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5:45 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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Steve Block / Google Code Blog:
Two new ways to location-enable your web apps  —  We just launched two new ways to give your web apps free and secure access to a user's location, without requiring that user to enter it manually.  —  First, there's the AJAX API property that provides a simple way to get an approximate …
Gears API Blog:
Gears 0.4 is here!
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and Ajaxian
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Offers A Geolocation API For Gears (But It Only Works On Windows Mobile)
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Gizmodo
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
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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone 3G: Now serving 660 million potential customers
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Street Not Factoring iPhone Expansion, Says Piper
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon, Google Kiss And Make Up For Search Deal, But Where's Android?
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: Mark Evans and Laurel Papworth
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.
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: mocoNews.net and The Apple Core
Daniel Ionescu / Today @ PC World:
Google Gains in Search at Microsoft, Yahoo Expense  —  Web site traffic watcher ComScore released figures this week that reveal Google's dominance is growing, when it comes to search, at the expense of Microsoft's search destinations and Yahoo, who continue to lose market share.
Discussion: WebProNews
Phone Arena:
LG KC910 is the 8-megapixel successor of Viewty  —  LG just officially announced to us the successor of the Viewty, the KC910.  It is an all-in-one multimedia phone, sporting 8-megapixel camera, Dolby sound for music, and DivX and XviD support for video playback.
PR Newswire:
Virgin Mobile USA Closes Acquisition of Helio  —  Virgin Mobile USA, Inc. (NYSE: VM), a leading national provider of pay-as-you-go wireless services, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Helio, a joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, Inc. (Nasdaq: ELNK) …
 
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Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Rumor: New $199 360 SKU with motion controller
Discussion: Game On, Gizmodo, Joystiq and GoNintendo
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Pioneer Previews Its New Blu-ray Player
Discussion: Gizmodo
Aaron Swartz / Raw Thought:
How To Launch Software  —  37signals recommends that software …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox to get massive JavaScript performance boost
Discussion: Webware.com
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Microsoft & Seinfeld: A Match Made in the 1990s
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
A review of the Nokia E71
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Intel:
Intel CTO Says Gap between Humans, Machines will Close by 2050
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Mini Inspiron caught running Ubuntu in the wild
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Picnik adds support for layering, mass uploading
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel shares MacBook Air love with new small-footprint CPUs
Discussion: MacRumors and Gizmodo
Bill Ray / The Register:
FCC votes to silence 700MHz lurkers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC producing new smartphone for Palm
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
eMarketer: $5.75 million for video ads on NBC's Olympics site
Discussion: Epicenter and paidContent.org
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Zapped: Must Inspect Every N.Y. FiOS Installation For Unsafe Wiring
Discussion: Albany Times Union
BBC:
Poor earning virtual gaming gold
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