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2:05 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.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: Docu-Drama, CyberNet, Yahoo! News and 901am
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.
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 …
Discussion: Open Source and Computerworld
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Transcoding Is Not A Crime, Says Court In Veoh Porn Case
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
A Victory For Video Sites: Court Grants Veoh Its DMCA Defense …
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.
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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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Report: AT&T Source Explains Exact Technical Details of iPhone 3G Probems  —  Looking down the rabbit hole at the iPhone 3G's issues  —  The iPhone 3G is one of Apple's flagship products.  Many would argue it stands far above its most able competitors in terms of capabilities.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
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
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.
Dave Rosenberg / Negative Approach:
Google Apps Premier SLA credit and commitment to communication  —  Looks like Google is starting to take Apps Premier a bit more seriously, providing users with SLA credits for the August outage and realizing that the guy who chose Google Apps has to report to someone else when things go haywire.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Gives Google Apps Users Credit & Adds Communication Policies
Discussion: eWeek
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:
NEW SONY CYBER-SHOT CAMERA'S VIDEO CAPTURE GOES HIGH DEF  —  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.
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.
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 and Electronista
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Add Captions to YouTube Videos  —  YouTube added support for closed captioning, a feature that was already available at Google Video.  If you edit one of your videos, you can click on the “Captions and subtitles” section and upload a captions file.  —  “Captions and subtitles make videos accessible …
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YouTube Blog:
New Captions Feature For Videos
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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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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: p2pnet, The Open Road and Slashdot
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.
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead
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
 
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Accused British Hacker Gary McKinnon Loses Appeal to Block Extradition
Discussion: CNET News.com and The Register
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
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FBI Apparently Has Nothing Better To Do Than Arrest GNR Album Leaker
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SugarSync Sweetens Service With an iPhone App
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Sharp debuts super slim XS1 LCD, D65E display lineup and BD-HP21H Blu-ray player
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Band Admits It's ‘Utterly Dependent’ On Piracy
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Why can't they fix the Flash/Firefox bug?
Discussion: jd/adobe and InfoWorld
Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
‘Forgot your password?’ may be weakest link
Discussion: Today @ PC World
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Industry Rethinks Moneymaking Software Practice
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