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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 …
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Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
Apple Admits MobileMe Snags, Gives Free 30 Days Membership Extension  —  Apple Admits MobileMe Snags, Gives Free 30-Day Extension  —  Apple's MobileMe service hit so many snags during its launch period that Apple have just issued an email apology to members.
Discussion: Engadget and PalmAddicts
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.
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.
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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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: p2pnet
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 …
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.”
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Twitter buys Summize, and a business model  —  The Guardian asked Twitter co-founder Evan Williams to speak at an event recently and he turned us down.  And now we know why.  —  On top of all having to deal with Twitter constantly falling over under the weight of its own popularity …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Evan Williams: Summize Acquisition, API Issues …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahooglesoft Lawyers Speak!  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Yesterday, BoomTown went to Washington, D.C. to see lawyers from Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo and Google face off in Senate hearings about the controversial search advertising outsourcing deal recently struck between Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG).
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Frank Davies / Mercury News:
Microsoft-Yahoo quarrel plays out in Senate
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Why it matters what Chad Hurley watches  —  What will it mean for YouTube if founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have, like many of us, entertained themselves by watching pirated videos found on their site?  —  Viacom will likely argue that YouTube is guilty of contributory copyright infringement …
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 …
 
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Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
You Bought It, But You Don't Own It  —  In a devastating blow …
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Intel profit rises, driven by notebook PC sales
Discussion: DailyTech
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Blu-Ray On Xbox?  No Way  —  LOS ANGELES -  —  Give up any …
Discussion: Bink.nu
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
BlackBerry busted - iPhone success sees analyst RIM downgrade
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
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android platform: not so open after all
Bill Ray / The Register:
Vodafone presents punter with £500k phone bill
 Earlier Items: 
ZDNet:
Intel faces new antitrust charges in Europe: report
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
Reuters:
NY man gets 30 months in prison for spamming AOL
Steven Frank / stevenf.com:
This is going to sound a little weird at first considering …
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Aviram / SecuriTeam Blogs:
Finding the name behind the gmail address
Discussion: Holden's Blog and Zero Day
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Pandora Usage Stats Prove It's iPhone's Killer App