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11:45 AM ET, August 20, 2009

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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Palm's Colligan Said to Reject Steve Jobs Proposal to Stop Employee Hiring  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Former Palm Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan rejected a proposal from Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs to refrain from hiring each other's employees two years ago, calling it wrong and “likely illegal,” according to their communications.
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
The Mercenaries in Facebook's Midst  —  A $100 million share buyback at the social networking site has been oversubscribed as employees stampede to cash out  —  In 2007, when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was pressed about when his company would sell shares to the public, he said he was in no rush.
Discussion: CloudAve and broadstuff
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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.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Besieged by attacks, AT&T dumps celebrity hacker  —  The perils of being Kevin Mitnick  —  Over the years, Kevin Mitnick has gotten used to the attacks on his website and cell phone account that routinely result from being a convicted hacker turned security expert.
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
10 Things You Need to Know About the PS3 Slim  —  Sony's slimmed-down PS3 is a cute little ugly duckling, and not without its concessions.  From fewer USB ports to an over-priced vertical stand, and its removed “Install Other OS” feature, here's what you should know before picking one up.
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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 …
Brett Winterford / iTnews.com.au:
Stress tests rain on Amazon's cloud  —  Availability an issue for Amazon EC2, Google AppLogic and Microsoft Azure.  —  Stress tests conducted by Sydney-based researchers have revealed that the infrastructure-on-demand services offered by Amazon, Google and Microsoft suffer from regular performance and availability issues.
Discussion: CNET News, All Points Blog and Slashdot
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Torrented Pirate Bay Copy Comes To Life  —  Four days ago TorrentFreak broke the news that a copy of The Pirate Bay's entire site was being shared, somewhat appropriately, on The Pirate Bay.  —  The 21.3 Gigabyte torrent was created by anonymous reader who told us: “I suppose I want us to have assurances.
Discussion: Mashable!, p2pnet and AppScout
Evan Hessel / Forbes:
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg  —  Forbes Magazine dated September 07, 2009  —  She has overhauled Facebook and helped make it the most popular social network in cyberspace.  Can she and her 25-year-old boss turn it into the Web's most lucrative data broker?  —  To outsiders, it looked …
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Yes, Sony, You Are Competing With the iPhone  —  Sony continues to insist that it's not competing with the iPhone on gaming, even though the opposite is increasingly becoming true.  —  Tucked into Sony's impressively newsworthy GamesCom press conference yesterday was an announcement for …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Posterous Finally Has An iPhone App, Could Have Been Way Better  —  We're big fans (and users) of übersimple microblogging service Posterous here at TechCrunch, and I've been eagerly awaiting the day that the young upstart would finally come out with an iPhone app.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Avoiding Van Halen Fatigue on YouTube  —  More than 100 million U.S. users watch an average of 68 videos each on YouTube every month, according to comScore.  How can YouTube get them to watch just a few more?  —  Google  —  Hunter Walk, a YouTube director of product management
Brad Stone / Bits:
Hacking Suspect's Lawyer Criticizes Federal Prosecutors  —  Albert Gonzalez, a suspect in several hacking cases, was close to reaching a comprehensive plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Massachusetts and New York when federal prosecutors in New Jersey indicted him on Monday on a new raft …
Discussion: PC World, Threat Level and The Register
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.
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Scrap the CRTC, petition urges  —  An online petition to dissolve the CRTC has attracted hundreds of signatures in the wake of the regulator's ruling against independent internet providers last week.  —  The petition, at dissolvethecrtc.ca and on Facebook and Twitter, had more than 440 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
Discussion: DSLreports
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Open-source textbook co. Flat World goes back to school with 40,000 new customers  —  Flat World Knowledge, publisher of free, open-source online college textbooks, says it has expanded its customer-base exponentially in the last year from 1,000 students at 30 universities to 40,000 …
Discussion: Open Source and ReadWriteWeb
Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The watchphone: Gadget or gimmick?  —  Whenever some shiny new plaything arrives on the scene, it's worth asking one question: is it a gadget or a gimmick?  —  And when a nice man from Orange turned up in my office earlier this week, I quickly decided that what he was carrying was little more than a gimmick - albeit an expensive one.
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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 …
BBC:
‘Harry Potter’ video technology comes to US magazines  —  The first-ever video advertisement will be published in a traditional paper magazine in September.  —  The video-in-print ads will appear in select copies of the US show business title Entertainment Weekly.
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.
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 pictures and specs leaked  —  Samsung's line-up of Windows Mobile smartphones will soon be extended with the Omnia Pro B7330, a handset that seems to be an upgrade of the Omnia Pro B7320.  —  The folks over at AreaMobile.de are expecting the Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 …
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.
Justin Smith / 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 …
Discussion: Mashable! and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom  —  A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Idealism of Net Neutrality  —  Net neutrality is crap.  Especially since the Internet faces real, tangible threats.  —  For the past couple years, everyone's been talking about net neutrality and how important it is.  Is it really more important than the pressing issues of poor rural Internet access …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Crimespotting: Crime Has Never Looked So Good  —  There's nothing cool about crime, but Stamen Design comes pretty damn close to making it cool with the new site it built and designed, San Francisco Crimespotting, that launched today.  The site offers a visual representation of reported crimes in the city during a set period of time.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Beatles: “Discussions regarding digital distribution will continue”  —  The Beatles may be the most successful band in history and may have captured and inspired the minds of a generation, but when it comes to the online music world, they remain a few steps away from “Revolution Number 9”, or so it appears.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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NetChoice:
Misguided Marketing Restriction and Online Travel Tax Top List …
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
John Resig:
Eulogy to _why  —  Unfortunately I'm short on time at the moment …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Rolls Out Yahoo Meme In Spanish
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Defunct Airport Fast-Pass Company Banned From Selling Customer Biometrics
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com avoids showdown over Kindle pricing policy
Discussion: TeleRead, Amazon.com and The Register
DSLreports:
So Much For Google The ISP, Huh?  - Mountain View Wi-Fi Project 3 Years Later...
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
Mobile-review.com:
First look at Nokia RX-51 also known as Nokia N900