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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.
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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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft apologizes for race-swap photo incident  —  Microsoft apologized Tuesday for using photo editing techniques to change the race of a person depicted on the company's Web site.  —  In a photo on its U.S. Web site">photo on the company's U.S. Web site, three businesspeople—one black …
Discussion: Beyond Binary
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Laura June / Engadget:
Microsoft sucks at Photoshop  —  Officially.  —  Update: Microsoft tells CNET, “We are looking into the details of this situation.  We apologize and are in the process of pulling down the [Polish] image.”  —  [Thanks, David]  —  Read - Microsoft's English site  —  Read - Microsoft's Polish site
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, NewTeeVee, Tech Beat and Bits
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
David Kaplan / paidContent:
AT&T Gets Readies Its 3G Network For Sony eBooks Device
Discussion: Engadget and PC World
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Myth Behind Craigslist: It's Not Maximizing Revenue Potential  —  We pointed this out a few years back, but there's this persistent myth behind Craigslist that reporters love to repeat, and it's just not true.  The latest is that it shows up in an otherwise excellent profile of Craigslist by Gary Wolf in the latest Wired Magazine.
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James / Dave Naylor a UK SEO and Search Marketing:
Massive Twitter Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability  —  [NOTE: As if the attention-grabbing title ruining the surprise for you wasn't bad enough, I've got some more bad news.  We let Twitter (via Kevin Rose) know about this before it went live but we think somebody saw the Test ! . ]
Discussion: Mashable! and The SiliconANGLE
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple adds malware blocker in Snow Leopard  —  Apple's commercials may give the impression that Macs are virus-free (.mov) but the company isn't taking any chances with the newest Mac OS X refresh.  —  Apple has quietly added a new Snow Leopard feature to scan software downloads for malware …
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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: Mashable!, VentureBeat and Phone Arena
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.
Zach Yeskel / Official Google Reader Blog:
Looking for great stuff to read?  —  Where do Arianna Huffington and Thomas Friedman go to get different perspectives on the news?  Which economics sites does Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman read?  What sites and blogs do the editors of Lifehacker, Boing Boing and Kottke read?
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Blu-ray tanks in PCs  —  DVD-RW drives will continue to dominate through at least 2013, says iSuppli  —  Computerworld - Despite a rapid rise in the sale of consumer Blu-ray Disc players due to a drop in prices and an increase in high-definition movie content, Blu-ray players in PCs …
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 …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola holding Android event on September 10th  —  Hello, Android.  Are you ready for the moment you've been waiting for, Moto fans?  It looks like Motorola is finally getting ready to dish at least some preliminary info with regards to its Android efforts.
Bgurley / abovethecrowd.com:
What Is Really Happening To The Venture Capital Industry?  —  Many are speculating that the year two thousand and nine represents a fundamental turning point for the venture capital industry.  Some are arguing that the industry is in dire straits after years of poor performance.
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 …
Charles Bremner / Times Online:
Another French iPhone goes pop  —  What is it about the south of France that makes iPhones self-destruct ?  For the second time in a month, a resident of the French Mediterranean region is claiming that an Apple phone blew up in his hands.  —  The other day, Romain Kolega …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
There goes the neighborhood?  Ashton Kutcher's on Foursquare  —  Everybody panic!  —  Seemingly unable to let any hot social media start-up escape his hunky clutches, it appears that actor and prolific Twitter oversharer Ashton Kutcher is now using where-you-at, ping-your-friends city guide app Foursquare.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google patches severe Chrome vulnerabilities  —  Google has fixed two high-severity vulnerabilities in the stable version of its Chrome browser that could have let an attacker remotely take over a person's computer.  —  With one attack on Google's V8 JavaScript engine …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Burning Man Gets an API (and a Whole Lot More)  —  An API!  SMS!  Foursquare!  An iPhone app!  They are all coming to Burning Man this year.  Will the festival be the same?  —  The annual tech-art festival in the Nevada desert, starts on Sunday.  Normally the attendees leave their phones …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Spotify Now Making Universal More Money Than iTunes, In Sweden  —  Unlikely as it may seem, since other ad-supported music sites are finding things challenging lately, Spotify may actually be bringing record labels a big pay day - well, at least in its native Sweden.
Discussion: Telegraph
bit.ly blog:
New API and Partner Integrations  —  The best thing about an open API is that people can surprise you with great new ways to use your service.  That's definitely been the case here at bit.ly.  We've been hard at work on new features that we hope to launch in the next few weeks …
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 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Testing Mobile Payments for Virtual Currency with Zong  —  We've been speculating for a long time that Facebook would begin testing alternative payment methods for its virtual currency, Facebook Credits.  Well, Facebook's first mobile payments test is now live through mobile payment provider Zong.
Discussion: Payments Views …
The Hill:
Obama's FCC to enforce ‘net neutrality’  —  The Obama administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to keep the Internet free of increased user fees based on heavy Web traffic and slow downloads.  —  Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman, told The Hill that his agency will support …
 
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Sinister March of Net Niceness
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Zumbox Raises $8 Million From Investors, Including Eisner …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Wikipedia gets $2M from Omidyar Network
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Newspapers find a new way to monetize their journalists
Stephen L Rose / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Language Packs Available
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Disqus Forks Into Two Products, Launches Revamped Real-Time Comment System
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Paul Allen, DCM and others invest $29M in Smith & Tinker
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