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12:55 AM ET, August 28, 2008

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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available  —  We're excited to release IE8 Beta 2 today for public download.  You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8.  Please try it out!  —  You'll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.
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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Microsoft Vs. Google, Again  —  Forget about that $44 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  Microsoft's latest assault on Google is slier.  —  Since May Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) has been reimbursing people up to half of the value of items they buy using its search technology.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Internet Explorer 8 gets a massive makeover  —  More than two years ago, when Microsoft was in the final stages of testing Internet Explorer 7, Bill Gates promised more frequent browser updates, as often as every 9 to 12 months.  And yet today, nearly two years after IE7's release …
Brad Neuberg / Ajaxian:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Web Standards
Discussion: IEBlog
New York Magazine:
CONFIRMED: Aaron Sorkin Creates Facebook Page, Writing Facebook Movie  —  Aaron Sorkin, a man whose discomfort with the Internet goes way, way back to the days he got angry at the Television Without Pity message boards, is writing a movie about the founding of Facebook.
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
F**k the VCs  —  When I read about Mike Lee's firing from Tapulous, it made me angry.  Angry, not because I feel for Mike... he's a big boy and I'm sure he'll be fine.  Angry because what we're about to experience in the iPhone world is going to be a bubble along the lines of the one in the late 90s / early 2000s.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPods, MacBooks, iMacs up next on Apple's 2008 roadmap  —  With a multinational iPhone 3G launch now successfully under its belt, electronics maker Apple Inc. is preparing to close out the year with a final phase of product introductions that will stretch over the course of the next two months.
Discussion: MacRumors
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential:
EXCLUSIVE: FriendFeed readying RSS accelerator  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Update, 7:30 p.m.: FriendFeed Inc. co-founder Paul Buchheit has published a detailed explanation of the social networking aggregator's planned Simple Update Protocol.  In a nutshell, he describes it as a …
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yep, We Redesigned  —  As many of our readers have noticed (and noted) already, we rolled out a new design for TechCrunch yesterday evening.  —  We've been watching as the initial feedback has rolled in through Twitter and in the comments to our other posts.
Discussion: Mark Evans and Valleywag
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   Welcome to the new CNET
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BackType, A Twitter For Comments  —  BackType is the newest YCombinator startup to launch from their summer program.  They're a blog-comment focused startup - founders Christoper Golda and Michael Montano are for the first time aggregating all comments from millions of blogs into a single, searchable, parsable stream.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's new “Blue Track” mouse spotted?  —  We're not really sure if Microsoft is peddling a revolution here or just the mousing tech flavor of the month, but we've got ourselves a much better idea of where things might be going.  After that little “Say Goodbye to Laser” …
David King / The Official Google Blog:
Making money on YouTube with Content ID  —  Late last year, we introduced our newest tool for YouTube's content identification and management system, Video ID.  While we have long provided copyright owners with similar content policies and tools, Video ID was revolutionary because it provided real choice …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Everything You Thought You Knew About the Business of YouTube Was Wrong
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Transcoding Is Not A Crime, Says Court In Veoh Porn Case  —  Finally, a judge who may have actually visited the Internet once or twice before deciding a case.  Judge Howard Lloyd, a judge on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, threw out adult entertainment company …
Discussion: Valleywag
eWeek:
Corrupt File Brought Down FAA's Antiquated IT System  —  The Federal Aviation Administration's flight plan IT network, which went down for about 2.5 hours Aug. 26 and fouled up the takeoff plans of thousands of travelers in more than 40 airports across the country, is back up and running.
Wall Street Journal:
More Artists Steer Clear of iTunes  —  Apple's Online Music Store Sells Lots of Singles,  —  But Labels Seek Higher Profits of Full Album Sales  —  ITunes has been the runaway hit of the music business, selling more than five billion song downloads since it started five years ago.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Coolfer
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Microsoft, Nikon sign patent-sharing deal  —  Microsoft and Nikon have signed a cross-licensing deal that gives each company access to the other's patents.  —  The deal is one of a growing list from Microsoft, which has been seeking to establish the heft and significance of its intellectual property effort.
Discussion: Electronista and Imaging Insider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Innovation Isn't Dying In Silicon Valley; It's Just Changing  —  Apparently Judy Estrin, a well-known Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and exec, is coming out with a new book warning that the infrastructure needed for innovation in Silicon Valley is going away.
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Nikon Holds a Secret  —  If you saw it just sitting there, you'd never guess that the new Nikon D90 is a mind-blowing, game-changing camera.  —  It looks like any other big, black intermediate single-lens reflex camera: much more compact than a professional model, but much bigger and heavier than a pocket camera.
 
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Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Do We Need a National CTO?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU pays for, then ignores study on copyright extension
Discussion: TechnoLlama
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Yahoo Senior Exec Defections: Steve Boom and Todd Teresi
Discussion: Valleywag
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Good cellphones make good delegates
Discussion: CNET News and AppScout
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone Getting More Popular With Enterprise Buyers, Says Study (AAPL, RIMM)
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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