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8:15 AM ET, August 21, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Location, Location, Location  —  Twitter platform developers have been doing innovative work with location for some time despite having access to only a rudimentary level of API support.  Most of the location-based projects we see are built using the simple, account-level location field folks can fill out as part of their profile.
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:   Twitter: Your New Location Service Provider
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Twitter To Add Location Data—A Precursor To Geotargeted Ads?
Michael Gummelt / Facebook Blog:
Publishing to Twitter from Facebook Pages  —  Many people have asked us to make Facebook and Twitter work better together for those times when they want to share their content as widely as possible.  We agree.  Over the next few days, we will be releasing a feature that allows administrators …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Facebook Syndicates Updates From Pages To Twitter, Still Holds User Updates Hostage
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Archive to Form Coalition to Challenge Google Books Settlement  —  Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., Yahoo Inc., and a number of other library associations are joining a coalition being created by the Internet Archive to challenge Google Inc.'s settlement with authors and publishers …
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Amazon, Microsoft, and Yahoo Join Coalition Against Google Book Settlement  —  Can the collective weight of Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) and Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) help scuttle Google's book settlement?  The three companies are banding together to join an alliance that is urging …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's UK Online Store Lists August 28th Ship Date for Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program  —  Apple's UK online store is now listing a shipping date for the OS X Snow Leopard “Up-to-Date” program of “by August 28th”.  The listing comes on the heels of reports from several sources in recent days …
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Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Labs Launches Listen Podcast App  —  Google Labs just launched Listen - an “audio magazine” that allows Android users to subscribe to programs and search terms to queue up their podcasts for easy listening.  While Listen only offers English audio podcasts for now …
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flickr says ‘Obama Joker’ image removal complied with takedown request  —  The now-infamous “Obama Joker” picture.  Credit: Firas Alkhateeb  —  After a Chicago student gained national fame for editing a picture of President Obama in the image of the Joker villain from “The Dark Knight” …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr v. Free Speech. Where Is The Courage?
Discussion: TechPolitik
VentureBeat:
Twitter to roll out commercial accounts this year  —  Yes, Twitter will start earning some income this year.  —  Co-founder Biz Stone said the company is in the first phase of rolling out commercial accounts that will entice business users to pay for premium services like detailed analytics.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch Ion-based nettop in September and Eee Keyboard in October  —  Asustek Computer will launch Nvidia Ion-based Eee Box and Eee Top all-in-one PC, as well as two ultra-thin notebooks under its U/UX series line in September.  The company will also launch its Eee Keyboard …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: An Apple TV set by 2011  —  Gene Munster has seen the future of television and it has an Apple (AAPL) logo on it.  —  In a note to clients Thursday, Piper Jaffray's senior analyst offered a scenario by which Apple would enter the cut-throat TV market by 2011 with an Apple-branded television set …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Los Angeles gets its Google Apps groove  —  On August 11, Randi Levin, the chief information officer of the city of Los Angeles, stood before City Council members at a hearing of the information technology committee and made her case for why the nation's second-largest city should adopt Google Apps.
The JobsBloggers / Microsoft JobsBlog:
Microsoft Retail Stores: We're hiring!  —  You may have heard about our plans to open Microsoft retail stores in cities around the world.  Well, I know a lot of you have heard because the JobsBloggers have been getting peppered with questions. :)  —  We've recently announced our first two stores …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Ars Technica and SlashGear
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Telecoms chase after Google Voice's innovative calling features  —  Google engineers show off the Voice Web app.  Credit: Septillion via Flickr  —  Google's pickup of Grand Central, a little Web startup with big ideas for revolutionizing phone use, is starting to look pretty smart two years later.
Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram:
What We've Been Doing This Summer  —  So what's been happening with Wolfram|Alpha this summer?  A lot!  —  At a first glance, the website looks pretty much as it did when it first launched—with the straightforward input field.  But inside that simple exterior an incredible amount has happened.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker Mitnick may sue AT&T over data breach  —  After having his AT&T wireless account breached and his personal information posted on the Web, famed hacker Kevin Mitnick thought the least the cellular service provider could do was compensate him for his troubles.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Continues To Right App Store Wrongs.  Obama “Hope” App Is Go.  —  Last month, we wrote about an iPhone app getting rejected because it featured artwork of President Obama.  Specifically, it was Shepard Fairey's famous “HOPE” image of Obama that Apple found inappropriate stating that it “ridicules public figures”.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
“Likely illegal”?  Bitch, please  —  So everyone is all having a field day about this story that broke today where Ed Colligan of Palm told me that my “let's not steal each other's employees” plan was “likely illegal.”  First of all, the reason Colligan didn't want to play ball was that he knew …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
Analysys Mason:
As Clearwire investors write off billions of dollars, what is the future for WiMAX?  —  Terry Norman, Senior Analyst  —  Over the last two or three years, WiMAX has gained a strong foothold in developing countries in which there is a need for broadband, but the fixed infrastructure is poor.
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Scientists make bendable, transparent LEDs—without organics  —  Organic LEDs, or OLEDs, promise to bring flexible, transparent displays to the market, but some researchers have found a way to get the same effect by printing microscopic inorganic LEDs onto plastic and glass.
Thomas Kang / Google Photos Blog:
Collaborate on Picasa Web Albums  —  After a recent trip to Yosemite, I was frustrated to see my traveling companions share their photos in three different online albums on three different photo-sharing sites.  What we really needed was a single album to which everyone could add their photos.
Google Mobile Blog:
New Image Search Results for Feature Phones  —  Earlier this year, we launched new Image Search results for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Since then, we've rolled out the new format to iPhone and Android in 28 countries.  Now, the new Image Search results pages are also available for most other phones in 38 languages.
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
TweetMeme Retweet Button Growth  —  I wanted to share a few numbers about the growth of TweetMeme and explain why so many users are using our service.  In the last 30 days we have served 1.6 billion retweet buttons, and we seeing an average growth of 20% week-on-week.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Cloud Telecomputers' Glass Platform Puts Android in a Desktop Phone  —  This isn't the first Android desktop phone we have seen, but Cloud Telecomputers' 8-inch touchscreen Android Glass phone keeps the old corded handset intact and bakes in a load of communications functions.  —  Why put Android in a desktop phone?
VentureBeat:
Twitter had been in talks to buy FriendFeed too, co-founder Stone says  —  Twitter had been in talks to acquire FriendFeed before the start-up of ex-Googlers decided to sell the company to Facebook last week.  —  “If that's where they wanted to end up, that's the right move for them,” …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mgcreed
John Collins / The Irish Times:
Eircom to block internet access to Pirate Bay as other firms refuse  —  EIRCOM WILL block its internet customers accessing the Pirate Bay website from September 1st, but other internet service providers (ISPs) have refused a similar request from Irish record labels.
 
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. pushing to create an online news consortium
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Windows 7: The OS that launches a thousand touch-screen PCs?
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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Fixing Linux  —  Everything has security problems, even Linux.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The Real Live Search - Bing API experiment
Discussion: TechCrunch
Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog:
Announcing the hibernation of lessig.org/blog (from the blogs-deserve …
Discussion: Sample the Web, open and madisonian.net
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
The end of free lyrics?
Discussion: The Register
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