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3:29 AM ET, August 29, 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: Electronista and TechSpot
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast Metered Broadband Official — Beware What You Download  —  Karl Bode over on DSL Reports reports that Comcast will institute a 250 GB cap on its broadband connections starting Oct. 1.  Expect other carriers to follow suit and make tiered broadband a reality.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Comcast's Web limits: Saving bandwidth or stifling innovation?  —  The first computer I ever bought had a whopping six-gigabyte hard drive inside - far more storage capacity than anyone might have ever dreamed of using some ten years ago.  Back then, no one was really downloading music …
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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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.
Discussion: The Social Times and The Web Life
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 …
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 …
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Dell:
Share Gains in All Product Categories and Regions Fuel Dell Revenue …
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
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
WiMax's Invisible Power  —  You can't see them, but the fastest-ever mobile broadband connections are headed your way.  —  Clearwire (nasdaq: CLWR - news - people ) burst into the public consciousness in May with a $3.2 billion deal involving Sprint (nyse: S - news - people ), Intel (nasdaq …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
ABCNEWS:
Where Do You Click and What Does it Mean?  —  Web Searches Show Americans Are Intrigued by Porn, Phobias, Celebrities, Author Says  —  For centuries we have traveled the earth seeking knowledge.  But today, if you want or need to know anything, from the meaning of life to the location …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
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.
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC to see if porn-free network penetrates T-Mobile holdings
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Novell's third-quarter loss widens, but Linux booms by 30 percent
Discussion: PR Newswire and TheStreet.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Preview: Penny Arcade Expo 2008 in Seattle
Discussion: PlayStation.Blog and Xconomy
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Final Tally: Olympics Web and P2P Numbers
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
ABA Says RIAA File Sharing Watchers Shouldn't Need Private Investigators' Licenses
Jim Damoulakis / PC World:
Growing Cynicism Around Going Green
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Album-loving artists blame iTunes for changed music tastes
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple promises September fix for iPhone security flaw
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Al Sacco / CIO.com:
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Bank Changes Man's Password After They Realize It Insults Them
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Gmail Blog:
Little things that matter
Engineering Windows 7:
Windows 7 — Approach to System Performance
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Live Search Cashback Scheme Fails To Move The Market Share Needle
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Epicenter
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Extends Lucrative Deal With Google For 3 Years
GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation”
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Moves to Mainstream RSS With A Simple Name Change
Discussion: WebProNews and AppScout
 

 
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