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12:10 AM ET, August 10, 2009


 Top Items: 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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
URL shortener gets cut off  —  With so many URL shortening services out there, this was bound to happen to at least one of them: is shutting down.  According to a blog post by parent company Nambu Networks, it was an expensive and fruitless effort.
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How I Learned To Quit The iPhone And Love Google Voice
Howard Lindzon:
The Case FOR Apple...There is NO Case Against Them
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 …
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.
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Have Craigslist's erotic ads changed at all?  —  Gentlemen of Philadelphia, don't let this great girl pass you by.  —  No, those aren't my words.  Well, not the last seven.  These are the words of Britney, who is advertising in the new adult services section on Craigslist.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Media Companies Navigate Smart Phone Apps  —  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 …
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: Darren Herman and paidContent, Thanks:atul
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Meckler Selling Business to QuinStreet For $18M; Exiting Tech Trade  —  Alan Meckler, one of the pioneers in the 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.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Latest Google Chrome dev build adds Windows 7 jumplist support  —  Though the recent release of Firefox 3.6 alpha 1 didn't prioritize support for Windows 7's jumplists, Google has flicked the switch in the latest developer channel build of Chrome.  —  As you can see in the screenshot above …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Apps Still Recovering From DDoS Attacks  —  It was the big social media story of the week; on Thursday, Twitter went down due to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.  And while Twitter was the most visible target, Facebook, Google, and others were also under fire due to a geopolitical attack against one man.
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