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7:15 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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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter will kick themselves for missing this  —  Imagine if the world of Instant Messaging had been under one roof, if one vendor had invented it, and had 100 percent market share.  Further, what if that vendor had the foresight that there would be other vendors and that compatibility between …
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson unveils James Bond's latest phone  —  Sony Ericsson is launching a limited edition Titanium silver C902 Cyber-shot™ phone as used by James Bond in the eagerly awaited QUANTUM OF SOLACE which will be released worldwide November 2008.  The new mobile phone will make sure …
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: BBC NEWS and BoomTown
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 …
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.
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: TechCrunch and The Inquisitr
Rachael King / Business Week:
How Cloud Computing Is Changing the World  —  A major shift in the way companies obtain software and computing capacity is under way as more companies tap into Web-based applications  —  At first, just a handful of employees at Sanmina-SCI (SANM) began using Google Apps (GOOG) …
Discussion: The Register
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Three-Cent Music Tracks Try To Crack China's Piracy Problem  —  Just how cheap do music downloads need to be before listeners will buy them rather than pull 'em from P2P?  About three cents, reckons one new Chinese platform.  That's how much a track costs at Wawawa, a new platform started …
Discussion: Variety
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
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.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
 
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft's annual report: A study in open-source awareness...and ignorance
Discussion: Slashdot
WordPress.com:
Announcing 24-7 Support  —  It's 10 o'clock on a Saturday.
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia chipsets are history
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: Don't limit our ability to close analog outputs
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mo drops the Curve in “Sunset”
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Microsoft 10K warns of iPhone, Mac threats as iPhone nears 1.1% share
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Apple Core and Digg
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Lise Buyer to Facebook: Call Me
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 Earlier Items: 
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Launch of Private Rocket Fails; Three Satellites Were Onboard
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Anti-Piracy Lobby Gains Power Over Internet Subscribers
Discussion: The Age and Digg
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
Supermarket Scale detects Fruits and Vegetables automatically
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Gizmodo
Samantha Gross / Associated Press:
With automated tagging, Web links can surprise
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
McCain, the Analog Candidate
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
Discussion: webmonkey and Download Squad
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan