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7:00 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
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
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
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat says ‘canceled’ Apple talk never existed
Discussion: Threat Level and MacUser
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt, Hardware 2.0 and Valleywag
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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
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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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.
Harichandan Arakali / Bloomberg:
Bharti Airtel to Bring IPhone 3G to India This Month  —  Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) — Bharti Airtel Ltd., India's largest mobile-phone operator, will introduce the iPhone 3G in the country on Aug. 22, part of a 70-nation rollout of the faster, cheaper upgrade to Apple Inc.'s mobile handset.
Discussion: iLounge, Pulse 2.0 and Macsimum News
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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 …
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: Pulse 2.0, Mashable! and CenterNetworks
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The Beijing Olympics LIVE On The Web — Even If NBC Doesn't Want You To  —  NBC will bring 2200 hours of Beijing Olympics streaming video to the web, starting today.  But Americans will miss some of the best parts.  Why?  Because NBC, which has exclusive rights to the games …
Discussion: Little Red Blog and PVRblog
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.
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: eWeek, WebProNews and Computerworld
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Goes Gaudy With YouTube Ads  —  Take a look at the image here and you see proof of what we all knew: Google is not going to put its highfalutin ideals above the practical realities of its business.  —  This is a screen grab of a YouTube player embedded in a blog.
Discussion: Tech Ticker and Lost Remote
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Dell's Tech-Jargon Trademark  —  “Cloud computing” is the buzz-word du jour in the tech world.  Its practitioners include Amazon.com, Google, H-P and as of this week AT&T. All of these companies seem to use the phrase differently, but it may not be up to them to decide on the meaning: Dell is in the process of trademarking the term.
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
When Google disowns you  —  SaaS providers are still learning the hard way that If you trade in dependency, you have to earn trust: “[Clients of] on-demand application providers ... depend on them for everyday functions and operations, and therefore trust is paramount.”
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
 
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BBC:
UK questioned on online ad system
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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
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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Keeps Pushing Touch
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Sees Sept. Event With New Macs, New iPods
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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
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
ARM Says Browser Drives the Mobile Web
Discussion: last100 and Valleywag
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
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
iTunes Still Number 1 Music Vendor; Amazon? Gaining Some Ground
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Yahoo Confirms Vote Error, Yang and Bostock Not Liked So Much After All