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7:50 PM ET, August 28, 2008

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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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Android Market, Google's response to Apple's App Store for third party developers  —  Mobile software operating system Android is coming soon, at least on one device — and that device will have a way for third-party applications to get access to users.  The Google-led software initiative …
Discussion: TechCrunch, TechSpot and Electronista
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Bloomberg Runs Steve Jobs' Obituary  —  For whatever reason, the Bloomberg financial newswire decided to update its 17-page Steve Jobs obituary today.  It's true that the secretive Apple CEO's battle with pancreatic cancer, and speculation over his health, rattled some investors earlier …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How Steve Jobs' obit got published  —  The first rule of publishing is that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  (A corollary favored at Time Magazine, where I labored for nearly three decades, is that all copy is guilty until proved otherwise.)  —  None of this excuses …
Discussion: Telegraph and PE Hub Blog
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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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 250GB Monthly Cap Goes Live October 1 - Official word should drop sometime today....  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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast Metered Broadband Official — Beware What You Download
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen multi-touch techniques for tablet Macs  —  In a revised company filing discovered by AppleInsider, iPhone maker Apple Inc. illustrates a number of techniques that would pave the way for tablet Macs that display a near full-sized multi-touch keyboard and run an undiluted version of the Mac OS X operating system.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Extinguish the Rumors: No New Amazon Kindle This Year  —  Talk of a new version of the Kindle e-book reader, aimed at college students, has been echoing around the blogosphere and has even reached your dutifully vacationing Bits correspondent.  I asked Craig Berman, Amazon's chief spokesman …
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
The Inside Deets on iPhone 2.0.2 and Dropped Calls  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  The mysteriously terse synopsis of the improvements made in iPhone 2.0.2, listed only as “bug fixes,” didn't shed much light on why Apple's Jennifer Bowcock could tell USAToday that “the software update improves communication with 3G networks.”
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Wall Street Journal:
McCain Seems To Have Obama Beat in One Arena  —  Campaign Buys Rights To Top Search Results On Key Election Terms  —  So-called ambush ads are typically reserved for Web-savvy marketers such as General Motors and AT&T. The newest believer: a 71-year-old presidential candidate.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Finally Figures Out How To Make Money: Big Ads On Its Homepage  —  Take a good, long look at YouTube's (GOOG) homepage.  You may not recognize it soon: The video site is trying out new ad format that will turn over a good chunk of the page to sponsors.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Dell: Turnaround interuptus as share grab hurts net, margins  —  Dell's second quarter earnings fell short of projections, but revenue was well ahead of targets.  Translation: Dell is gaining share at the expense of its bottom line as price competition heats up.
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Dell:
Share Gains in All Product Categories and Regions Fuel Dell Revenue …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What The Veoh Decision Means For YouTube And Others  —  Attorneys representing online video sites around the country are salivating today over the Veoh summary judgment decision (I know this because I've spoken to a few of them).  In a nutshell, here's what we learned today …
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple promises September fix for iPhone security flaw  —  A recently discovered security flaw that would allow access to a locked iPhone will be fixed next month, Apple said on Thursday.  —  “The minor iPhone security issue which surfaced this week is fixed in a software update …
Discussion: MacRumors and CNET News.com
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
iPhone security flaw exposes private data
CBC News:
Rogers extends iPhone prices, revamps data plans  —  Rogers Communications Inc. is revamping its data rate plans and extending a limited-time offer on the iPhone in order to spur sales of smartphones.  —  The Toronto-based company, Canada's largest cellphone provider, on Thursday …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and mobilesyrup.com
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Extends Lucrative Deal With Google For 3 Years  —  Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, has extended its search deal with Google for another three years.  In return for setting Google as the default search engine on Firefox, Google pays Mozilla a substantial sum …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Digg town hall: Local news options, forums on the way?  —  Digg has always made its message clear: it's not social news, it's democracy.  —  The company's executive team—founder Kevin Rose, and CEO Jay Adelson—thumbed their noses at the DMCA complaint they received when users “dugg” …
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Mark Glaser / MediaShift:   The Best 2008 Political Convention Coverage Online
GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation”  —  Publishing giant Electronic Arts has said that it's currently trying multiple new business models to help battle the critical problem of second-hand videogame sales.  —  While retailers reap the benefits of selling the same product multiple times …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily and Destructoid
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Live Search Cashback Scheme Fails To Move The Market Share Needle  —  When it comes to search, Microsoft is trying everything it can to become a serious player.  It tried to acquire Yahoo, its latest version of Internet Explorer attempts to steer Web surfers away from Google …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Moves to Mainstream RSS With A Simple Name Change  —  For all its supposed simplicity, Really Simple Syndication or RSS has continued to confuse and intimidate millions of people online years after its introduction.  What can be done to make RSS more mainstream?
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
 
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Sweetcron: Your Lifestream on Your Server
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