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4:25 PM ET, August 24, 2008


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Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI tech voting record  —  By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward …
Ciaran / jaiku invites:
Jaiku is NOW on the Google App Engine  —  The long awaited move for Jaiku has finally begun.  Last night they took down the home page and took all services off-line and replaced them with this message ...  Now I can confirm that they have moved to the GAE and will be hosted there when they come back up.
Discussion: Mashable! and Googling Google
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:   Jaiku is the New Twitter
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Turning Point for Touch Screens  —  BREAKTHROUGHS often beget other breakthroughs, and Apple's slick use of touch technology on its iPhone has set touch-screen makers to salivating.  An industry once relegated to niches now sees the potential for riches.  —  The market for touch screens …
Mark Franchetti / Times of London:
Russians dent Google's world domination  —  How a bunch of young upstarts humbled the search-engine giant  —  THE Russian mathematician was 24 years old when he first saw a personal computer, one of only a dozen in the whole Soviet Union.  That was in 1984.
Andrea James / Andrea on …:
New version of Kindle in development & more  —  Amazon is working on a new version of the Kindle, and sees a big opportunity to market its e-book reader to college students, McAdams Wright Ragen analyst Tim Bueneman said Friday in an e-mailed note based on meetings with management.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon Confirms Student Version Of Kindle
Discussion: and Gadgetell
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon: Kindle Isn't *That* Big A Hit; College Edition In The Works
Discussion: HighTouch
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Caution: Driver May Be Surfing the Web  —  ANYTHING that keeps tykes pacified on long car trips, like video systems in rear seats, is a boon to automotive safety.  Today, Chrysler is poised to offer in its 2009 models a new entertainment option for the children: Wi-Fi and Internet connectivity.
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
The state of Palm- turn out the lights  —  Ryan Block has left the building.  Ryan was the Editor-in-Chief at engadget and is leaving to start a new venture with Peter Rojas.  I won't wish them luck as they don't need it, anything those two do together will be a raging success.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Post The Evidence Unless It Supports Your Case  —  For those of you not closely following the drama between social network platform Ning and a popular widget provider called WidgetLaboratory, you can read the background here.  On Friday Ning unceremoniously shut down their access to Ning, making all those widgets vanish.
Discussion: WidgetLaboratory
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
WidgetLaboratory Strikes Back At Ning Where It Hurts
Discussion: WidgetLaboratory
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Shareholders Disgusted With Yahoo! Board  —  Did Yahoo! hide how angry its shareholders are at the company?  —  After revealing late Tuesday that it had grossly downplayed the number of shareholder votes that opposed the re-election of Chief Executive Jerry Yang and other members to the board …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Zivity Removes User Age Verification; Aims To Increase Member Numbers?  —  “Female beauty showcase” site Zivity has apparently pulled the age verification requirement for new members.  When I (and others) attemped to signup back in February via a Techcrunch invite link, we were prompted to enter credit card information.
Ben Stein / New York Times:
Connected, Yes, but Hermetically Sealed  —  “MAN is born free, and everywhere he is in chains,” said Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  —  What would Rousseau have made of the modern-day balls and chains with which we shackle ourselves?  They are not made of steel or iron, but of silicon and plastic …
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9000 Video Unboxing  —  Rogers and RIM sure never made it easy for BlackBerry loyalists and fans to track down the Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9000 in its first few days of availability.  After a frustrating Thursday launch I was lucky to find success on Friday …
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Nick O'Neill / The Social Times:
Bebo Launches Chat
Discussion: Mashable!
Phyllis Korkki / New York Times:
In a Downturn, but Still Spending on Technology
Discussion: ZDNet
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Firefox 3.1 Proposal: Tabs in the Awesome Bar
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Jon / p2pnet:
Is the ESA planning an RIAA-type attack?
Discussion: DSLreports
Om Malik / GigaOM:
No VoIP In New Nokia N-Series Phones?  Is Nokia Turning Its Back on MobileVoIP?
Discussion: DSLreports and Mashable!
Brandon Bailey / LinuxInsider:
Is Sun Microsystems Primed for Purchase?
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
NBC Didn't Cash In on Olympics Video
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Kevin Rose unearths redesigned iPod nano, digs for more?

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