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3:40 AM ET, August 2, 2008

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Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
AT&T: 'We're all about wireless'  —  DALLAS — Wonder why the smoking-hot 3G Apple iPhone only costs $199, less than half the price of the original?  Here's a two-word hint: Randall Stephenson.  —  Stephenson, who became AT&T's (T) chairman and CEO a year ago, championed the idea of paying Apple …
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Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Apple extends contract with AT&T, forgets about you  —  According to USA Today, AT&T and Apple have agreed to extend their exclusivity relationship through 2009, meaning the next iPhone will be made specifically for AT&T service.  —  The report claims that Apple originally signed the deal …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
AT&T iPhone deal extended to 2010.  Did Apple mortgage its future for a subsidy?  —  If I were to take a poll of everyone I've talked to about the iPhone, my guess is that most would say its biggest problem is not related to the device or even Apple at all, but rather its carrier …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Shareholder Vote: Old Board Stays Put (While AOL Makes Another Boneheaded Move!)  —  After its annual meeting today, as its board members had lunch together, Yahoo released the results of its shareholder vote and it seems we will still have CEO Jerry Yang to kick around some more.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Facebook's auto-tagging feature could be tip of tagging iceberg  —  One of my favorite Facebook features is auto-tagging.  It happened to me last night by accident and ended up being one of those very rare moments of using a product where I got a big grin on my face.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
We Know How Many Kindles Amazon Has Sold: 240,000  —  Ever since Amazon launched the Kindle last November, we've been wondering about just how successful it's been.  The electronic book initially sold out and supplies have been tight.  The Kindle is such a small part of Amazon's overall business …
Richard Bennett / CircleID:
FCC's Comcast Ruling Inconsistent and Incoherent  —  After voting on the Comcast order today, Kevin Martin and his Democratic Party colleagues issued press releases telling us how they saved the Internet from Comcast's discriminatory practices, but they've failed to release the actual order they adopted and subsequently re-wrote.
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
FCC formally rules Comcast's throttling of BitTorrent was illegal
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
FCC Punts on Network Neutrality
Discussion: OStatic blogs and NewTeeVee
Comcast:
Comcast Statement on FCC Internet Regulation Decision
Discussion: DailyTech and Digital Daily
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX) Killed Jon Miller/Yahoo (YHOO) Board Deal  —  The mystery of Jon Miller's disappearing Yahoo board appointment has been gotten a little less mysterious.  He isn't taking the job because Time Warner (TWX), his former employer, won't let him.  What we're not sure about: Whose story to believe.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Time Warner Nixes Jonathan Miller's Appointment To Yahoo Board.
Chris Gaither / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Time Warner blocks Jonathan Miller's appointment to Yahoo board
Discussion: paidContent.org and WebProNews
PBS:
The Eyes Have It  —  So little real information leaks out of Apple these days that we tech pundits tend to jump on any crumb we can get and munch it to death.  That's certainly the case with this week's story about Apple possibly dumping Intel chipsets for the new MacBooks expected to be announced in September.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Privacy watchdog hoists Google by its own petard  —  Spews Street View pics of Larry Page Lexus  —  In an effort to prove that Google is a serious threat to the personal privacy of people everywhere, the National Legal and Policy Center has exposed countless Google Street View pics that detail …
Discussion: Valleywag and Today @ PC World
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Suddenly, AOL Loves Lifestreaming; Buys Socialthing!  —  AOL is getting into the lifestreaming business.  Like Friendfeed or Facebook's News feeds, it recently launched AIM BuddyUpdates, which lets AIM users keep up with what their instant-messaging buddies are doing on social services such as Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and Digg.
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
Mole attack: 360 price cuts on all hardware in September  —  It's hard to describe what it's like to wake up with a knife between your teeth.  You try to spit, because the taste of steel makes you think you've bitten down on your tongue and you're tasting the bitter copper of your blood, but the blade keeps your lips peeled apart.
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
US lawmakers mortified at mobile phones  —  Vote to ban cellphone use inflight  —  SOME SENSITIVE legislators in the US House of Representatives apparently think mobile phones should remain banned on airplanes because their owners are sometimes annoying.  —  Several members …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and broadstuff
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Homeland Security: We can seize laptops for an indefinite period  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has concocted a remarkable new policy: It reserves the right to seize for an indefinite period of time laptops taken across the border.  —  A pair of DHS policies from last month …
DigiTimes:
Nvidia to quit chipset business  —  Nvidia has decided to throw in the towel and quit the chipset business, sources close to the situation at one of Taiwan's top motherboard makers have revealed.  As the story is told, Nvidia called a meeting earlier this week with its motherboard partners …
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Switzerland Network Testing Tool  —  Is your ISP interfering with your BitTorrent connections?  Cutting off your VOIP calls?  Undermining the principles of network neutrality?  In order to answer those questions, concerned Internet users need tools to test their Internet connections …
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
EFF Tool Hunts BitTorrent Throttling ISPs
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
A photo that can steal your Facebook account  —  A GIFAR gift for the Web masses from your friends at Black Hat  —  IDG News Service) At the Black Hat computer security conference in Las Vegas next week, researchers will demonstrate software they've developed that could steal online credentials …
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Black Hat Talk on FileVault Canceled
Discussion: CNET News.com and Security Fix
Andrew Storms / 360 Security:
Apple DNS Patch Fails To Randomize - Users Still At Risk  —  Did Apple forget to patch something?  By the look of things, the DNS client on the OSX 10.4.11 distribution still has not been patched.  —  A lot of people, including myself, have been prodding Apple on why they are so late to the table on this DNS patch.
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Glenn Fleishman / TidBITS:
DNS Clients Have Small Vector of Risk after Patch
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0 and The Register
 
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
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Martin Shankleman / BBC:
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Windows Mobile Sales Lower Than Expected
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Search quality, continued
Nicole Fabris / ABI Research:
Location-based Mobile Social Networking Will Generate Global Revenues …
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Keeping The Benevolent Dictators Of Silicon Valley Honest
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Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
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