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5:15 PM ET, August 14, 2009

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Netscape Founder Backs New Browser  —  SAN FRANCISCO — It has been 15 years since Marc Andreessen developed the Netscape Internet browser that introduced millions of people to the Internet.  —  After its early success, Netscape was roundly defeated by Microsoft in the so-called browser wars …
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Why I'm suspicious of the Facebook ‘RockMelt’ browser  —  In the 21st century, the main portal to your life besides the front door to your home is the window of your Web browser.  —  That's why the competition between Microsoft and Mozilla and Apple and Google (and Opera and...) is so intense and so important.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Zune Apps  —  In my brief comments yesterday on the new touchscreen Zune HD that is set to debut September 15, I noted: … I mean, why not?  The software platform has quickly become a major driving force behind the sales growth of the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Microsoft is a software platform company.
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Marianne Schultz / MacRumors:
Microsoft Attempting to Recruit App Store Developers for Zune HD?
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Electronista
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
King of Broken Promises Wants You to Trust Him  —  Media entrepreneur Steven Brill has been failing pretty much constantly for the past 11 years, and repeatedly broken his word in the process.  But he's turned the corner with his new startup, he swears!  Just don't ask for specifics!
Discussion: paidContent
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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Google Chrome 4.0: Fastest OS X browser by 34 per cent  —  Safari, eat Google's dust — its Chrome Web browser — under its developmental title Chromium — has hit version 4.0 on the Mac, and our tests confirm it's the fastest browser in the world on both PC and now on Mac OS X.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone vs. Pre: Satisfaction bakeoff  —  Palm Pre owners love their smartphones, but not as much as owners of Apple's new 3GS iPhone love theirs.  —  In a survey of 200 3GS users conducted Aug. 4-11 by RBC Capital and ChangeWave Research, 99% pronounced themselves satisfied, of which 82% were “very satisfied.”
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Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple's iPhone 3GS has 99 percent satisfaction rate
Discussion: I4U News
Don Clark / Digits:
Apple's Cash Hoard: It Just Keeps on Growing  —  Remember when Wall Street was obsessed with Microsoft's bulging bank account?  Now it's Apple that is awash in cash, the latest symbol of the company's stunning ascendance over the past decade.  —  Apple  —  As of June 27, Apple …
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Major Carriers Shun Broadband Stimulus  —  The Obama administration made a national priority of spreading high-speed Internet access to every American home and offered stimulus money to help companies pay for it, but the biggest network operators are staying away from the program.
David Pogue / Pogue's Posts:
‘Take Back the Beep’ Campaign: An Update  —  It's been two weeks since I started “Take Back the Beep,” a campaign to flood the four big wireless companies with complaints.  I want them to eliminate (or make optional) those time-wasting, redundant, airtime-eating, 15-second recorded instructions …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Sad Day.  Goodbye, Riya  —  Facial recognition service Riya will shut down on August 21, 2009, says founder Munjal Shah in an email to users this morning.  We are adding it to the TechCrunch DeadPool.  —  This was one of the original services that defined the early Web 2.0 movement.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google's Varian: Search scale is ‘bogus’  —  Google's Hal Varian would likely have raised an eyebrow at a term paper submitted by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the search market.  —  Varian, currently on leave from the University of California at Berkeley to serve as Google's chief economist …
Jon Jordan / The Pocket Gamer iPhone gaming podcast:
PSPgo games will be as cheap as iPhone games  —  Between 1 - 5 Euros  —  With the rumour mill speeding up prior to Sony's press conference at the Gamescom show in Cologne, Germany, next week, news has been leaked concerning the price of PSP games for the soon-to-be revitalised PlayStation Network (PSN).
Msav / ai.rs blog:
HTC Leo picures surface  —  ai.rs Blog exclusive  —  As we announced in our previous post, HTC Leo will be a new high end model from HTC and it will feature Snapdragon 1GHz processor and capacitive 4.3" screen.  We expect it in our hands in september and it may hit the stores (or mobile operators) as soon as october.
