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3:25 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google believes $1B investment in AOL is crumbling  —  SAN FRANCISCO - In an assessment that could lead to a substantial charge against its future profits, Google Inc. believes its $1 billion investment in advertising partner AOL is souring.  —  The Mountain View-based company disclosed …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google: AOL's Not Worth $20 Billion Anymore  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has filed its 10-Q quarterly, and some interesting language about how it continues to value its 5 percent stake in AOL: “We review our investment in AOL (NYSE: TWX) for impairment in accordance with FSP SFAS 115-1 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Refuses To Admit AOL Will Never Be Worth $20 Billion Again
L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Apple removes $1,000 featureless iPhone application  —  Eight iPhone owners have joined an elite clan: Their Apple gadget is running a program that cost nearly $1,000.  —  When the iPhone first hit the market in June 2007, those who paid the $499 entry price — and signed the two-year AT&T contract — owned a status symbol.
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Much ado about the iPhone's ‘kill switch’  —  The discovery of a “kill switch” inside the iPhone 2.0 software prompted much consternation and little fact-finding.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple's iPhone “kill switch” has prompted much hand-wringing, despite the fact that no one knows exactly what it does.
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Black Hat expels reporters in network snooping  —  Elinor Mills of CNET News co-wrote this story. Updated 6:50 p.m. with more detail.  —  LAS VEGAS—Three journalists for a French security magazine were kicked out of the Black Hat security conference after they allegedly sniffed the press room computer network on Thursday.
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Brian Prince / eWeek:
How I Got Hacked at Black Hat  —  A group of reporters from Global Security Mag were kicked out of the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas after stealing password information from another reporter who will remain nameless—we'll call him, me.  —  LAS VEGAS—So as some of you may have already read by now …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
Black Hat friendly fire - press on press hacking
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
A stake through the heart of the has-been Inquirer  —  What the hell are they thinking in Philadelphia?  Inquirer ME Mike Leary just sent a memo saying they are going to hold all but breaking news for the paper and even restrict bloggers from using their blogs to work on stories in progress.
Eliot Phillips / Hack a Day:
Black Hat 2008: FasTrak toll system completely broken  —  FasTrak is the electronic toll collection system used by the state of California.  Motorists can purchase a toll transponder for ~$26 and link the serial number with a debit account to have their tolls deducted automatically.
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Security?  What Security? …
Discussion: Lockergnome, GMSV and Engadget
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The myth of the creative class  —  As I near the end of writing my book, one lesson that has struck me is about the will of most people to create, and the new possibilities the Google age brings us.  —  One survey I quote says that 81 percent of us say we have a book in us.
Bill Tancer / Hitwise Intelligence:
How Cuil is This?  —  We received numerous requests to update the daily chart from our last post on Cuil.  As expected, as the initial media hype subsided, traffic to the upstart search engine has declined precipitously.  —  As of this Tuesday, August 5th, Cuil.com ranked as the #1034 …
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Facebook and StudiVZ battle over Germany  —  BERLIN: When Facebook sued the German leader in social networking, StudiVZ, last month, it contended that the company had illegally copied Facebook's “look and feel” with similar graphics and features.  —  “A great deal, if not all …
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Rumor Control: Why I Can't Put ‘Tibet’ in My Hotmail Address  —  A reader wrote in to say he had heard that Microsoft was not letting people choose usernames with the word “Tibet” in them when signing up for its online services.  This turns out to be true, technically speaking.
Discussion: Profy and Computerworld Blogs
Wired News:
Watch the Olympics Online  —  The 2008 Beijing Olympics will happen while most Americans are sleeping.  While NBC, the games' official media outlet in the United States, will be providing thousands of hours of content on the web, the only way to truly ensure you won't miss too many record-breaking moments …
Nick / Rough Type:
“Is Google Making Us Stupid?”: sources and notes  —  Since the publication of my essay Is Google Making Us Stupid? in The Atlantic, I've received several requests for pointers to sources and related readings.  I've tried to round them up below.  —  The essay builds on my book The Big Switch …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere  —  A new version of Apple's iPhone Software could provide iPhone and iPod touch users with access to their home computer's entire iTunes media library while on the go without having to first download those media items through …
Joseph Menn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Social networking sites attract friends, but also enemies  —  MySpace bills itself as “a place for friends.”  But it and other social networking sites are becoming a place for enemies too.  A couple of things happened today that reinforce the point that these sites, while being a terrific …
 
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Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: T-Mobile BlackBerry Roadmap for 2008
Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Off to the Games!  —  The 2008 Summer Games will soon commence …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Many Challenges of the Social Media Industry
Discussion: Media Bullseye
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
CD Duplicator Buys CD Baby; Recognizing A Digital Future
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft promises 12 patches next week
Brian Womack / Investor's Business Daily:
Netbooks A Linux Stronghold?
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
New Report Says Tiered Broadband Bad, Unlikely
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Telecommuters get no lovin' from their ISPs, study finds
Discussion: Forrester Research
 Earlier Items: 
Canon USA:
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THREE NEW ADDITIONS TO ITS VIXIA HIGH …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Google GPhone Delayed By HTC Issues, Global Equities Says
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
New Facebook App Visualization
Austin Modine / The Register:
US Patent Office rains on Dell's ‘cloud computing’ trademark
Discussion: eWeek
InfoWorld:
IBM exec predicts the future of Linux, open source
Discussion: eWeek, Law & Life and Computerworld
Jack Buser / PlayStation.Blog:
Want into the PlayStation Home Closed Beta Test? Here's How to Apply
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Some Mashups Harnessing The Power Of Yahoo's BOSS
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Google Apps Hit by Prolonged Gmail Access Problem