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8:15 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
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).
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
File sharers hold vigil for Pirate Bay
Discussion: Threat Level and Techdirt
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 and digg.com
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 …
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
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Welcome To The Stream.  Yahoo Adds “Status-casting” To Mail And Messenger  —  When you are late to the game, trying to rename it doesn't win you any points.  Today, Yahoo announced that it is finally adding basic status updates to its Mail and Messenger products, which it is calling “status-casting.”
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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
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 …
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?
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.
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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch, Mashable! and www.pocketgamer.biz, Thanks:atul
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.
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.
Dylan Stableford / The Wrap:
HuffPo Readies Sports, Tech, Books Verticals  —  Arianna Huffington has written plenty of books.  And she knows plenty about technology, having recently partnered with Facebook to link her Huffington Post with the social network.  —  But sports?  —  Nonetheless, those are three new verticals …
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 …
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and TechVi
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Smith & Tinker raises $29 million to launch Nanovor web game and toy  —  In the biggest venture funding for a game company this year, Smith & Tinker disclosed today that it has raised $29 million to date for its line of interactive games and toys that combine both web and handheld gadget play …
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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz, VG247 and GoNintendo
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
JahJah Jump-starts Enterprise Voice with Microsoft  —  Microsoft agrees to use JahJah's VOIP software to let business customers make voice calls over the Internet from computers and landlines.  JahJah serves VOIP to technology companies, carriers, mobile operators and enterprises …
Discussion: Bink.nu
 
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Steven Leckart / Wired News:
Microsoft Researcher Records His Life in Data
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Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
European Cyber-Gangs Target Small U.S. Firms, Group Says
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Jessica Hodgson / Digits:
Federal Government Mulls Web 2.0
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple drops Palm OS HotSync conduit from Snow Leopard
Discussion: Macworld, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel, Microsoft event to highlight Windows 7 improvements
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Telegraph:
Hulu UK launch delayed until 2010
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Coder shows Firefox with multitouch Web apps
Discussion: Webmonkey, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Microsoft delivers OneApp app framework for featurephones
 

 
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