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10:20 AM ET, July 30, 2008

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Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
Amazon Payment Services Debut  —  Amazon on Tuesday launched hosted e-commerce payment services for merchants who want to outsource all or some of their online transaction processing tasks.  —  The two new offerings, called Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay, are the latest services …
Discussion: WebProNews and CNET News.com
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon aims to make Mechanical Turk more business friendly  —  Amazon on Wednesday rolled out new features to its Mechanical Turk web service designed to expand its appeal to a broader set of businesses.  Mechanical Turk is a work marketplace that can be used to outsource software development.
Discussion: Business Wire and Quintura blog
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon Offers Other Sites Use of Its Payment Service
Discussion: Techdirt and TECH.BLORGE.com
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tests Player to Renew iPod Battle  —  Music Device Is Key To Broader Strategy  —  Dell Inc. failed once to move into Apple Inc.'s digital-music turf.  Now, it is plotting another foray.  —  In recent months, Dell has been testing a digital music player that could go on sale as early as September, said several Dell officials.
Richard Koman / ZDNet Government:
FCC set to slap Comcast's wrist  —  It's almost official.  In the latest step forward, a majority of FCC commissioners voted Friday to “affirm” a complaint against Comcast for blocking BitTorrent traffic, the Washington Post reports, although the punishment is likely to be a “slap on the wrist,” according to one analyst.
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Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:   Comcast Illegally Interfered With Web File-Sharing Traffic, FCC Says
Associated Press:
‘Pentagon hacker’ loses extradition appeal  —  LONDON, England (AP) — Britain's top court refused Wednesday to stop the extradition to the U.S. of a British hacker accused of breaking into Pentagon and NASA computers — something he claims to have done while hunting for information on UFOs.
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John Leyden / The Register:
McKinnon loses Lords appeal
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
How To Lose Your Cuil 20 Seconds After Launch  —  The hype cycle now lasts less than a day.  Take yesterday's over-hyped launch of stealth search startup Cuil, which was quickly followed by a backlash when everyone realized that it was selling a bill of goods.  This was entirely the company's own fault.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Review  —  The Gadget: The Sidekick 2008, which follows up the Sidekick LX and Sidekick Slide as a “main” unit (read: not low-end like the iD) in the Sidekick series.  It's got improved features like a 2.0-megapixel camera, 2.6-inch display (400x240), video recording/playback …
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David Worthington / SD Times On The Web:
Microsoft's plans for post-Windows OS revealed  —  Microsoft is incubating a componentized non-Windows operating system known as Midori, which is being architected from the ground up to tackle challenges that Redmond has determined cannot be met by simply evolving its existing technology.
Apple:
MobileMe: Important steps for MobileMe sync issue resolved on July 28, 2008  —  Apple identified and resolved an issue with MobileMe Sync on iPhone and iPod touch.  Although no action is required for most members, some may need to reset their data from MobileMe to sync normally again.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T Says It Will Cut Off P2P Wireless Users; But What About Pandora Users?  —  from the be-careful-on-that-iPhone dept  —  While those who like to claim that the US broadband market is more competitive than it really is like to point to the rise of 3G wireless networks as proof …
Discussion: Voices
Operating / PR Newswire:
Comcast Reports Second Quarter 2008 Results  —  Consolidated Revenue Increased 11%; Pro Forma Growth of 8%  —  Consolidated Operating Cash Flow Increased 11%; Pro Forma Growth of 8%  —  Consolidated Operating Income Increased 19%  —  EPS Increased 11% to $0.21  —  Free Cash Flow Increased 216% to $1.2 Billion
David Kravets / Threat Level:
MPAA Seeks Internet Removal of Two ‘Infringing’ Sites  —  The Motion Picture Association of America is suing two websites accused of acting as a for-profit, “one-stop shop” for allegedly infringing copies of Hollywood's copyrighted works.  —  The sites, fomd.com, known as “Free Online Movie DataBase …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Click here for first-run movies, MPAA lawsuits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Announces Five New Senior Execs (Four Of Them Have MySpace Pages)  —  MySpace COO Amit Kapur apparently meant it when he told me earlier today that MySpace is continuing to hire despite letting 5% or so of staff go in the coming days.  He introduced five new senior executives …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
iPod nano 4G: a Zune-alike?  —  It may be hard to believe, but from what we've now heard from multiple sources, it's true: the fourth-generation iPod nano will look like... a Microsoft Zune.  Well, sort of.  —  Contradicting speculation that Apple was planning to transform the new nano …
Tim Wu / New York Times:
OPEC 2.0  —  AMERICANS today spend almost as much on bandwidth — the capacity to move information — as we do on energy.  A family of four likely spends several hundred dollars a month on cellphones, cable television and Internet connections, which is about what we spend on gas and heating oil.
Kenji Hall / Business Week:
Sony's Renaissance Geek  —  Can software guru Tim Schaaf help the troubled company make the hottest gizmos again — and make them all work seamlessly together?  —  In the late 1990s, Tim Schaaff was a senior executive at Apple Computer (AAPL) with a hefty portfolio.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Teen social network myYearbook is growing fast and it just raised $13M, but is it more than a teen site?  —  Teen social network myYearbook has raised $13 million, confirming rumors we were hearing last month.  The company has managed to grow in the face of more established competitors …
 
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Tim Bradshaw / Tech Blog:
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
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EE Times:
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Discussion: eWEEK.com and Slashdot
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The great firewall of China causes Olympic problems
Discussion: The Register
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Apple's cult of secrecy begins to bug its developers
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
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Discussion: pib.nic.in and Inquirer
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
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Christopher Palmeri / Business Week:
Gores' Siemens Buy: One Big Bet
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Chris Morris / Forbes:
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Trying to cut a slice of Google's search-ad billions
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Discussion: Bokardo and Regular Geek
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Malicious attack takes down Scrabble on Facebook
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA's ‘Spore’ a week from being finished
Discussion: TechSpot and Digg