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3:15 AM ET, August 6, 2008

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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Comcast Buys DailyCandy For $125 Million*  —  As previously reported, Comcast (CMCSA) was indeed interested in buying DailyCandy.  But they ended up paying much more than the $75 million we head about earlier this month — the cable company is paying Bob Pittman's Pilot Group Ventures $125 million …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Comcast Interactive Media Acquires DailyCandy For $125 Million
Discussion: Startup Meme and MarketingShift
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Steve Jobs on MobileMe: the full e-mail  —  Ever since our report last night on an internal e-mail sent by Steve Jobs about the botched launch of MobileMe, we have received an outpouring of requests for the full text of the e-mail.  Although we originally weren't comfortable publishing the entire thing …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
MobileMe Problems Show Apple Needs an Infrastructure Lesson  —  Steve Jobs, in an internal email seen by Ars Technica, makes clear that he's upset about the botched launch of MobileMe, Apple's new online suite of applications that has been plagued with bugs, including being flat-out unavailable to some for days at a time.
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The First $1000 iPhone Application  —  iPhone developer Armin Heinrich has released an application for the iPhone with two noteworthy characteristics:  —  1) Its primary function is to display a handsome glowing red jewel on your iPhone's screen:  —  2) It sells on Apple's App Store for $999.99 …
Discussion: TUAW and MacRumors iPhone Blog
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone-App-Approval Mouse Falls Off Treadmill: Buy …
Discussion: VentureBeat
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
A $999.99 joke iPhone app? Apple, wake up or grow up
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Lost laptop found in SFO office  —  (08-05) 15:37 PDT SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — A laptop containing personal information on 33,000 travelers enrolled in a fast pass program at San Francisco International Airport turned up Tuesday in the same airport office from which it had been reported missing more than a week ago.
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KPIX-TV:
Security Breached At SFO Due To Stolen Laptop  —  SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / KCBS) ― The Transportation Security Administration says a laptop containing the sensitive personal information of 33,000 applicants to an airport security prescreening program has gone missing.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Broadridge to Yahoo: Oops, We Added Wrong (and Shareholders Like You Lots Less)!  —  Here's the full statement (below) from the outside firm, Broadridge Financial Solutions, that tabulated Yahoo's recent shareholder vote.  —  Bottom line: An underreporting of shares withheld for certain directors …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
New Yahoo Shareholder Vote: Yang Disapproval More Than Doubles
Discussion: Bits and Valleywag
chrisbrogan.com:
When Google Owns You  —  Nick Saber isn't happy now.  Monday afternoon, after lunch, Nick came back from lunch to find out that he couldn't get into his Gmail account.  Further, he couldn't get into anything that Google made (beside search) where his account credentials once worked.
MarketWatch:
IBM, Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat to Deliver Microsoft-Free Desktops Worldwide  —  For the first time, IBM (IBM: , , ) and leading Linux distributors Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell and Red Hat will join forces globally with their hardware partners to deliver Microsoft-free personal computing choices …
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and Ed Brill
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InfoWorld:
IBM bundles middleware on Linux systems
Discussion: Computerworld Blogs
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple holds on to U.S. retail music lead  —  The iTunes Store is still the top destination for U.S. music shoppers, according to new data.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple is still the No. 1 music retailer in the United States, but Amazon.com's online store is coming on strong.
Discussion: TG Daily and 9 to 5 Mac
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Your Vision of the Future of the Web?  Mozilla Wants to Know  —  Everything's changing on the internet these days, so it's as good a time as any to make some drastic changes to the way we interact with it too.  Mozilla Labs has put out a call for anyone in the world to share their vision …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Google Search Appliance gets bigger, better, stores 10M docs in a box  —  The Google Search Appliance, which can make all of a company's data accessible through through a simple Google search interface, is getting an upgrade.  There are a bunch of improvements being announced …
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Olympics One Box Results  —  I was chatting with Danny about the Yahoo Olympics Shortcut on the Daily SearchCast and Danny noticed that a search for beach volleyball olympics on Google returns a Google OneBox result.  —  But other searches also work and they all show special icons and results.
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Employees Pose for Street View  —  For the latest Google Maps Street View update, Google not only added pics for Australia, Japan and several US cities, but also included imagery of what seem to be Google employees lining up near-by the Google headquarters.
Discussion: Google Maps Mania and Valleywag
Laura DiDio / Yankee Group:
Apple Bites Back with Increased Corporate Presence and Virtualization Role  —  Analyst  —  Executive Summary  —  Don't look now but Apple Mac hardware and the accompanying OS X 10.x operating system software are gaining significant momentum among corporate users.
MacNN:
Apple Granted Patents for Speech Synthesis, MacBook, a New iPhone Dock, more  —  On August 5, 2008, the US Patent & Trademark Office published six of Apple's newly granted patents which covered such subject matters as speech synthesis, MacBook and iPod lanyard designs, a new iPhone stand/dock …
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Alexander live shot!  —  Remember that phone we told you about?  Well, we got more info on it and it turns out that it's going to be a Windows Mobile handset.  Here's a list of some of the specs we found: … We're working on some more shots and info, but until then... what are you thinking?
DealBook:
Icahn Hires Reporter to Write for His Blog  —  Carl C. Icahn took his first steps into the Internet earlier this year by beginning a blog.  Now he's about to get some help.  —  The activist shareholder has hired Dane Hamilton, a hedge fund reporter at Thomson Reuters, to work on his Web site …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Russian Gang Hijacking PCs in Vast Scheme  —  A criminal gang is using software tools normally reserved for computer network administrators to infect thousands of PCs in corporate and government networks with programs that steal passwords and other information, a security researcher has found.
 
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Michael Singer / InformationWeek:
Google Says Android's Fine, No Need To Join LiMo
Discussion: AndroidGuys
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Cheats Tech Workers On Overtime Pay, Lawsuit Claims
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Docstoc Launches Private Document Monitoring and Reporting
Dave Caolo / TUAW:
3G iPhone users experience carrier error with 2.0.1 update
Gmail Blog:
Tip: Customize your web clips
Discussion: AppScout
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Hulu sharpens focus on hi-def content
Discussion: Lifehacker
ScottIsAFool / LiveSide:
Linked Live IDs Getting Pushed On Windows Live Spaces
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
 Earlier Items: 
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
On Our Project, We're Always 90% Done
PC World:
VUDU Set-top Box Adds Adults-only Channel
Discussion: PR Newswire and Crave
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
ComScore: We Want Only Women  —  The fight among women's Web sites …
Keke Mullins / Playback:
Disc Makers Acquires CD Baby
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
The cloud is not a computer  —  My hat goes off to Preston Monroe …
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The (Highly Controversial) YouNoodle Startup Valuation Predictor Is Coming
Discussion: broadstuff
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Amps Up HD
Discussion: VentureBeat and AppScout
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Rocketboom Inks Seven-Figure Distribution Deal With Sony