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6:25 AM ET, August 10, 2009

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tr.im R.I.P.  —  Regretfully, we here at Nambu have decided to shutdown tr.im, the first step in shutting down all of our products and services within that brand. — tr.im 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 …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why You Shouldn't Rely On URL Shorteners  —  Thanks to Twitter's rising popularity — and its finite, 140-character message length limit — free URL shortening services have been all the rage recently.  But they should not become a critical part of your company's infrastructure.  —  Why not?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
URL shortener Tr.im gets cut off  —  With so many URL shortening services out there, this was bound to happen to at least one of them: Tr.im is shutting down.  According to a blog post by parent company Nambu Networks, it was an expensive and fruitless effort.
Marco.org:
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 …
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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.
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Bank Will Allow Customers to Deposit Checks by iPhone  —  The Internet has taken a lot of the paperwork out of banking, but there is no avoiding paper when someone gives you a check.  Now one bank wants to let customers deposit checks immediately — through their phones.
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Mike Elgan / Computerworld:   How tech is changing banks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How I Learned To Quit The iPhone And Love Google Voice  —  At the end of July I declared my intention to quit the iPhone and AT&T, port my mobile phone number to Google Voice and use any mobile device that I pleased (or lots of them at once) in the future.  Like others, I will no longer blindly follow all things Apple.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Dell Mobile Phone Launching In China Within Days  —  A source with knowledge of the situation tells us that Dell is launching (or at least announcing) a mobile phone in China in the next day or two.  We are trying to verify the information and gather more details on the hardware and operating system now.
Discussion: SlashGear, Techgeist and Gizmodo
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola Morrison specs - Next T-Mobile Android phone  —  Motorola will have two Android phones on sale this holiday season; Sholes on Verizon and Morrison on T-Mobile.  We gave you the Sholes specs yesterday and today we present Morrison(via a trusted tipster).
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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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
There's an App for That.  But a Revenue Stream?  —  Media brands are jumping onto the iPhone.  USA Today?  There's an app for that.  “The Rachel Maddow Show”?  “Entertainment Tonight”?  Public radio?  Yes, yes and yes, there are apps for those.  —  Now, if only there were an app …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Toshiba applies for BDA admission, Blu-ray players and laptops coming soon  —  We'd already heard that Toshiba — the outfit best known for solidly backing HD DVD during the two-year format war of the early 21st century — was preparing to swallow its pride and kick out a Blu-ray player by the year's end, but now it's official.
 
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Markcuban / blog maverick:
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Discussion: Darren Herman and paidContent, Thanks:atul