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12:50 PM ET, August 4, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: I4U News
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Hires New Cellphone CEO: Qualcomm's Sanjay Jha (MOT)  —  Motorola (MOT) finally has its turnaround man: The company named Dr. Sanjay Jha co-CEO and CEO of its Mobile Devices business this morning.  Jha will lead the company's cellphone spinoff, scheduled for Q3 2008 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone nano: A rumor before its time  —  Is Steve Jobs preparing to launch a smaller, cheaper version of the iPhone in time for Christmas?  —  That's the rumor — based on a brief item in London's Daily Mail — that had Apple watchers buzzing over the weekend.
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
iPhone Nano by Christmas?  Or should the Daily Mail just be banned from Techmeme?
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) …
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   AOL ready to be dealt in pieces; Who's buying?
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: eWeek, PC World, Gearlog and open
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
LiMo vows to fight on, debuts new mobile handsets from Motorola, NEC, Panasonic
Discussion: Crave and dailywireless.org
John Oates / The Register:
Google's Blogger brands users as spammers  —  Google-owned Blogger has apologised for wrongly locking user accounts for being suspected spammers.  —  The mistake, caused by a bug in data processing code, was uncovered on Friday and by Saturday the company said it had restored access to all accounts wrongly identified as spammers.
Discussion: WebProNews
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Simon Barrett / Blogger News Network:
Google Blogger Meltdown? Who Us?
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Alexander Muse / Texas Startup Blog:
How I lost $20,000,000+ in 18 months!  —  If I had to come up with a single reason I started this blog it was to share my own ‘startup’ experiences; the most cathartic of which was a post I wrote in 2005 titled “LayerOne: My Biggest Failure!”  Around 1,000 people read the post back then …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Translation Center, a New Human Translations Service in the Making … [Thanks Tony!] … Google Translation Center ... by Philipp Lenssen |
Discussion: CNET News.com and Global by Design
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.
eWeek:
Why Microsoft Will Try Again for Yahoo in 2009  —  Insider Eric 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.
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.
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Chilling sign: Private publisher exit plans  —  The intentions of Copley Press and Advance Publications to explore the sale of two of their signature properties represents a discouraging new lack of confidence in the future of metro newspapers.  —  The potential sale of the San Diego Union-Tribune …
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 …
 
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Business Wire:
Lenovo Dives into Sub-Notebook Computing with its First Consumer “Netbook”
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
When Your Social Media Representation Isn't Actually Yours
Discussion: WebProNews and The Inquisitr
Heather Timmons / New York Times:
On Facebook, an 11-Letter Synonym for Scrabulous Turns Out to Be Wordscraper
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Researchers Discover “Holy Grail” of Optical Computing
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Alisher Usmanov Seeks To Acquire Stake In Yandex
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
College Classes On Malware Writing Still Piss Off Anti-Virus Firms
Discussion: Voices
Maths / Music 2.0:
EMI Retreats from Greater China...and Asia
Discussion: hypebot
Ryan Sholin / MediaShift Idea Lab:
Five Ways to Gather and Report News with Twitter
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel details future ‘Larrabee’ graphics chip
Wall Street Journal:
Targeted-Ad Initiative Is Crucial for MySpace
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Why free software usability tends to suck
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Can ‘Spore’ meet its lofty expectations?
Discussion: Gamasutra
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:
Are we seeing a disturbing trend in “blackmail” innovation...?
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson unveils James Bond's latest phone