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8:35 AM ET, July 19, 2008

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Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
Motorola Claims Executive Now With Apple Took Secrets  —  Motorola Inc., the largest U.S. mobile-phone maker, sued a former executive now working for Apple Inc., accusing him of disclosing its trade secrets to aid in the marketing of Apple's iPhone.  —  Michael Fenger in March ended …
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David F. Gallagher / Bits:
There's Lots of Money in Those Old iPhones  —  I was walking by the lengthy iPhone line outside the Apple Store in Soho on Sunday when I heard someone call out: “Turn in your old iPhone and get the new one free!”  —  I turned around and saw a bearded guy handing out fliers (photo above).
Discussion: kottke.org
InfoWorld:
Why San Francisco's network admin went rogue  —  Last Sunday, Terry Childs, a network administrator employed by the City of San Francisco, was arrested and taken into custody, charged with four counts of computer tampering.  He remains in jail, held on $5 million bail.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Exits Barred, VCs Keep Investments Flat  —  If you believe the venture capitalists on Friday's conference call about the latest MoneyTree Survey results, which covers venture investing in the second quarter, now is the best time to contact them with your ideas.
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
New updates to Google.com for the iPhone  —  Unless you're living on a deserted island — and maybe even if you are — you know about Apple's 3G iPhone and App Store launch last week.  Hopefully you know about the Google Mobile App that we launched last week, as well.
Discussion: last100 and Gear Diary
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Monitor110: A Post Mortem  —  Turning Failure into Learning  —  Writing a post mortem is hard, particularly when the result is failure: a failed deal; a failed investment; a failed concept.  That said, without a post mortem, without deep reflection, honesty and introspection, how can we get better and do better the next time?
Discussion: Feld Thoughts
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Google ad slump spreads abroad  —  Hit by the widening advertising slowdown, Google's weaker numbers show the search sector is on a steeper slide.  —  NEW YORK (Fortune) — In the clearest sign yet that online ad sales growth cannot outrun a global economic slowdown, Google reported …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Inquisitr
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Why did investors freak out about Google?
Discussion: Docu-Drama
Dave Thomas / PragDave:
If you work for Apple, we need your help...  So, it's been a week.  The iPhone 3G was released, and the iPhone 2.0 software upgrade shipped.  We can now all write applications that will run on what is undeniably a cool platform.  You can even download the iPhone SDK for free.  —  We love Apple stuff.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and ongoing
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Facebook sues ‘knock-off’ German site  —  Facebook on Friday filed a copyright lawsuit against a German company that it has accused of running a “knock-off” of the social networking website.  —  In a complaint filed in a California court, Facebook accused StudiVZ - a German company …
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
To Save Gas, Shoppers Stay Home and Click  —  To go shopping these days, more Americans are trading in their car keys for a keyboard.  —  Online shopping is gaining at a time when simply filling up a gas tank to head to the mall can seem like a spending spree.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The Long Tail and the Dip  —  When you launch a new product or service, you have a choice.  —  It's tempting to go for the bestseller list, to create a mass market hit.  This is the box labeled 1 on the tail above.  Everyone wants to be here.  It's where ego meets profit.  A home run.
Discussion: The Long Tail and Clickety Clack
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The Technium:   Wagging the Long Tail of Love
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
BlogHer: Who Are Your Favorite Women Bloggers?  —  The Blogher conference for and about women bloggers kicks off today in San Francisco and in honor of this important event, we decided to share some links to some of our favorite women bloggers here at RWW.  —  Gender is an important lens through …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Fiji beta over, Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 hits RTM  —  Fiji, also known as “Media Center Edition +1,” is the next version of Windows Media Center.  The private beta program for Fiji began in early May and has just wrapped up; Fiji has now hit the RTM milestone with the name …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Napster Takeover Looms as Funds See Cash Exceed Stock  —  Napster Inc., the Internet music pioneer whose shares have plunged 95 percent in six years, has become takeover bait for hedge funds zeroing in on a cash hoard exceeding the company's market value.  —  While Los Angeles-based Napster …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Services Converge in the New iGoogle  —  Is this Google Reader?  It's actually an iGoogle feed in canvas view, which happens to borrow Google Reader's interface.  If you click on the drop-down, you can access all your Google Reader subscriptions.  —  Is this Gmail?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P-Next Introduces Live BitTorrent Streaming  —  The Swarmplayer developed by the P2P-Next research group is now capable of streaming live video in true 4th generation P2P style using a zero-server approach.  With a $22 million project budget from the EU and partners, the P2P-Next research group intends …
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major EU P2P research project hopes to kill traditional TV
Discussion: Broadband Politics
 
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Ubisoft Steals ‘No-CD Crack’ to Fix Rainbox 6: Vegas 2
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Economy Down, PC Sales Up
Discussion: TidBITS
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Users reporting failed Windows and Office validations (Updated)
Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Is the Internet Bad for Science?
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some
Discussion: IntoMobile
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: 180 million Vista licenses now sold
 Earlier Items: 
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Ex-Microsoft manager asks judge for leniency
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Mom continues to chase Prince over ‘fair use’
Leslie Katz / Crave: The gadget blog:
Laptop bags could shorten airport wait
Discussion: Gizmodo
Direct2Dell:
Select Systems Now Available with Ubuntu 8.04
Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms ‘Atom-smasher’ chip on its roadmap
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparision
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip