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8:50 PM ET, August 6, 2008

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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 …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
More on the Facebook employee stock sale: “Dozens” …
Discussion: All Facebook
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 …
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: AppScout and WebProNews
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Search Challenges Email As Most Popular Daily Online Activity
Deborah Fallows / Pew Internet:   Search Engine Use
Tom Yager / Ahead of the Curve:
iPhone hackers go too far, get shut down by Apple  —  I was all set to give this week's column over to a new register-direct implementation of a JavaScript interpreter that's many times faster than all currently available implementations.  It's not exactly growing hair on a billiard ball …
Discussion: iPhone Savior
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple's Ability to Deactivate Malicious App Store Apps  —  When Apple launched the App Store, they suggested that the use of DRM'd and signed applications could allow them to protect the iPhone from malicious applications and suggested that they could deactivate such applications remotely.
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
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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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 …
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 …
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Jason Gertzen / Sprint Connection:
Sprint loses 901,000 customers, but reports other improvements  —  Sprint Nextel said Wednesday that it lost 901,000 subscribers in the second-quarter, but reported that other improvements are starting to take hold with its business.  —  “We are seeing signs of progress from our efforts …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Sprint Nextel's struggle continues
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.
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
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.
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 …
PR Newswire:
Hughes Announces Fastest Consumer Satellite Internet Access Plan Ever Offered  —  Hughes Network Systems, LLC, (HUGHES), the world's leading provider of broadband satellite networks and services, today announced the launch of the fastest consumer broadband satellite Internet access plan ever offered.
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.
 
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Mykmelez / Mozilla Labs:
Introducing Snowl  —  An Experiment with Messaging in the Browser
Discussion: Mashable!
Jessica Hall / Reuters:
Dish Network again weighs DirecTV deal: report
Discussion: DSLreports and Engadget HD
Cade Metz / The Register:
NebuAd jettisons PR firm, employees
Discussion: Techdirt
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
Kevin Rose / Digg the Blog:
New Firefox 3 Digg Extension Released
Eric Enge / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Microsoft Webmaster Tools Update
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
New News Search Engine: Newsflashr
Johnny De'Silva / CoolSmartPhone.com:
HTC Touch Pro on Vodafone.co.uk - Coming this month!
Grant Gross / PC World:
DOJ Files Complaint Against Online Ad Firm
Discussion: eWeek, WebProNews and Computerworld
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP Keeps Pushing Touch
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Piper Sees Sept. Event With New Macs, New iPods
Discussion: AppleInsider
Reuters:
UBS says Microsoft aims for $20 billion buyback: report
Discussion: WinBeta
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