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1:40 AM ET, August 29, 2008

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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  —  Mobile software operating system Android is coming soon, at least on one device — and that device will have a way for third-party applications to get access to users.  The Google-led software initiative …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 250GB Cap Goes Live October 1 - Updated: Comcast confirms our story...  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.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Comcast's Web limits: Saving bandwidth or stifling innovation?  —  The first computer I ever bought had a whopping six-gigabyte hard drive inside - far more storage capacity than anyone might have ever dreamed of using some ten years ago.  Back then, no one was really downloading music …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Comcast Metered Broadband Official — Beware What You Download  —  Karl Bode over on DSL Reports reports that Comcast will institute a 250 GB cap on its broadband connections starting Oct. 1.  Expect other carriers to follow suit and make tiered broadband a reality.
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.
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 …
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 Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Down Mash, 0-4 On Social Networking  —  First came 360, launched in 2005 as an early attempt to get Yahoo into social networking, was unceremoniously shut down earlier this year.  In 2006 Yahoo was unable to close a transaction with Facebook, despite being willing to pay up to $1.62 billion.
Discussion: The Web Life and The Social Times
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 …
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Dell:
Share Gains in All Product Categories and Regions Fuel Dell Revenue …
CBC News:
Rogers extends iPhone prices, revamps data plans  —  Rogers Communications Inc. is revamping its data rate plans and extending a limited-time offer on the iPhone in order to spur sales of smartphones.  —  The Toronto-based company, Canada's largest cellphone provider, on Thursday …
Discussion: mobilesyrup.com and Infinite Loop
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Live Search Cashback Scheme Fails To Move The Market Share Needle  —  When it comes to search, Microsoft is trying everything it can to become a serious player.  It tried to acquire Yahoo, its latest version of Internet Explorer attempts to steer Web surfers away from Google …
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 …
 
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Growing Cynicism Around Going Green
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
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