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10:45 AM ET, August 19, 2009

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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to adopt dual-platform strategy to compete with Android and iPhone, say handset makers  —  Microsoft plans to adopt a dual platform strategy to promote its Windows Mobile OS (operating system) so as to take aims at both Android- and iPhone-based platforms, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.
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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, SlashPhone and PalmAddicts
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.
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: HipMojo.com and TechFlash
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Also Had Offers From Facebook and Amazon
Discussion: Marc's Voice
David Pakman / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why iLike Sold For Peanuts
Discussion: hypebot
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How a ‘Made’ Startup Was Clipped
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.
Discussion: DSLreports and MacDailyNews
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 …
Discussion: Electronista and dailywireless.org
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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.
Discussion: Communications …
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” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo BOSS Might Be Bigger Than Bing  —  One of the least appreciated, but smartest, moves Yahoo has made in the past year is to launch Yahoo BOSS, its open search APIs which lets developers create their own custom search engine using Yahoo's algorithms.  We use it to power search across the TechCrunch network.
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.
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Maximum PC all
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.
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:nathanielmc
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 …
Discussion: Pulse2, Computerworld and WMExperts
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Trying to find an end table at Ikea?  There's an app for that  —  Ever gotten overwhelmed in a cavernous Ikea store, battling the crowds to look at blond wood furniture and get a plate of Swedish meatballs?  One developer thinks he has the answer: an iPhone app to help shoppers track products …
Discussion: Silicon Florist, Thanks:johnhcook
Gavin Newsom / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Opens The City's Data  —  This guest post was written by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who was elected to the position in 2003 and reelected in 2007.  Newsom is also running for governor of California in the upcoming 2010 election.  In this guest post …
Web Ecology Project:
Detecting Sadness in 140 Characters:  —  Sentiment Analysis and Mourning Michael Jackson on Twitter  —  with Michael J. Edwards and Erhardt Graeff  —  Michael Jackson's death created an emotional outpouring of unprecedented magnitude on Twitter.  In this report, we examine 1,860,427 tweets …
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: Ars Technica and The Register
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
Archos confirms Sept 15th Android event, readies AppsLib app store  —  Even though we've known since June that Archos would be announcing its long-rumored Android internet tablet next month, it's still great to see this robot-adorned invitation confirming that September 15th is the day for the big reveal.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Can the Apple Touch Sell the Tablet?  —  The Mac and iPhone maker may join a host of tech players hoping to win big in tablet PCs, an area where some of the industry's biggest names have failed  —  Apple may be at the forefront of a renewed effort to bring back the tablet.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 May Be The Most Useful App On The iPhone Yet  —  When Facebook launched the 2.0 version of its iPhone app in September of last year, it was a huge upgrade from its original app that launched with the App Store last July.  And now it's on the verge of launching the 3.0 version of the app …
Discussion: App Advice and EverythingiCafe, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Reinventing Chumby  —  The interactive device's open-source software will power picture frames and other gadgets by the end of the year.  —  Say “Chumby” and an image of a squat beanbag with a touch-screen comes to mind—that is, if you know what a Chumby is.  —  That mix of cute and obscure is set to change soon.
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.
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 from the singer's anticipated second album and sees her team up with Justin Timberlake and producer Timbaland.
Discussion: p2pnet and paidContent
 
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Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
AOL Sues Advertise.com for Trademark Infringement
Discussion: paidContent and Pulse2
Ernesto / freakbits.com:
BitTorrent and P2P Banned in Antartica
Discussion: Techdirt, Mashable! and Download Squad
Technology Review:
How to Forecast Malicious Internet Attacks
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Cofounder Paul Buchheit Discusses Facebook Acquisition (video)
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Microsoft Hires A Former Adobe Flash Evangelist To Pitch Silverlight
Thanks:c_santiago
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The Press Releases of the Damned!
Discussion: Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Disables Auto-Play Of Profile Songs To Get Streaming Costs Under Control
Discussion: Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
The ChubbyBrain Blog:
Venture Capital Backed Mobile App Startups Remain Predominantly Mobile OS Agnostic
Discussion: CNET News
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
First Google Chrome 4 reveals the beginnings of cloud synchronization
Discussion: internetnews.com
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Mint Going After Freshbooks?  Its New Features Point In That Direction.
Royal Pingdom:
URL shortener speed and reliability shootout
Discussion: The Blog Herald, TechCrunch and CNET News, Thanks:atul