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10:20 PM ET, August 4, 2008

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to let employees sell some stock — at internal $4 billion valuation  —  Facebook has an internal valuation of $4 billion, as we've previously reported.  It will begin letting current employees sell 20 percent of their fully vested stock options at that valuation, starting this fall, I've learned from well-connected sources.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Is Facebook Letting Employees Cash Out?  —  Facebook employees are in an enviable position: Each of them owns a small piece of a company that's worth billions of dollars, which means each of them is looking at the prospect of a windfall — one day.  But until Facebook sells or goes public …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Translation Center, a New Human Translations Service in the Making  —  Google is working on a new service called Google Translation Center.  Just a short while ago, we noticed that “center” had been added to Google's robots.txt file, and now co-editor Tony Ruscoe discovered the link …
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Brian McConnell / GigaOM:   Google Translation Center: The World's Largest Translation Memory
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Why is Sanjay Jha so popular on Google?  —  Who the heck is Sanjay Jha?  He had risen to the top of Google's Hot Trends rankings, which means he was being searched for vigorously.  —  People were probably looking for the Sanjay Jha who until recently was chief operating officer of Qualcomm, the San Diego-based chip maker.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola's New Cellphone CEO: No Big Product Changes For A Year (MOT)  —  Motorola's shareholders already love Sanjay Jha, the company's new cellphone division CEO: Shares are up 10.4% today to $9.73.  So what's his plan to turn around Motorola's troubled gadget business?
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Appeals Court: Cablevision Can Offer Network DVR; Big Win For Cable; Bad News For Content, Satellite Cos  —  In a stunning ruling that has huge implications for the cable industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has cleared the way for Cablevision (CVC) to offer so called “network DVRs …
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:   Cablevision wins on appeal: remote DVR lawful after all
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Shareholder Vote Number-Crunching-Whither Cap Re's No Vote?  —  There is a mini-tempest brewing over how shares were tallied in the Yahoo annual meeting last Friday, specifically around whether a group of votes withheld by one of Yahoo's major shareholders was not counted …
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Got iBugs?  Get your iPhone 2.0.1 software now  —  It's been just over three weeks since the launch of the iPhone 3G and the 2.0 software for the iPhone.  If there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it's that the software is fairly buggy.  —  Today comes the first update …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Shawn Fanning's Incredible Shrinking Pay Day: EA Bought Game Company for $15M, Not $30M  —  From the can't-believe-everything-you- read department: Earlier this year, reports circulated (which we repeated) that Napster founder Shawn Fanning had finally made some real money by selling …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge Hints at Mistrial in RIAA v. Jammie Thomas  —  DULUTH, Minnesota — The federal judge who presided over the nation's only peer-to-peer copyright-infringement trial announced from the bench here Monday that he is likely to declare a mistrial.  —  “Certainly, I have sent a signal …
Joop Dorresteijn / The Next Web:
Feedburner hack: how to get 2500 subscribers overnight (video)  —  Established blogs like ReadWriteWeb and Techcrunch proudly show a Feedburner chicklet that displays the sites popularity.  But beware - since people are more likely to subscribe to a site with a bigger amount of readers, some sites manipulate the counter.
Business Wire:
Lenovo Dives into Sub-Notebook Computing with its First Consumer “Netbook”  —  IdeaPad S10 Combines Tiny Technology, High Fashion and Extreme Portability  —  Lenovo today announced it is entering the “netbook” PC market with the new IdeaPad S10 netbook PC.
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Matthew Elliott / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo announces first netbook
Discussion: LAPTOP Magazine and TG Daily
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Midori musings: Thoughts on a “post-Windows” OS  —  The big excitement in Microsoftland this week has been further news of Midori.  Midori is claimed to be Microsoft's “post-Windows” operating system—a new platform for the future.  The SD Times claims to have seen internal Microsoft documents describing …
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BBC:
Microsoft sees end of Windows era
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Building 800,000 iPhones A Week  —  Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that produces the iPhone 3G for Apple, has ramped up production to 800,000 units per week, says a source close to Apple with direct knowledge of the numbers.  This is “above current full capacity” and there may be some concerns with quality control.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
In online ad space, blank-faced hipsters in panties prove powerful  —  It's no surprise to anyone who reads blogs about celebrity gossip, nightlife, indie music, or pretty much any other niche of pop culture: American Apparel, the Los Angeles-based retailer infamous for bringing back the '80s aerobics look …
Discussion: Valleywag
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Apple Yanks Another Popular App from iTunes, This Time Box Office  —  Last week, Apple quietly stopped distributing NetShare, put it back up, and now appears to have pulled it again.  But what could we expect?  It was a piece of software allowing users to transform their iPhones into Wi-Fi hotspots.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
MPAA Want to Bung-Up “Analog Hole,” Disable Piracy-Enabling Cable Box Outputs  —  Movies movies movies... we all love a good show, but the lovely MPAA is up to some pretty strange shenanigans to ensure that you get to see some shows just once—until they're out on DVD at least.
Discussion: Digital Media Wire
Dan Ackerman / Crave: The gadget blog:
MacBook redesign leaked?  Probably not  —  Are these really leaked pics of a redesigned MacBook, widely expected later this year?  Probably not, as Apple has always done an excellent job of keeping their new designs under wraps.  But the Interwebs are abuzz with this series of shots …
 
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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Are Social Media Jobs Here to Stay?
Akky Akimoto / Asiajin:
Mixi testing their “Twitter”
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Larrabee: Intel's biggest leap since the Pentium Pro
Discussion: Forbes and GigaOM
Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Diablo III’ Designer Turns Tables, Judges Fans' Screenshots
Discussion: Destructoid
Theo Valich / TG Daily:
AMD Fusion details leaked: 40/32 nm, dual-core CPU, RV800 graphics
eWeek:
Linux to Outsell Windows in Mobile Internet Device Market
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
‘Psychic’ Uri Geller reaches copyright settlement
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Why Mobile TV is a Total Waste of Time
Discussion: Between the Lines
 Earlier Items: 
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mac clone maker's lawyer hints at antitrust defense
Dan Moren / MacUser:
Rob Enderle does not know the meaning of surrender. Or disclosure.
Discussion: The Macalope and TechNewsWorld
InfoWorld:
2008 Best of Open Source Software Awards
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Zappos tries computers on for size
Vint Cerf / Google Public Policy Blog:
What's a reasonable approach for managing broadband networks?
Around the Rings:
Press Release — IOC Launches Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Online Channel
Vik / zooie's blog:
Yahoo Boss - Google App Engine Integrated
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
15 Year Old Entrepreneur Launches Teens In Tech
Discussion: Ypulse, DigiDave and MacMegasite
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
A preview of the NetChoice cases to be argued at SCOTUS on February 26, about the constitutionality of Texas and Florida laws regulating social media content

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

 
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