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8:00 AM ET, August 8, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Source: Apple And Google Agreed Not To Poach Workers  —  While Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on Apple's board of directors, the two companies had an agreement not to hire away each other's workers, a former Google employee with knowledge of such matters has told us.  We have since confirmed this with other ex-Googlers.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Interview: Twitter service provider NTT America on DDOS attack
Discussion: The Register
Tom Parfitt / Guardian:
Georgian blogger Cyxymu blames Russia for cyber attack
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Gets Smarter on the Small Screen  —  As more and more people are using the browser on their smartphones for checking email, visiting websites, and even accessing YouTube, we want to make sure that we provide the best possible YouTube experience on your mobile browser.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iMacs rumored with compelling new features  —  A couple of new features rumored to be in the cards for Apple's forthcoming iMac refresh will up the value proposition for prospective buyers in the market for an all-in-one desktop system, AppleInsider has been told.
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Motorola bringing a “webOS” to Android?  Called Blur?  —  Where would we be without our trusty Motorola ninjas?  We've just got the drop on some exciting information about Motorola's Android plans and how they hope plan to make a splash.  Here's what we've been told:
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Apple to Stream First Live Concert to the iPhone Tonight  —  Tonight Apple will produce its first-ever live event streamed to the iPhone: a concert by the electronica band Underworld.  Apple has apparently kept the event quiet as it doesn't want to overwhelm the AT&T network …
Urmee Khan / Telegraph:
British troops encouraged to use Twitter  —  British troops are being encouraged by the Ministry of Defence to use Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends.  —  In a “liberalisation” of its social networking policy, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that British troops …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Revisionist History: Bartz Claims Yahoo Was Never A Search Engine  —  The New York Times has an interview out with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz where she declares that Yahoo has “never been a search company.”  Astounding, in that that this is not true.  —  Part of me thinks, “Why bother arguing?”
Discussion: Technologizer
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Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Pic: The Microsoft Mall Invasion Begins  —  The Microsoft PR team tweeted out the first image to Twitpic of the Microsoft Retail Store opening in Scottsdale and Mission Viejo.  The stores are slated to open sometime in the fall, with more locations opening after.
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Welcome to Hotel Yahoo: Check in anytime you want...  It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks at Yahoo, following the announcement to outsource Internet search technology to Microsoft and Yahoo stock's subsequent 15 percent sell-off.  —  But the scene in Sunnyvale, California took a really odd turn …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Clueless Murdoch Move: Without Subscriber Names, Might Break With Kindle  —  When you go to a kiosk and buy that day's Wall Street Journal, you can be fairly certain that no one's going to request your name and address and send that information back to News Corp.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Falling Valuations: Poison for Venture Capital  —  Here's more proof that Silicon Valley's financing ecosystem is under assault: the value of the start-ups they are investing in just keeps dropping.  —  In a quarterly study of venture financings published Friday, Fenwick & West …
Discussion: TechFlash, HipMojo.com and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Windows XP SP3 runs browsers 13% faster than Windows 7 RTM  —  In a set of comprehensive Windows Web browser performance tests conducted by Betanews on August 7 — our first test of browsers running on the final Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 distributed by Microsoft yesterday …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: Google Voice to be retooled as Web app for iPhone  —  Even though Apple prevented it from listing Google Voice on the iPhone App Store, Google is planning on retooling the application as a Web-based app, according to The New York Times.  —  In David Pogue's Friday column regarding …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cybersecurity Official Resigns  —  Obstacles and Lack of Authority Frustrated Director, Sources Say  —  A top operational official in charge of protecting civilian government computer networks has resigned, dealing another blow to the federal effort to enhance cybersecurity.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft joins HTML 5 standard fray in earnest  —  After leaving much of the matter of creating new version of HTML to Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla, Microsoft has begun sinking its teeth into the Web standard.  —  The move adds clout to the effort to renovate HyperText Markup Language …
Discussion: lists.w3.org and Neowin.net
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple's $1.2 billion tablet computer  —  Apple's next gadget?  Image: Piper Jaffray  —  Piper Jaffray senior analyst Gene Munster took another crack at the Apple (AAPL) tablet computer he's been writing about for months, issuing a report to clients Friday that included …
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's tablet will be more than a niche product - report
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Spotify Now Valued At €170 million  —  We've done more digging on the Spotify cap table story from yesterday, and have confirmed with one source that the company did close on at least part of the new round of financing the Financial Times reported they were negotiating earlier this week.
Discussion: louisgray.com and metro.se, Thanks:sizzler_chetan
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Last Dodgeball Employee Leaving To Join Foursquare  —  Google (GOOG) engineer Harry Heymann, who was the last employee running its Dodgeball mobile service, is leaving to join Dodgeball cofounder Dennis Crowley's new startup, Foursquare.  —  Today is Heymann's last day at Google …
Discussion: Mashable!
Malatesta / WMExperts:
Verizon Diamond 2, HTC Mega and more Tachi  —  Well look what dropped in our mailbox.  Some images and deets on the upcoming Verizon Diamond 2 (aka ‘Whitestone’ aka XV6975), the HTC Mega and a bit of an update to the Tachi image.  —  First up is the Verizon Diamond 2/Whitestone device, picture above.
Joseph L. Flatley / Engadget:
Eee PCs rumored to ship with Moblin in October, Chrome OS on the horizon  —  How about a minor spy story to kick-start your weekend?  According to our man Sascha at netbooknews.de, a “safe source” who shall remain nameless but who most certainly has ties to Stasi (or, at the very least …
 
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
FT.com plans pay-per-article system for website
James Rogers / TheStreet.com:
Oracle, Sun Flagged by EU: Tech Rumor of the Day
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia device passes FCC for T-Mobile USA, looks an awful lot …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba.com Plans U.S. Push
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Undermining Microsoft in Enterprise?
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Microsoft Could Announce Razorfish Sale By September; Publicis, WPP Play Hard To Get
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