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9:20 AM 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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adaptive Path Releases Aurora To “Inspire And Engage” Community  —  Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.  —  Adaptive Path, a product development and consulting service in San Francisco, is releasing a new web interface concept called Aurora this evening.
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Dan Harrelson / Adaptive Path:   Aurora: Open Source Design
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Friendster Lives: New Cash, New C.E.O. 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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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
New Friendster CEO Has Asia Focus
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Larrabee: Intel's biggest leap since the Pentium Pro  —  Since the primitive 4004 chip first designed for a line of calculators, Intel has been a processor company.  And in all of the company's decades of processor design and fabrication, Intel has seen only one truly disruptive change …
Discussion: Electronista, Forbes and GigaOM
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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 …
Discussion: Computerworld and CNET News.com
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat 2008 promises to be big  —  Las Vegas - Black Hat 2008 is bigger, and some might say better.  Occupying most of the third and fourth floors of the convention hall at Caesar's Palace, the conference started on Saturday with two and four day training sessions which continue through Tuesday.
Discussion: eWeek
AppleInsider:
Apple releases iPhone, iPod touch 2.0.1 Software Updates  —  Apple on Monday evening released iPhone 2.0.1 Software Update, the first maintenance and security update for iPhone 3Gs and first-generation iPhones running iPhone Software 2.0. iPod touch 2.0.1 has also been released.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Got iBugs? Get your iPhone 2.0.1 software now
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn, like Facebook, is letting employees sell some stock early  —  LinkedIn is letting employees sell up to twenty percent of their vested stock options at a $500 million valuation, I've learned from a source.  Another source tells me that the plan was announced at a recent company meeting, but they didn't give me the details.
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Tenzin Pema / Reuters:
Internet companies agree on China code of conduct: report  —  (Reuters) - U.S. technology giants Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Yahoo Inc, in talks with other Internet companies and human-rights groups, have reached an agreement on a voluntary code of conduct for activities in China …
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Jim Puzzanghera / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Major U.S. Internet companies agree on a code of conduct for operating …
David Griner / The Social Path:
Is Google's PG-13 virtual world doomed to be NC-17?  —  There's just no denying that our world is full of perverts.  Thankfully, we have social norms, prison and pepper spray to keep them at bay.  —  Not so in the virtual world, where pervs run wild and free.
Discussion: Second Life Herald and Mashable!
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Sony Buys Back Bertelsmann's 50 Percent Stake In Sony BMG; Company Renamed Sony Music Entertainment  —  As expected, Sony Corp (NYSE: SNE). and Bertelsmann AG have reached an agreement that has Sony buying Bertelsmann's 50 percent stake in Sony BMG.  The music company will be called Sony …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
BBC:
Core problem  —  We need more details about the security fixes Apple is releasing, says regular commentator Bill Thompson.  —  The computer manufacturer formerly known as “Apple Computer” changed its name to Apple Inc eighteen months ago, reflecting the growing importance to its profitability …
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Is the world ready for Flash for dummies?  Absolutely  —  Does the world really need another software add-on product?  —  That was my first question to Pat Sullivan, a serial software entrepreneur who started ACT! and SalesLogix CRM.  What was so broken that needed to be fixed with his latest company, Flypaper Studio?.
Discussion: TechCrunch and VentureBeat
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T to Be Provider Of ‘Cloud Computing’  —  AT&T Inc. is unveiling a service that provides computer networking and storage services for business customers, making the telecommunications giant the latest company to invest in what is known as “cloud computing.”
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
BlackBerry Bold now available — in Chile
Kelsey Blodget / Beet.TV:
Kaltura Will Bring Collaborative Video to Wikipedia
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Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
THQ Declares Traditional Hardware Cycles Dead
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Nokia E71-2 reception issues? Mmm
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25+ Tools for a Road Trip 2.0
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Corynne McSherry / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Sapient and Explorologist Settle Lawsuit
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Music industry ‘should embrace illegal websites’
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Wall Street Journal:
Web Piracy: The Enemy Within?
Discussion: Valleywag
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The Technium:
A Trillion Hours  —  The web is pretty big.  Researchers …
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Why Apple and Facebook Need to Leave Apps Alone
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Micron preps 256GB solid-state drive
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
What a Chic New Bag. And X-Ray Friendly, Too.
Tracey John / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Diablo III’ Designer Turns Tables, Judges Fans' Screenshots
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Shawn Fanning's Incredible Shrinking Pay Day: EA Bought Game Company …
Discussion: Valleywag