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8:05 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 …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter's platform shortcomings  —  So, now,'s parent company, Nambu, has announced that the URL shortening service known as is turning off its service and that links will stop working after December 31.  Here's the news on Techmeme.  —  What will this do?  Well, first of all, any stats are gone.
Discussion: Computerworld, Thanks:atul
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 Trim gets cut off
Discussion: Mashable!
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.
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
HTC Touch Pro2 spotted again, this time with AT&T branding — to be called Tilt 2?  —  Alright, listen up: we're going to play a little game we like to call, “what carrier isn't getting the Touch Pro2?”  Sound easy?  Not so fast, partner — this bad boy gets around like a record, if you know what we're saying.
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.
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: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
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).
Jill Tucker / San Francisco Chronicle:
Social networking has hidden dangers for teens  —  (08-09) 20:31 PDT — From behind their bedroom doors, more than 1 out of every 10 teenagers has posted a nude or seminude picture of themselves or others online - a “digital tattoo” that could haunt them for the rest of their lives, according to a poll being released today.
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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War In The Valley: Apple vs. Google
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Breakfast Can Wait. The Day's First Stop Is Online.
Discussion: Gawker and Beyond Search
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Rivals bid to snatch green domain
Om Malik / GigaOM:
San Francisco to Get Clearwire WiMAX in 2010
Timothy / Slashdot:
AT&T Makes Its Terms of Service Even Worse, To Discourage Lawsuits
David Barboza / New York Times:
An Online Market Flourishes in China
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Latest Google Chrome dev build adds Windows 7 jumplist support
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Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Have Craigslist's erotic ads changed at all?
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
There's an App for That. But a Revenue Stream?
Eric / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
An End to Spam Litigation Factories?—Gordon v. Virtumundo
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Twitter Apps Still Recovering From DDoS Attacks
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Scribd Tries To Make Reading More Social
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Meckler Selling Business to QuinStreet For $18M; Exiting Tech Trade
Discussion: Softpedia News
Karin Brulliard / Washington Post:
Worldwide Slump Makes Nigeria's Online Scammers Work That Much Harder