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1:20 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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L.A. Times Tech Blog:
UPDATED 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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Effie Seiberg / Google Mobile Blog:
On your mark, get set, go!  Follow the Summer Games on your phone.  —  It's that time again... time for the Summer Games to begin!  It may still be August 7th here in Mountain View, but it's already August 8th in Beijing, and the Opening Ceremonies are getting ready to kick off another global celebration of athleticism.
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Live Search:
We're bringing the Olympics to you  —  Microsoft is into the Olympics in a big way through our partnership with NBC on NBCOlympics.com, the official online home of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing!  And Live Search is ready to help you find everything you want during the games.  —  Feeling competitive?
Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Off to the Games!  —  The 2008 Summer Games will soon commence …
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 eWEEK Got Hacked at Black Hat
Discussion: CNET News.com and TG Daily
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Living with Insecurity
Discussion: Know It All
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
The Rise and Fall of Twitter  —  At the risk of offending some of you, I am posting this parody video created by Crunchgear's Nicholas Deleon and his brother Gabriel.  Just remember, it's not about Hitler.  It's about Twitter.  —  CrunchBase Information  —  Twitter  —  Information provided by CrunchBase
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft to stop selling boxed copies of Money Plus  —  Microsoft has decided against releasing a 2009 version of Money Plus, its personal-finance-management software.  The company also is planning to discontinue selling Money Plus as a boxed software product at retail …
Discussion: Technologizer and money.mvps.org
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Howard Owens:
The Philadelphia experiment isn't necessarily a bad idea
Discussion: Small Initiatives and DigiDave
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
blinkx Offers To Acquire Miva  —  Video search provider blinkx has publicly announced its proposal to acquire online advertising company Miva today.  Miva closed yesterday on the Nasdaq at $0.78/share, down from it's 52-week high of $5.76. blinkx is offering $1.20/share in cash.
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Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
blinkx Seeks to Acquire MIVA for $1.20 Per Share
Discussion: Screenwerk
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Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Wall Street Beat: Time to Put off Buying LCD TVs, Displays  —  The LCD panel industry is suffering from over supply and falling demand, and in this case, what's bad for Wall Street and stock prices is good for consumers.  —  Nobody likes to buy an expensive new LCD TV or LCD computer display …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Elaborate Facebook Worm Virus Spreading  —  Update: Facebook responds to malware attacks.  —  Facebook malware attacks to date have largely consisted of getting user credentials via phishing sites and then spreading spam and additional phishing attempts.  But a new worm is disseminating through Facebook …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tech IPOs Return With Rackspace  —  After a long dry spell, technology initial public offerings took a small step towards a comeback as Rackspace Hosting, a San Antonio, Texas-based company, announced its IPO.  The company that will trade on the NYSE under the ticker RAX is selling …
Discussion: eWeek and Pulse 2.0
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: HTC Android handset not coming until 2009  —  Another report has surfaced predicting a delay in the introduction of handsets with Google's Android software.  —  Unlike The Wall Street Journal report from a few weeks ago, which said that Android would be delayed from Google's stated expectations …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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Alistair Croll / GigaOM:
You Can't Patch a Social Network  —  What makes social networks successful is precisely the thing that makes them vulnerable to hackers: Trusting and sharing with others, sometimes even strangers.  Now that they're under attack from worms and malware, operators are trying to patch security loopholes.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
Report: Facebook tried to buy StudiVZ  —  The International Herald Tribune reported on Thursday that Facebook attempted to acquire a look-alike German social network before finally suing it in a federal court last month.  —  StudiVZ, a German site geared toward college students, is 10 times the size of Facebook's user base in Germany.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Between a rock and YouTube, video execs see promise  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If the $1 billion Web video advertising market is to reach the level of television's estimated $50 billion, it ironically won't be thanks to YouTube, the Internet's most popular spot for watching clips.
 
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Allen Hutchison / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Translate now for iPhone
Discussion: iLounge
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab:
USB Dongle Breaches Great Firewall of China
Jon / p2pnet:
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Three New AIR Apps To Bring Facebook To Your Desktop
Google Webmaster Central Blog:
How to start a multilingual site
Timothy / Slashdot:
New Study Finds Low Interest In Blu-ray
Discussion: Homotron.net and IT Facts
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Hands-On with the ECS G10IL: The Sexiest Netbook Yet
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA, Paramount announce ‘Godfather II’ game
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Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Chertoff Misleads on Laptop Searches, Feingold Charges
Discussion: The Register and Xconomy
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum
MacNN:
The iPhone nano rumor may have Legs
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
A First Look at Mozilla's Snowl
Discussion: OSDir.com and BetaNews
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Linux.com:
Linux Foundation launches killer development tool
Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: T-Mobile BlackBerry Roadmap for 2008
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
Rumor Control: Why I Can't Put ‘Tibet’ in My Hotmail Address