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3:00 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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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 …
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
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: Webware.com, InfoWorld and Slashdot
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, SlashGear and Gizmodo
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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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
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
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 jkOnTheRun
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.
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.
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
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
 
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Steven Schwankert / Network World:
China blocks Apple's iTunes, Amazon over Tibet songs
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: 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
Jim / Medialoper:
Microsoft & Seinfeld: A Match Made in the 1990s
 Earlier Items: 
Microsoft TechNet:
Desktops v1.0
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
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
Bill Ray / The Register:
FCC votes to silence 700MHz lurkers
Discussion: Ars Technica
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC producing new smartphone for Palm