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10:05 AM ET, August 25, 2009

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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Jobs, Back at Apple, Focuses on New Tablet  —  Just a few months after Steve Jobs had a liver transplant, the Apple Inc. chief executive is once again managing even the smallest details of his company's products, this time focused on a new tablet device.  —  Since his return in late June …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Steve Jobs Almost Entirely Focused on Tablet Project?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Dylan Bowman / Maktoob Business:
Yahoo! to acquire Maktoob.com  —  Yahoo! has agreed to acquire Maktoob.com, the Arab world's largest online community, marking the first major investment by a U.S. technology company in a region where internet penetration is still in its infancy.  The global internet giant said on Tuesday …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Yahoo Acquiring Arab Portal Maktoob After All; Around $75M-$80M  —  Last month we got a tip that Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) was in final stages of buying onlien of the largest Arab online portals Maktoob, for about $75 million.  This was right when the MSFT-Yahoo deal was announced …
Keith Nilsson / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! will soon speak Arabic  —  This morning in Dubai, Yahoo! begins learning a new language - Arabic.  We've just announced our intent to acquire Maktoob.com, the leading online community in the Arab world.  To put this in perspective, Maktoob reaches one in every three people online throughout the region — or 16.5 million people.
Gary Wolf / Wired News:
Why Craigslist Is Such a Mess  —  The Internet's great promise is to make the world's information universally accessible and useful.  So how come when you arrive at the most popular dating site in the US you find a stream of anonymous come-ons intermixed with insults, ads for prostitutes, naked pictures, and obvious scams?
Discussion: A VC and Epicenter
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Yahoo Digs Heels Into Search, Unveils Changes For Mail, Messenger, Mobile  —  Those who wrote off Yahoo in the search engine wars might want to think again.  The No. 2 engine held a press conference Monday to solidify its fight in replacing the verb “Google” with “Yahoo” when people refer to an online search for words or phrases.
Discussion: MarketingVOX
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
With backlog cleared, Yahoo can get back on track
Discussion: PC World
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Stream.  Yahoo Adds “Status-casting” To Mail And Messenger
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's New Search Clothes — But Will It Help? (Probably Not)
Nigel Kendall / Times of London:
Sony boss reveals plans for PlayStation  —  The Times was the only UK publication at Gamescom in Cologne last week to speak with Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kazuo “Kaz” Hirai.  We met up with him the morning after he had taken the stage to announce the new PlayStation 3 Slim …
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Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Sony Exec Confirms PS3 Motion Control in Spring
Discussion: Gearlog, VG247 and Kotaku
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Electronista:
Nokia's 5230 to fend off cheaper iPhone
Discussion: PC World and Boy Genius Report
Computerworld:
Pirate Bay ISP victim of sabotage after shutdown  —  IDG News Service - Black Internet, the ISP that on Monday turned off the access to file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, says it has become the victim of sabotage.  The damage is substantial, according to CEO Victor Möller.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
File sharers hold vigil for Pirate Bay
Discussion: Threat Level and Techdirt
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities (Updated)
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Wikipedia to Limit Changes to Articles on People  —  Wikipedia, one of the 10 most popular sites on the Web, was founded about eight years ago as a long-shot experiment to create a free encyclopedia from the contributions of volunteers, all with the power to edit, and presumably improve, the content.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Apple taps ‘Puddy’ to attack Windows 7  —  After a hiatus of three and a half months without a new TV ad, Apple (AAPL) broke out a pair of fresh “Get a Mac” spots Monday night to soften the ground for the next operating system war with Microsoft (MSFT).  —  Earlier that day …
Jim Spanfeller / paidContent:
Publishers Are Killing Web Advertising's Potential With Misguided Pricing  —  Jim Spanfeller is the outgoing president and CEO of Forbes.com.  He is also treasurer of the Online Publishers Association and chairman emeritus of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.  —  How is ad pricing different online and offline?
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Parallels releases Switch to Mac bundle  —  Striving to provide an all-in-one-retail-box solution to Windows users who want to switch to the Mac, Parallels announced Tuesday that it's releasing a new version of its Parallels Desktop software that comes with a USB transfer cable …
Joe Hewitt:
Innocent Until Proven Guilty  —  I'd like to add my voice to the stream of complaints about the iPhone App Store, but before I say anything critical, I have to promise one thing.  No matter how annoyed I get, I will not stop developing for Apple's platforms or using Apple's products as long …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Reaps Recruits at High Levels  —  Boosting hiring amid a job slump, Facebook snares Yahoo!'s security chief, an open-source guru from Six Apart, and talent from Genentech and Google  —  So much for cutting back during the downturn.  —  As Facebook ramps up hiring …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg: “Spotify Is So Good”  —  The ink isn't even dry on the MySpace/iLike acquisition, and already Facebook has a new crush on a different music service, Spotify.  —  We've heard that Facebook has been talking with the European startup about a partnership for well over a year …
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Asustek's Android Eee PC Remains in Deep Freeze  —  The CEO of netbook pioneer Asustek Computer said Tuesday that he still sees no clear market for mini-laptops known as smartbooks, the reason the company isn't moving forward in that product segment.  —  The company raised hopes …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Pro and Elite price cuts confirmed in Target ad for next week  —  We just received a pair of pics from “next week's” Target Ad.  As has been heavily rumored, the Xbox 360 60GB Pro system will be cut to $250 while the 120GB Elite will drop to $300.  Knowing that Target's weekly ads run …
PR Newswire:
New Sony S Series Walkman Features Built-In Speakers For Unique User Experience  —  Sony today unveiled the stylish new S Series Walkman(R) Video MP3 player, featuring high-quality built-in stereo speakers that allow users to share music out loud.  —  “By outfitting this Walkman with internal speakers …
BBC:
UK file-sharers to be ‘cut off’  —  The UK government has published new measures that could see people who illegally download films and music cut off from the net.  —  The amendment to the Digital Britain report would see regulator Ofcom given greater powers to tackle pirates.
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Research: 80% of Web users running unpatched versions of Flash/Acrobat  —  According to a research published by Trusteer earlier this month, 79.5% of the 2.5 million users of their Rapport security service run a vulnerable version of Adobe Flash, with 83.5% also running a vulnerable version of Acrobat.
LG:
LG ARENA Wows the Mobile World by Hitting One Million Sales  —  Seoul, Korea / August 25, 2009 - LG Electronics (LG), a global leader and technology innovator in mobile communications, announced today that the LG ARENA (LG-KM900) multimedia phone has exceeded one million sales worldwide.
Discussion: Mobile Roar and Pocket-lint.com
 
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Steven Leckart / Wired News:
Microsoft Researcher Records His Life in Data
David Kravets / Threat Level:
It's Baaaack ... Appeals Court Resurrects SCO Lawsuit
Discussion: Network World and Techdirt
Adam Gorlick / Stanford News:
Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows
Discussion: Wired Science, broadstuff and GMSV, Thanks:ianhsu
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops Palm OS HotSync conduit from Snow Leopard
Discussion: The Register, Softpedia News and Macworld, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft delivers OneApp app framework for featurephones