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5:35 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?  —  The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) that Steve Jobs has been focusing almost exclusively on Apple's much-anticipated tablet computer since his late June return from a medical leave of absence for a liver transplant.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Snags Open Web Community Leader Recordon  —  David Recordon, an outspoken young advocate for Open Source and Open Web technologies, is leaving blog software company SixApart to join Facebook.  —  He confirmed to us that he'll be starting on Monday with the title Senior Open Programs Manager.
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 …
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
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Taken Offline By Swedish Authorities (Updated)  —  Today, Stockholm's district court took action to completely remove The Pirate Bay from the Internet.  —  The court ordered the site's major bandwidth supplier, Black Internet, to disconnect TPB from the Internet or face penalties of 500,000 kroner ($70,600).
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo gets more social with Mail, search updates  —  SUNNYVALE, CALIF.—Yahoo increased the social graces of its core products Monday, with a nod to its new home page and a declaration that it's not done with search just yet.  —  Popular Yahoo products such as Mail and Messenger will soon grow more social …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Stream.  Yahoo Adds “Status-casting” To Mail And Messenger
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: Epicenter
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.
Discussion: CNET News, Mashable! and Slashdot
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?
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops Palm OS HotSync conduit from Snow Leopard  —  Apple has discontinued support for legacy Palm OS devices in Mac OS X Snow Leopard's iSync 3.1., according to sources familiar with the latest Gold Master build, requiring users of Palm OS devices to obtain third party support for syncing …
Discussion: Technologizer and Macworld, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Todd Wilder / Apple:
Apple to Ship Mac OS X Snow Leopard on August 28
scobleizer's posterous:
Real-time social wars: where's the money?  —  So, I've been studying Facebook, FriendFeed, Twitter, and Google's Wave and other things for some time.  —  Last week I also visited Yelp, which is growing at a million new users PER MONTH.  —  Twitter is growing at about 4 times that rate.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Scobleizer, Thanks:mikebrophy
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's New Search Clothes — But Will It Help?  (Probably Not)  —  Less than a month after seeming to pull out of the search game by announcing a search outsourcing deal with Microsoft, Yahoo seems to be doing a push to prove it still has search chops.  The latest are new user interface changes …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo: We're Still in the Search Business
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft delivers OneApp app framework for featurephones  —  Who said Microsoft's mobile strategy has to be limited to Windows Mobile?  Redmond has just announced OneApp, a comprehensive framework for delivering apps on a variety of featurephones — largely in emerging markets …
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TechFlash:
Microsoft puts Twitter, Facebook on feature phones, but not in U.S.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Bill Ray / The Register:
Apple admits iPhone apps not suitable for business  —  Commercial programs are solely for non-commercial use  —  Apple is reminding customers that applications sold through the iTunes store are strictly for non-commercial use: business use is forbidden, which makes one wonder what that section of the store is for.
Steven Leckart / Wired News:
Microsoft Researcher Records His Life in Data  —  Over the course of a lifetime, humans take in more information and memories than their brains can handle.  Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell believes this to be a bug, not a feature.  And as he chronicles in his new book, Total Recall, he's working on an upgrade.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Dear Gruber: You've been pwned  —  As the evil s**tbags at Valleywag point out here, perhaps the most satisfying aspect of this whole hassle over Google Voice and our recent admission that we (not AT&T) were the ones who rejected that app, is the fact that we finally managed to punk John Gruber of Daring Fireball, big-time.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Approve Rhapsody's iPhone App, But It Will Still Be A Dud  —  This morning, subscription music service Rhapsody is putting public pressure on Apple to approve its new music streaming app by making its case directly to the press.  Unlike other streaming music apps already on the iPhone …
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Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
Latest trend: Announcing iPhone apps before they're approved
Dow Jones Newswires:
US Trade Officials To Probe Flash Memory Chips In BlackBerries iPods  —  WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it plans to launch an investigation into flash memory chips contained in popular products including the Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone …
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.
Discussion: Telegraph, Music Ally and Guardian
Mobile-review.com:
First look at Nokia N97 Mini  —  Imagine there's no Nokia N900 and its brand-new OS, what would Nokia have left on their hands?  The right answer is S60, that will be utilized in a plethora of new devices, as the number of smartphones in the company's portfolio will increase dramatically.
Adam Gorlick / Stanford News:
Media multitaskers pay mental price, Stanford study shows  —  Attention, multitaskers (if you can pay attention, that is): Your brain may be in trouble.  —  People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch …
Discussion: Wired Science and broadstuff, Thanks:ianhsu
David Kravets / Threat Level:
It's Baaaack ... Appeals Court Resurrects SCO Lawsuit  —  A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that the SCO Group has a right to a jury trial on its claim that it owns the Unix operating system, a ruling that could lead to renewed legal entanglements for Unix's open-source cousin, Linux.
Discussion: Techdirt and Network World
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mark Zuckerberg: “Spotify Is So Good”
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Fred / A VC:
The Ideal First Round Term Sheet (continued)
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
European Cyber-Gangs Target Small U.S. Firms, Group Says
Discussion: Security Fix
Jessica Hodgson / Digits:
Federal Government Mulls Web 2.0
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Search Ranking Factors Shows How Little SEO Has Changed
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Microsoft event to highlight Windows 7 improvements
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
7,000 Domains Won Through UDRP Have Expired
Discussion: PRWeb
 Earlier Items: 
Telegraph:
Hulu UK launch delayed until 2010
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Do Consumers Care About Web Privacy?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Coder shows Firefox with multitouch Web apps
Discussion: Webmonkey, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Caine Moss / VentureBeat:
Seed is the new Series A for VCs
Discussion: broadstuff
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Update on Windows 7 in Europe
 

 
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