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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Judge: Microsoft can't sell Word anymore  —  A Texas judge ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot sell one of its flagship products, Word, in the United States because of patent infringement.  —  You read that right: Microsoft cannot sell Word, the judge ruled.
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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Injunction on Microsoft Word unlikely to halt sales  —  IDG News Service - A judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word products in their current form in the U.S., but legal appeals or technical work-arounds make an actual halt of sales unlikely.
Discussion: CNET News and Technologizer
John Oates / The Register:
Texan judge outlaws Word
Discussion: DailyTech
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook Begins Testing Facebook Lite, A Faster Simpler Version Of The Service  —  It looks like Facebook has tonight turned on a feature called “Facebook Lite” for some users to test out.  We're getting bombarded by tips about it, and some of us are seeing it as well.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Facebook Lite Actually Is.  Hint: It's Not Twitter Or FriendFeed.  —  So, the web pretty much exploded tonight over the appearance of something called “Facebook Lite,” a new service that's apparently being beta tested by Facebook.  But users who received the message that they were invited …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Schiller Reaches Out Again To Acknowledge App Store Problems  —  A few weeks ago, we wrote about Steven Frank, a well-known Mac developer who was giving up his iPhone over his disgust with the ways Apple is managing the App Store.  (This was right before Mike also gave up his iPhone).
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stevenf.com:
On Saturday night, we drove up to Seattle to attend a memorial service for my wife's grandmother.  Shortly after checking into the hotel, I checked the inbox on my Android phone and found myself staring at the words “Philip Schiller”.  —  Needless to say, I had a minor freakout.
Brad Stone / Bits:
RealNetworks Barred From Selling DVD Copy Maker  —  RealNetworks, the Seattle-based digital media company, portrays itself as fighting for people's right to legally make backup copies of the DVDs they own.  It appears to have lost at least the first and perhaps most important round of the battle.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   As Expected, Judge Still Bans Real From Selling RealDVD
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Judge Rules Against RealDVD
Discussion: Guardian and freakbits.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is a Perfect Storm Forming For Distributed Social Networking?  —  Maybe it's better to host your own.  That's the thinking coming from a growing number of early technology adopters as service after service goes down, sells out or otherwise frustrates the users who have published their content online …
Discussion: Mashable! and The SiliconANGLE, Thanks:atul
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Streamy Could be the Next FriendFeed
Jorge Escobar / jungleG:
After FriendFeed's Sale, Trust In Social Sites Has Been Shattered
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Release Date and Packaging Leaked, Will Hit Stores September 15th  —  Some loyal Giz readers and Best Buy employees sent us a couple shots of the much-anticipated Zune HD's packaging, and they clearly state that the gorgeous PMP will be available on September 15th.  Break out the wallets, people.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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 …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft to Put Office on Phones From Nokia
Discussion: Electricpig and pocketnow.com
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Pixorial Revives Analog Memories (and Resurrects My Mullet)  —  It would be appropriate to quote a song like Barbra Streisand's “The Way We Were” or even “Memory” from Cats given Pixorial's target market.  The video sharing startup launches to the public today and is hoping to be a place where boomers …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Pixorial collects your video, sells it back to you
Discussion: Mashable! and Imaging Insider
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 Review: Wait, How Much?  —  T-Mobile's take on the HTC Touch Pro2, a 3.6-inch-screened, slide-out-QWERTYed refresh to the company's flagship Windows Mobile phone.  —  The price: $349 with a 2-year contract, after instant rebate, making it T-Mobile's most expensive phone
Discussion: Softpedia News
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tr.im URLs:
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 …
Onion News Network:
Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village  —  Web users who choose to move to the desolate village are guaranteed an environment free from Google products and natural light from the sun.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
How Do iPhone Users Find New Apps?  —  AdMob just released some data about how iPhone users discover new apps in the App Store and how they use them once they have downloaded them.  According to AdMob, most users download apps from the App Store directly from their phones.  Only 7% go through iTunes to download apps.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia: We're Fully Commited To Symbian  —  The Financial Times (Germany) quoted a source close to Nokia saying that the company might dump the Symbian operating system and instead opt for its LinuxOS, Mameo.  The rumor got picked up by various blogs and built up a life its own.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google File System II: Dawn of the Multiplying Master Nodes  —  A sequel two years in the making  —  Increase responsiveness and effectiveness in your organizations  —  As its custom-built file system strains under the weight of an online empire it was never designed to support, Google is brewing a replacement.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Xbox gaming platform may soon span Web, console, mobile  —  A new job posting suggests that Microsoft is looking to create a gaming platform that goes beyond just the Xbox 360.  Way beyond.  —  According to a job posting from August 10, 2009, Microsoft is looking for a LIVE Community Director in the Entertainment & Devices Division.
Discussion: VG247, SlashGear, Kotaku and digg.com
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Wikipedia approaches its limits  —  The online encyclopedia is about to hit 3m articles in English - but growth is stalling as ‘inclusionists’ and ‘deletionists’ fight for control  —  Yet again, Wikipedia is about to break new ground.  The website that has become one of the biggest open repositories …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Are You a Digital Sharecropper?  —  Will Work for Praise: The Web's Free-Labor Economy describes how many of today's websites are built by the users themselves: … This raises some disturbing parallels.  Are users being turned into digital sharecroppers?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
What If All Web Ads Were Blocked?  Ten Speculative Scenarios  —  Last week, I blogged about a post over at Windows IT Pro that posited that all browsers would include ad-blocking as a standard feature within five years, and that it would be turned on by default.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Nigel Whitfield / The Register:
How to hack a Sony Reader  —  Hands On Amazon's Kindle receives plenty of publicity, but it's only available in the US.  Book buffs elsewhere have to content themselves with other e-book readers, of which one of the most popular is the Sony Reader.  The PRS-505 is available from High Street stores …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and TeleRead
 
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Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
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