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tr.im Resurrected  —  We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website.  We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.  — We have answered those pleas.  Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tr.im: We Were Just Kidding About Cutting You Off.  Also, We're Still For Sale.  —  We don't know what is going on over at Nambu, but it doesn't smell good.  Today, just days after shutting down Tr.im and saying all support would cease at the end of the year, killing all the links shortened with the service, they have reversed course.
Discussion: paidContent
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Tr.im Is Back, But For How Long? Try “Two or Three Months”
Boy Genius Report:
More iTunes 9 details, Apple developing social networking application?  —  Our same source is back at it again and we have some further clarification on the iTunes 9 rumor we posted a couple days ago.  We really have to take this information at face value, but again felt it was worthy enough to be published.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
First reported screenshots of iTunes 9 emerge; Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm integration showcased  —  Now before we get into these screen caps our disclaimer must be made explicitly clear: This is superduperultramegaturbo rumor/skeptical status.  Right then.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
iTunes 9 screenshots surface. We call fake
Xbox.com:
Dashboard Updates: Xbox LIVE Update  —  One of the amazing things about the Xbox LIVE experience is that it's always getting better.  The latest Xbox LIVE Update truly cranks it up a notch - with features that improve your entertainment experience and give you new ways to express your individuality and connect with friends.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360 officially the only console to stream Netflix — sorry, PS3 and Wii  —  We actually had to brush the fog off of our spectacles to ensure that hazy conditions weren't clouding our comprehension abilities, but sure enough, that Netflix streaming that Xbox LIVE members have grown to love …
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft, Nokia plan mobile Office deal  —  Microsoft is expected on Wednesday to announce a partnership with European mobile giant Nokia to help get its Office software onto that company's mobile phones, CNET News has learned.  —  With the next version of Office, Microsoft is trying …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Proposes To Ban Sponsored Status Updates  —  Today Facebook has posted a note to its blog indicating that it's proposing an update to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities — one of the site's documents that establishes user rights and Facebook's Terms of Service.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Full Rundown of All of Today's Proposed Changes to the Facebook TOS
Discussion: CNET News
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple again offers matte screen option for 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  Confirming an AppleInsider exclusive tip from less than a month ago, Apple has restored the antiglare upgrade option — at a cost of $50 — for its 15-inch MacBook Pro line.  —  The change is a quiet concession by Apple …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Delicious Creator Quietly Launches Threaded Twitter Conversations  —  Joshua Schachter is best known as the creator of Delicious.  But a few years after he sold it to Yahoo in 2005, he left the company and joined Google.  Since then, he's been known to speak his mind about Delicious' overall direction …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: The War of the Wallpapers  —  “I would give a lot to have Steve's taste.”  —  Bill Gates said that of Steve Jobs at the D5 conference two years ago, and we knew exactly what he meant.  —  Take, for example, the two images above.
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Mac Observer
Eric Auchard / Commentaries:
Twitter backlash foretold  —  Technology market research firm Gartner Inc has published the 2009 “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies,” its effort to chart out what's hot or not at the cutting edge of hi-tech jargon.  It's just one of an annual phalanx of reports that handicap some 1,650 technologies …
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Tough times in the porn industry  —  The business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, is being undercut by a growing abundance of free content on the Internet.  —  On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa.
Discussion: broadstuff, MediaPost and PE Hub Blog
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Picks Huawei To Roll Out Nationwide WiMax On The Cheap  —  Clearwire has signed an agreement with Chinese infrastructure company Huawei, which may help it stretch its resources thinner in its efforts to build out a nationwide WiMax network.  For Huawei, the deals marks …
Michael Fitzpatrick / BBC:
Mobile phones get cyborg vision  —  Zoe Kleinman tries out Acrossair's software that uses a phone's camera to tell you where the nearest London Underground station is.  —  It's a gift that was once the preserve of fictional cyborgs.  —  Call it Terminator Vision - a view of the world tagged with rich …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Shifts Ads (To The Left)  —  Does Google's search results page feel a little more crowded to you?  The ads which used to run down along the right-hand edge of the page are now shifted over to the left, as if to declare, “Hey, look at us!”  Maybe this will increase the number of times ads are clicked on.
IEBlog:
Engineering POV: IE6  —  The topic of site support for IE6 has had a lot of discussion on the web recently as a result of a post on the Digg blog.  Why would anyone run an eight-year old browser?  Should sites continue to support it?  What more can anyone do to get IE6 users to upgrade?
internetnews.com:
Where Are the Tech Jobs?  —  Elance details some of the hottest freelance tech hiring trends.  —  What tech skills are in demand?  One measure comes from Elance, a global online workplace of contract jobs.  The company's monthly Top 100 Online Work Index for August, set for official release Tuesday …
Spencer / Siliconera:
Nintendo's Patented Horseback Riding Wii Controller  —  If you thought the Wii Balance Board was off the beaten path wait until you see Nintendo's Wii Horseback Riding Saddle.  We're not kidding about this.  —  The inflatable seat has a pocket for the Wii remote, which is used to sense movement via the accelerometers.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Job Search Site SimplyHired Gets $4.6 Million Funding  —  Job search engine SimplyHired, based in Mountain View, CA, has received $4.6 million in a new round of funding, led by IDG Ventures and Foundation Capital.  This bring the total money into the company to $22.3 million …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
North Americans pay more for cell phone service  —  Cell phone users in the U.S., Spain, and Canada pay more for mobile phone service than cell phone users in other parts of the world, according to a survey published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Netflix to run second film-suggestion tech contest  —  SAN FRANCISCO — You might call it “Son of the Netflix Prize.”  —  The DVD rental company has not yet announced a winner for its first $1 million challenge to improve its system of recommending movies that subscribers may enjoy, but it is already indicating there will be a sequel.
Nielsen Wire:
Hottest June on Record for Video Gaming  —  Nielsen video game data released today shows that Video Gamers are playing more this summer than last.  Total video game console usage minutes in June 2009 went up 21% from the the previous June.  The average console gamer played 768 minutes …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Platform Launches New Inbox, Notification APIs  —  The Facebook Platform overall has stabilized quite a bit in recent months since the launch of the new home page stream.  However, Facebook is continuing to add new APIs to let developers add more compelling and engaging features.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Prices Leaked: 16GB for $220, 32GB for $290  —  It feels like we know everything about the Zune HD—except the price.  Well, now we know, if Best Buy's inventory system is right: the 16GB model will go for $220, and the 32GB model will be $290.  —  It also backs up the previously rumored launch date, Sept. 8.
 
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Build 10A432 Designated ‘Golden Master’
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New Mac OS X DNS changer spreads through social engineering
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