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1:15 AM ET, August 23, 2008

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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 Mozilla Blog:
WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOUR BROWSER IS 7 TIMES FASTER?  —  Andreas Gal, Brendan Eich, Dave Anderson, Mike Shaver, and a whole host of other super-smart folks at Mozilla have been working hard to bring a Trace-tree based Just-in-time compiler to Firefox.  I was a little curious about what sort …
shaver:
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.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Webware.com and Slashdot
Brendan / Brendan's Roadmap Updates:
TraceMonkey: JavaScript Lightspeed  —  I'm extremely pleased to announce the launch of TraceMonkey, an evolution of Firefox's SpiderMonkey JavaScript engine for Firefox 3.1 that uses a new kind of Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler to boost JS performance by an order of magnitude or more.  —  Results
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
iHologram Looks Remarkable, but Is it Real?  —  Macenstein points us to an interesting video which claims to create a “holographic” effect on the iPhone by performing real time adjustments to the image based on rotation: … Our only confusion is its apparent ability to detect rotational information …
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
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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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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.
Discussion: HighContrast
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 …
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Mark Evans:   Google's Swings and Misses
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.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and GottaBeMobile
Kevin Rose:
New iPods Coming Very Soon  —  Latest rumors:  — Revamp of entire iPod line.  — Small cosmetic changes to Touch, Nano to see significant redesign (see pic below).  — iPods to see fairly large price drops to distance itself from the $199 iPhone.  — iPod touch 2.1 software, iPhone to get update very soon after.
Discussion: MacRumors and Gizmodo
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
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Netbook Prices Are Now Falling  —  Personal computer maker Acer said Friday morning it is cutting the price of its Aspire “netbook” to $349 from $399.  It's cutting the price of another netbook, the Linpus Linux Lite, to $329 from $379.  —  None too soon.
Discussion: Electronista, Liliputing and Engadget
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.
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.
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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Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Are we ready to declare the “time of death” for the enterprise data center?
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
MetaRAM now pumping 288GB of memory into Intel boxes
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitterers eagerly await Obama VP decision so they can pass it on
Discussion: Bits and Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Totally False Propaganda About File Sharing Being Given To Students …
Discussion: WebProNews, Switched and Slashdot
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Invisible Social Revolution
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
More You Said IT  —  I pulled from about a month of posts comments that made me laugh.
Discussion: TG Daily and Neowin.net
PR Newswire:
Virgin Mobile USA Closes Acquisition of Helio
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Rumor: New $199 360 SKU with motion controller
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Jim / Medialoper:
Microsoft & Seinfeld: A Match Made in the 1990s
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
A review of the Nokia E71
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Akamai Shares Jump On Buyout Chatter. But Who's Buying? (AKAM)
Discussion: Epicenter and NewTeeVee
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Smartphone Start-Ups Have a Friend in This Fund
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel shares MacBook Air love with new small-footprint CPUs
Bill Ray / The Register:
FCC votes to silence 700MHz lurkers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC producing new smartphone for Palm
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