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2:05 PM ET, August 10, 2009


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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
SHORTURL SAVIOR: Swoops in to Save  —  The announcement this weekend that will shut down has deeply worrying implications for URL shorteners: when these services go away, tens of thousands of links on the web simply stop working.  Some sites will lose hundreds of inbound links, and the traffic that comes with them.
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 …
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: InformationWeek, and Know It All, Thanks:atul
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Despite All The Angst Around Its Demise, Will Hardly Be Missed
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.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Coffee Can Wait.  Day's First Stop Is Online.  —  Karl and Dorsey Gude of East Lansing, Mich., can remember simpler mornings, not too long ago.  They sat together and chatted as they ate breakfast.  They read the newspaper and competed only with the television for the attention of their two teenage sons.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
King Of The Apple Geeks  —  John Gruber's Daring Fireball is the homepage for Mac nerds.  Even top Apple (AAPL) brass tune in regularly.  And it's a real business, too, now in its fourth year as Gruber's full-time gig.  —  Daring Fireball's influence was in full display last week …
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Is Apple Really Releasing an 8GB iPhone 3GS?  (Confirmed: No)  —  Would Apple really ship something so regressive and line-mudding as that?  Yes, according to Canadian carrier Rogers' website.  Also, no, according to Canadian carrier Rogers' website, and salespeople.  Let's take a gander at the evidence!
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).
Brandon Miniman /
Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23022: What is Microsoft Up To?  —  The latest build of Windows Mobile 6.5 from XDA (and by this point, the version we'll see on phones this fall has already been completed) adds several mysterious new features that may imply that an interim build of Windows Mobile …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sixteen Reasons the Windows Vista Era Never Quite Happened  —  In a small way, this is a significant post: It's the first one in which I'm going to refer to Windows Vista in the past tense.  Which might be premature and/or unreasonable-Windows 7 won't reach consumers until October 22nd …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft's SharePoint Thrives in the Recession  —  Hang around at Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters for five or ten minutes and someone dressed in khaki pants and a blue shirt is bound to tell you about the wonders of SharePoint — one of the company's most successful and increasingly controversial lines of software.
Discussion: Techgeist and Know It All, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Timothy / Slashdot:
AT&T Makes Its Terms of Service Even Worse, To Discourage Lawsuits  —  techmuse writes “AT&T has changed its terms of service (including for existing contracts) to prevent class action suits.  Note that you are already required to submit your case to arbitration, a forum in which consumers are often at a substantial disadvantage.
Mike Barris / Wall Street Journal:
GM, eBay to Test Online Car Sales  —  General Motors Co. on Tuesday will launch a pilot program with online auction site eBay Inc. aimed at potentially introducing a new avenue for buyers, the companies said Monday.  —  The tie-up — the latest chapter in the auto maker's makeover after its exit …
G. Pascal Zachary / Technology Review:
An Operating System for the Cloud  —  Google is developing a new computing platform equal to the Internet era.  Should Microsoft be worried?  —  From early in their company's history, Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, wanted to develop a computer operating system and browser.
Discussion: Slashdot
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.
CBS News:
War In The Valley: Apple vs. Google  —  The Monday Note: Behind The Coming Clash Between Tech Titans  —  (CBS) The Monday Note covers the intersection between media and technology and the shift of business models.  It is jointly edited by Frédéric Filloux …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and BoomTown
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bloglines On Life Support.  This Story Needs An Ending  —  If you were a Bloglines user, consider yourself old school.  Most people moved on to Google Reader long ago, and then bailed on RSS entirely for the Real Time Gang (Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, etc.).
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Sex-predator iPhone app is back in business  —  Of all the applications that Apple (AAPL) has pulled from the iPhone App Store — and there have been quite a few — none were as creepy, sad or profitable as Offender Locator.  —  Launched in early June by ThinAir Wireless …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Despite Intel hype, Atom-based MIDs are a retail no-show  —  Try to buy an Atom-based mobile Internet device (MID) or ultramobile PC (UMPC).  Seriously, try Froogle or Pricegrabber and see if you can find an Atom-based MID or UMPC in stock anywhere.  Without some serious digging …
Discussion: and UMPCPortal
Om Malik / GigaOM:
San Francisco to Get Clearwire WiMAX in 2010  —  Silicon Valley might be the hub of technology innovation, but that doesn't guarantee its residents access to the latest in wireless broadband.  Clearwire's WiMAX service, like competing 4G wireless broadband technology Long Term Evolution …
Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Samsung invades HTC territory with Android handset  —  IDG News Service - Samsung Electronics today joined with network operator Taiwan Mobile to try to steal the spotlight from rival High Tech computer by launching a handset with Google Inc.'s Android mobile software, the Samsung i7500, in Taiwan.
Discussion: Softpedia News
The Age:
Apple store set to gobble up art deco landmark  —  One of Melbourne's finest examples of art deco architecture from the 1930s looks set to be knocked down to make way for an iconic new Apple Store.  —  Lonsdale House, on Lonsdale Street near Caledonian Lane, will be bulldozed …
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Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple working on software fix for MacBook Pro hard drives
Discussion: MacNN and Macsimum News
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
An Old-Fashioned Web Site
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chips
Discussion: insideHPC and Softpedia News
Richard Lardner / Associated Press:
Air Force used Twitter to track NY flyover fallout
Discussion: Mashable!
David Colker / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Cyber attack is meant to bury blogger; instead, it makes him a star
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Brainstorm Tech:
Duke Energy, Echelon team up on $1 billion smart grid project
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
New York Times:
As Rivals Branch Out, SAP Is Sticking to Software
 Earlier Items: 
Louis Gray:
iPhone Call Recording: It Makes Too Much Sense Not to Do
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Majority of CIOs still reject the iPhone, but resistance is weakening
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Los Angeles Times:
Barry Diller's air of tech savvy hasn't paid off for shareholders
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Rivals bid to snatch green domain
Discussion: AppScout