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4:30 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 …
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:   Mozilla Crowns Best Firefox 3 Extensions
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
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.
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 …
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Jordan Robertson / Associated Press:   Intel demonstrates how to send electrical power wirelessly
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.
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
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
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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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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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.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
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 News.com and I4U News
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 …
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.
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: Profy and SitePoint Blogs
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.
Don Day / Lost Remote:
CNN.com video now embeddable  —  CNN.com has joined the embedded video gold rush (with MSNBC.com, CBSNews.com, FoxNews.com 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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Gearlog:
Sony Unveils S-Air Play and XROSS FADE
Discussion: Gizmodo and Out of the Box
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Music Subscriptions Coming To iTunes (AAPL) Next Month? Nope
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
Apple's iPhone 3G troubles spawn a lawsuit
comScore:
comScore Releases July 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Site Explorer Gets a Makeover
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Security expert: DNS attacks are happening
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
An Easy Way To Retrieve The Entire MobileMe User Email List
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Twenty Thoughts About a Microsoft Ad Campaign I Haven't Seen Yet
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Flickr Blog:
Our new slideshow: pass the popcorn!
mobilenewscwp.co.uk:
Mobile broadband to hit 100Mbps
Sarah Lacy:
6% Can Be a Lot More Than You Think  —  Earlier this week …
Cyrus Farivar / Salon:
Has Palm gotten its groove back?
Miguel de Icaza:
SecondLife rolls out Mono-powered servers
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple may report unprecedented 3 million Mac quarter
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Bad economy kills this year's DigitalLife Expo
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What Facebook's New ‘Engagement Advertising’ Means to Brands
 

 
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