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11:45 AM 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.com:
Bloomberg mistakenly publishes Steve Jobs obituary  —  An electronic gaffe at news outlet Bloomberg mistakenly sent an incomplete obituary for Apple CEO Steve Jobs over the wire on Wednesday afternoon, and a tipster promptly sent the soon-retracted file to gossip blog Gawker.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Transcoding Is Not A Crime, Says Court In Veoh Porn Case  —  Update: More analysis of the decision here.  —  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 …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Veoh wins copyright infringement lawsuit  —  Video-sharing site Veoh defeated a copyright infringement lawsuit Wednesday in federal court, potentially giving Google's YouTube a tool in its defense against a $1 billion lawsuit filed by Viacom, according to a report posted on PaidContent.org.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
A Victory For Video Sites: Court Grants Veoh Its DMCA Defense In Copyright Case (GOOG)  —  This won't resolve Viacom v. Google, or any of the other knotty copyright disputes roiling the Web.  But it's certainly going to give sites like YouTube (GOOG) legal ammunition: A U.S. District judge …
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What The Veoh Decision Means For YouTube And Others
Discussion: Open Source
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:   Veoh Copyright Case Dismissed
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Veoh Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit; Viacom-YouTube Next?
Discussion: Bits
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.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Music Labels Rethink iTunes, Again; Same Old Gripe of Album vs Singles
BBC:
West Wing writer tackles Facebook  —  Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has agreed to make a film about the founders of social networking site Facebook.  —  Sorkin, who created US TV drama The West Wing and wrote the Tom Hanks movie Charlie Wilson's War, has even opened a Facebook account to aid his research.
Discussion: PDA and Mashable!
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Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Coming soon: ‘Facebook: The Movie’?
Discussion: Epicenter and WebProNews
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.
Discussion: Digital Daily, Epicenter and WebProNews
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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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
It must be a rough day in Cupertino  —  They just keep coming, one negative headline after another after another.  At least that's how it must feel today over at Apple.  In the last 24 hours or so, there have been at least four separate events that have put the company in a negative light.
Discussion: Forbes
Sony:
Resize text:A A A  —  NEW SONY CYBER-SHOT CAMERA'S VIDEO CAPTURE GOES HIGH DEF  —  Sony is adding high-definition movie recording to its digital camera line with the introduction of the Cyber-shot® DSC-T500 model.  —  This 10-megapixel camera features wide and full-screen 720p movie recording …
Discussion: Crave, LAPTOP Magazine, I4U News and Gearlog
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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.
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.
BBC:
Hackers prepare supermarket sweep  —  Self-checkout systems in UK supermarkets are being targeted by hi-tech criminals with stolen credit card details.  —  A BBC investigation has unearthed a plan hatching online to loot US bank accounts via the checkout systems.
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
GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony: “We like to provide as many services as possible for free”  —  The president of Sony Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, has told GamesIndustry.biz that the company is keen to provide as many services to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable users as possible - and is happy to look …
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, Destructoid and Kotaku
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.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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: Apple 2.0 and MacRumors
 
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
British man to face hacking charges in U.S.
Discussion: The Register
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SugarSync Sweetens Service With an iPhone App
Discussion: AppScout
IDC:
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sharp debuts super slim XS1 LCD, D65E display lineup and BD-HP21H Blu-ray player
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
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Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid's Limits
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gives Google Apps Users Credit & Adds Communication Policies
Discussion: Negative Approach and eWeek
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Band Admits It's ‘Utterly Dependent’ On Piracy
Discussion: The Equity Kicker and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Yuen / Edge Online:
Prepare for the Digital Distribution Era
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Why can't they fix the Flash/Firefox bug?
Discussion: jd/adobe and InfoWorld
Rebecca Selvenis / The Official Google Blog:
Strengthening the study of computer science
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
‘Forgot your password?’ may be weakest link
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Open Market video DRM aims to let “1,000 retailers bloom”
Discussion: TechCrunch and p2pnet
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Industry Rethinks Moneymaking Software Practice
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