging partnership, according to people familiar with the situation, in what could be a much-needed jolt for the anemic mobile search business.
Discussion: CNET and I4U News
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In India, Either Buy iPhones or Get a Family Car  —  OK, now I know I have your attention!  In India, the 3G iPhone goes on sale today and people are lining up to buy a device that is seriously, and I mean seriously, expensive.  Bharti Airtel and Vodafone (India) are the two carriers who are selling the device in India.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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
Simon Sage / BlackBerry Cool:
Rogers BlackBerry Bold Unboxing,  —  Despite much ado, the Canadian BlackBerry 9000 is ready to roll.  Getting shipments in has been a bit of a catastrophe at Rogers, considering this Bold, bought at Ottawa's flagship Rogers Plus, was one of two available.... Still, you can order yours online …
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Site Explorer Gets a Makeover  —  A few years ago, we launched Site Explorer with the goal of providing site owners with better visibility into how we index their websites and what data we use in our search service.  Over the years we've moved beyond simply providing information to webmasters …
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 …
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 …
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.
Don Day / Lost Remote: video now embeddable  — has joined the embedded video gold rush (with,, and others).  As is tradition, here's a sample clip to test out the new feature:  —  Earlier: The first video clip I picked doesn't work!
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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Frederik Balfour / Business Week:
Chinese Censors Silence iTunes
Discussion: Computerworld and Techdirt
Agence France Presse:
Tiny nation of Niue gets laptop for every child
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Associated Press:
Intel shows how to send power wirelessly
Elinor Mills / CNET
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Security expert: DNS attacks are happening
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Allie Winter / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel cuts phone-as-modem pricing from $50 to $15 per month
Mobile broadband to hit 100Mbps
Sarah Lacy:
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Miguel de Icaza:
SecondLife rolls out Mono-powered servers
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple may report unprecedented 3 million Mac quarter