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4:10 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
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.
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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, geeksugar and TechBays
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Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Loopt Trips Over Privacy
Discussion: Loopt In
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
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.
 
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Japanese boffins develop long-life Flash
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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San Francisco's ‘rogue’ sysadmin still being paid while in jail
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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
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