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9:35 PM ET, August 22, 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 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.
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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Gears 0.4 is here!
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and Ajaxian
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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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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Mark Evans:
Google's Swings and Misses  —  The Economist has an article looking at how Lively, Google's attempt to establish a foothold in the virtual world market, has flopped.  —  To be fair, it's far too early to determine whether Lively is a failure given it was only launched last month …
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.
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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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
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.
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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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.
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, PSFK and TechnoLlama
Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Twitterers eagerly await Obama VP decision so they can pass it on  —  What good is it being the first to know something important if you can't be the first to tell someone else?  —  With that in mind, Twitter users have been tweeting away with anticipation today of Barack Obama's choice of a running mate.
Discussion: Bits and Silicon Alley Insider
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
MetaRAM now pumping 288GB of memory into Intel boxes  —  Super-charging memory shop MetaRAM has started talking up its beefy DDR3 modules.  —  MetaRAM's top customer Hynix has already taken delivery of the DDR3 MetaSDRAM, which allows server customers to pack far more memory inside their standard systems.
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Rumor: New $199 360 SKU with motion controller  —  Take it for what it's worth, but we've received a tip from a source close to Microsoft's marketing department who has shed some light on the Xbox 360 price cuts that are rumored to be going down in a few weeks time.  More specifically, the $199 Xbox 360 Arcade bundle.
 
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Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
iHologram Looks Remarkable, but Is it Real?
Discussion: iPhone Buzz and Macenstein
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
Are we ready to declare the “time of death” for the enterprise data center?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Totally False Propaganda About File Sharing Being Given To Students …
Discussion: Threat Level and WebProNews
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.
PR Newswire:
Virgin Mobile USA Closes Acquisition of Helio
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
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
A review of the Nokia E71
Discussion: Wap Review
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Dell Mini Inspiron caught running Ubuntu in the wild
Discussion: Liliputing and SlashGear
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Akamai Shares Jump On Buyout Chatter. But Who's Buying? (AKAM)
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Epicenter
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
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC producing new smartphone for Palm
Daniel Ionescu / Today @ PC World:
Google Gains in Search at Microsoft, Yahoo Expense
Discussion: WebProNews
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