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Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Updated plist suggests new Apple device “iProd” coming soon  —  An updated USBConfiguration.plist in the most recent version of iPhone OS 3.1 beta offers compelling evidence that Apple has continued development on an unknown device, referred to as “iProd,” that was first discovered in March.
Vik Singh / delicious blog:
Delicious Homepage Gets “Fresh”  —  Way back in January I released a simple application called TweetNews, which essentially ranks the latest Yahoo! News articles by their number of related Twitter messages to determine relevance for really fresh content.  Remarkably, the community responded to it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Delicious Freshens Up With Twitter, Which Its Founder Hates  —  Delicious was once one of the hottest social sites on the Internet.  That's why Yahoo bought it in 2005.  But it's weird now to even think about it as a social site, I get more of the utilitarian vibe from it these days.
Discussion: Download Squad, eWeek and BetaNews
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sony launches two new readers including a pocket-sized $199 device  —  Sony on Wednesday will unveil two new e-book devices, a pocket edition with a 5-inch screen for $199 and a touch-screen version starting at $299.  The devices will be available at the end of August.
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Shanan Delp / Flickr Blog:
New Flickr Search  —  Today we're pleased to announce a redesign of our search results page.  The changes we've introduced make it easier to browse through the billions of photos and videos on Flickr, and to connect to the communities that help make sense of all those photos.
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Wants To Build A PayPal Killer, Say Wall Street Gossips  —  Wall Street gossips tell us that Apple (AAPL) executives have dropped hints suggesting the company is considering creating a service that would allow iTunes Store account holders to use those accounts to make purchases …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook  —  The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.  —  “These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due …
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Can the military coexist with social networking sites?
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple evaluated 4- to 12-inch tablet screens - report  —  Apple has reportedly purchased a number of screens — ranging from 4 inches to 12 inches in size — over the last few years, as it explores its possible entry into the tablet and sub-notebook market, according to a financial analyst.
Josh / Cruleword's Lifestream:
New Zune HD Pictures Surface (Now With 20+ Images)  —  Later Today I am expexting an official announcement.  But more pictures of the Zune HD are coming out via a Zune MVP on twitter.  The pictures were removed in fear of them still being under NDA, but I was able to grab a few of them before they were deleted.
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows XP Mode RC Now Available  —  Back in April, we introduced the Windows XP Mode beta and after a few months of incorporating your enthusiastic feedback, today we are announcing the availability of the Windows XP Mode Release Candidate.  —  Download: Windows XP Mode Release Candidate
The Official Google Blog:
Audio care packages for service members with Google Voice  —  (From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest and are pleased to have Sergeant Dale Sweetnam join us here.  SGT Sweetnam is working with Google's communications team this year through the U.S. Army's “Training with Industry” Program.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Yahoo-MSFT Deal: Details From SEC Filing: Calibrated Against Google's Search Revenues & Marketshare  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) just filed with SEC with some more details of its search deal with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT).  Some standouts:  —The deal details have to be hashed out by by October 27, 2009
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
WSJ's New Policy: Won't Take Herd Embargoes  —  The Wall Street Journal has a new policy for its editorial staff, we have learned: it will not accept embargoes for stories, but will take exclusives if handed to them.  We have confirmed the policy from various sources, although a WSJ spokesman told us …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Outlook: How Gawker Ripped Off My Story and Why It's Destroying Journalism  —  Washington Post staff writer Ian Shapira was online Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss his Outlook article titled “How Gawker Ripped Off My Story and Why It's Destroying Journalism.”
Discussion: Rebooting The News
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Despite iPhone's Success, BlackBerry Curve Was on Top in Q2  —  In the battle of the smartphones, RIM's Blackberry Curve edged out the competition to take the top spot as the best-selling smartphone model in the U.S. in the second quarter of this year, according to inaugural smartphone market share data from research firm IDC.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon readies Fios TV app store  —  Verizon Communications is about to open up its new Widget Bazaar to third-party developers to create an “app store” for its Fios TV service in a move that could forever change how people watch TV.  —  Verizon first announced the Widget Bazaar just a couple of weeks ago.
