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1:00 PM ET, August 9, 2009


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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The Case Against Apple-in Five Parts  —  About six years and $20,000 ago, I made the switch to Apple products after a 20-year love affair with Microsoft.  That love affair started with the humble PCjr and ended with an IBM ThinkPad.  From DOS to the first version of Windows …
Wall Street Journal:
Publicis to Acquire Microsoft's Razorfish  —  French advertising company Publicis Groupe SA has agreed to acquire Microsoft Corp.'s digital ad firm, Razorfish, according to a person familiar with the matter, in an effort to grab more of the ad dollars that are flowing to the Web.
Gregory Viscusi / Bloomberg:
Publicis Will Acquire Razorfish Ad Agency From Microsoft for $530 Million  —  Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) — Publicis Groupe SA, owner of the Saatchi & Saatchi ad firm, said it is buying Microsoft Corp.'s Razorfish advertising agency for $530 million in cash and stock to expand in Internet advertising.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What Is The Real Reason Dell Is Discontinuing 12-inch Netbooks?  —  Dell has retired their 12-inch Intel Atom-powered netbooks, they said today.  The official reason - “It really boils down to this: for a lot of customers, 10-inch displays are the sweet spot for netbooks …
Discussion: UMPCPortal, Liliputing and Engadget
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Retires the Mini 12  —  You may have seen some recent reports from places like Engadget, liliputing and Electronista that the Inspiron Mini 12 was going away.  It's true.  Dell recently decided that it's time for the Mini 12 to ride off into the sunset.
Boy Genius Report:
Apple iTunes 9 details, Blu-ray, app organization  —  We've just received a tip from a pretty reliable source that detailed for us some of iTunes 9's upcoming features and they're pretty exciting.  —  One of the new additions to iTunes is said to include Blu-ray support which lines up nicely …
Tamar Lewin / New York Times:
In a Digital Future, Textbooks Are History  —  At Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., students use computers provided by the school to get their lessons, do their homework and hear podcasts of their teachers' science lectures.  —  Down the road, at Cienega High School, students who own laptops …
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Randall Stross / New York Times:
Are the Glory Days Long Gone for I.T.?  —  IF Thomas M. Siebel can accurately see the future, computer science students with the entrepreneurial gene may want to look for a different major.  And investors who think that information technology is a sector that will produce outsized returns should wake up.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Mozilla issues first Firefox 3.6 alpha version  —  Mozilla has released the first alpha version of Firefox 3.6, a browser with speed improvements and new features the organization hopes to finalize faster than its predecessor.  —  “Unlike the year that passed between Firefox 3 and Firefox 3.5 …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Nokia RX-51 tablet captured in the wild  —  Not long at all after that mysterious Nokia RX-51 passed through the FCC comes shots from Indonesian message board Kaskus of the tablet-like device in the wild.  The blurred box shot and the label behind the battery clearly say RX-51 prototype …
Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
New Sony S-Series Walkman Goes Live Accidentally - Full Pictures And Specifications  —  Well, the new S-Series is essentially a slam-dunk at this point with this uncovered listing of the device at, a French-based entertainment retailer.  The full specifications of the S-Series Walkman …
Joey deVilla / Coffee and Code:
The Tragedy of the Coffee Shop  —  Today's edition of the Wall Street Journal has an article about the Tragedy of the Commons being played out at coffee shops in New York: No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users.  —  This excerpt captures the general gist of the article:
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC wants real answers from ISPs on broadband investment
Discussion: CNET News
Niluksi Koswanage / Reuters:
Malaysia examines Internet filter, tougher controls
Discussion: Slashdot
Mmanos / LooseBolts:
The Cloud Politic - How Regulation, Taxes, and National Borders …
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 Earlier Items: 
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Leaked Document Reveals Eircom Deal With Irish RIAA
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hey, What Happened To Scribd? Traffic Down Over 48% Since June
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