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4:45 PM ET, August 26, 2009

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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)  —  Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you create your own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances and connect it to your existing network using an IPsec VPN connection.  This new offering lets you take advantage of the low cost …
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Werner Vogels / All Things Distributed:
Seamlessly Extending the Data Center - Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud  —  At this 3rd anniversary of the launch of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), it is amazing to see the impact this service has had on the industry.  It is truly disruptive technology and its impact …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Will Amazon's Virtual Private Cloud Be Private Enough?
Discussion: insideHPC
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple to unveil new iPod lineup on September 9  —  Apple currently plans to host a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9 to introduce its 2009 iPod offerings and make a host of other music-related announcements, AppleInsider can independently confirm.  —  People familiar with the matter …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Who's Driving Twitter's Popularity?  Not Teenagers  —  Kristen Nagy, an 18-year-old from Sparta, N.J., sends and receives 500 text messages a day.  But she never uses Twitter, even though it publishes similar snippets of conversations and observations.  —  “I just think it's weird …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Snow Leopard warning: Your apps may crash  —  Two days before the scheduled launch of Mac OS X Snow Leopard — the latest update of Apple's (AAPL) flagship operating system — developers are scrambling to make sure their applications will still work with the new version.
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FBHive:
Facebook Screenshots Reveal Upcoming Features?  —  Screenshots posted in a note on the Facebook Design Page today may have revealed a little more than just the differences between rounded and square corners.  —  FBHive have noticed two mysterious new features on Facebook Product Designer Alexandre Roche's profile.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and TechCrunch
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Makes a Few Design Tweaks
Discussion: Softpedia News and TechCrunch
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Golden Ratio (That No One Likes To Talk About)  —  If you're new to Twitter, life is easy.  A notification comes in that someone is following you, and you probably follow them back.  After all, you're going to want some tweets in your stream.  After a couple dozen of those …
Discussion: @vanelsas and IntoMobile
James / Dave Naylor a UK SEO and Search Marketing:
Twitter Exploit Still Works  —  Yesterday I posted an article about a serious vulnerability I found in Twitter.  As it was a bit on the geeky side, it may well have gone over a few people's heads, so I thought I'd try to explain it in a bit more detail.  Incidentally I don't think Twitter …
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Archos' Android-based A5S and A5H Internet Tablets outed by FCC?  —  You know those confidentiality agreements companies sign with the FCC to keep our prying eyes away?  Well, Archos didn't sign one.  The result is a treasure trove of information about its new A5S (model 7501) …
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia bets on Linux in iPhone battle: sources  —  HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia Oyj will try again to tackle Apple Inc's iPhone in the top-end of the handset market with a bet on Linux software, several industry sources told Reuters.  —  Top handset maker Nokia will show its first high-end phone running …
GamesIndustry.biz:
Microsoft “destroyed development culture” at FASA - Weisman  —  FASA Interactive founder Jordan Weisman has spoken out about Microsoft's acquisition of his highly-regarded studio, saying that the corporation “destroyed” its development culture and came close to doing the same with Halo developer Bungie.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Stern Fans Rejoice: Sirius XM SkyDock for iPhone  —  The rumors were true.  At an invitation-only media event in New York City this morning, Sirius XM (SIRI) debuted the first-ever radio dock for the iPhone and iPod touch.  —  Dubbed SkyDock, the $119.99 peripheral uses iPhone OS 3's support …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Ordered to Remove All ‘Infringing’ Torrents  —  Mininova were sued this spring by BREIN, an outfit which protects the rights of several large entertainment industry corporations.  —  Today, the judge ruled that the world's largest BitTorrent indexer has been ordered to clean …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
First iPhone Augmented Reality App Appears Live in App Store  —  French app development shop PresseLite appears to have the first Augmented Reality (AR) supporting iPhone app live in the iTunes store, though we don't know how they did it.  It's called Metro Paris Subway, and while the app isn't new …
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Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
If You're Not Seeing Data, You're Not Seeing
Discussion: CrunchGear and CNET News
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Top 5 Reasons RSS Readers Went Wrong  —  Sam Diaz over at Ziff Davis wrote the following in a blog entry titled RSS: A good idea at the time but there are better ways now in response to an announcement of a new feature in Google Reader … I take issue with the title of Sam's post since …
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Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Intel Next-Gen Mobile Platforms Make Windows 7 Launch an Awesome Time to Buy a Laptop  —  Windows 7's launch is going to be a hell of a busy time for laptops.  Expect a slew of higher-end Intel Core i7 mobile rigs and thin notebooks powered by new dual-core ULV processors when the OS ships.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing Continues With Fake Referrers: What Part Of Stop Don't They Understand?  —  For over two years now, Microsoft's search engine has been generating fake information that can make site owners think they're getting strange search traffic (including porn traffic), when they are not.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Free Software Foundation trashes Windows 7  —  The Free Software Foundation is using the launch of Windows 7 to try to convince businesses to dump Windows in favor of an open-source operating system.  —  (Credit: Free Software Foundation)  — Home - News - Beyond Binary  —  Beyond Binary
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Nokia to offer ARM-based smartbook in addition to Booklet 3G, say Taiwan makers  —  Nokia, in addition to its recently unveiled netbook, the Nokia Booklet 3G, will offer an ARM-based smartbook and soon settle ODM orders, according to Taiwan-based handset makers.
Peter / gdgt:
Qualcomm readying handheld FLO TV Personal Television device  —  You know I like to keep my ear close to the ground when it comes to new gadgets, and I just got the scoop via a very reliable source about a new portable digital TV that Qualcomm is going to be introducing soon.
Discussion: EveryJoe, SlashGear, I4U News, Gizmodo and Engadget, Thanks:jcole
SendStation:
SendStation releases tiny PocketDock Line Out Mini USB adapter for iPod  —  SendStation Systems today released the world's smallest Mini USB-to-iPod adapter with integrated Line Out jack: the brand-new PocketDock Line Out Mini USB.  —  Mini USB has become the connectivity standard …
Sean Harvey / Inside AdSense:
Getting the most revenue from every impression through AdSense  —  We've been hearing your requests for new ways to generate revenue in AdSense, and new ways to maintain control over the ads that appear on your sites.  With that in mind, we're pleased to announce plans to give you the ability …
Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Film Fresh to offer Hollywood movies in DivX  —  Online movie retailer Film Fresh announced today the availability of movies from four Hollywood studios in the DivX format, marking the latest step forward for the downloadable movie business.  DivX had previously announced licensing agreements …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New myTouch Android Commercial Stars Whoopi Goldberg, Phil Jackson & Jessie James  —  T-Mobile will unveil “the largest product launch advertising campaign in T-Mobile history” for the Android myTouch tomorrow with a television, online, cinema, print and search advertising campaign.  The stars?
 
