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5:30 PM ET, August 18, 2009

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Chuq Von Rospach / Palm Developer Network Blog:
Bring Us Your Apps, and Sell Them, Too  —  Submit your webOS applications today for the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta starting in mid-September  —  Starting today, you can submit your apps via email for consideration in the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta program.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Palm Now Accepting (A Few) Paid Pre App Submissions
Discussion: InformationWeek
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony unveils slimmer PS3: $300, lands in September (updated!)  —  Hardly a surprise, but Sony got on stage today at GamesCom and confirmed what we've all known deep down in our hearts: the new, slimmer PS3 is really real.  It'll be out in the first week of September (September 1 in North America and Europe …
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Smartphone wars - BlackBerry's plan to win  —  Locked in an epic battle with Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion has managed to grow bigger and more dominant than ever.  But the competition is about to get tougher.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — For two Canadian guys who've spent …
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BBC:
Blackberry ‘fastest-growing firm’  —  The maker of the Blackberry mobile phone, Research in Motion (RIM), is the world's fastest-growing company, according to business magazine Fortune.  —  Canada-based RIM has come top of the magazine's latest annual guide to the 100 fastest-growing businesses.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Report: One in four songs sold in U.S. is from iTunes  —  The NPD Group reported Tuesday that Apple's iTunes Store is responsible for selling one in four songs in the United States.  —  NPD MusicWatch's report indicates that audio CDs remain the dominant format, responsible for 65 percent of all music sold in the first half of 2009.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst Claims Two Apple Tablets Coming, One With 6-Inch Screen  —  In a report on the increasing hype surrounding tablet computers focused on Apple's much-anticipated tablet offerings, BusinessWeek cites market researcher Richard Doherty, who claims that Apple has developed two protoype tablet computers …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Sale of iLike to MySpace-$13.5 Million in Cash, $6 Million for Talent Retention-Delayed Over Tax Issues (Really!)...  Plus, the List of Other Suitors!  —  The board of iLike planned a meeting earlier tonight to go over a buyout offer by MySpace, several sources close to the situation said.
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Ian Hamilton / App Advice:
First Look: Facebook 3.0  —  Joe Hewitt, the developer behind the iPhone version of Facebook, just graced my inbox with a copy of the Facebook 3.0 app he submitted to the App Store.  —  It feels more like the full Facebook than ever before and the whole interface is cleaner …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Tops In Search Satisfaction According To Pre-Bing Survey  —  On an annual basis the University of Michigan puts out the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business report, sponsored and administered by Foresee Results.  Among the things the index examines is consumer satisfaction with search engines.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple, RIM, Palm Get Wet Kiss From RBC  —  As smartphone sales soar — “the new world order” — Apple, RIM, and Palm are positioned for leadership, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky said today, jacking estimates and price targets for all three companies.  —  Abramsky increased his forecast …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
140 Characters?  That's A Lot Of Writing.  Just Post A Picture On DailyBooth  —  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Translated into this Twitter world we now live in, that's like, thousands of characters.  Thousands easily beats 140, so the people constantly complaining …
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
And Now a Service to Roll Your Own iPhone Apps  —  Sweb Apps publicly launched an eponymous web site today where small- and medium-sized businesses can create their own iPhone applications, providing a new way for them to market their services and promotions to the increasing number of smartphone users.
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Electronista:
Blockbuster content coming to Motorola handsets  —  Blockbuster today said will soon offer its online video content on next-generation Motorola handsets via an OnDemand application.  Some future handsets will have the ability to download the movies from Blockbuster, which marks …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Apptio raises $14 million from Andreessen fund  —  August is supposed to be a quiet month, but the tech deals just keep coming.  —  Whether it marks a recovery or not, money's starting to flow, including a $14 million financing round that Bellevue enterprise startup Apptio is announcing today.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Blogs, Twitters Broadband  —  “Blogband” initiative to chronicle national plan  —  The FCC has launched a new “Blogband” initiative, to “chronicle the national broadband plan,” with broadband czar Blair Levin and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski its first two contributors.
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
Lenovo Reveal Their First Home Server - The IdeaCenter D400  —  Looks like Lenovo just spilt the beans on their first Windows Home Server model, the IdeaCenter D400.  The company just posted a teaser image of the product and have promised more information will be released this week.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron 11z Hits for $399, Explains Disappearance of Inspiron Mini 12  —  Like we predicted, Dell is joining the Intel CULV brigade today with its Inspiron 11Z.  The inch thin notebook isn't part of the Inspiron netbook family, but is clearly what Dell planned to take the place of the Mini 12.
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry App World Web Portal Launched  —  Good news, everyone!  RIM has launched a web site featuring the full BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) App World library for easier perusing.  We had heard this feature would be launching with the latest update to the on-device software portal …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP's Hurd: ‘Business is stabilizing’; Units (except for services) still take revenue hit  —  Updated: Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd said Tuesday that “business is stabilizing” and the company will be an early beneficiary of an economic turnaround.  The company also raised its fourth quarter earnings target.
Edible Apple:
Report: Steve Jobs “very likely” to make appearance at Apple's special media event on September 9  —  You can now pencil in September 9th on your calenders as the day Apple will announce a refreshed lineup of iPod's and perhaps a new version of iTunes as well.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
New Privacy Lawsuit Throws The Kitchen Sink At Facebook  —  A new lawsuit filed against Facebook in the Superior Court of California in Orange County is one of the more entertaining documents we've had the pleasure of reading recently.  A lot of lawsuits against Facebook are fairly serious …
Katherine Madariaga / Meraki:
Meraki Wireless Census Reveals Bold Shifts in Type and Number of Wireless Devices in Use in North America  —  First ever Meraki Census shows major increase in number of wireless-capable devices; Apple devices grew by more than 200%  —  Meraki, the cloud-based wireless networking company …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Hackers break into police computer as sting backfires  —  Exclusive: An Australian Federal Police boast, on the ABC's Four Corners program, about officers breaking up an underground hacker forum, has backfired after hackers broke into a federal police computer system.
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
What Europeans do at Night  —  The New York Times recently had an interesting piece on the changing daily Internet usage patterns in the US.  The basic gist of the article was Americans are using the Internet more than in the past and starting to twitter / surf / email much earlier in the day.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Could Cut Back On Akamai, Limelight  —  With Apple having already announced their plans to build its new $1 billion data center in Maiden, North Carolina, folks I have spoken to inside Apple told me that once the new data center is completed, Apple plans to have a more active role in doing their own content delivery.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Qwest Communications:
Qwest Issues 60-Day Notice to Qwest Wireless Customers  —  Effective Oct. 31, Qwest Wireless Service Will No Longer Be Available  —  Starting today, Qwest Wireless customers will begin to receive notification that they have 60 days to switch their Qwest Wireless service to another wireless provider.
 
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Bill Mitchell / Newspay:
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst: Apple to Sell 80+ Million iPhones in 2012, Snag 5.7% …
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