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5:25 PM ET, August 9, 2009


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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: gdgt, UMPCPortal and Slashdot
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.
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.
Markcuban / blog maverick:
My Advice to Fox & MySpace on Selling Content - Yes You Can  —  Rupert , you didn't ask my opinion on this, but since when has that ever stopped me.  —  First the good news.  You can sell content on the internet.  People pay for content on and off the internet every second of every day.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:atul
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 …
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.
Discussion: deal architect
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 …
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Meckler Selling Business to QuinStreet For $18M; Exiting Tech Trade  —  Alan Meckler, one of the pioneers in tech trade business online, is exiting the sector, which tells you more about the long term prospects of big tech trade businesses than anything else.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
LG Chocolate Touch, Samsung Omnia 2 and more headed to Best Buy on August 23rd  —  Well what have we here?  Our ninjas know better than to think they can take weekends off and one of our more diligent and trusted Best Best Mobile moles just hit us with a very interesting screen cap.
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
How tech is changing banks  —  Deposit checks with your iPhone camera?  Banks as cyber cafes?  Tech makes banking fun  —  Computerworld - It wasn't long ago that bank customers judged the quality of their local financial institutions by the sturdiness of their columns and vault doors.
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Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Worldwide Slump Makes Nigeria's Online Scammers Work That Much Harder
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Translation Party: Tapping Into Google Translate's Untold Creative Genius
Joey deVilla / Coffee and Code:
The Tragedy of the Coffee Shop
Discussion: Doc Searls Weblog, CNET News and TechVi
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC wants real answers from ISPs on broadband investment
Niluksi Koswanage / Reuters:
Malaysia examines Internet filter, tougher controls
Discussion: Slashdot
Mmanos / LooseBolts:
The Cloud Politic - How Regulation, Taxes, and National Borders …
Discussion: The Register
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hey, What Happened To Scribd? Traffic Down Over 48% Since June
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog and TeleRead