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5:15 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 …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Android Market, Google's response to Apple's App Store for third party developers
Discussion: Electronista and TechSpot
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.
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.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:   Comcast's Web limits: Saving bandwidth or stifling innovation?
PR Newswire:
Microsoft to Acquire Greenfield Online Including Its European Subsidiary Ciao, a Leading European Price Comparison and Shopping Site  —  Microsoft Corp today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Greenfield Online Inc, owner of Ciao GmbH, one of Europe's leading price comparison …
Rafat Ali /
Microsoft Beats Quadrangle To Buy Research Firm Greenfield For $486 Million; Selling Off Most Of It  —  In a complex and slightly confusing transaction, Greenfield Online, the online market research and surveys company, which earlier this week rejected a bid by media PE firm Quadrangle …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Reuters
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.
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 …
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and The Mac Observer
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.”
Android Developers Blog:
Presenting the Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I  —  Since we started the first Android Developer Challenge late last year, we all have been eager to see who the winners of $275,000 and $100,000 would be.  All 50 applications that emerged from Round 1 of ADC I showed great promise …
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.
Share Gains in All Product Categories and Regions Fuel Dell Revenue …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Sex ads on Denver Craigslist spike with Democrats' arrival  —  DENVER—An unusual phenomenon has recently appeared on Craigslist's Denver Web site.  Sex-wanted ads spiked this week, which happens to coincide with the Democratic National Convention.  —  Ads seeking casual sexual encounters through …
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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: Infinite Loop and
Priya Ganapati / Wired News:
Once Mighty Bell Labs Leaves Behind Transistor, Laser, 6 Nobels  —  Bell Labs' decision to abandon basic physics research marks the end of a brilliant chapter for the iconic institution.  Many of the Labs' most famous discoveries, such as the transistor and the laser, originated …
Discussion: Negative Approach
Where Do You Click and What Does it Mean?  —  Web Searches Show Americans Are Intrigued by Porn, Phobias, Celebrities, Author Says  —  For centuries we have traveled the earth seeking knowledge.  But today, if you want or need to know anything, from the meaning of life to the location …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
WiMax's Invisible Power  —  You can't see them, but the fastest-ever mobile broadband connections are headed your way.  —  Clearwire (nasdaq: CLWR - news - people ) burst into the public consciousness in May with a $3.2 billion deal involving Sprint (nyse: S - news - people ), Intel (nasdaq …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
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Hell Freezes Over: NVIDIA Announces Native SLI Support for the Intel X58 Chipset
Discussion: DailyTech and TechSpot
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC to see if porn-free network penetrates T-Mobile holdings
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Novell's third-quarter loss widens, but Linux booms by 30 percent
Discussion: PR Newswire and
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Final Tally: Olympics Web and P2P Numbers
Jim Damoulakis / PC World:
Growing Cynicism Around Going Green
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Apple promises September fix for iPhone security flaw
Al Sacco /
The 14 Silliest Smartphone Accessories: How to Humiliate a …
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Bank Changes Man's Password After They Realize It Insults Them
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Microsoft's Live Search Cashback Scheme Fails To Move The Market Share Needle
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