Psystar:
A taste of their own medicine  —  We are pleased to announce that an agreement with Apple's counsel was reached earlier this month and we now have the final list of their deponents for our proposed topics with respect to this litigation.  For the past week and for the following ten days …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Cocktail part of Apple's September event  —  Peter Kafka at All Things Digital reported Thursday that Apple is planning to make a major announcement the week of September 7, and that was a big scoop.  —  But much of the substance of Apple's announcement—at least as it relates to music …
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Completes Successful LTE 4G Data Calls In Boston And Seattle  —  Trials Include First Field-Level Tests Integrating Network Vendors' 4G Technology Over 700 MHz Spectrum  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today completed its first successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Who, really, is The Associated Press accusing of copyright infringement?  —  The Associated Press document we posted yesterday is in line with the consortium's most bellicose rhetoric on copyright.  It begins, “The evidence is everywhere: original news content is being scraped …
Discussion: Felix Salmon
David Sarno / Los Angeles Times:
YouTube to show Sony's “Ghostbusters” this week for film's 25th anniversary  —  YouTube and Sony are crossing the streams.  —  Starting tonight at 9 p.m. PDT, YouTube will host a weeklong showing of Sony's comedy classic “Ghostbusters” in honor of the film's 25th anniversary.
James Rogers / TheStreet.com:
Apple Plans Two Tablets: Tech Rumor of the Day  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. (TheStreet) — Rumors continue to swirl around Apple's (AAPL Quote) mysterious Tablet, with a report suggesting that the gadget will come in two models, one of which is aimed at the educational market.
Jackie / Qik:
Qik for iPhone 3GS - now live and free from the App Store!  —  You've been asking for it, and now it's here: Qik for the iPhone 3GS can now be downloaded - for free! - directly from the App Store.  —  If you already have Qik on your iPhone, you should know that this version is a little different.
James Sherwood / The Register:
First Samsung Android phone out next week  —  Exclusive Samsung's first Android-based mobile phone - the Galaxy i7500 - will be launched next week, Register Hardware has discovered.  —  Samsung's Galaxy: out next week on O2  —  Staff at a handful of O2 retail outlets consulted …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: MicroHoo “Penetration” Near Google's, Google Users Most “Loyal”  —  This morning comScore released data and analysis that compares search share, searcher penetration and loyalty at the combined Microsoft-Yahoo property vs. Google.  While Google has a much higher share of the number …
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
China and Portugal Agree: Next-Gen iPods Will Have Cameras (Updated!)  —  A Portuguese retailer has let slip on two more cases designed for the fifth-gen iPod Nano, and third-gen iPod Touch—and camera placement perfectly matches the Chinese cases Cult of Mac spotted.  Update: Pics pulled, cases “available September.”
The How-To Geek / Lifehacker:
Digsby Joins the Dark Side, Uses Your PC to Make Money  —  The popular Digsby instant messenger client not only bundles half a dozen “optional” crapware applications, it's also using your computer to crawl the web, do stock market research, and more.  It's time to uninstall.
Mary Pilon / The Wallet:
PayPal Makes a Bid for Student Banking  —  Parents and students looking to manage their budgets might find help from an unlikely place: PayPal.  —  Long associated with online payments and transfers of funds on sites like parent company eBay, PayPal this week launched a student account …
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Bing Shopping takes off  —  Microsoft recently announced a promotion to receive Double Cashback when consumers use Bing Shopping for searches and online purchases.  Back in October of last year, I wrote about the initial success of the Cashback program to capture visits, so this particular promotion …
 
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox extension liberates US court docs from paywall
Discussion: TechCrunch and ResourceShelf
Skirsner / Boston Globe:
France Telecom Shutting Down R&D Lab in Cambridge
Discussion: Xconomy
Joel Schectman / Business Week:
Computer Hacking Made Easy
BBC:
Alarm sounded over game futures
Discussion: VG247 and GoNintendo
 Earlier Items: 
Roy Mark / eWeek:
IBM Expands System z Solutions
Discussion: PR Newswire and PC World
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Facebook privacy: a guide
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Massive AOL Layoffs? …
Discussion: AdExchanger.com
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China Unicom Denies It's Buying 5M iPhones
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Video game sales in free fall
Discussion: PC World and Wall Street Journal
Michael Horowitz / Computerworld:
Consumer Reports at it again