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5:40 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
Discussion: LiveSide
Sarah Perez / Channel 10:
It's Official - Live Mesh Now Open to All of U.S.
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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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 …
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).
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 …
Discussion: Bokardo, Loopt In, Valleywag and geeksugar
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Loopt Trips Over Privacy
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Robert McMillan / IDG News Service:
IT Admin Locks up San Francisco's Network  —  A network administrator has allegedly locked up a multimillion-dollar computer system for the city of San Francisco that handles sensitive data, and he is refusing to give police the password  —  Terry Childs, 43, was arrested Sunday …
Discussion: DailyTech and TG Daily
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Joe Fay / The Register:   San Francisco's ‘rogue’ sysadmin still being paid while in jail
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: Go West and VC Ratings
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
New version of Gmail iGoogle gadget  —  Google just released a new version of the Gmail iGoogle gadget that, for the most part, is a fully functioning interface for your Gmail.  You can do everything from read, delete, mark as spam, and compose messages right from your homepage.
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
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 …
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Virgin Mobile USA treads a quirky path to success  —  Virgin Mobile USA (VM) definitely walks to its own, very hip drumbeat.  —  Big cellphone carriers such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless are famous for herding customers into long-term service contracts.  Virgin specializes in prepaid plans …
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Wireless Week
Josh / Redeye VC:
Announcing FundingSleuth.com  —  About 10 years ago, I helped create a web service called Company Sleuth.  The basic premise was that as a company conducted its business activities, it would leave a “paper trail” online.  And Company Sleuth tried to find that trail by automatically searching …
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Twitter UK traffic: up 485% this year, 70% higher than USA  —  The two Heathers (Hopkins and Dougherty) have both written about the growth of Twitter in the US recently, so here is some UK data on the micro-blogging service.  As you can see from the chart below, the site's growth has really ramped up this year.
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
WSJ Laying Off 50 Staffers Amid Editorial Reorg; Plans To Add 95 Reporters In Coming Months  —  WSJ is cutting 50 editorial positions as it moves to reform editing functions across print, online and mobile, according to a staff memo written by Robert Thomson, the News Corp (NYSE: NWS). paper's managing editor.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
 
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
jkOnTheRun video- iPhone Accessory Day
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Apple must win its case against Psystar — or else
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lifecaster Stickam Tries Porn, Er, Pay-Per-View As Business Model
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone profits: Apple cleared estimated $330 million in three days
Brad Stone / New York Times:
PayPal Helps eBay Post 20% Increase in Income
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay: Q2 Beats Street; Revs $2.2B, Non-GAAP EPS 43c; Ups Full …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Verizon Gets NYC Cable License For FiOS: Look Out, Time Warner, Cablevision
Discussion: DSLreports and Gothamist
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Apple's walled garden
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, MySpace Ignore Location On iPhone At Their Peril
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Yahoo! SearchMonkey Developer Challenge illustrates diversity
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Wii MotionPlus Hands-On (Verdict: Melancholy Bliss)
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How-To: Take iPhone or iPod Touch screenshots!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Joss Whedon's Wacky Web Experiment Kicks Off
Troy Wolverton / Mercury News:
Sony cutting price of PS3, adding video downloads
Discussion: Forbes, Gizmodo, Engadget and p2pnet