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8:45 AM ET, August 3, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Major Offensive Against Microsoft With “Going Google”  —  Microsoft and Google have seen their rivalry kicked up a notch in recent weeks.  First, Google announced Chrome OS, the company's first operating system.  Then Microsoft announced the new version of Office with major cloud app support.
Dennis Howlett / Irregular Enterprise:
Michael Arrington snared in libel verdict: lessons for us all  —  The UK's High Court of Justice has ruled that Michael Arrington and Interserve Inc libeled Sam Sethi (see above.)  The original plaint claimed that Arrington/Interserve engaged in a:  —  “...sustained campaign …
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Mike / CrunchNotes:
Update On Sam Sethi Litigation: We Decline To Participate  —  Update to our June post on the...absurd...Sam Sethi litigation.  Our lawyers sent a letter letting them know that we have no intention of submitting the the jurisdiction of the UK courts, although we'd be happy to litigate his claims here in California.
Dominic Lawson / Times of London:
Apple tries to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order  —  Apple attempted to silence a father and daughter with a gagging order after the child's iPod music player exploded and the family sought a refund from the company.  —  The Times has learnt that the company would offer …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Now on YouTube, Local News  —  With its ability to collect articles and sell advertisements against them, Google has already become a huge force in the news business — and the scourge of many newspapers.  Now its subsidiary YouTube wants to do the same thing to local television.
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs and Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Nine Reasons RadioShack Shouldn't Change Its Name  —  Funny thing about RadioShack: I'm not sure if I've been inside its stores more than a dozen times over the past seven or eight years...and yet I still feel proprietary about it.  The company's TRS-80 microcomputers were what got me interested in technology in the first place.
Discussion: Pulse2
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Electronista:
Radio Shack rebadged “The Shack” in mobile push
Discussion: Engadget, MAKE Magazine and digg.com
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Analyst claims first hand knowledge of Apple gaming, home media center tablet  —  Barron's is reporting that an un-named analyst has seen Apple's forthcoming tablet and expects it to be announced in September with a ship date around November.  They mention that Apple is such a bellwether …
New York Times:
Out of Search Business, Yahoo Shifts Its Focus  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Carol A. Bartz, chief executive of Yahoo, has been hobbled.  —  Three weeks ago, doctors gave her a new left knee, made of titanium and plastic.  As a result, she is limping around Yahoo's headquarters here …
Discussion: Reuters
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon drops pricing on almost all existing smartphones to under $99  —  Well, hear us out.  We've had a flurry of tips sent in today that Verizon Wireless has dropped the prices of almost all existing smartphones they offer to only $99 with a two-year agreement.
Ursus Rex:
A retention problem at Facebook  —  The social graph on Facebook has been the company's biggest asset, but over time it has become perhaps its biggest liability as well.  —  When users want to find their friends online, they think of Facebook first.  For many users, “Facebook” is nearly synonymous with “social networking”.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Caustic Graphics rallies developers to its 3-D graphics technology  —  Caustic Graphics has a big mountain to climb as it prepares to launch a hardware platform that will bring the highest quality graphics and animation to a community of artists and designers.  —  Part of its task is to rally software developers to its side.
Discussion: CNET News
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
DIY home surveillance with a Webcam  —  We're on the tail end of the summer vacation season, which according to the FBI is one of the peak periods of home burglaries.  Chances are good you're about to head out of town, leaving your dwelling to fend for itself against intruders.
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
The Skype's Not Falling  —  On behalf of headline writers everywhere, sorry for the fear escalation.  —  Take a deep breath.  —  Skype is not shutting down.  —  All's running well.  —  Skype remains very profitable.  Likely more than $100 million this year.  —  Skype has at least 10 months until a court date.
Discussion: Working Anywhere
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
FCC's more proactive stance: Should we cheer or worry?  —  The Federal Communications Commission is being way progressive.  Just days after Apple shot down Google Voice related apps, the FCC pounced with a bevy of questions for Apple, AT&T and Google.  —  The FCC sent letters to all parties involved seeking information.
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Windows 7, new laptop designs to converge  —  A rip-up-the-carpet PC refresh of both software and hardware is in the offing as Microsoft's latest operating system and new laptop designs converge later this year.  —  At the Intel Technology Summit on Wednesday, an executive described …
Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The FTC Takes On Targeted Web Ads  —  Jon Leibowitz, Obama's top consumer watchdog, hints that he's losing patience with the behavioral-targeting practices of Internet marketers  —  On a side table in his Washington offices, Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz keeps a framed image …
 
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Stefan Constantinescu / IntoMobile:
My theory on the Apple Tablet: It doesn't exist, will never exist …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Preparing To Launch A Large Themes Gallery For Chrome
Discussion: Neowin.net, Thanks:atul
Jd Rucker / Soshable:
7 Reasons Why I Won't Tweet Diggbar Links Ever Again...
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Gene Marcial / Business Week:
‘An Excellent Deal’ for Yahoo
Discussion: paidContent
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Electronic High-Security Locks Easily Defeated at DefCon
Discussion: Boing Boing and digg.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
4Chan Users Attempt To Incite Mass Fear, Succeed Only In Creating …
Thanks:2yadav
Om Malik / GigaOM:
SmartPhones Sales Up, But Mobile Startup Funding Down
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide warns Archbishop Nichols
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Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Demographic Segmentation and Social Media
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
As Banks Retreat, Valley Financier Looks to Fill a Gap
Dan Goodin / The Register:
cPanel, Netgear and Linksys susceptible to nasty attack
Discussion: HolisticInfoSec.org
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Twitter: More Secure Than You Think
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
With Twitter's Arrival, NFL Loses Control of Image Game
Discussion: Andrew Lark
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Net Applications: Apple just lost half its ‘market share’
 

 
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