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11:40 AM ET, July 16, 2008

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Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
Nintendo and Sony Underwhelm at E3  —  LOS ANGELES — The Japanese video game titans, Nintendo and Sony, announced wide-ranging, if not entirely breathtaking, constellations of new games and services at the E3 convention here on Tuesday, but did not appear to significantly alter …
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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 …
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.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
The New Apple Walled Garden  —  Geeks and enthusiasts wearing Wordpress t-shirts, using laptops covered in Data Portability, Microformats and RSS stickers lined up enthusiastically on Friday to purchase a device that is completely proprietary, controlled and wrapped in DRM.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Kindle 2.0 Coming Around October 2008  —  An insider let slip that two new Amazon Kindle models will hit stores this holiday season, with the first coming as early as October.  —  The first is an updated version with the same sized screen, a smaller form factor, and an improved interface.
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 …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Evan Williams: Summize Acquisition, API Issues And Their Revenue Model  —  I had a chance to sit down with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams at Foo Camp last weekend and talk about the overall state of the company.  The first part of the conversation focused on their acquisition of Summize …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter has its search, now it's time to embrace mobile
Discussion: Profy.Com
Aviram / SecuriTeam Blogs:
Finding the name behind the gmail address  —  Ever wondered what name is behind some obscure gmail address?  Maybe your preferred gmail address was taken and you're wondering who took it?  —  Here's a cute vulnerability in the gmail system that comes from the strong tie-ins between gmail …
Discussion: Holden's Blog and Zero Day
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Set Up Push Email, Contacts, and Calendar on Your iPhone for Free  —  One of the coolest features available in the new iPhone 2.0 software update is the ability to get new email messages, contacts, and calendar events pushed to your device automatically.  The catch: If you don't want to shell …
Reuters:
NY man gets 30 months in prison for spamming AOL  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Tuesday for sending spam e-mails to more than 1.2 million subscribers of America Online in a scheme that foiled the Internet company's spam-filtering system.
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold / BlackBerry Thunder release information  —  First things first... how did you like our BlackBerry Bold review?  If that just made you crave the device more, you might not be too pleased with the latest info we got.  We've been told that the Bold might have been pushed back yet again.
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
A look at who's making iPhone 3G purchases thus far  —  A study of customers queued outside of Apple's retail stores over the weekend reveals that early iPhone 3G adopters are predominantly Mac users, and that Motorola and Samsung are amongst the rival handset vendors that will be hit hardest …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Usage Stats Prove It's iPhone's Killer App  —  Pandora's internet radio has always been one of those sites that was really cool in concept, but too inconvenient to ever go mainstream.  The service was long tied to computers only, and while it eventually expanded to special internet radios …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: AOL Merger Or Sale Likely In The Next Two Weeks  —  Reuters is reporting that TimeWarner is seeking to strike a deal with either Yahoo or Microsoft for AOL.  It says that talks between the companies “have taken on new urgency ahead of Yahoo's Aug 1 shareholders meeting.”
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
BlackBerry busted - iPhone success sees analyst RIM downgrade  —  Demand for the iPhone remains “unabated” since the product launch last week, pitting Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) in a two-horse race for dominance of the smartphone industry, and at least one analyst believes it's not RIM which holds the winning hand.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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 …
 
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Gannett Q2 Revenue Down 9.9 Percent; Income Down 19.7 …
Jon Brodkin / Network World:
One in four businesses block access to Facebook, social networking sites
Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Microsoft-Yahoo quarrel plays out in Senate
Discussion: WebProNews
Savio Rodrigues / Open Sources:
Is single vendor-driven open source a greater security risk?
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all
Lori Grunin / CNET News.com:
Samsung intros SL series of budget ultracompacts
Discussion: Gearlog
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vodafone presents punter with £500k phone bill
 Earlier Items: 
NEWS.com.au:
Pope sends text messages to pilgrims
Discussion: Switched
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP's white trash data center is up for anything
Stephen Totilo / MTV Multiplayer:
Microsoft Confirms That Bungie Is Developing New ‘Halo’
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Look Out Below: GM Cutting Ad Spending
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hulu: Plenty Of NBC Shows, But No Olympics
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Ars Book Review: “Patent Failure”
Steven Frank / stevenf.com:
This is going to sound a little weird at first considering …
Discussion: house of warwick
Jonathan Cassell / iSuppli:
Seeking Mass Market Acceptance, Apple Stresses Cost Reduction for iPhone 3G