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5:40 PM ET, August 3, 2007


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Sunir / Fresh Thinking:
Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  Introducing Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  A couple months ago the good folks at Amazon invited FreshBooks to be among their first few 3rd party integrators with Amazon Flexible Payment Service (FPS), the next leg in their amazing line up of web services.
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Ka-Ching!  —  Ever since the first Amazon Web Service was released in mid-2002, we have encouraged developers to use them to create new types of businesses.  —  This encouragement has taken many forms over the years.  Let's revisit some of the more interesting moments in the last 5 years of AWS history...
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Amazon's Flexible Payments Service to compete with Google Checkout, PayPal
Discussion: PC World
Fred / A VC:
The Open Social Network  —  We've got social networks with lots of users, like MySpace, Beebo, Facebook, etc, and we've got open social networks like Marc Canter's People Aggregator and Marc Andreessen's Ning.  But we really don't yet have an open social network with a lot of users.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Lock-in and the web, day 2  —  Every day I dish up a number of topics …
Discussion: Valleywag
Warning of webmail wi-fi hijack  —  Using public wi-fi hotspots has got much riskier as security experts unveil tools that nab login data over the air.  —  Demonstrated at the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, the tools make it far easier to steal account details, said Robert Graham of Errata Security.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News and Compiler
David Kaplan /
Billboard Expands Hot 100 Chart To Include Streaming Media Data  —  Billboard is augmenting its ranking of digital music sales for its Hot 100 chart formula by including weekly streamed and on-demand music data from Yahoo and AOL Music.  The magazine began factoring in the sale of digital tracks …
Discussion: WebProNews and Contentinople
eMediaWire:   Billboard Revamps Hot 100 Chart With Online Music Data From AOL Music and Yahoo!
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Lenovo targets rural China with basic PC  —  BEIJING - Lenovo Group Ltd. said Friday it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast but poor rural market and priced as low as $199.  —  Lenovo's announcement follows rival Dell Inc.'s bid to boost its presence in China's booming market …
Darren Murph / Engadget:   Lenovo aims for 'rural market,' announces $199 desktop for China
Firms withdraw BNP Facebook ads  —  Six major firms have withdrawn advertisements from the networking website Facebook, after they appeared on a British National Party page.  —  First Direct, Vodafone, Virgin Media, the AA, Halifax and the Prudential have all withdrawn ads.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Twitter Is Now An Extension Of My Blogging
Discussion: Feedonomics
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo!'s bet on Hadoop  —  One of the most important announcements at Oscon last week was Yahoo!'s commitment to support Hadoop.  We've been writing about Hadoop on radar for a while, so it's probably not news to you that we think Hadoop is important.  —  Yahoo's involvement …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Follow-up: Federated Media's Network Show - WebbAlert and Disclosure  —  Yesterday, I discussed the potential issues of disclosure with FM's new TV show, "Webb Alert."  The feedback I have received (mostly on Skype and in email) agrees with me that there is something wrong here.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Pirate Bay's 'brokep' details new  —  Partying with "cute blondes," and maintaining one of the world's most influential underground Web sites keeps The Pirate Bay Team busy, according to cofounder Peter Sunde.  But in their spare time, the group has labored to bring back,
Discussion: Inquirer and The Register
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
True Story: Man Goes Through Vasectomy to Get iPhone  —  A Gizmodo reader underwent a vasectomy to get an Apple iPhone, following his wife's orders after a road trip with his kids to Boise, Idaho.  But fear not, dear readers-with-your-manly-parts-still- intact, because his amazing tale …
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Forever Geek and digg
Insanely Great Tees:
Paperclip: Designed by Apple in California  —  Shortly after I got my iPhone, the rubber ring around the screen started to come out.  I tried pushing it back in, but it kept getting worse, so I brought it back to the store.  Because it had been more than two weeks since I bought it, I had to send it in for repairs!
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: US playing "Russian roulette with broadband and Internet"  —  FCC Commissioner Michael Copps is on a tear.  He grudgingly accepted the agency's 700MHz auction rules earlier this week after initially lobbying for more open access.  The next day, he lashed out at the News Corp. deal …
Discussion: WebProNews and digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
More details revealed on Dell's Latitude XT tablet  —  Strange how quiet Dell's been about that Latitude XT of theirs — outside the buzzsaw experiment.  Well fine, if Dell don't want to talk about it, we'll talk about it for 'em.  In addition to that photo above, here's some more dirt …
Discussion: and Forever Geek
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Average PC is a smorgasboard for a new MP3-eating trojan  —  It's no secret that people like to collect music on their PCs, with music files taking up more and more hard drive space as time goes on.  Recent data from Comscore says that as of April of this year the typical computer …
Discussion: Contentinople and PC World
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft resolves lawsuit over Xbox Fall Update  —  Microsoft has reached a resolution in one Xbox 360 lawsuit.  The latest court filing in the case of Kevin Ray v. Microsoft Corp. (PDF, 3 pages) indicates that the two sides have agreed to dismiss the case.
Discussion: Engadget and WinBeta
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PlayStation 3 complications caused GTA IV delay - analyst
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM goes to Princeton Softech
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 Earlier Items: 
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
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Lachlan Hardy / Read/WriteWeb:
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8-3-07 Wallstrip Chat: Toni Schneider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vonage Beta Testing New Ambit VOIP Gateway
Wil Harris / Inquirer:
Tech rags forced to face unpalatable facts
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life (finally) gets a direct competitor: Multiverse
Microsoft slashes Vista price in China
Google sidesteps mobile reports