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4:25 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh Is Indeed Now Open  —  Where we were wondering before, we can now confirm that Live Mesh is indeed open to anyone with a valid Windows Live ID.  Open to anyone in the US without having to adjust a thing, and open to anybody elsewhere in the world willing/able to adjust their OS'es region and language setting to EN-US.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft opens up Live Mesh  —  It just got a little easier to get into Ray Ozzie's cloud.  —  Microsoft has opened up its Live Mesh service to anyone who has (or signs up for) a Windows Live ID.  The service, announced in April, lets people share data among multiple Windows computers, as well as over the Web.
Discussion: LiveSide
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
It's Official - Live Mesh Now Open to All of U.S.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft opens up Live Mesh to more testers
Discussion: LiveSide and WinBeta
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Breaking: Live Mesh Now Open to All of U.S.
Discussion: sarahintampa
Apple:
MobileMe: 30-day Extension Eligibility and Details  —  Note: This FAQ will be updated when your 30-day extension has been made available.  Please bookmark this page and check again in a few weeks.  Please note that Apple's MobileMe Support team will be unable to provide any additional information regarding …
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Macworld:
Apple apologizes for MobileMe launch, extends subscriptions  —  Apple's launch of MobileMe last Friday was bumpy with many users not being to login at all, while others had difficulty getting anything to sync properly.  Apple on Wednesday recognized those problems and is offering an olive branch to all MobileMe subscribers.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
AOL talks with Microsoft, Yahoo heat up: source  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's (NYSE:TWX - News) discussions to merge or sell its AOL Internet division with Microsoft Corp (NasdaqGS:MSFT - News) or Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News) have taken on new urgency ahead …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
iPhone Frenzy, “All You Can Eat” Data, Mobile Internet Now At “Critical Mass”  —  We will probably look back on last year's announcement of the iPhone (1.0) as the seminal or galvanizing event of the mobile internet.  In fact the events leading up to the iPhone were a decade or more in the making …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
AdMob: Mobile Web Use Doubled in Past 12 Months  —  According to the latest data from mobile advertising marketplace AdMob, the mobile web has grown by over 100% in the last 12 months.  AdMob's data also shows a 20% increase since May alone.  Ad impressions on Apple's iPhone and iPod touch grew …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all  —  Google vowed that its Linux-based Android mobile platform would empower enthusiasts and amateur developers, but today we have seen compelling evidence that this is an empty promise.  Third-party Android application developers …
Ijustine / Tasty Blog Snack:
THE LOOPT DEBACLE  —  With the launch of the app store this past week in conjunction with the new iPhone, a little application called loopt has been causing a bit of conflict with the community.  Loopt is a location based social networking site that uses GPS to determine your exact location …
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Loopt Trips Over Privacy
Discussion: Loopt In
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Sony cutting price of PS3, adding video downloads  —  LOS ANGELES - In a bid to regain lost ground in the fiercely competitive gaming business, Sony announced Tuesday that it will cut the price of its high-end PlayStation 3 console by $100.  It also will introduce downloads of movies …
Discussion: Forbes, Engadget and p2pnet
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
What Getting Buzzed Says About Yahoo  —  The battle over Yahoo's search business as witnessed over the last few days seems both ridiculous and petty.  And it takes the attention away from what is Yahoo's true value: a media aggregation platform.  Yahoo is the place a lot of people …
Amit Singhal / The Official Google Blog:
Technologies behind Google ranking  —  In my previous post, I introduced the philosophies behind Google ranking.  As part of our effort to discuss search quality, I want to tell you more about the technologies behind our ranking.  The core technology in our ranking system comes from the academic field of Information Retrieval (IR).
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Furrier.org
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
What the hell happened to Kleiner Perkins?  —  How do you know when one of the world's most respected investment firms has veered off path and bet wrong?  —  That's the crux of the question raised by a piece in this month's Fortune entitled “Kleiner bets the farm” that puts Kleiner Perkins …
Discussion: Tech Confidential
Joe Fay / The Register:
San Francisco's ‘rogue’ sysadmin still being paid while in jail  —  Mayor says bricked IT system won't affect ability to govern  —  San Francisco's officials were squirming with embarrassment today as it emerged that they are still paying the salary of the banged-up sysadmin accused of locking …
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Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
IT Admin Locks up San Francisco's Network
Discussion: DailyTech
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iPhone 3G review supplemental: battery life and MobileMe tests  —  We spent most of the weekend putting the iPhone 3G's battery life (and to a lesser extent, MobileMe implementation) to the test, and we've got far more encouraging results to report back than we had on day one.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Lawyer Sues Google For Putting His Ads On Parked Domains  —  from the what-else-can-you-sue-google- over?  dept  —  Every time you think someone has sued Google for every possible sin imaginable, someone pops up with yet another lawsuit.  The latest is that Google is being sued by a lawyer …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Wii MotionPlus Hands-On (Verdict: Melancholy Bliss)  —  The Nintendo Wii broke my heart.  It wooed me with cute, clever marketing and the promise of unbelievable technology.  But it was a scam, a hoax, a hoodwink.  The Wii's main revolutionary component, the Wiimote, did not work nearly …
 
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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple's walled garden
NBC Universal:
IVILLAGE ENTERS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH BLOGHER
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Report: cybercrime groups starting to operate like the Mafia
Discussion: Xconomy and StopBadware Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, MySpace Ignore Location On iPhone At Their Peril
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
A Software Insiders Point of View:
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Yahoo! SearchMonkey Developer Challenge illustrates diversity
Simon Burns / vnunet:
Japanese boffins develop long-life Flash
Discussion: DailyTech, Phone Scoop and Slashdot
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter UK traffic: up 485% this year, 70% higher than USA
 Earlier Items: 
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Library of Congress: DRM a serious obstacle to archiving
Tim Turpin / Video Search Engine:
BLINKX SYNDICATES VIDEO SEARCH; DELIVERS GOLD STANDARD IN VIDEO …
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How-To: Take iPhone or iPod Touch screenshots!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Joss Whedon's Wacky Web Experiment Kicks Off
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Martin be damned, cable ISPs want network management freedom
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why it matters what Chad Hurley watches
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
A look at who's making iPhone 3G purchases thus far
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP's white trash data center is up for anything