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10:40 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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
AT&T iPhone deal extended to 2010.  Did Apple mortgage its future for a subsidy?
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Don't Want to Talk?  New Service Sells Missed Calls  —  When Alexis Gorman, 26, wanted to tell a man she had been dating that the courtship was over, she felt sending a Dear John text message was too impersonal.  But she worried that if she called the man, she would face an awkward conversation or a confrontation.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces Results of 2008 Annual Stockholder Meeting  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that, at the Company's annual meeting of stockholders held earlier today, stockholders re-elected all of Yahoo!'s nominees to the Board of Directors.
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
AOL is Getting Serious About Lifestreaming: Buys SocialThing  —  SocialThing, a lifestreaming/social aggregation site, has been acquired by AOL.  We currently have no information about the final price of the acquisition, but given that SocialThing was still in private beta, we assume that it was relatively low.
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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.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Instant-Messagers Really Are About Six Degrees from Kevin Bacon  —  Big Microsoft Study Supports Small World Theory  —  Turns out, it is a small world.  —  The so-called small world theory, embodied in the old saw that there are just “six degrees of separation” between any two strangers on Earth …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How “Janet” Fooled the Twittersphere She's the Voice of Exxon Mobil  —  The game is up, “Janet” is not an official Exxon representative  —  A few days ago, the Twittersphere was curious, interested, and excited to see a member of Exxon Mobil's employee ranks to join the twitter conversation …
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.
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Apple bails on Black Hat talk  —  Engineering blames marketing department  —  IDG News Service) Apple Inc. has pulled its security engineering team out of a planned public discussion on the company's security practices, which had been set for next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas.
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Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Black Hat Talk on FileVault Canceled
Discussion: Technology Live and Security Fix
The Technium:
People Want To Pay  —  Yes, everything will be free, but in my experience people want to pay.  They really do!  People, mobs of them, will grab stuff that is free.  They will try stuff for free that they would never touch if they had to pay.  They will always gravitate, on average, to the lowest price, and what is lower than free?
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 …
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Advice: Microsoft Should Invest Y Combinator-style  —  Former Microsoft employee and current founder and CEO of web startup Blist Kevin Merritt has some advice for Microsoft: rather than throwing around billions to try to acquire Yahoo! or buying unproven search startups for reportedly twice …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and blist
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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Comcast:
Comcast Statement on FCC Internet Regulation Decision
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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Deborah Jian Lee / Reuters:
NYPD calls on citizens for amateur video evidence
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to begin shipping Android-based handsets in 4Q08 as scheduled
Discussion: last100 and IntoMobile
Industry Standard:
Dell tries to trademark “cloud computing”
Discussion: WebGuild and CenterNetworks
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Asus still sticking with the whole 7-inch screen thing
Discussion: Gadgetell and Engadget
PBS:
The Eyes Have It  —  So little real information leaks out of Apple …
Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
EFF Tool Hunts BitTorrent Throttling ISPs
David Kravets / Threat Level:
RIAA's Lawsuit Strategy in the Balance at Jammie Thomas Hearing Monday
Discussion: MarketingShift and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Resnooze puts helpful nags in your e-mail
Discussion: WebWorkerDaily
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
New worm targets Facebook, MySpace
Matt Manolides / Google LatLong:
Olympic imagery update
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Carmack: iPhone more powerful than Nintendo DS, PSP combined
Egan Orion / Inquirer:
US lawmakers mortified at mobile phones
Ben Gomes / The Official Google Blog:
Search quality, continued
Arn / MacRumors:
NetShare iPhone Tethering App Reappears in App Store