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8:20 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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Case Against Apple Is Just As Much A Case For Apple  —  I've had a half dozen or so longer posts about Apple brewing in my head the past couple of weeks.  There is no shortage of controversy surrounding the company right now thanks largely to the hugely popular and hugely unpopular aspects of the iPhone.
Discussion: PC World
Planet Calacanis  —  I've seen a lot of people quoting and linking to Jason Calacanis' recent article, The Case Against Apple—in Five Parts, in a positive light.  But I can't.  It's ridiculous.  —  Let's start with an easy one: … I don't need to get into this very much with this audience …
Howard Lindzon:
The Case FOR Apple...There is NO Case Against Them
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.
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
RELATED: URLs: R.I.P.  —  Regretfully, we here at Nambu have decided to shutdown, the first step in shutting down all of our products and services within that brand. — did well for what it was, but, alas, it was not enough.  We simply cannot find a way to justify continuing to work on it …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
Boy Genius Report:
AT&T pre-launch lineup: BlackBerry 9700, HTC Tilt 2, Garmin G60, more!  —  One of our oh so trusty ninjas just hit us up with a fantastic-looking pre-launch list for AT&T. These phones listed are not launched yet but are reportedly coming soon.  Just remember that coming soon could mean anywhere …
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 …
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.
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 …
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Worldwide Slump Makes Nigeria's Online Scammers Work That Much Harder  —  LAGOS, Nigeria — Online swindling takes dedication even in the best of times, the scammer said earnestly.  —  The spinal cord aches from sitting at a desk.  The eyes itch from staring at a computer.
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Apps Still Recovering From DDoS Attacks
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Scribd Tries To Make Reading More Social
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Meckler Selling Business to QuinStreet For $18M; Exiting Tech Trade
Mike Elgan / Computerworld:
How tech is changing banks
 Earlier Items: 
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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Are the Glory Days Long Gone for I.T.?
Discussion: deal architect