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3:00 PM ET, August 28, 2008

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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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News - Apple:
Bloomberg mistakenly publishes Steve Jobs obituary
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
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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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.
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 …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Extinguish the Rumors: No New 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 …
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 …
Microsoft:
Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Fact Sheet  —  An overview of the features and benefits of Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8.  —  Windows Internet Explorer 8 is the next version of the world's most popular browser that optimizes developer and end-user experiences to provide a window to the Web of online services.
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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.
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Target settles with blind patrons over site accessibility  —  Target and an advocacy group for the blind announced Wednesday that they've settled a class action lawsuit regarding the accessibility of Target.com for the visually impaired.  —  The retail giant will establish a $6 million fund …
Discussion: Ars Technica
YouTube Blog:
New Captions Feature For Videos  —  Here at YouTube, we're always trying to find new ways to enrich your viewing experience and to help video creators reach a wider audience.  As part of this goal, we've added a new captioning feature which allows you to give viewers a deeper understanding of your video.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Add Captions to YouTube Videos
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.
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Quebec government sued for buying Microsoft software  —  Facil wants ban on regulatory loophole that lets Quebec purchase proprietary software  —  Quebec's open-source software association is suing the provincial government, saying it is giving preferential treatment to Microsoft Corp …
Discussion: The Open Road, p2pnet, Inquirer and Slashdot
welt.de:
Future of Sony Ericsson uncertain  —  Sony Chief Executive Officer Sir Howard Stringer speaks to DIE WELT about competitors, consumer behavior, Google's lessons and a difficult year with Ericsson.  —  Bild 1 von 11  —  Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer: He started a cultural revolution at Sony
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.
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Sony's Thinnest Walkman Player Ever Has Active Noise Cancellation, Song Suggestion Software  —  Sony's S-series Walkman is their new high-end digital audio player that is not only their slimmest player to date, but has active noise cancellation and the SensMe music suggestion engine.
Wall Street Journal:
CBS Gives CNET Site a Makeover  —  CBS Corp. is launching a new version of its CNET.com Web site this week — providing one of the first glimpses at how the New York media giant hopes to integrate CNET Networks, the suite of Web properties it purchased for $1.8 billion in June.
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
 
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deal architect:
“SaaS market will ‘collapse’ in two years”
eWeek:
Mystery Chinese iPhone Worker Becomes Internet Star
Discussion: TUAW and Agence France Presse
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Why Apple keeps its iPhone 2.0 SDK under NDA
Light Reading:
TiVo Downplays RS-DVR Threat
Shirley Halperin / EW.com:
Exclusive: ‘Rock Band 2’ offering new slate of full albums
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech Squeezebox Boom: The ultimate Wi-Fi radio?
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Google Apps Premier SLA credit and commitment to communication
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
FBI Apparently Has Nothing Better To Do Than Arrest GNR Album Leaker
 Earlier Items: 
BBC:
Hackers prepare supermarket sweep
Sony:
NEW SONY CYBER-SHOT CAMERA'S VIDEO CAPTURE GOES HIGH DEF
Discussion: Crave, LAPTOP Magazine and I4U News
BBC:
West Wing writer tackles Facebook
Discussion: PDA and Mashable!
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SugarSync Sweetens Service With an iPhone Appbr
Discussion: AppScout
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony: “We like to provide as many services as possible for free”
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
For the Advanced in Age, Easy-to-Use Technology
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Band Admits It's ‘Utterly Dependent’ On Piracy
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
It must be a rough day in Cupertino
Discussion: Forbes
 

 
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