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11:20 AM ET, August 10, 2009

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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.
tr.im URLs:
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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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
SHORTURL SAVIOR: Bit.ly Swoops in to Save Tr.im  —  The announcement this weekend that Tr.im 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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter's platform shortcomings
Discussion: TechCrunch and Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why You Shouldn't Rely On URL Shorteners
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.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Rogers Wireless Web Page Appears to Confirm 8 GB iPhone 3GS  —  A Rogers Wireless web page appears to confirm last week's alleged screenshots of the company's internal retail software revealing a forthcoming 8 GB iPhone 3GS model.  The “iPhone Comparison” tab on Rogers' iPhone 3GS page contains …
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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 …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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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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 …
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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 / pocketnow.com:
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 …
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.
Toshiba:
Toshiba Applies to Join Blu-ray Disc Association  —  Tokyo—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced today that the company has applied for membership of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and plans to introduce products that support the Blu-ray format.  —  As a market leader …
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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 …
Louis Gray:
iPhone Call Recording: It Makes Too Much Sense Not to Do  —  The introduction of the Voice Memos capability on Apple's iPhone was a nice touch.  Now, in theory, if I am out and about and don't want to type in a note, I can speak into the Voice Memo and save a short audio clip.
Kelly Riddell / Bloomberg:
Nortel Chief Mike Zafirovski Steps Down as Asset Sales Near Completion  —  Aug. 10 (Bloomberg) — Nortel Networks Corp., the Canadian phone-equipment maker in bankruptcy protection, said Chief Executive Officer Mike Zafirovski stepped down today as efforts to sell off the company's businesses wind down.
Discussion: FierceVoIP
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.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and SlashGear
 
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Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Microsoft's SharePoint Thrives in the Recession
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Duke Energy, Echelon team up on $1 billion smart grid project
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New York Times:
As Rivals Branch Out, SAP Is Sticking to Software
Associated Press:
GM, eBay to Start Trial in California
Discussion: CNET News and MarketingVOX
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Majority of CIOs still reject the iPhone, but resistance is weakening
Los Angeles Times:
Barry Diller's air of tech savvy hasn't paid off for shareholders
CBS News:
War In The Valley: Apple vs. Google
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Latest Google Chrome dev build adds Windows 7 jumplist support
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?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
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Meckler Selling Internet.com Business to QuinStreet For $18M; Exiting Tech Trade
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