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11:40 PM ET, August 25, 2009

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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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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: NewTeeVee, Bloomberg, Tech Beat and Bits
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
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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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 …
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.
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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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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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.
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Prove you're human by reading and regurgitating an ad  —  Looks like nothing is safe from becoming an advertisement these days.  A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application proposes to create ads out of human interactive proofs, also known as CAPTCHAs, those lines of fuzzy …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
I Like The Way You Move: Animoto's Custom Movie Montages Can Now Include Video  —  Animoto, the startup that lets you automatically build custom music videos starring your own media, just got even more awesome.  Tonight the site is launching support for video, which means you'll be able …
Discussion: CNET News and USA Today
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Sinister March of Net Niceness  —  Wikipedia, once an internet free-for-all, has announced it will now screen changes to certain articles.  The New York Times' ethics columnist, meanwhile, is joining the eternal backlash against anonymous blogging.  Two steps toward a nice, peaceful, boring and neutered internet.
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Chipotle Refries Burrito-Ordering iPhone App  —  This is not going to help the summer diet.  After a seven-month delay to get its systems tuned up, Chipotle Mexican Grill's (CMG) app for Apple (AAPL) iPhones is back in the app store.  —  The app allows you to customize, order, and pay for a meal at your local Chipotle.
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 and TECH.BLORGE.com
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
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 …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu Joins Khosla Ventures  —  Gideon Yu, the former Facebook CFO unceremoniously shown the door in late March, has joined Khosla Ventures as a General Partner, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  Prior to Facebook, Yu has held positions at Yahoo (SVP Finance) …
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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.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Zumbox Raises $8 Million From Investors, Including Eisner, For ‘Paperless Postal System’  —  Zumbox, a startup which is trying to set up a digital alternative to the postal system in the U.S., has raised $8 million in a first round of funding from a series of high-profile private investors …
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Newspapers find a new way to monetize their journalists  —  School's in session at The New York Times this fall, and the professors include some big bylines on campus: Nicholas Kristof, Gail Collins, and Eric Asimov.  They're offering weeklong, largely online courses for Times readers who pay between $125 and $185.
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twitter's In Your Tweets Trackin' Your Links
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Burning Man Gets an API (and a Whole Lot More)
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Testing Mobile Payments for Virtual Currency with Zong
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Wikipedia gets $2M from Omidyar Network
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Stephen L Rose / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 Language Packs Available
Discussion: Softpedia News, Bink.nu and AppScout
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Disqus Forks Into Two Products, Launches Revamped Real-Time Comment System
Fortune:
How LinkedIn's founder got started
John Cook / TechFlash:
Paul Allen, DCM and others invest $29M in Smith & Tinker
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Pro and Elite price cuts confirmed in Target ad for next week