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7:40 PM ET, August 22, 2008

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Charles Wiles / Google Mobile Blog:
New Gears Geolocation API powers mobile web sites  —  Imagine if web sites could provide you with customized information based on your current location, even if you don't have GPS.  Today we're launching the Gears Geolocation API for mobile and desktop browsers, while two third-party developers …
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox to get massive JavaScript performance boost  —  Mozilla is leveraging an impressive new optimization technique to bring a big performance boost to the Firefox JavaScript engine.  The code was merged today (but is not yet ready to be enabled by default in the nightly builds) …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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the birth of a faster monkey  —  Over the past year, JavaScript performance on the web has undergone a striking revolution.  Virtually every browser has improved its engine to produce significant gains in execution speed; Firefox is about 3 times faster than Firefox 2 in various JavaScript benchmarks, for example.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ma.gnolia Goes Open Source - Will it Matter?  —  Social bookmarking: the awkward genius hopes you'll take its ideas to parties for it.  —  Ma.gnolia, one of the most popular second tier social bookmarking services on the web, announced today at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle that the company …
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redhat.com:
OpenSSH blacklist script  —  Last week Red Hat detected an intrusion on certain of its computer systems and took immediate action.  While the investigation into the intrusion is on-going, our initial focus was to review and test the distribution channel we use with our customers, Red Hat Network …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Red Hat, Fedora servers compromised
Economist:
If you build it...  Lively, Google's virtual world, has been a flop  —  IT SOUNDED like a brilliant idea.  Google, the internet giant, would bring 3-D virtual worlds to the masses by making them accessible through a web browser.  Millions of people log into virtual worlds such as World …
Discussion: broadstuff and Laurel Papworth
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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 …
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Street Not Factoring iPhone Expansion, Says Piper
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
A Comprehensive List of Ultraportables, Netbooks, Mini-Notebooks, Or Whatever You Call Them  —  When the Asus Eee came out, the market was simple.  There was only one tiny, cheap laptop so you knew which one was for you.  That was less than a year ago, but things move quickly in the tech world.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Who should be USA's CTO?  —  Today I visited Larry Lessig.  He's the founder of Creative Commons.  A professor of law at Stanford University.  And does many other things.  —  He is one of those guys who is just interesting to talk to.  Why?  Whip smart and has a view of things that very few other people have.
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
How To Launch Software  —  37signals recommends that software developers pursue what they call the Hollywood Launch.  They don't give any argument for this method, except perhaps the title (as if Hollywood was a business you should try to imitate?)  — I guess the idea is that you're supposed to do it since 37signals says to.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Zapped: Must Inspect Every N.Y. FiOS Installation For Unsafe Wiring  —  Karma stinks.  While Verizon's been tooting its horn all week because Apple iPhone owners have had major problems using rival AT&T's wireless network, the Albany Times Union reminds us that no telco's perfect:
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Larry Rulison / Albany Times Union:   Verizon's fiber-optic system rollout hits snag
Microsoft TechNet:
Desktops v1.0  —  Introduction  —  Desktops allows you to organize your applications on up to four virtual desktops.  Read email on one, browse the web on the second, and do work in your productivity software on the third, without the clutter of the windows you're not using.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Akamai Shares Jump On Buyout Chatter.  But Who's Buying?  (AKAM)  —  Akamai Technologies (AKAM) shares are up 6.3% today to $24.02 on “renewed takeover chatter.”  —  With a $4 billion market cap/$3.7 billion enterprise value, the content delivery network could be an easy acquisition …
Discussion: Epicenter and NewTeeVee
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Smartphone Start-Ups Have a Friend in This Fund  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. — Matt Murphy eats at expensive steakhouses, likes to watch his kids play soccer and is a loyal fan of Peet's Coffee and Tea.  And if he has his way, mobile phone users will know as much about each other as readers now know about him.
Discussion: The Apple Core
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Invisible Social Revolution  —  With just the weekend between now and the start of the major party conventions, the amazing thing about the New Media is just how little it has impacted so far on the story.  No major leaks about the vice presidential nominations, no blogger unmaskings …
BBC:
Poor earning virtual gaming gold  —  Nearly half a million people are employed in developing countries earning virtual goods in online games to sell to players, a study has found.  —  Research by Manchester University shows that the practice, known as gold-farming, is growing rapidly.
Discussion: Industry Standard and PSFK
 
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Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitterers eagerly await Obama VP decision so they can pass it on
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Totally False Propaganda About File Sharing Being Given To Studens …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
More You Said IT  —  I pulled from about a month of posts comments that made me laugh.
Discussion: TG Daily
PR Newswire:
Virgin Mobile USA Closes Acquisition of Helio
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Rumor: New $199 360 SKU with motion controller
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Pioneer Previews Its New Blu-ray Player
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget HD
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Microsoft & Seinfeld: A Match Made in the 1990s
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
A review of the Nokia E71
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Picnik adds support for layering, mass uploading
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel shares MacBook Air love with new small-footprint CPUs
Discussion: AppleInsider, MacRumors and Gizmodo
Daniel Ionescu / Today @ PC World:
Google Gains in Search at Microsoft, Yahoo Expense
Discussion: WebProNews
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
eMarketer: $5.75 million for video ads on NBC's Olympics site
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
The top 15 ways to get on with TechCrunch UK, and maybe other media
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