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Hires New SVP of Brand Design  —  There's a new member of Palm's management team, Jeff Zwerner.  He's listed as the Senior Vice President, Brand Design for the company.  Exectrax, a site that monitors such pages, notes that he popped up on the page about a week ago.
Julie Zhou / Google LatLong:
Take a peek at our new Street View site  —  Since our launch of Street View in May 2007, it has consistently been one of Google Maps' most popular features.  We've also found that it has been one of the features that folks are most curious about, so we have given our Street View overview site …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
TweetBlocker: Easily Delete Spammers From Your Twitter Stream  —  It's no secret that Twitter has become a preferred playground for spammers.  Hashrocket's TweetBlocker sets out to change this by giving users a simple tool to easily identify spammers in the group of users they are following.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Mashable!
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea frees two U.S. journalists after Clinton visit  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday released two jailed American journalists after a visit from former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the highest-level U.S. contact with North Korea since Clinton was president nearly a decade ago.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Bix Down.  Did Anyone Notice?  —  It must be disconcerting to a big Internet company to shut down a whole website and nobody even notices.  Not even a short note on Twitter from a concerned user until now.  But that's what apparently happened.
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:2yadav
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple vs. Google: Tech's Newest Rivalry?  —  The Valley giants both want to determine how users access the mobile Web.  Eric Schmidt's exit from Apple's board may be the shot that starts the race in earnest  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt  —  Over the past three decades …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Student Arrested for Jailbreaking Game Consoles — Update  —  A Southern California man was taken into custody Monday on accusations of running a home business of jailbreaking videogame consoles so they can play pirated games.  —  Homeland Security authorities arrested Matthew Crippen, 27 …
Discussion: Techdirt and TechVi
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon App for Android released  —  Online retailer Amazon have released a new version of their free shopping application, this time for Google's Android platform.  The Amazon App for Android is a free download and allows users to snap photos of items such as CDs or DVDs, or alternatively of barcodes …
Discussion: Big in Japan and Fast Company
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Browser makers announce support for built-in 3D graphics  —  At today's sessions of the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in New Orleans, a group of hardware and software makers that includes browser makers Mozilla, Opera and Google announced their plans to deliver built-in 3D graphics …
Jason Roth / Apple:
Apple Launches iTunes Store in Mexico  —  World's Most Popular Online Music Store Kicks off with All Major Labels & Hundreds of Indies  —  Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes® Store in Mexico (www.itunes.com/mexico) with an incredible selection of Mexican and international music …
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?  —  Wikipedia has rapidly become one of the most used reference sources in the world, but a new study shows that the website's explosive growth is tailing off and also suggests the community-created encyclopaedia has become less welcoming to new contributors.
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. Will Lead in 3G, So What If You Can't Use the 3G Networks?  —  Thanks to Apple's fast-selling iPhone, 3G-enabled BlackBerry devices and more recently, Google phones, the U.S. will overtake Japan as the country with the largest number of 3G users in the world in 2011.
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia N97 Mini.  It's real and we've got some details  —  We first heard about the upcoming Nokia N97 Mini via an accidental leak by Vodafone staffer on the Vodafone Ireland message boards in June.  —  And last week Engadget scored some live pictures of Nokia N97 Mini posing next to its bigger brother - Nokia N97.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
SEC takes steps to ban ‘flash’ trading  —  Practice gives unfair advantage to some bigger financial companies, critic says  —  Computerworld - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking to ban the practice of “flash” trading, where some large financial companies get access …
 
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Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
The Ancestry of Ancestry.com: It's Not a VC-Backed IPO
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
WeFi's Directory Nearly 30 Million WiFi Hotspots Strong, Raises More Funding
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
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Andrew Silverman / The Official Google Blog:
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Financial Times chief on why his multi-platform paper is in the pink of health
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Intuit's GoPayment credit card app comes to the iPhone
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