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3:25 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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook to let employees sell some stock options — at internal $4 billion valuation  —  Facebook to let employees sell some stock — at internal $4 billion valuation  —  Facebook has an internal valuation of $4 billion, as we've previously reported.  It will begin letting current employees …
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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 …
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.
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:   Demand for iPhone 3G is off the charts
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Appeals Court: Cablevision Can Offer Network DVR; Big Win For Cable; Bad News For Content, Satellite Cos  —  In a stunning ruling that has huge implications for the cable industry, the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has cleared the way for Cablevision (CVC) to offer so called “network DVRs …
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Martha Graybow / Reuters:
Court rules in favor of new Cablevision recorder
Discussion: DSLreports
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Cablevision's Remote DVR Service Gets Appeals Court Victory …
Joop Dorresteijn / The Next Web:
Feedburner hack: how to get 2500 subscribers overnight (video)  —  Established blogs like ReadWriteWeb and Techcrunch proudly show a Feedburner chicklet that displays the sites popularity.  But beware - since people are more likely to subscribe to a site with a bigger amount of readers, some sites manipulate the counter.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
All It Takes To Inflate Your FeedBurner Numbers Is a Netvibes Account
Discussion: Quick Online Tips
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Translation Center, a New Human Translations Service in the Making  —  Google is working on a new service called Google Translation Center.  Just a short while ago, we noticed that “center” had been added to Google's robots.txt file, and now co-editor Tony Ruscoe discovered the link …
Business Wire:
Lenovo Dives into Sub-Notebook Computing with its First Consumer “Netbook”  —  IdeaPad S10 Combines Tiny Technology, High Fashion and Extreme Portability  —  Lenovo today announced it is entering the “netbook” PC market with the new IdeaPad S10 netbook PC.
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Lenovo Enters the Mini-Notebook Market with the IdeaPad S10
Discussion: Crave, Engadget, Liliputing and Eee PC
Around the Rings:
Press Release — IOC Launches Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Online Channel  —  The IOC will launch an online Channel to broadcast the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in 77 territories* across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, including India, Republic of Korea, Nigeria and Indonesia, it was announced today.
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
YouTube to Get Olympics, But (Probably) Not for You
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
MPAA Want to Bung-Up “Analog Hole,” Disable Piracy-Enabling Cable Box Outputs  —  Movies movies movies... we all love a good show, but the lovely MPAA is up to some pretty strange shenanigans to ensure that you get to see some shows just once—until they're out on DVD at least.
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) …
Zooie / zooie's blog:
Yahoo Boss - Google App Engine Integrated  —  Updated: Direct link to the example Question-Answering Service  —  Today I finally plugged-in the Yahoo Boss Mashup Framework into the Google App Engine environment.  Google App Engine (GAE) provides a pretty sweet yet simple platform …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Twittervision adds on-the-go translation for tweets  —  Twittervision for the iPhone put out a great update over the weekend that does something even the desktop version cannot do.  You can now double tap any foreign tweet and it will convert it into your native language.  —  Why is this important?
 
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Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Researchers Discover “Holy Grail” of Optical Computing
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