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10:40 PM ET, August 19, 2009

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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 “Socialization of Content.”  Plus!  The Internal Memo.  —  Now that MySpace has finished its acquisition of iLike, what it's going to do with it?  Don't think music, MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta stressed in a press conference today, think about “socialization of content.”
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: iLike to debut downloads on Facebook app
Discussion: PC World and TechFlash
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Does iLike price show cost of Facebook dependence?
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.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo vents frustration over App Store process  —  Yahoo appears to be a little miffed that Apple's App Store reviewers are still sitting on an update to the Yahoo Messenger for iPhone application.  —  In a post titled “And so we wait...on Apple,” Yahoo's Sarah Bacon calls out Apple for …
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.
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: Daring Fireball and MediaPost
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to adopt dual-platform strategy to compete with Android …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Box Set Briefly Appears in Apple Online Store [Updated]  —  MacRumors has received word that a listing for the Mac Box Set version of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard briefly appeared in Apple's online store earlier today.  While the page, which listed the box set as shipping within 24 hours …
Discussion: Macworld and The Apple Core
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.
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 …
Discussion: Domain Name News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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. …
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 …
DSLreports:
So Much For Google The ISP, Huh?  - Mountain View Wi-Fi Project 3 Years Later...  Back in 2007 Google's acquisition of dark fiber, building of data centers and hiring of networking experts like Vint Cerf (co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol) led some to think the company wanted to be an ISP.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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)
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to mobile developers: Your app is worth more than 99¢  —  In Redmond today, Microsoft is holding the first in a series of “dev camps” for mobile application developers, gearing up for the launch of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile this fall, attempting to challenge the Apple App Store for iPhone.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and TechFlash
John / The Flaming Banker:
Pidgin 2.6.0—It's About Time  —  Well, by now most people probably realize that we've released Pidgin 2.6.0.  It feels like this has been in the works forever, particularly these last couple weeks.  —  First off, some statistics for this release:  — 99 bullet points in the ChangeLog.
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
SpringSource Acquires Cloud Foundry, Launches New Cloud Platform  —  Coming off of its own acquisition by VMware, SpringSource, a provider of Java application infrastructure and management software, announces its acquisition of Cloud Foundry and a new SpringSource cloud offering based on the Cloud Foundry technology.
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 …
The Official Google Blog:
Getting connected Side-by-Side with enterprise search  —  People use search to find what they need, and the same holds true in the business world.  We want searching your company intranet to be comparable to searching on Google.com, and the Google Search Appliance (GSA) to have the most relevant, high quality results possible.
Gmail Blog:
Mail and contact import for everyone  —  A few months ago, we added the ability to import your old mail and contacts to Gmail.  We made this feature available for all newly-created Gmail accounts first, since people new to Gmail benefit most from being able to move their stuff with them.
Discussion: Lifehacker and AppScout, Thanks:blogfisher
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Fix for MacBook Pro Hard Drive Issues  —  Apple today released Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, addressing issues with certain hard drives on the latest MacBook Pros models.  Apple had been reported last week to be working on the issue, which involves intermittent “beeping” …
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Survey: More Employers Use Facebook To Vet New Hires Than LinkedIn  —  Facebook may be the stickiest social network here in the U.S.—but LinkedIn is thought to be the default network for a “professional” profile and job history.  So why are more employers using Facebook to do background checks on potential new hires than LinkedIn?
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Rogue Facebook apps steal log-in data, send spam  —  Security firm Trend Micro warned on Wednesday that a handful of rogue Facebook apps are stealing log-in credentials and spamming victims' friends.  —  So far, six malicious applications have been identified: “Stream,” “Posts,” “Your Photos …
Discussion: Mashable!
Inside Facebook:
Confirmed: Facebook Expanding Gift Shop to Include Virtual and Physical Goods from Developers Tonight  —  We've covered the evolution of Facebook's virtual gifts extensively on Inside Facebook over the last couple of years, but tonight we're hearing that Facebook is about to start testing …
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: TweetMeme Blog and TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
 
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