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7:00 PM ET, August 17, 2009

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More Local Heat: MSNBC.com Buys EveryBlock for Several Million Dollars  —  It looks like the local market is heating up even more, with MSNBC.com announcing the acquisition of Chicago-based EveryBlock.  —  MSNBC.com-a joint venture of Microsoft (MSFT) and GE (GE) unit NBC Universal-paid …
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Adrian Holovaty:
EveryBlock acquisition and me  —  I'm excited to announce some huge news.
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: MySpace Close To Acquiring iLike For $20 Million  —  MySpace is close to acquiring popular social music service iLike, we've confirmed with multiple sources.  The deal, which should close this week, will be MySpace's first acquisition since new CEO Owen Van Natta took control of the company in April 2009.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Android Opportunity  —  In just the past few weeks Steven Frank, Alex Payne, and Andre Torrez all tried switching from the iPhone to Android.  All three are smart, open-minded, and eloquent regarding their reasons for trying Android.  All three are developers who care about the quality and design of software and hardware.
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
Steve Jobs: The man who polished Apple  —  Chief executive of Apple Inc and owner of Jackling House changed the world and cheated death.  So why the paranoia?  —  For five years the owner of the Jackling House in Woodside, California, has been trying to knock it down.
tr.im URLs:
tr.im to be Community-Owned  —  First Off ...  Everyone involved at Nambu would like to apologize again for the hastiness in which we acted last Sunday, announcing the shutdown of tr.im by the end of the year.  As a commercial URL shortener, however, we still believe that tr.im would not be able …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Tr.im Can't/Won't Sell, Goes Open Source, Blames Everyone
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TJX Hacker Charged With Heartland, Hannaford Breaches  —  The constellation of hacks connected to the TJX hacker is growing.  —  Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez has been indicted by a federal grand jury in New Jersey — along with two unnamed Russian conspirators — on charges of hacking …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell Mini 3i smartphone gets official outing in China  —  At last, the much rumored Dell cellphone has made its first official appearance.  The 3.5-inch 360 x 640 pixel device with capacitive touchscreen was on display in China running the Android-based Open Mobile System (OMS).
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Interview: Apple's Gigantic New Data Center Hints at Cloud Computing … Google's Eric Schmidt “resigned” from Apple's board because Chrome and Android were encroaching on Apple's core business, or so Steve Jobs says.  —  But what if the opposite were true?  What if Apple is encroaching on Google's core business?
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Huffington Post and Facebook Go “Social News,” With Connect on Steroids  —  In an unusually robust collaboration using Facebook Connect, the Huffington Post is launching a feature on Monday called “HuffPost Social News,” which lets readers create a personalized social networking-like news page on the Huffington Post itself.
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Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Mozilla pushes out .Net incompatible Firefox 3.5  —  Firefox users got a surprise when they booted up this morning, a software update box for Firefox 3.5, “the most advanced Firefox yet.”  —  A warning sticker at the bottom of the box notes that it will cause “some of your extensions …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
GPush: iPhone Push Notifications for Your Gmail Account  —  After a bit of a delay, the GPush app (iTunes link) has finally arrived in the App Store.  GPush will send you a push notification whenever a new email arrives in your inbox.  The app, which costs $0.99, does one thing and one thing only …
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Big noises join chorus behind Twitter TweetDeck  —  Two of the biggest names in the British technology sector have thrown their weight behind a start-up operation aimed at providing easier access to Twitter, the social networking and microblogging site.  —  Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
No Further Android Updates for G1; No “Sense” for MyTouch 3G?  —  We early adopters know that we risk not being able to update our first-generation mobile gadgets, but that doesn't make it any easier to stomach.  Android engineers have tweeted that T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) phones may not be able to handle any OS updates going forward.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
i.TV 2.0 for iPhone coming soon to an App Store near you  —  i.TV, as we're sure most iPhone owners out there are well aware, is the premier app for all things TV and Movie-related.  Think if it as your one-stop-shop for TV programming schedules, community-sourced reviews, local movie schedules …
