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8:05 AM ET, August 19, 2009

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6.5 ‘touch interface’ update in February to coexist with WinMo 7?  —  The evidence that Windows Mobile 6.5 could soon be moving beyond the stylus to gather finger-friendly, multi-touch, capacitive screens into its long, loving arms has been mounting with the leak of the HTC Leo ROM and TouchFlo 3D 2.6.
Discussion: Phone Arena, PalmAddicts and SlashPhone
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Does iLike price show cost of Facebook dependence?  —  Music service iLike is dependent on Facebook for 80 percent of its traffic and revenue and that fact has suppressed iLike's value, say sources close to iLike.  —  MySpace has offered about $20 million to acquire iLike …
Discussion: TechFlash, TechCrunch and Contentinople
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Also Had Offers From Facebook and Amazon  —  There's lots of speculation out there on the yet-to-be-closed MySpace acquisition of iLike that we first reported on Monday.  —  Much of that speculation is factually incorrect, we've confirmed from a source close the the deal. iLike …
Discussion: Marc's Voice and Music Ally
David Pakman / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why iLike Sold For Peanuts
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How a ‘Made’ Startup Was Clipped
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Shocker: Windows 7 to sell in UK for half the US price!  —  We've been doing some investigating, friends — making phone calls, demanding answers.  And it was worth it.  We can confirm something very few people get to confirm: British shoppers aren't going to be totally shafted over software pricing for once.
Discussion: Slashdot
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Lauches Official iPhone App  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the popular Wikipedia, just released its first official iPhone application for Wikipedia.  Wikipedia Mobile, which is available for free in the App Store now (iTunes link), gives users access to iPhone-formatted Wikipedia articles.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Smartphones Are Making Wi-Fi Hot Again  —  As many of you know, I recently moved to a new neighborhood in San Francisco.  The move came with its own share of ups and downs, but waiting for broadband was the most challenging for me.  It took almost five days to get the connection hooked up …
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Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Why AT&T Killed Google Voice  —  Telecom operators are yesterday's business.  It's time for a national data policy that encourages innovation.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Earlier this month, Apple rejected an application for the iPhone called Google Voice.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Are These Bars On My iPhone?  Wait, You Mean AT&T Is Working?!  —  Over the weekend I noticed something odd going on with my iPhone: It was working!  That is to say I actually had signal in the SoMa district of San Francisco, which is something that I had basically given up on long ago.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Hit With Two More Patent Suits  —  It's open season on Redmond in Eastern Texas jurisdiction as more actions emerge in wake of i4i victory.  —  A Texas judge's order that Microsoft pay more than $240 million in damages to an obscure Canadian firm and stop selling …
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony sneaks PS3 Slim through FCC under pseudonym, 250GB model discovered  —  Shenanigans were afoot in Sony's efforts to throw bloggers (such as yours truly) off the scent of the just-announced PS3 Slim in the FCC, and we've got to give them credit — filing the thing as a “Computer Entertainment System” …
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony unveils slimmer PS3: $300, lands in September (updated!)
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
First Google Chrome 4 reveals the beginnings of cloud synchronization  —  Download Google Chrome Dev channel build 4.0.201.1 from Fileforum now.  —  With Google, one tends to learn the meanings and intentions behind the many events in its development programs pretty much as they happen.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst Claims Two Apple Tablets Coming, One With 6-Inch Screen
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Google bruises Gallic pride as national library does deal with search giant  —  French pride took a knock today with news that the National Library is giving up a four-year fight for a Gallic riposte to Google and bowing to the might of the Californian search giant.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hackers ‘Steal’ New Leona Lewis, Timberlake Track  —  During the last couple of days there have been rumors that an unreleased track from Leona Lewis's new album had leaked onto the Internet.  The track, “Don't Let Me Down” is the from the singer's anticipated second album and sees her team …
Discussion: paidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Disables Auto-Play Of Profile Songs To Get Streaming Costs Under Control  —  MySpace Music, which launched a little less than a year ago, is the one bright spot of growth in an otherwise flatlining MySpace.  —  But all that popularity comes at a price - billions of free streaming songs …
Discussion: Softpedia News
Ernesto / freakbits.com:
BitTorrent and P2P Banned in Antartica  —  Employees of the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) received a security alert today, warning them about the threats that BitTorrent and other P2P applications pose to them and the USAP.  Aside from eating up precious bandwidth …
Discussion: Techdirt, Download Squad and Mashable!
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
Survey: Average gamer is 35, fat and depressed  —  CDC study finds playing leads to ‘lower extraversion’ in adult gamers  —  A new study says the average age of video-game players in the United States is 35, and oh, by the way: They're overweight and tend to be depressed.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How They Can Sell 50 Million iPhones A Year  —  Apple (AAPL) is on track to sell more than 50 million iPhones a year by the September 2011 fiscal year, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi asserted in a research note this morning, up from an estimated 20 million in fiscal 2009.
Betsy Taylor / Associated Press:
Woman charged with harassment over suggestive post  —  ST. PETERS, Mo. — A Missouri woman is accused of cyberbullying for allegedly posting photos and personal information of a teenage girl on the “Casual Encounters” section of Craigslist after an Internet argument.
Discussion: The Register
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Court Overturns First Stock Option Backdating Conviction  —  A federal appeals court has thrown out the stock option backdating conviction of Gregory Reyes, the former CEO of Silicon Valley network equipment manufacturer Brocade.  He was the first person to be criminally prosecuted in the Silicon Valley stock option fraud scandal.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
ReTweet.com to Launch at Noon, Declares War on Tweetmeme  —  Retweeting is a big business.  Just ask Tweetmeme, the popular service that tracks the most shared stories on Twitter and provides the popular retweet buttons you see on many websites including Mashable.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Microsoft Hires A Former Adobe Flash Evangelist To Pitch Silverlight  —  Mike Downey has spent the greater part of the last nine years singing the praises of Adobe (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash.  Now, Downey is singing the praises of Flash media player-rival Silverlight.
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Royal Pingdom:
URL shortener speed and reliability shootout  —  With the rise of microblogging, URL shortening services have become extremely popular.  And no wonder; just imagine sharing links on Twitter without one.  Although some of these services have considerably more market share than others …
 
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