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9:15 AM ET, August 11, 2007

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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Shutting Down Paid Video  —  Google today emailed customers who had purchased videos from Google Video to let them know that the company will be discontinuing paid rentals and downloads five days from now.  Not only will videos no longer be available for rental or download …
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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to Stop Web Video Rentals, Sales  —  Google Shutting Down a Service That Sold and Rented Online Video, Ending 19-Month Experiment  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc. is shutting down a service that sold and rented online video, ending a 19-month experiment doomed by the proliferation …
Discussion: Insider Chatter
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Man has thumbs altered to improve iPhone dexterity  —  This story isn't for the faint of heart.  In fact, we wouldn't really recommend it for anybody, but we'll soldier on regardless.  Thomas Martel hails from Colorado, and after upgrading to an iPhone, he decided his big hands were just too much of a burden to bear.
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Richard Martin / InformationWeek:
Thumbs Surgically Altered For iPhone?  Think Again  —  It's been a long week.  More layoffs at Sun, Sprint Nextel's earnings down (again), the wheels finally coming off the municipal wireless bus, AT&T censoring Pearl Jam's anti-Bush lyrics (and then claiming it was unintentional), etc. etc.
John Markoff / New York Times:
Judge Says Unix Copyrights Rightfully Belong to Novell  —  In a decision that may finally settle one of the most bitter legal battles surrounding software widely used in corporate data centers, a federal district court judge in Utah ruled Friday afternoon that Novell, not the SCO Group …
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PC World:
Novell Wins Right to Unix Copyrights
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are You Ready To Bar Camp?  —  Bar Camp, an open multi-day event where people can share ideas and talk about just about anything they like, is a very important event for me.  Two years ago I attended the first Bar Camp, which was held at Social Text's offices in Palo alto.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo Follow: Toolbar Gives You Human-Powered Alternatives To Searching, Surfing  —  Mahalo Follow is a new toolbar that allows you to view Mahalo's human-powered search results next to the results from the major search engine of your choice or have them appear in response to pages you view on the web.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HealthPia's GlucoPhone gets FDA approval  —  While the idea of a diabetes phone is far from new, a company dubbed HealthPia is well on its way to actually delivering such a product.  Reportedly, the firm has "obtained FDA approval for its patent-pending technology that integrates a blood glucose meter with a standard-issue cellphone."
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The $200 Billion Rip-Off  —  This is part three of my explanation of how America went from having the fastest and cheapest Internet service in the world to what we have today — not very fast, not very cheap Internet service that is hurting our ability to compete economically with the rest of the world.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Texty: Dead Simple Content Creation And Editing  —  Texty is a dead simple but useful new internet service that you can use to quickly create and edit content on a web page with zero HTML or programming skills.  —  Go to the site, start typing text in a WYSIWYG editor, format it and add images.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Partial Freakonomics feed = bad idea  —  I'm a huge fan of the Freakonomics guys, and a subscriber to their RSS feed, but I didn't realize until I saw a MediaPost item on Techmeme that they had been "acquired" by the New York Times.  I also didn't realize until I read through the item …
Discussion: RSS Marketing Blog
John Borland / Threat Level:
Serving hacker camp with porta-data-potties  —  What does it take to wire an old airfield so it can support 2000 hackers with a voracious, simultaneous appetite for bandwidth?  —  Answer: Imagination.  That and cords enough to make a Radio Shack junkie drool.
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Hands On with the Apple Keyboard  —  Yesterday I took a little trip down to my local Apple Store (the Michigan Ave. store here in Chicago) to check out the Keyboard.  That's what Apple is calling their latest engineering marvel— not the iBoard or the MacBoard, just Keyboard.
Discussion: PC World and digg
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
edgeio Launches Paid Content System  —  Online classifieds startup edgeio has just launched a new paid content product, which will be of particular interest to online publishers and media producers.  They're calling it "transactional classifieds", which is an awkward name for a potentially very useful e-commerce service.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Investigator ridicules UK visa site  —  Security on websites used to apply for UK visas is utter crap, an independent investigator looking into the matter has concluded - in so many words.  They should remain shuttered until a list of improvements are completed by the governmental agency responsible …
Discussion: Computerworld
Kent German / CNET News.com:
Razr2 carriers announced  —  Motorola announced today that its second-generation Razr phone will be arriving at most major U.S. carriers by the end of the summer.  The GSM Razr2 V9 will come to AT&T while the CDMA Razr2 V9m will come to Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
RAZR 2 is on its way to Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Reuters
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Spot the HDMI-enabled Xbox 360 Premium at retail
Discussion: CrunchGear, Kotaku and digg
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Lights on Apple power adapters violate patent, claims new lawsuit
Discussion: Techdirt
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Announces Predeparture Screening of International Passengers …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Slingbox Pro with built in component jacks hits the FCC …
vnunet:
Google China partnership to bear fruit in 2008
Discussion: WebProNews
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Three way Opteron server found
Discussion: WinBeta
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search In The Year 2010  —  If I ever had to build a search engine …
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