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4:00 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.
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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...
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
LOOK OUT, PAYPAL: AMAZON HAS A NEW PAYMENT SERVICE
Discussion: 901am
Phil801:   Amazon Announces "Flexible Payment Service" or FPS
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Amazon's Flexible Payments Service to compete with Google Checkout, PayPal
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.
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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 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   Lenovo aims for 'rural market,' announces $199 desktop for China
BBC:
Firms withdraw BNP Facebook ads  —  Six major firms have withdrawn advertisements from the networking website Facebook, after they appeared on a British National Party page.  —  First Direct, Vodafone, Virgin Media, the AA, Halifax and the Prudential have all withdrawn ads.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Twitter Is Now An Extension Of My Blogging  —  It didn't take long, but I'm now posting things to Twitter that are very much an extension of what I post on this blog.  There may have been a few instances where I posted a link or a thought to Twitter that might have previously been a blog post, but I'm not sure.
Discussion: Feedonomics
BBC:
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
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Wendy M. Grossman / The Register:
Fun with passports and paperclips
Discussion: George Ou
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Plaxo launching Pulse, its own social network  —  Plaxo, the online address book, will try to recreate itself as an open social network called "Pulse" beginning Monday.  —  In retrospect, you should have seen this coming.  Plaxo is primed for this.  —  The Mountain View …
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David Chartier / Download Squad:
3rd party Microsoft Exchange service for iPhone now shipping  —  While the iPhone's place in the business world is an evolving story, Synchronica has added their own chapter by shipping v3.0 of their Mobile Gateway service, adding support for Apple's shiny new phone to synchronize email with Microsoft Exchange.
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PC World:   Microsoft Exchange for iPhone Now Available
Wil Harris / Inquirer:
Tech rags forced to face unpalatable facts  —  Analysis Online is the way, unless it isn't  —  WHAT TO make of the recent wave of high-profile defections, replacements and general crashes over in the SF tech press?  Some might suggest it's the death of print.  Some suggest it's the death of online.
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 …
BBC:
Google sidesteps mobile reports  —  Google has refused to deny mounting speculation that it is working to produce its own brand mobile phone.  —  Reports suggest that the web giant is developing a "GPhone", centred on its mobile services, such as search, e-mail and maps.
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
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life (finally) gets a direct competitor: Multiverse  —  The brainchild of several ex-Netscape execs, the Mountain View start-up Multiverse, as the name suggests, isn't a single online world, but a platform for creating games and other 3D experiences with the company's development tools, which are then run on its servers.
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
Lachlan Hardy / Read/WriteWeb:
Google Mashup Editor  —  I just got in to the shiny new beta for the Google Mashup Editor and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you.  Like Yahoo! Pipes before it (our review here), the Google Mashup Editor provides a simple interface that enables developers to make basic web applications and mashups quickly.
Discussion: Ajaxian
 
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amp'd Mobile purchased by United Systems Access
Discussion: dslreports.com
Matt Martin / GamesIndustry.biz:
PlayStation 3 complications caused GTA IV delay - analyst
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and digg
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Billboard Expands Hot 100 Chart To Include Streaming Media Data
Discussion: eMediaWire and Contentinople
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Plans a Run at YouTube
Discussion: Bloomberg
Michael Ferguson / Search Engine Land:
Ask's Michael Ferguson: Optimize For Content Rich SERPs
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phx.corporate-ir.net:
The Washington Post Company Reports Second Quarter Earnings
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
IBM goes to Princeton Softech
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Inquirer
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Game Over  —  The question we were left with two weeks ago was …
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: US playing "Russian roulette with broadband and Internet"
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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Searcharazzi / Search Engine Land:
Forget the GPhone, we want the new GCar
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vonage Beta Testing New Ambit VOIP Gateway
James Sherwood / The Register:
Nokia to jump on music download bandwagon?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP ridicules Queensland study linking laser printer particles …
Reuters:
Microsoft slashes Vista price in China