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10:55 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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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Steve Jobs's Obituary, As Run By Bloomberg  —  The Bloomberg financial newswire decided to update its 17-page Steve Jobs obituary today — and inadvertently published it in the process.  Some investors were undoubtedly rattled to see, as our tipster did late this afternoon …
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Ruling In Veoh Case Could Be A Big Boost To YouTube Over Viacom  —  A judge has ruled that online video hosting site Veoh is not guilty of copyright infringement for videos uploaded by its users.  The judge made the proper ruling here, noting that the DMCA's safe harbors protect Veoh.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
A Victory For Video Sites: Court Grants Veoh Its DMCA Defense …
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube Praises Dismissal of Copyright Suit Against Veoh
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Veoh Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit; Viacom-YouTube Next?
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
Brad Neuberg / Ajaxian:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Web Standards
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
Jessica Guynn / Los Angeles Times:
Coming soon: ‘Facebook: The Movie’?  —  Is Aaron Sorkin getting his geek on?  —  The famous technophobe and Hollywood scribe is trading the “West Wing” and “Studio 60” corridors for the graffiti-scrawled, software-developer-mobbed corridors of social networking upstart Facebook Inc.
Discussion: Epicenter, WebProNews and Valleywag
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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: Epicenter and WebProNews
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
For the Advanced in Age, Easy-to-Use Technology  —  IN the 1960s, baby boomers, like most young people, could not wait to leave home.  —  Today, those boomers are trying to figure out how to stay at home, even if they are past the age when their parents made the passage to senior living.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Why can't they fix the Flash/Firefox bug?  —  An annoying and long-lived bug is preventing some users from viewing Web videos.  There's a workaround, but for many, the cure is as bad as the disease.  —  The bug is that Flash videos don't play for certain Firefox 3 users on Windows XP or Vista …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sharp debuts super slim XS1 LCD, D65E display lineup and BD-HP21H Blu-ray player  —  Thin is in at IFA 2008, and Sharp's LCD lineup leads off with the super-skinny XS1 Aquos series LCD.  A 23mm thick 1080p 52- or 65-inch panel packing 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 100Hz motion processing …
Discussion: Electronista, Gearlog and Gizmodo
 
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GamesIndustry.biz:
Sony: “We like to provide as many services as possible for free”
Discussion: PS3 Fanboy, Destructoid and Kotaku
Matthew L. Wald / New York Times:
Wind Energy Bumps Into Power Grid's Limits
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Sony's Cybershot T500 Digital Camera Shoots HD Video Too
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
Mike Yuen / Edge Online:
Prepare for the Digital Distribution Era
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google stretching underwater comms cable?
Discussion: Digg
PR Newswire:
NAVIGON Delivers Free Real-Time Traffic Updates for Life Across Product Suite
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
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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: p2pnet and TechCrunch
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Industry Rethinks Moneymaking Software Practice
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Microsoft, Nikon sign patent-sharing deal
eWeek:
Corrupt File Brought Down FAA's Antiquated IT System
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
F**k the VCs  —  When I read about Mike Lee's firing from Tapulous, it made me angry.
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