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Directory: 100 technology experts on Twitter  —  One the most important — and most difficult — things to do when you first start using Twitter is to develop a good list of people to follow.  You can check your friends' lists of followers, watch for interesting people that come up in @replies …
Electronista:
iPhone 3GS bestselling phone in Japan  —  Apple's third iPhone generation has ousted Japan's own phone manufacturers for the top sales spot in the country, according to market data from Gfk Japan.  The 32GB iPhone 3GS was the most popular phone in Japan during July and outsold …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zendesk Raises $6 Million In B Round, Benchmark's Peter Fenton Joins Board  —  Benchmark Capital is investing in Danish startup Zendesk, and led a $6 million B round of funding.  Benchmark's rock star partner Peter Fenton is joining the board.  —  Zendesk just raised money in May in an A round …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Dear iPhone Users: Your Apps are Spying on You  —  Recently, Palm came under fire when programmer Joey Hess discovered the Pre's smartphone OS was sending users' GPS locations back to Palm on a daily basis.  Although this information was disclosed in the company's privacy policy, the majority of the phone's owners were unaware.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Pixie Launch Delayed Until 2010?  —  Palm's next webOS handset, the so-called Eos (codename: Pixie), is still in the pipeline, but it may not arrive at market for some time.  Though some observers have speculated that the device would debut in the late fall in time for the holidays …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS, Amazon Already Sniffing Around GDGT  —  It's less than two months old, and GDGT is already getting some high profile attention, and maybe even a few acquisition sniffs.  —  One of our reliable sources told us today that they had reason to believe both CBS/CNET and Amazon were considering acquiring the company.
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:atul
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
More photos of unknown Android MID surface  —  It's been a few days since that original batch of mystery Android MID photos were first sent to me and though no one has come forward with a positive ID or more information, the device hasn't disappeared from my tipster's radar.
Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:
We Think Rupert Murdoch's Bluffing on His Pay-Wall Pledge  —  Rupert Murdoch promises his News Corp. publications will charge for content by next year.  Steven Brill swears he has hundreds of newspapers signed up to do likewise.  Who wants to be the first to follow these sharks into the pool?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Sued By Boxing Promoter Over Pirated Broadcast  —  Live video streaming service Ustream is being sued by Square Ring, Inc, a boxing promotional company owned by professional boxer Roy Jones, Jr. The suit alleges that Ustream has committed “massive and blatant copyright infringement” …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and WebNewser
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Own URL Shortening Service  —  URL shortening services are ubiquitous on Twitter and other cramped online spaces.  They won't all last, as tr.im has demonstrated, and their shutdowns could annihilate your linking history.  If you own a domain, though, you can host your own service.
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft shifts gears (again) with its Oslo modeling platform  —  It's been awfully quiet on the Microsoft service-oriented architecture (SOA) front for the past nine months or so.  But on August 17, Product Unit Manager Doug Purdy broke the silence to provide an update on Microsoft's “Oslo” modeling platform and strategy.
Discussion: Douglas Purdy and eWeek
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Telecom operators hurt selling iPhones  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Heavy subsidies shelled out by telecom operators around the world to lure consumers to buy an Apple iPhone have done nothing to increase profits, and have even dented them in some cases, a research report showed on Monday.
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS: Satisfied-nav  —  Do you look at your iPhone so much that you often get lost?  There's an app for that.  Today TomTom released its iPhone 3G and 3GS app that offers sat-nav goodness without the clunky looking sat-nav.  It costs £60, which isn't that expensive …
 
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Apple on track to sell 2.7 million Macs in Q4
Discussion: Macsimum News
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint.com:
TomTom app for Android on roadmap
Discussion: GPS Obsessed, Thanks:stuartmiles
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Warning: iPhone Bug Allows Deleted Email To Be Retrieved With Simple Search
Discussion: Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
Wall Street Journal:
Google Searches for Property Rights
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Top Ad Sales Exec on West Coast Departs Yahoo
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Are Carriers Changing Their Tune on Mobile VoIP?
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Rick Klau / Google Public Policy Blog:
Giving a voice to “digital refugees”
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New Google is the old Microsoft
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