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6:15 PM ET, August 6, 2008

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Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
Should You Pay Twice as Much for a Mac?  —  [Editor's Note: This is companion to another post at Microsoft Watch telling a different story from the same NPD data.]  —  On Saturday, I got to wondering about Mac versus Windows PC pricing after seeing two HP notebooks on sale at the local Target.
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Dwight / TechBlog:   The price difference between Macs and PCs widens
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Vista PCs: These Prices Are Insane!
Discussion: DailyTech and The Tech Report
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Mozilla mocks up possible Firefox successors in idea factory  —  Mozilla Labs this week took steps to open up its idea factory to wider outside input, asking for community help to develop the next big ideas that might power future browsers.  Like any good research lab, the goal …
Discussion: OSDir.com and Electronista
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
BitTorrent Inc. laying off 12 of 55 employees  —  BitTorrent Inc., the file-sharing startup whose underlying technology is responsible for much of the piracy that plagues Hollywood, is laying off its sales and marketing department.  The immediate cause of the layoffs: A failure to sell …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Report: BitTorrent Firing 20% Of Workforce
eWeek:
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Ready for RTM  —  Microsoft is releasing SQL Server 2008 to manufacturing after several delays.  Microsoft's SQL Server 2008 will help Microsoft compete with Oracle and its 11g database, and IBM and its DB2 9.5 database.  SQL Server 2008 will be generally available within two weeks.
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InfoWorld:
Microsoft releases SQL Server 2008
Discussion: PC World
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Pew: Daily Search Usage Approaching Email Levels  —  According to a new report from The Pew Internet & American Life Project, daily use of search engines is growing and starting to approach email usage levels.  New research conducted by telephone 2,251 US adults, age 18 and older …
Discussion: TechCrunch, AppScout and WebProNews
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Deborah Fallows / Pew Internet:   Search Engine Use
Arn / MacRumors:
New Apple Cinema Displays Finally at MWSF 2009?  —  Readers interested in new Apple Cinema Displays may have to wait just a bit longer.  —  Apple has not significantly updated their Cinema Displays in years.  Apple currently offers 20", 23" and 30" monitors at $599, $899, and $1799, respectively.
Peggy Nahmany / Google:
Publicis Groupe to Acquire Performics Search Marketing Business  —  Paris and Mountain View, Calif. (August 6, 2008) - Publicis Groupe (EURONEXT Paris: FR0000130577) and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced today that Publicis Groupe has agreed to acquire the Performics search marketing business (Performics) from Google.
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Dan Lewis / Wikia Search Blog:
Introducing Wikia Evolution  —  One of our core values at Wikia Search is Community.  We want everyone to be able to participate in the Wikia Search project.  That's why we are proud to introduce Wikia Evolution, our new Firefox toolbar.  You can download it here, or via Mozilla's Firefox Add-On Library.
Discussion: CenterNetworks, Pulse 2.0 and Mashable!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Worthless, $1000 “I Am Rich” iPhone App Disappears (AAPL)  —  The $1000, zero-utility “I Am Rich” app for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and iPod touch has been removed from the iTunes App Store.  —  It no longer appears in searches, and a tipster tells us that it's no longer visible …
Spencer E. Ante / Business Week:
Facebook Stock for Sale  —  Top execs at the social network are selling shares—at prices far lower than the site's once-vaunted $15 billion valuation  —  Insiders at Facebook are selling stock in the social networking company, and the prices they're getting for their shares suggest …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple, Palm among the targets in GSM smartphone lawsuit  —  A small patent licensing firm hopes to skim profits from Apple and other top smartphone makers by suing them for allegedly violating no less than ten patents relating to GSM phone technology and voice encoding.
Trevor Claiborne / Inside AdWords:
Announcing Google Insights for Search  —  In June, we updated Google Trends with numbers and the ability to download results to a spreadsheet.  We received a lot of great feedback from agencies and advertisers on how they're using the new version; from identifying new growth markets to optimizing their Google AdWords campaigns.
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘GTA IV’ making its way onto PCs this fall  —  Over at our sister site, Gamespot, Wednesday, the eagle-eyed Guy Cocker noticed that Rockstar Games has officially announced its mega-hit, Grand Theft Auto IV, is coming to the PC.  —  Originally available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 …
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Grant Gross / PC World:
DOJ Files Complaint Against Online Ad Firm  —  The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to seize two houses and US$53 million from the owner of an Internet-based business allegedly engaged in a “massive” Ponzi scheme, the agency said.  —  The DOJ on Tuesday filed a civil forfeiture complaint …
Discussion: WebProNews, eWeek and Computerworld
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Black Hat: Dan Kaminsky explains the bug that threatened the Internet  —  LAS VEGAS — Here at the Black Hat security conference, we just heard from the guy who made “cache poisoning” and “DNS flaw” into household words.  —  Before a crowded ballroom of perhaps 1,000 security researchers …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon?  Gaining Some Ground  —  The latest NPD figures on music sales are out for the first half of 2008, and as you might expect, Apple's iTunes is still in the top spot, but what's interesting is who's in fourth place: Amazon.  Here's the top five:  —  1) iTunes
 
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Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
Online Indie Music Retailer CD Baby Acquired by Disc Makers
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
TurnHere CEO Brings in His Replacement
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Macworld:
Fifteen countries due to get iPhone 3G in August
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft Webmaster Tools Update
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Jason Gertzen / Sprint Connection:
Sprint loses 901,000 customers, but reports other improvements
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads
Discussion: Lost Remote
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Keeps Pushing Touch
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Sees Sept. Event With New Macs, New iPods
Discussion: AppleInsider
 Earlier Items: 
PR Newswire:
Hughes Announces Fastest Consumer Satellite Internet Access Plan Ever Offered
Reuters:
UBS says Microsoft aims for $20 billion buyback: report
Discussion: WinBeta
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Kickstart about to hit Rogers, no one cares about ROKR E8 or Sony W350a
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
mloovi - Feedburner for the rest of the planet?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and TechCrunch
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Perhaps Paris Hilton Should Run Yahoo
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The Beijing Olympics LIVE On The Web — Even If NBC Doesn't Want You To
Discussion: Little Red Blog
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All