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2:05 PM ET, August 5, 2008

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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs: MobileMe “not up to Apple's standards”  —  In an internal e-mail sent to Apple employees this evening, Steve Jobs admitted that MobileMe was launched too early and “not up to Apple's standards.”  The e-mail, seen by Ars Technica, acknowledges MobileMe's flaws and what could have been done to better handle the launch.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Apple's Jobs says oops on MobileMe launch
Discussion: Digital Daily and louisgray.com
Delta Newsroom:
Delta to Become Only Major U.S. Airline to Offer Broadband Wi-Fi Access on Entire Domestic Mainline Fleet  —  Aircell's Gogo inflight Internet service to be available in first and economy classes on more than 330 Delta aircraft in 2009, the most expansive inflight broadband offering of any U.S. air carrier
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:   Delta will be first airline to offer WiFi on all US flights
Scott McCartney / Wall Street Journal:
The Latest Hot Spot Is on the Plane
Discussion: Digital Daily and Gearlog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Inks Seven-Figure Distribution Deal With Sony  —  Rocketboom, the daily video blog, is turning over its distribution and ad sales to Sony Pictures Television in return for a seven-figure guarantee plus a share of revenues.  Rocketboom will be distributed on Sony's Crackle video site …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Sony Brings Video Show Rocketboom Into the Fold; Seven Figures?
BBC:
Hi-tech criminals target Twitter  —  Micro blogging site Twitter is the latest target of cyber criminals who are increasingly finding fertile ground on social networks.  —  A fake Twitter profile with a malicious payload has been spotted by security firm Kaspersky.
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Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
Social engineering on Twitter  —  This week it's Twitter's turn to host an attack - one that is targeting both Twitter users and the Internet community at large.  In this case it's a malicious Twitter profile twitter.com/[skip]/ with a name that is Portuguese for ‘pretty rabbit’ which has a photo advertising a video with girls posted.
Lynn Tornabene / Google:
DoubleClick Serves Into Silverlight to Power Video Advertising for NBC Universal Digital Media  —  DoubleClick In-Stream powers video advertising in Flash, RealMedia, Windows Media and now Silverlight 2 players  —  Today, DoubleClick, a premier provider of digital marketing technology and services …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Microsoft, Google Play Nice: DoubleClick To Serve Silverlight Ads (MSFT, GOOG)
Brad Stone / Bits:
Friendster Lives: New Cash, New Boss and a New Strategy?  —  Don't count Friendster out yet.  —  The pioneering social network, surpassed by MySpace and Facebook in most of the world, is still going strong in Asia, and now it plans to build on its success there.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Friendster gets $20 million, ex-Googler as CEO  —  Updated at 7:24 a.m. PT on Tuesday with comment from Richard Kimber.  —  Brush off your Monty Python and the Holy Grail references: although long forgotten by social-media junkies in the United States, Friendster is not dead yet.
Discussion: The Social Times
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Loses Richard Kimber To Friendster & Yahoo Loses Adam Hyder To Jobvite
Discussion: Screenwerk and TechCrunch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Yahoo Shareholder Vote: Like Florida, Except More Confusing!  —  All Yahoo needs now is for former Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris to show up and start recounting votes.  —  It could happen, given all the crazy characters who have been drawn to the much-beleaguered Internet company like a magnet in 2008.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Broadridge to Yahoo: Oops, We Added Wrong (and Shareholders Like You Lots Less)!  —  Here's the full statement from the outside firm that tabulated Yahoo's recent shareholder vote.  —  Bottom line: An under-reporting of shares withheld for certain directors, which the Lake Success …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AT&T joins the cloud computing game  —  AT&T said Tuesday that it will offer cloud computing services via a new service dubbed AT&T Synaptic Hosting.  —  The telecom giant described Synaptic as a “next-generation utility computing service with managed networking, security and storage for businesses.”
Discussion: eWeek and CrunchGear
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Google Earth Blog:
Marriage Proposal in Street View!  —  Google decided to take some new Street View images at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California.  This time they must have let the employees know, as there are many Googlers lining the street.  They must have given advance warning, because some people came prepared.
Bill Ray / The Register:
iPhone security and battery life are crap  —  Analysts have decreed that the new iPhone's lack of security and poor battery life make it unsuitable for all but the lightest enterprise use.  —  The conclusions come in a nine-page research note from Gartner, as reported by Computerword.
Discussion: Computerworld
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launching two security initiatives at Black Hat conference  —  [D.T. note: I'll be leaving today for the Black Hat and Defcon conferences in Las Vegas.  Be sure to check for a variety of security stories during the week.]  —  Microsoft is launching two initiatives aimed at improving …
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Ruling May Pave the Way for Broader Use of DVR  —  RECORDING TV shows — and skipping the commercials that come with them — may become more pervasive in the wake of a new court ruling that blesses a new networked form of digital video recorder.  —  The United States Court of Appeals …
Consumer Reports:
7 online blunders  —  These common mistakes can ruin your computer or invite identity theft  —  ASSUMING YOUR SECURITY SOFTWARE  —  IS PROTECTING YOU  —  Security software is fully effective only when activated and frequently updated.  (Most products can update automatically.)
Discussion: The Register
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
UBS starts Apple coverage with claims of ultraportable Mac delay  —  A relative newcomer to covering Apple's financial health, UBS Investment Research is beginning its examination of the electronics firm with a positive outlook on the ‘stickiness’ of the company's brands but also the assertion …
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacRumors
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: Facebook Letting Employees Sell (And Buy) Stock This Fall
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Major Internet Companies Agree On China Code Of Conduct
Business Wire:
The NPD Group: iTunes Continues To Lead U.S. Music Retailers in First Half of 2008
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Sony takes control of Bertelsmann stake for $1.2bn
Discussion: p2pnet and Guardian
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Alexander live shot!
Discussion: Electronista and CrunchGear
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Camera Makers Aim to Trim Camera Depth by Half
Electronista:
Details leak of Intel Calpella notebook platform
Discussion: DigiTimes and Inquirer
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Government workers want social tools - but the IT dept doesn't get it
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Jerry Kronenberg / Boston Herald:
Designers on quest to build $12 computer
Discussion: TeleRead, PC Pro and Cult of Mac
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
What copyright costs us
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Image-to-Text Could Be Used in Google Street View
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Colored Highlighter Pens for Marking Web Pages in Firefox
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adaptive Path Releases Aurora To “Inspire And Engage” Community