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5:05 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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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 …
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
Discussion: TechCrunch and Electronista
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.
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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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 …
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 …
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Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Required Reading for “User-Generated Content” Sites: Io Group v. Veoh
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Extends Lucrative Deal With Google For 3 Years  —  Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, has extended its search deal with Google for another three years.  In return for setting Google as the default search engine on Firefox, Google pays Mozilla a substantial sum …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and WebProNews
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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.
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
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.
GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation”  —  Publishing giant Electronic Arts has said that it's currently trying multiple new business models to help battle the critical problem of second-hand videogame sales.  —  While retailers reap the benefits of selling the same product multiple times …
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Moves to Mainstream RSS With A Simple Name Change  —  For all its supposed simplicity, Really Simple Syndication or RSS has continued to confuse and intimidate millions of people online years after its introduction.  What can be done to make RSS more mainstream?
Discussion: AppScout
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Pricing pressure dings Dell's net
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Live Search Cashback Scheme Fails To Move The Market Share Needle
Discussion: Epicenter
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Sweetcron: Your Lifestream on Your Server
Wall Street Journal:
CBS Gives CNET Site a Makeover
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Target settles with blind patrons over site accessibility
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TiVo Downplays RS-DVR Threat
eWeek:
Accused British Hacker Gary McKinnon Loses Appeal to Block Extradition
Discussion: Valleywag and Inquirer
Shirley Halperin / EW.com:
Exclusive: ‘Rock Band 2’ offering new slate of full albums
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Game|Life
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech Squeezebox Boom: The ultimate Wi-Fi radio?
Discussion: PC World, Electronista and Gearlog
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Quebec government sued for buying Microsoft software
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Sony's Thinnest Walkman Player Ever Has Active Noise Cancellation …
Microsoft:
Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Fact Sheet