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3:25 PM 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.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tr.im Cuts Off Bit.ly's 301works Idea, Wants to Sell  —  Yesterday, upon hearing that the URL shortening service Tr.im was shutting down, Bit.ly, the largest URL-shortener, stepped in with a proposal.  The offer wasn't to buy the service, but rather to propose that Bit.ly host Tr.im's URL …
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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.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Despite All The Angst Around Its Demise, Tr.im Will Hardly Be Missed
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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 …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Acquires FriendFeed  —  Facebook has acquired FriendFeed, we've learned.  We're gathering details now.  —  At this point details on the acquisition are still very sparse, but it's clearly a good match.  Over the last year or so, Facebook has “borrowed” quite a few of features …
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).
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!
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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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Breakfast Can Wait.  The 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.
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 …
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.
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple working on software fix for MacBook Pro hard drives  —  Owners of Apple MacBook Pro notebooks with 7200rpm 500GB hard drives have been complaining for months of clicking sounds followed by temporary stalling.  According to Apple, a fix is in the works.
Discussion: MacFixIt, Macsimum News and MacNN
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 …
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 …
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
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
An Old-Fashioned Web Site  —  After a quarter-century as a military correspondent, David Wood knew the drill as he reported from Afghanistan last week, in helmet and flak jacket, on the intricacies of the U.S. war effort.  —  But this time he was writing for a fledgling Web site, one that …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.).
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
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 …
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
Yahoo Buys OMG.com Domain Name for $80,000  —  Yahoo buys popular texting term.  —  Yahoo (YHOO) has purchased the domain name OMG.com for $80,000.  —  Domain Name Wire reported the sale last week on its weekly Sedo sales wrap, but we didn't know the buyer at the time.
Discussion: TechCrunch and paidContent
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 …
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Virgin Mobile: It's Not (Just) the Economy Driving Prepaid  —  Virgin Mobile's chief executive sounded an upbeat note on the prepaid wireless market, as the carrier shed net subscribers but posted a bigger profit.  —  Associated Press  —  Prepaid services have gained traction with consumers …
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Guitar Hero 5 gets ready to rock
Darrell Etherington / TheAppleBlog:
Textbooks Now On iPhone, iPod Touch
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and ReadWriteWeb
Engineering Windows 7:
What we do with a bug report?
Discussion: Neowin.net
Christopher Mims / Technology Review:
Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chips
Discussion: insideHPC and Softpedia News
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Despite Intel hype, Atom-based MIDs are a retail no-show
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and UMPCPortal
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
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Dan Nystedt / Computerworld:
Samsung invades HTC territory with Android handset
Discussion: Softpedia News
New York Times:
As Rivals Branch Out, SAP Is Sticking to Software
Discussion: InformationWeek
Louis Gray:
iPhone Call Recording: It Makes Too Much Sense Not to Do
Los Angeles Times:
Barry Diller's air of tech savvy hasn't paid off for shareholders
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