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7:30 PM ET, August 6, 2007

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Arn / MacRumors:
.Mac Update Coming at August 7th Media Event?  —  Apple's .Mac site warns users that the .Mac service will be undergoing maintenance on August 7th between 10 AM an 12 PM PDT. … Coincidentally, this time corresponds exactly to Apple's Media Event which is scheduled to take place on August 7th at 10AM PDT.
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New iMacs to shift investor focus back to Apple's Mac story  —  A pair of new iMacs expected to be released by Apple Inc. on Tuesday should shift investor focus away from the early stages of iPhone sales and back onto the more significant story of the Mac market share growth, according to investment research firm Piper Jaffray.
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple's .Mac service will be spotty during Tuesday's event
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Hit With iPhone Patent Suit From Disgraced Doc  —  A Des Moines, Iowa, surgeon charges that the touch keyboard on the computer maker's iPhone PDA violates a patent he holds through a company called SP Technologies.  —  You'd think physician Peter V. Boesen would want his lawyers spending …
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple faces new suit over iPhone's touch-screen keyboard [updated]
Discussion: TechSpot News and Neowin.net
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Apple sued over iPhone keyboard
Keith Chan / gSpy:
Google Business Referral Representative  —  Google Maps allows business owners to add and edit their businesses helping them to connect with potential customers in their communities.  However, Google thinks that relying merely on business owners is not efficient enough to 'organize …
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Philipp Lenssen / WebProNews:
Become a Business Referral Representative for Google
Discussion: Valleywag
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senators to SoundExchange: Don't use negotiations to demand DRM  —  The two senators who introduced the Internet Radio Equality Act have strong words for SoundExchange as it embarks on negotiations with webcasters over royalty rates: don't use the proceedings as a means of mandating DRM.
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Plaxo launches new social network, Pulse—and it's a lot like Pownce  —  As expected, address and calendar organizer Plaxo unveiled on Monday its new Pulse social networking site.  Rumors about Plaxo expanding into social networking had been floating about recently; the company confirmed …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Lenovo, Novell partner to offer Linux on the ThinkPad  —  ThinkPad customers will soon have a new configuration option, as Lenovo and Novell have announced that the popular laptops will begin shipping with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED) preinstalled.
Discussion: Engadget, CNET News.com and digg
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
No relief for Qualcomm from Bush administration  —  The Bush administration has dealt another blow to chipmaker Qualcomm in its battle to dodge an International Trade Commission's ban on the importation of its advanced cell phone chips into the U.S.  —  On Monday, the Bush administration ruled …
Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
FaceBook is the Online Hub for Connected Professionals  —  As part of the new media regime, strategically participating in Social Media is not only critical to the evolution of PR, it is necessary in order to effectively communicate with the people that can help you extend the conversations that matter to your business.
Discussion: Master of 500 Hats
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Jeff Pulver / Business Week:
Confessions of a LinkedIn Dropout
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Nothing to Watch on TV?  Streaming Video Appeals to Niche Audiences  —  Buffering ... buffering ... buffering.  —  Seeing these words blinking at the bottom of the postage-stamp-size screen during a download of jerky video defines the annoying experience of entertainment on a computer monitor.
ClickZ:
IAC Leaves DoubleClick for Atlas  —  IAC Advertising Solutions has switched ad servers, abandoning DoubleClick in favor of aQuantive's Atlas.  —  The ad sales division of IAC/InterActiveCorp said its goal in making the move was to consolidate IAC's myriad Web properties …
Louise Story / New York Times:
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World  —  It is only a matter of time until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital.  —  Or so says David W. Kenny, the chairman and chief executive of Digitas, the advertising agency in Boston that was acquired by the Publicis Groupe for $1.3 billion six months ago.
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC to Host Town Hall to Examine Privacy Issues and Online Behavioral Advertising  —  The FTC will host a two-day Town Hall to bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, technology experts, and academics to address the consumer protection issues raised by the practice …
Discussion: WebProNews and Computerworld
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
NPR Podcast Player Launches in Facebook, powered by SplashCast  —  We're excited to announce that a custom branded Facebook application we've built with the NPR podcasting team is launching today.  —  Add NPR to your page  —  The application, called the NPR Podcast Player, displays the latest episodes of a variety of NPR Podcasts.
Paul Stamatiou:
VMware Fusion for Mac Released  —  VMware, the creator of native x86 virtualization in the late '90s, has released their first consumer-directed product for Mac users.  VMware Fusion allows OS X users to run virtual machines with support for over 60 Operating Systems.
The Mozilla Blog:
MIKE SHAVER, TEN DAYS, AND EXPLETIVES  —  Mike Shaver (Director of Ecosystem Development at Mozilla) handed his business card to Robert Hansen (RSnake) on Wednesday night at Black Hat.  On it he wrote "ten f—ing days."  When I asked him about it, he said he meant to communicate to Robert …
Austin Modine / The Register:
AMD's Opteron goes to 3.2GHz  —  AMD is trying to breath new life into its dual-core Opteron by upping the chip to 3.2GHz just weeks before Barcelona rolls on store shelves.  —  AMD announced today the pricing and availability to its Opteron 2000 and 8000 series x86 chips, both in a mainstream and high performance flavor.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and TechSpot News
 
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Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
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Adobe, Microsoft accused of infringing on browser-related patents
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Journalist joins class action against YouTube
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
White House High-Security Locks Broken: Bumped and Picked at DefCon
Discussion: Salon: Machinist and digg
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
San Francisco pulls the plug on Google / Earthlink's citywide WiFi... for now
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Congress to probe Yahoo over jailed China journalist
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Wss / Netcraft:
August 2007 Web Server Survey
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
L337: iPhone Unlocked for $96 with Forged SIM, Tested in Europe
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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