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6:20 PM ET, August 5, 2009

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Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.5.8 Update  —  The Mac OS X v10.5.8 Update is recommended for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard users and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit this website.
Google:
Google to Acquire On2 Technologies  —  CLIFTON PARK, NY and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (August 5, 2009) - On2 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ONT) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire On2, a leading developer of video compression technology.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Video Compression Technology Company On2 For $106 Million  —  Google and On2 Technologies jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire On2, a developer of video compression technology.  The acquisition is expected to close later this year.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Watch Out, Flash; Google Buys On2
Min Li Chan / Google Chrome Blog:
A New Beta: Why slow down when you can speed up?  —  There's a brand new beta for you to try out today.  As always, we continue to focus on speed, and this beta release shows over 30% improvement on both the V8 and SunSpider benchmarks over our current stable channel release.
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Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome Gets 30% Speed Bump, HTML5 Functionality
Discussion: Electronista and TechCrunch
Boy Genius Report:
Apple launching iPhone 3GS 8GB soon?  —  We've had a number of unconfirmed tips over the last few days about this so we figured we'd post it... apparently it seems that Rogers in Canada is in the process of shipping iPhone 3GS 8GB flavor handsets to stores.  Again, unconfirmed, no idea on pricing …
Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Zune HD hands-on, impressions, tears of joy  —  Do you believe in miracles?  —  (Credit: Donald Bell/CNET Networks)  —  I'll admit right off the bat that I've been a pretty big fan of the Zune ever since I bought my first one back in 2007.  I've also had some disappointments …
Inside Edge:
TomTom iPhone pricing leaked  —  Please support our Hardware and Software advertiser: Programming Forums  —  How much for an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav?  That's the question that has been on the lips of many an iPhone user ever since TomTom announced it was developing a version …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
A killer Windows 7 bug?  Sorry, no  —  The blogosphere is abuzz over a newly publicized bug in Windows 7.  I read about it yesterday on Chris123NT's blog, where it was described as a “critical bug in Windows 7 RTM.”  The story picked up momentum today when InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy …
Discussion: Technologizer, CNET News and Neowin.net
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Here Come The Twitter Patent Lawsuits.  TechRadium Files The First One.  —  Twitter is being sued again, and this time it isn't some angry baseball manager who doesn't like people impersonating him on the service.  This time it is a little more serious.  Twitter is being sued for patent infringement …
Discussion: Computerworld and Threat Level
Randy McIlwain / NBC Bay Area:
HP's Huge Salary Cuts Forcing Out Old EDS Employees  —  When Information Technology came of age, Ross Perot's EDS was among the world leaders.  Ask almost anyone at the Plano based company, they'll tell you there was pride that went with employment there and that hard work was rewarded with good salaries and benefits.
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Yahoo May Terminate Microsoft Search Ad Deal if Revenue per Search Lags Google  —  Yahoo may quash the Microsoft search ad deal if search engine giant Google's revenue-per-search query rate is higher than both Microsoft's and Yahoo's RPS rates.  Microsoft will also hire 400 Yahoo employees …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Goodbye iPod, hello iPhone  —  Apple passed an important milestone last quarter that nobody on Wall Street seems to have noticed: the iPod, once Apple's (AAPL) No. 1 source of revenue, fell into third place after the Mac (No. 1) and the iPhone (No. 2).  —  Think of Apple's business model …
Nick Lee / Google LatLong:
I didn't know that was there!  —  Here at Google Maps we're always looking for new ways to allow people to easily explore the world's information.  Well, what could be easier than putting things right on the map?  We've now added icons and labels of prominent businesses and places of interest directly on the map itself.
Seth Rosenblatt / CNET News:
Windows 7: Tested in depth  —  Deserved or not, Microsoft had dug itself a cold, deep, dark hole with Windows Vista.  Users demanding that Redmond extend the life of Windows XP wasn't exactly something they could be proud of, either.  Bombarded by complaints and negative press …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Stats Confirm It: Teens Don't Tweet  —  If you're under 25 and use Twitter, you're not the source of the site's tremendous growth.  While we recently questioned the findings of a largely anecdotal report from Morgan Stanley written by a 15 year old, Nielsen has now produced figures that confirm the trend: young people don't Tweet.
Tam Huynh / Ovi blog:
I love my Mac.  And so does Ovi Files.  —  Like many of us at Nokia, I lead a double life.  I'm a Thinkpad guy by day and a MacBook guy by night.  —  So you ask, how do you, Mister Ovi Files product manager, update that Word document you were working on until 2 am?  You know, the one you forgot to copy to your USB stick?
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Other Companies Should Have To Read This Internal Netflix Presentation  —  Ever since Netflix's awesome vacation policy was revealed to the public (basically, there is no policy, it's take the time you think you need), the company's work policies have been of interest to people.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Tumblr Takes Over World: 255,000,000 Pageviews in July  —  Simple blogging site Tumblr will reveal its July stats later today, along with a claim that it is “taking over the world”.  —  The site served 255 million pageviews in July, according to directly measured stats by third party analytics firm Quantcast.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tumblr Staff
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Adds New Way to Share Web Content Without Leaving the Page  —  When Facebook launched the Open Stream API a few months back, it enabled app developers to read and publish to the stream for the first time.  That, in turn, has led to a variety of stream publishing applications.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Claims 32 Percent of Handset Industry Operating Profits  —  With the iPhone, Apple is doing to the handset industry what it has done to the PC industry with the Mac: Claiming an inordinate share of profits relative to revenue.  —  Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimates that Apple …
Staska / Unwired View:
RIM files for hybrid capacitive/ resistive Blackberry touchscreen patent  —  In the minds of hardcore touch phone fans the answer about which - resistive or capacitive - touchscreen technology is better, is already answered.  And the clear winner is capacitive screen.
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Chinese teenager beaten to death in internet addiction clinic  —  His parents hoped their teenage son would be home in a month, cured of his addiction to the internet.  They never thought that within 10 hours of taking him to an addiction clinic they would receive a telephone call notifying them that he was dead.
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Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
News Corp Takes $680 Million Writedown At Fox Interactive  —  News Corp fiscal Q4 '09 earnings are out after the close of the market, essentially in-line with consensus estimates.  —  Management went into some detail about its digital strategy on the earnings call.  Specifically:
Discussion: Business Wire and paidContent
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
Banned App Store Developer Had Been Trying to Auction Off Business  —  Yesterday we reported on a MobileCrunch story about developer Khalid Shaikh, whose developer status was terminated by Apple over third-party intellectual property complaints, resulting in the removal of all of his apps from the App Store.
Brooke Crothers / Bits:
Google's Android Jumps to the Living Room  —  MIPS Technologies, a microprocessor design firm, is trying to push Google's Android software beyond mobile phones into the living room.  —  Though Android was developed originally as an operating system for smartphones, computer makers quickly started toying …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ninjawords: iPhone Dictionary, Censored by Apple  —  Two years ago I linked to a web site called Ninjawords — a fast, simple online dictionary backed by a good data source (Wiktionary).  —  The developers behind Ninjawords, Matchstick Software, have released an iPhone version, currently available from the App Store for just $2.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
On Locational Privacy, and How to Avoid Losing it Forever  —  Related Issues: Locational Privacy, Privacy  —  Over the next decade, systems which create and store digital records of people's movements through public space will be woven inextricably into the fabric of everyday life.
Discussion: Threat Level and p2pnet
 
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