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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Falls Sharply; RBC, Morgan Stanley Cut Ratings  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down sharply Monday morning after analysts at RBC Capital and Morgan Stanley cut their ratings on the stock.  — RBC Capital's Mike Abramsky cut his rating on the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Plunges After Downgrades: Slowing Demand, Crappy Economy  —  Apple (AAPL) shares are down 14% to around $110 — their lowest since May, 2007 — after Morgan Stanley and RBC both downgraded the stock this morning.  Why?  Mostly slowing demand and lousy economic conditions.
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder Richard Stallman  —  Web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time, according to the free software campaigner  —  The concept of using web-based programs …
XOHM™ WiMAX:
XOHM WIMAX BROADBAND SERVICE DEBUTS IN BALTIMORE  — New 4G wireless era dawns as unique business model revolutionizes mobile Internet access  — Service-plan innovation includes $50 “Pick 2 for Life” offer without usage limitations  —  A next-generation 4G wireless network based …
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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Sprint takes wireless service to the max in Baltimore  —  Monday, Sprint will launch wireless WiMax services in Baltimore, marking the beginning of what could become a new era in mobile broadband.  —  The mobile data network — which will be marketed under the Xohm brand name …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple updates App Store to address developer misuse  —  Apple over the weekend instated a series of changes to the way its App Store operates in an effort to knock out loopholes that were being exploited by some developers seeking an unfair advantage.  —  Reviews
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Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Facebook hires general counsel as it continues to grow  —  Young upstart Facebook is growing up at Internet speed.  —  The latest sign: Its freshly installed management team has hired a legal gun with a loaded resume that includes serving as a White House lawyer who helped coordinate …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Visual Studio 2010 to come with ‘black box’  —  Updated 9:56 a.m. PDT: Added screen shot and a link to Microsoft's Visual Studio 2010 page.  —  Airplanes are equipped with recorders that capture both cockpit audio and flight data, so in the event that something goes wrong, investigators can try to determine the source of the problem.
Discussion: eWeek, BetaNews and InformationWeek
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Brad Burnham / Union Square Ventures:
Why The Flow Of Innovation Has Reversed  —  I had a beer recently with Dave McClure of 500 Hats.  As is always the case when I get together with Dave, we had a long, rambling and enjoyable conversation about how the Web is changing the way businesses get built.  —  At some point, I said that the vector of innovation has changed.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
The Great Windows-Mac Laptop War  —  Windows laptops only had about 80 percent unit share at online and brick-and-mortar retail stores in June and July, according to NPD.  But measured in dollars, market share was much lower: 65 percent.  The difference in both categories largely belonged to Mac laptops.
Discussion: MacRumors and TechBlog
The Sun:
Spies on Facebook  —  The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) has begun advertising on the popular social networking website as part of its campaign to recruit operational officers.  —  The Facebook adverts were launched a few weeks ago in a bid to reach a large and wide variety of people, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said.
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Matthew Taylor / Guardian:
MI6 seeks recruits on Facebook
Discussion: The Social Web and p2pnet
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
LG Teaser Shows 3G Netbook: The Momo  —  LG is planning the release of a new netbook with 3G internet inside.  The X110 Momo is listed on LG's site as “coming soon”, and includes the standard netbook features: 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1.3MP webcam, a 10" screen, optional Bluetooth, an SD card reader and Windows XP Home Basic.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Rumor: An iPhone for Verizon in 2009  —  Chalk this one up to wishful thinking.  —  A leading Apple blog posted a rumor Sunday that the iPhone — which is currently available in the United States only through AT&T Wireless — could be coming to Verizon, perhaps as early as January 2009.
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Letting Our Fingers Do the Talking  —  In the fourth quarter of 2007, American cellphone subscribers for the first time sent text messages more than they phoned, according to Nielsen Mobile.  Since then, the average subscriber's volume of text messages has shot upward by 64 percent …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Hoping Apple's ‘Brick’ Is First All-Screen Laptop  —  Here's hoping that Apple's feverishly-anticipated “Brick” project is the world's first all-screen laptop — like this mockup of the OLPC version 2 by designer Yves Behar.  —  There's slim chance, of course, but I for one would love …
Fred Aun / ClickZ:
High Online Video Ad Costs Could Drop  —  Online video ads cost advertisers substantially more than display or text advertising, but prices might drop as its novelty fades, says a new report by eMarketer.  —  Citing research by Bain and Company for the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) …
Discussion: Epicenter and Lost Remote
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Samsung Delve hitting U.S. Cellular?  —  We just got our hands on this snap of what we're told is the Samsung Delve.  If your spectacles are currently on your nightstand, the branding at the top says U.S. Cellular.  You could sort of consider it a cross between the Samsung Instinct …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Google Goes to Washington, Gearing Up to Put Its Stamp on Government  —  The tall buildings in Reston bear the familiar names of big government contractors: Northrop Grumman, CACI, Raytheon and Accenture.  Last month another name appeared, but not one that's typically associated with the federal market.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and WebProNews
OPEN Forum:
Think Local, Act Conversational - It Just Might Save Your Business  —  (6) FOUND THIS USEFUL.  DO YOU?  —  (image credit Marin IJ)  —  What do people think of when they are considering Corbet's Hardware, a local business near my home?  For that matter, what do they think of Ambrosia restaurant?
Discussion: Screenwerk
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
DropSend sold - but how easy is it to flip a web app these days?  —  I'm a little late to this, but it is worth noting that events guru Ryan Carson - co-founder of the Carsonified conference and training company which does the rocking FOWA - recently sold his web app DropSend, some two years after putting it on the block.
Discussion: paidContent
Nokia:
Nokia renews its business mobility solutions offering and strategy  —  Continued commitment to deliver leading mobile devices and solutions to businesses and business users  —  Espoo, Finland - With its sights firmly fixed on consumer internet services and with a clear vision of changing industry trends …
Discussion: All About Symbian
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Samsung preps 16 GB memory modules  —  Seoul (South Korea) - Samsung said it has begun sampling 50 nm DDR3 devices, enabling more power efficient memory modules with up to 16 GB capacity.  —  The company said that the 50 nm samples are 2 Gb DDR3 devices, which offer twice the density …
Discussion: Maximum PC all and TechSpot
Ryan Lawler / Contentinople:
CDN Consolidation Poised to Begin  —  Consolidation in the content delivery space could be imminent, according to attendees at Streaming Media West last week.  —  Given the more than 40 or so companies in the content delivery business, it seems inevitable that market consolidation would be on its way.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
 
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Bill would force satellite radio units to go digital
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
VCs (And Startups) Won't Be Immune To The Credit Crunch
Discussion: GigaOM and Guardian
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Wal-Mart latest store to shut DRM key servers
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
eMusic CEO David Pakman Out
Discussion: paidContent.org
Brendan Sinclair / ZDNet:
Report: Nintendo will add camera, music to DS
Sylvie Barak / Inquirer:
Apple sells unlocked Iphone in Hong Kong
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
ON Networks Announces Multi-Platform Video Distribution Deal
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Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Intellectual property bill passes in the House
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How to Make Business More Interesting: Video Games
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