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1:05 PM ET, July 16, 2008

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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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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.
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, AppleInsider and PalmAddicts
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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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.
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:
Report: AOL Merger Or Sale Likely In The Next Two Weeks
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 …
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.
Tim Turpin / Video Search Engine:
BLINKX SYNDICATES VIDEO SEARCH; DELIVERS GOLD STANDARD IN VIDEO SEARCH PLUS ACCESS TO THE LARGEST VIDEO INDEX ON THE INTERNET  —  Tune in to the Video Web with blinkx Red Label  —  blinkx, the world's largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced the availability of blinkx Red Label …
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.
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.
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Library of Congress: DRM a serious obstacle to archiving  —  “Digital preservation” sounds simple enough; just slap that data onto increasingly cheap and spacious hard drives, keep some offsite backups, and you're good to go, right?  Not so fast, says the Library of Congress …
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Martin be damned, cable ISPs want network management freedom  —  “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” cried William Shakespeare's Henry V in the play so titled.  “Or close the wall up with our English dead!”  Perhaps in said spirit did the National Cable and Television Association …
Discussion: Broadband Politics
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 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 …
 
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook NOT Launching App Payment System at f8
Jay Hathaway / Download Squad:
How-To: Take iPhone or iPod Touch screenshots!
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Joss Whedon's Wacky Web Experiment Kicks Off
Joe Fay / The Register:
San Francisco's ‘rogue’ sysadmin still being paid while in jail
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Twitter buys Summize, and a business model
Duncan Martell / Reuters:
Intel profit rises, driven by notebook PC sales
Discussion: DailyTech
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Why it matters what Chad Hurley watches
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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HP's white trash data center is up for anything
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Microsoft Confirms That Bungie Is Developing New ‘Halo’
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BlackBerry Bold / BlackBerry Thunder release information
Reuters:
NY man gets 30 months in prison for spamming AOL
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Set Up Push Email, Contacts, and Calendar on Your iPhone for Free
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Finding the name behind the gmail address
Discussion: Holden's Blog and Zero Day