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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Beats Quadrangle To Buy Research Firm Greenfield For $486 Million; Selling Off Most Of It  —  In a complex and slightly confusing transaction, Greenfield Online, the online market research and surveys company, which earlier this week rejected a bid by media PE firm Quadrangle …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 250GB Cap Goes Live October 1 - Updated: Comcast confirms our story...  Back in May I broke the news that in addition to throttling back high-consumption users to “DSL like speeds,” Comcast was considering implementing a 250GB monthly cap as part of their shift toward “protocol agnostic” network management.
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Does Silicon Valley Face an Innovation Crisis?  —  Judy Estrin, who has built several Silicon Valley companies and was the chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, says Silicon Valley is in trouble.  In a new book, “Closing the Innovation Gap,” which will be in bookstores Tuesday …
Android Developers Blog:
Presenting the Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I  —  Since we started the first Android Developer Challenge late last year, we all have been eager to see who the winners of $275,000 and $100,000 would be.  All 50 applications that emerged from Round 1 of ADC I showed great promise …
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market: a user-driven content distribution system  —  When we talk to developers, a common topic is the challenge of getting applications in the hands of users.  That's why today I'm happy to share early details of Android Market—an open content distribution system that will help end users find …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple and AT&T Developing iPhone Tethering Plan  —  According to a pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers, Steve Jobs may have responded to complaints that, since the pulling of NetShare from the App Store, iPhone-to-laptop tethering is impossible without jailbreaking one's phone.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
The Golden Age of Streaming  —  Comcast's decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB is being decried as the end of the Internet as we know it.  Maybe so, but it can also be seen as the dawn of the Streaming Era.  As the Olympics drew to a close with big numbers - 75.5 million streams …
Agence France Presse:
Millions of young Chinese addicted to ‘unhealthy’ Internet games: report  —  BEIJING (AFP) - Around four million Chinese youngsters are addicted to the Internet, mainly attracted by “unhealthy” online games, state media reported Friday, citing a top legislator.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Down Mash, 0-4 On Social Networking  —  First came 360, launched in 2005 as an early attempt to get Yahoo into social networking, was unceremoniously shut down earlier this year.  In 2006 Yahoo was unable to close a transaction with Facebook, despite being willing to pay up to $1.62 billion.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival  —  DENVER—An unusual phenomenon has recently appeared on Craigslist's Denver Web site.  Sex-wanted ads spiked this week, which happens to coincide with the Democratic National Convention.  —  Ads seeking casual sexual encounters through …
Discussion: WebProNews
GamesIndustry.biz:
Will Wright: E3 is “the walking dead”  —  Games design legend Will Wright has added to E3 organiser the ESA's woes by claiming “the real E3 died a couple of years ago”, branding this year's heavily criticised Los Angeles event “the walking dead”.  —  Wright, who delivered an on-stage presentation …
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq, Destructoid and GoNintendo
Bloomberg:
Google to Start Yahoo Deal by October, Schmidt Says  —  Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., facing U.S. Justice Department scrutiny of its advertising partnership with Yahoo! Inc., will proceed with the agreement by early October, Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt said.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Mashable!
Priya Ganapati / Wired News:
Once Mighty Bell Labs Leaves Behind Transistor, Laser, 6 Nobels  —  Bell Labs' decision to abandon basic physics research marks the end of a brilliant chapter for the iconic institution.  Many of the Labs' most famous discoveries, such as the transistor and the laser, originated …
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