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Barry Collins / PC Pro:
Porn collection put people off upgrading to Firefox 3
Discussion: Download Squad
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Mozilla Labs Launches TestSwarm: Crowdsourced JavaScript Testing
Discussion: John Resig and VatorNews
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube to Stream Outside Lands Music Festival
Discussion: Mashable! and Beet.TV
Agence France Presse:
Apple in hot water in France over ‘exploding iPhones’
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The Governator Live From Twitter HQ Today. …
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gmail Blog:
Composing a message? Try the contact chooser
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Michael Robertson: Digital music's bad boy was right
 Earlier Items: 
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft files appeal in Word injunction case
Discussion: The Microsoft Blog and TechFlash
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Hyperdistribution  —  The newspaper industry should be sobered …
Discussion: Newspaper Death Watch, Thanks:atul
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Microsoft Sings a New Zune
Discussion: MacDailyNews and 9 to 5 Mac
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
BB OS Leaks: 5.0.0.190 for Bold and 8900 w/ threaded SMS …
Discussion: BlackBerry Cool
Robert Capps / Wired News:
The Good Enough Revolution: When Cheap and Simple Is Just Fine
Thanks:atul
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Texting While Driving: Are You an Offender?
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
‘Arrandale’ chip will be an Intel laptop first
Discussion: TheStreet.com, eWeek and Digits
 

 
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