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5:30 AM ET, August 4, 2008

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Simon Fluendy / Daily Mail:
Apple to launch the iPhone ‘nano’ in time for Christmas  —  Apple is about to launch a ‘nano’ version of the hugely successful iPhone.  It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas.  —  The product will be launched in the UK at up to £150 for pay-as-you-go customers by O2 …
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
An “iPhone Nano?”  Maybe, But Surely Not This One  —  There are Apple rumors that ring true.  There are ones that sound like they might be true.  And then there are the ones that have a whiff of fantasy about them.  I'd put Simon Fluendy's report in the UK's Daily Mail of an iPhone Nano scheduled …
Discussion: Startup Meme
Merissa Marr / Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Is Ready To Deal AOL Components  —  Time Warner Inc. has completed the internal work necessary to separate its AOL unit's dial-up-access business from its advertising and content business, the company is expected to announce Wednesday.  Now it will get serious about plotting …
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Why Microsoft Will Try Again for Yahoo in 2009  —  Insider Jackson believes that it's only “the second inning” in the revival of the huge media company; he expects Steve Ballmer & Co. to return with yet another merger proposition next year because Microsoft still needs big help in online services.
Discussion: BoomTown
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel's Line of Graphics Chips Could Have Broader Uses  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel is planning to release on Monday the first technical details of a new family of chips intended to soup up computer graphics and, eventually, a broad range of computing tasks.  —  The new microprocessor family …
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart:
In Defense Of The Search Bar  —  The internet elite like to point out that a large swath of the non-elite population finds everything from their browser search bar, rather than the address bar.  “Those morons go to Yahoo by searching for Yahoo in the Google search bar, rather than going to Yahoo.com,” they say.
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Can Google be bested?  Not anytime soon  —  Google may be the de facto leader in search today, but will its lead last forever?  With services like Mahalo and Cuil gaining attention and Microsoft willing to pour continued billions into its quest for online dominance …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social.FM, Formerly Mercora Shuts Down  —  Mercora, an early entrant into the social music and music search space, that recently rebranded itself as Social.FM has shut down and suspended operations.  After being tipped off by a source, I tried reaching company's executives, but haven't heard from them.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Microsoft 10K warns of iPhone, Mac threats as iPhone nears 1.1% share  —  A Microsoft filing with the US government reveals a newfound worry that the Windows developer's traditional stance of selling software alone won't work against an increasingly profitable Apple — a concern that may magnify …
WordPress.com:
Announcing 24-7 Support  —  It's 10 o'clock on a Saturday.  Do you know where your WordPress support team is?  —  Logged on and answering your questions!  —  Blogging on WordPress is easy, but sometimes you need a hand.  Enter the Happiness Engineers, a team of support staff dedicated …
Discussion: Quick Online Tips
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: Don't limit our ability to close analog outputs  —  The Motion Picture Association of America took its crusade for selectable output control (SOC) to the next level on Thursday, responding to critics in the FCC's proceeding on the matter.  The MPAA's July 31 filing takes particular exception …
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets and Digg
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Applications Spur Carriers to Relax Grip on Cellphones  —  In the first 10 days after Apple opened its App Store for the iPhone, consumers downloaded more than 25 million applications, ranging from games like Super Monkey Ball to tools like New York City subway maps.
 
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Anti-Piracy Lobby Gains Power Over Internet Subscribers
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McCain, the Analog Candidate
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Net Neutrality and Metered Broadband
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
Adam B. Kushner / Newsweek:
This Bug Man Is a Pest
Discussion: Techdirt and Digg
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Sites to Replace Google Page Creator
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David Rothman / TeleRead:
Lesson for Kindle fans and other e-bookers? …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan