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4:35 PM 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 …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to retain, redesign plastic MacBook family  —  Once rumored for extinction, Apple's entry-level polycarbonate MacBooks are on the verge of a refresh that will solidify them at the base of the Mac maker's notebook offerings for the foreseeable future, AppleInsider has learned.
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Liveblog: Sony announces $399 7" Wi-Fi 3G e-book Reader; will it kill the Kindle?  —  Get BTL via:  —  We're here live in New York for Sony's Reader press event. … 10:46 AM: That's all, folks!  —  10:45 AM: Haber announces “Reader Daily Edition, our first 3G wireless reader with 7-inch display.”
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Sony to link Readers with libraries, allow e-book borrowing
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Sony Launches Words Move Me, A Literary Twitter Clone
Discussion: Computerworld and Fast Company
Jordan Weitz / Google LatLong:
Arterial traffic available on Google Maps  —  Commuters have long relied on traffic sites to help them determine their last-minute path around poor traffic on the highway.  But if the traffic looks bad on the highways, you'll probably want to know how it looks on the alternate routes through arterials.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Google Maps adds traffic data from your cell phone
Discussion: James Fee GIS Blog
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?
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Fred / A VC:
What We Can Learn From Mess  —  Gary Wolf wrote a Wired cover story about craigslist called “Why Craigslist Is Such A Mess”.  It's a somewhat strange article because it is highly critical of craigslist's design, management, and lack of innovation.  But you cannot read that article …
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 …
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Spanner Spencer / www.pocketgamer.biz:
Facebook app developer calls for Apple to remove the iPhone submissions process
Discussion: Technologizer
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Returns With Guns Blazing  —  When The Pirate Bay was shut down yesterday many believed that this was the end for the Internet's largest BitTorrent tracker.  —  However, despite the fact that the site is set to be sold later this week, the Pirate Bay team worked around the clock …
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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 …
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Keith Nilsson / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yahoo! will soon speak Arabic
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A Teenager's Dream: An iPhone App for Free Texting  —  A recently released app that offers free text messages on the iPhone is welcome news to parents of teenagers upset over the cellphone bills of their hypertexting children.  But can it be a sustainable business?
Discussion: Phone Arena
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
In the future, everyone will monetize their 15 minutes  —  We first launched the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) to help some of our more popular users make money from their videos on YouTube.  While we've focused on accepting prolific users who regularly produce videos that reach a wide audience …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Extends Revenue Sharing Program To Anyone With A Viral Video
Discussion: Bloomberg, Bits, Tech Beat and NewTeeVee
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Whatever You Do, Please, PLEASE Don't Search for Jessica Biel  —  You think you know danger?  You don't know danger.  The internet's biggest perils are hidden beneath a pretty face; a simple Google search for Jessica Biel might result in a site filled with viruses, trojans, and spyware.
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Pocket-lint.com
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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 …
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 …
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 …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
15 U.S. states with the fastest broadband Internet speeds  —  Data courtesy the CWA.  —  When it comes to Internet speed, the U.S. is still far down the ladder of industrialized nations, ranking 28th behind leaders South Korea, Japan, Sweden and Holland, according to a study by a labor union for telecommunications workers.
Discussion: GigaOM, eWeek and DSLreports
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 …
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Opera Press Room:
Opera 10 sprints toward the finish line with new release candidate  —  Efforts indicate a September 1st launch for Opera 10 Final  —  Opera today released the first release candidate for Opera 10.  Today's release points to a September 1st launch for the final version of Opera 10.
Discussion: The Register and AppScout
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Opera 10 Slated For September 1 Launch. Will Anyone Take Notice?
Fortune:
How LinkedIn's founder got started  —  Reid Hoffman talks about his path from academia to social media.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — My dad wouldn't let me have a computer because he didn't think it was relevant.  I was in college before I actually got one.  I think if he knew then what he knows now, I would have had one much earlier.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Disqus Forks Into Two Products, Launches Revamped Real-Time Comment System  —  Only a month after rival comment system JS-Kit launched Echo, a real-time comment system, Disqus is striking back with its biggest upgrade since the service launched.  Along with a revamped comment system …
 
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
There goes the neighborhood? Ashton Kutcher's on Foursquare
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Stephen L Rose / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Language Packs Available
Discussion: Bink.nu and Softpedia News
Charles Bremner / Times Online:
Another French iPhone goes pop
Discussion: Agence France Presse and MacNN
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Why Once-Dispensable Access Biz Is Central to AOL's Strategy
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Apple to open shop on upper West Side
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
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John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen, DCM and others invest $29M in Smith & Tinker
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BBC:
Loophole over DVD age rating law
Discussion: GamesIndustry.biz
InfoWorld:
The no-junk business iPhone apps finder
Discussion: ITworld.com
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Research: 80% of Web users running unpatched versions of Flash/Acrobat
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