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1:25 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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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
An “iPhone Nano?”  Maybe, But Surely Not This One  —  There are Apple rumors that ring true.  There are ones that sound like they might be true.  And then there are the ones that have a whiff of fantasy about them.  I'd put Simon Fluendy's report in the UK's Daily Mail of an iPhone Nano scheduled …
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan  —  Sized at an estimated $5.6 billion in 2007, Japan boasts one of the biggest online advertising markets in the world - a huge potential just waiting to be tapped by foreign social networks.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com, PC World, eWeek and TG Daily
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 …
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
Warning Sign: Metered Broadband Already a Hassle  —  We've talked before that metered access is a boneheaded idea that is bad for innovation, bad for Microsoft and Google, and ultimately bad for you.  Until today, the idea seemed like an eventuality, not an immediate reality.
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:   Net Neutrality and Metered Broadband
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Lise Buyer to Facebook: Call Me  —  When former Wall Street analyst Lise Buyer helped take Google public in 2004, anything seemed possible.  Yet on the heels of a quarter when not a single technology company went public, most in Silicon Valley are no longer sanguine about their options.
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
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.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
T-Mo drops the Curve in “Sunset”  —  To you and me, this is red.  To T-Mobile this is “sunset.”  Regardless, everyone's favorite BlackBerry and the one I recommend the most when folks ask me which BB to get is now in bright, shiny red.  Standard goodies: HotSpot@Home, Wi-Fi, 2 megapixel camera, redness.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Microsoft 10K warns of iPhone, Mac threats as iPhone nears 1.1% share  —  A Microsoft filing with the US government reveals a newfound worry that the Windows developer's traditional stance of selling software alone won't work against an increasingly profitable Apple — a concern that may magnify …
Adam B. Kushner / Newsweek:
This Bug Man Is a Pest  —  George Ledin teaches students how to write viruses, and it makes computer-security software firms sick.  —  The Virus Professor … In a windowless underground computer lab in California, young men are busy cooking up viruses, spam and other plagues of the computer age.
Discussion: Digg
Mrstickball / VG Charts:
VGC Exclusive: Xbox 360 to Cut Arcade Prices to $199.99 on Sept. 7th  —  Thanks to an amazing VGChartz member, we have strong reason to believe the Ars Technica price drop rumor is indeed true, with a photo to prove it.  —  By Benjamin Schlichter (BenSchlichter@Gmail.com )
Fred / A VC:
Venture Fund Economics: Gross and Net Returns  —  The comments on my initial post on this topic went right at the VC's compensation - management fees and carry - and their impact on returns.  So at Ken Berger's suggestion, I will change my planned post for today and address the issue head on.
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Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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 Earlier Items: 
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Sites to Replace Google Page Creator
Discussion: Download Squad
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Lesson for Kindle fans and other e-bookers? …
Discussion: Technovia
Adam Tow / Voices:
iPhoneDevCamp2  —  This weekend in San Francisco …
Steve Johnson / E-Commerce Times:
Television's Future Could Be ‘Horrible’
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Startups bring Web 2.0 to Chinese masses
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
How to Get Out of a Cell Contract Without Paying an ETF in Many Not-So-Easy Steps