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5:00 PM 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft's Mobile Strategy: Irrelevance  —  Microsoft is apparently going to counter the Android and iPhone offensives on the mobile market with a new strategy: confusion.  The company will allegedly continue to sell its increasingly less relevant Windows Mobile 6.5 for a lower price …
Discussion: MediaPost and OStatic blogs
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.
Boy Genius Report:
RIM planning on including full Flash and Silverlight support in browser  —  We've been gathering details over the past month or so on this, and it's pretty much confirmed: Research In Motion is planning on integrating full Flash and Microsoft Silverlight support into their BlackBerry web browser.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Possible new iTunes 9 screenshots depict Facebook social playlist integration, third-party device support  —  Ready for round 2, ladies and gents?  A tipster just dropped a new handful of iTunes 9 screenshots in our inbox and while their authenticity cannot be confirmed, they're certainly worth mentioning.
Yahoo! Finance:
Time Warner and YouTube Reach Agreement to Post Huge Array of Short-Form Clips From Movies, Television Shows and News Reports  —  Time Warner Units — Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. — to Make Promotional Content Available on YouTube(TM)
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Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
It's getting hard to find an iPhone in Canada  —  It's been in the spotlight more than almost any other product of the information age, but the iPhone is becoming hard to find in Canada.  —  Apple Inc. AAPL-Q is shipping limited supplies of its smart phone to Rogers Communications Inc. …
MySpace:
MySpace To Acquire iLike  —  MySpace today announced an agreement to acquire iLike, a leading social music discovery service.  The acquisition brings together two companies who share a common vision revolving around social discovery and distribution of quality content.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MySpace Finishes Its AcqHire of iLike: Don't Think Music, Think …
Discussion: Contentinople, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Samsung InstinctQ Pictures Leak!  —  When the Samsung InstinctQ was first seen getting its Wi-Fi certification, there was immediate Android speculation.  With the Instinct brand the phone is obviously Sprint-bound but beyond separate release date rumors of October 11th and early November …
Sam Johnston:
Twitter's “Tweet” Trademark Torpedoed  —  Last month Twitter founder Biz Stone announced in a blog post (May The Tweets Be With You) that they “have applied to trademark Tweet because it is clearly attached to Twitter from a brand perspective”.  This understandably caused widespread upset as the word …
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.
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 …
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” …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Lawyer and Author Adds His Objections to Settling the Google Book Lawsuit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A growing chorus of authors, academics and other book industry figures is objecting to the settlement of a class-action suit that would allow Google to profit from digital versions of millions of books it has scanned from libraries.
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
ReTweet.com Launches, Sure Looks A Lot Like TweetMeme  —  ReTweet.com, a TweetMeme challenger put together by Mesiab Labs (the startup behind notorious Twitter spam software program Hummingbird), has made its online debut after teasing the Twitterati with an announcement and landing page a couple of weeks ago.
Discussion: Mashable!, VatorNews and The Blog Herald, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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: GigaOM and Communications …
Mobile-review.com:
First look at Nokia RX-51 also known as Nokia N900  —  Please note - This article is nothing but our first impressions of the device and some musings about what's going to happen.  It has reached the stage when everything looks functionally ready, so we decided that we can publish this article.
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Model Liskula Cohen Wins Court Battle with Google to Learn Blogger's Identity  —  Anonymous Blogger Called Cohen a ‘Skank’ and a ‘Ho’  —  She had graced the cover of Vogue and found success as a model.  But Liskula Cohen's latest achievement came in the courtroom.
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Google at Five: Happy IPO Birthday  —  Five years ago today, Larry Page's and Sergey Brin's dorm room project Google was reborn as a publicly traded company, going out at what was then a jaw-dropping $85 a share in that unusual Dutch auction, closing that first day of trading at $108 and change.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Movie Maker - get it now  —  Microsoft has taken the wraps of Windows Live Movie Maker, “the the one-minute way to turn photos and videos into great-looking movies that are easy to share — for free”.  You can download Windows Live Essentials now and get the new Movie Maker …
Discussion: PC World
Eric Jackson / TheStreet.com:
Apple Needs Outside Director: Opinion  —  AAPL , GOOG , MSFT , GPS , IBM , DNA , COP , ORCL  —  NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Speculation has begun on who should fill Apple's(AAPL Quote) open board seat, which opened up after Google's(GOOG Quote) CEO Eric Schmidt decided to step down.
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Reinventing Chumby  —  The interactive device's open-source software …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Microsoft Hit With Two More Patent Suits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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