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10:10 AM ET, August 4, 2008

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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 and open
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
LiMo vows to fight on, debuts new mobile handsets from Motorola, NEC, Panasonic  —  The LiMo Foundation has no intention of fading away.  —  At the launch of LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco today, the foundation announced the release of several new Linux-based mobile handsets from Mototorola, NEC and Panasonic.
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Crave
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 …
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel details future ‘Larrabee’ graphics chip  —  Intel has disclosed details on a chip that will compete directly with Nvidia and ATI and may take it into unchartered technological and market-segment waters.  —  Larrabee will be a stand-alone chip, meaning it will be very different than the low-end …
Discussion: MacRumors, TechSpot and Engadget
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PR Newswire:
Sanjay Jha Named Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Devices Business  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced its Board of Directors has named Dr. Sanjay Jha as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Nano iPhone... or PR stunt?  —  In a speculative story lasting just seven sentences, the Daily Mail tells us about the impending iPhone nano - possibly with a touchscreen on the front and scrollwheel on the back.  Who is the unnamed “industry source” behind the prediction?
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Simon Fluendy / Daily Mail:
Apple to launch the iPhone ‘nano’ in time for Christmas
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   An “iPhone Nano?” Maybe, But Surely Not This One
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL ready to be dealt in pieces; Who's buying?  —  Time Warner has reportedly completed its internal restructuring so it can officially separate AOL's dial-up business from its content and advertising assets.  The split is likely to become official when Time Warner delivers earnings on Wednesday.
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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.
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) …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Targeted-Ad Initiative Is Crucial for MySpace  —  Questions Multiply On Site's Potential to Turn a Big Profit  —  When News Corp. reports its fiscal 2008 earnings Tuesday, investors will scrutinize the company's plans to generate more advertising revenue from the enormous amount of traffic on its MySpace social-networking Web site.
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 …
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
 
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Ryan Sholin / MediaShift Idea Lab:
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Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Chilling sign: Private publisher exit plans
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 …
Rebecca A. Fannin / VentureBeat:
Silicon Valley: If we ignore China, will it go away?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Telcos Routed: DSL Customers Fleeing To Cable Broadband
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
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 Earlier Items: 
Dustin Burg / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Wawawa Hopes Three-Cent Tracks Can Crack China's Music Piracy
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
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart:
In Defense Of The Search Bar
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