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5:00 PM ET, August 5, 2008

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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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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   MobileMe Problems Show Apple Needs an Infrastructure Lesson
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:   Apple's Jobs says oops on MobileMe launch
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
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:   Updated: Sony Brings Video Show Rocketboom Into the Fold; Seven Figures?
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:
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.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Voting Error Doesn't Affect Re-Election of Yahoo Directors
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Employees Pose for Street View
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Image-to-Text Could Be Used in Google Street View
Discussion: Screenwerk and WebProNews
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.
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
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
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.
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Matt Hamblen / Computerworld:
Battery life, security issues could affect custom business apps
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: 9 to 5 Mac and TG Daily
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Business Wire:
The NPD Group: iTunes Continues To Lead U.S. Music Retailers in First Half of 2008
Discussion: VentureBeat and Macsimum News
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.
Discussion: Schneier on Security and TechSpot
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Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Missing Laptop Keeps Firm From Registering New Fliers
Discussion: Techdirt
Jerry Kronenberg / Boston Herald:
Designers on quest to build $12 computer  —  Derek Lomas, Jesse Austin-Breneman and other designers want to create a computer that Third World residents can buy for less than you probably spend on lunch.  —  “We see this as a model that could increase economic opportunities for people …
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?
Discussion: CrunchGear and Electronista
durbin.senate.gov:
DURBIN SAYS INTERNET GIANTS CLOSE TO AGREEMENT ON CODE OF CONDUCT  —  [WASHINGTON, DC] - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that a number of the largest American internet companies, human rights organizations and other stakeholders have reached agreement on a voluntary code …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, p2pnet and The Iconoclast
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Confirmed: Facebook Letting Employees Sell (And Buy) Stock This Fall  —  We've gotten official word from Facebook's PR folks, confirming yesterday's report: The company will let employees sell some stock this fall.  No detail beyond that, but we'll update if we learn more.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Confirmed: Facebook to let employees sell some stock
Discussion: Webware.com, Furrier.org and Valleywag
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
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Changes Reporting to Monthly Active Users  —  Facebook has made a significant change to their application reporting metrics.  Rather than displaying daily active users, applications now report monthly active users.  Previously, Facebook reported application statistics on a daily basis …
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
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Hulu Amps Up HD  —  Hulu today beefed up its HD gallery, which continues to be a testing ground for higher-quality video rather than a more pervasive aspect of the video site.  The HD gallery launched in December with 10 movie trailers; now it contains a total of 27 full TV episodes …
Discussion: AppScout
 
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
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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
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Micron Introduces Next-Generation RealSSD™ Solid State Drives …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
What copyright costs us
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft makes daring vulnerability sharing move
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
A Ruling May Pave the Way for Broader Use of DVR