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9:00 AM ET, August 4, 2008

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Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Are we seeing a disturbing trend in “blackmail” innovation...?  —  I've been thinking about the acquisition of a Silicon Valley startup, Ribbit, by BT, the giant British telecoms firm.  —  Ribbit started out in classic form as the vendor of disruptive telecom technologies.
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Rebecca A. Fannin / VentureBeat:   Silicon Valley: If we ignore China, will it go away?
BBC:
Microsoft sees end of Windows era  —  Microsoft has kicked off a research project to create software that will take over when it retires Windows.  —  Called Midori, the cut-down operating system is radically different to Microsoft's older programs.  —  It is centred on the internet …
eWeek:
Why Microsoft Will Try Again for Yahoo in 2009  —  Insider Jackson believes that it's only the second inning in the revival of Yahoo.  He expects Microsoft to return with yet another merger proposition for Yahoo next year because Microsoft still needs big help in online services.
Discussion: BBC NEWS, BoomTown and WinBeta
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.
Discussion: Cellpassion and Startup Meme
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 and GottaBeMobile
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
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 the company's executives, but haven't heard from them.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
New LiMo Cellphones Protect and Surf  —  The LiMo Foundation, a consortium of wireless-related companies seeking to create an open operating system for cellphones and other wireless devices, has introduced seven new handsets based upon the Linux operating system, bringing the total to 21.
Discussion: PC World
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.
 
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Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Why free software usability tends to suck
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Can ‘Spore’ meet its lofty expectations?
Discussion: Gamasutra
Michael Schaffner / Forbes:
The Paperless Workplace  —  One of the great unfulfilled promises …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Telcos Routed: DSL Customers Fleeing To Cable Broadband
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Source: First images from 360 Avatar creator [update]
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Three-Cent Music Tracks Try To Crack China's Piracy Problem
Discussion: Variety
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.
Discussion: Quick Online Tips
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia chipsets are history
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: Don't limit our ability to close analog outputs
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Microsoft 10K warns of iPhone, Mac threats as iPhone nears 1.1% share
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Apple Core and Digg
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Can Google be bested? Not anytime soon
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Applications Spur Carriers to Relax Grip on Cellphones
Discussion: mocoNews.net
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel's Line of Graphics Chips Could Have Broader Uses
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lise Buyer to Facebook: Call Me
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan