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11:25 AM ET, August 8, 2008

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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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Dylan Casey / The Official Google Blog:
Keeping up with the Summer Games  —  As we mark the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Games, I can't help but remember eight years ago, when I competed on the U.S. cycling team.  Even though I didn't walk away with any medals then, training and competing involved a herculean effort …
Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Off to the Games!  —  The 2008 Summer Games will soon commence …
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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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
It's a Core Location Blacklist  —  Yesterday I linked to a story about the discovery by Jonathan Zdziarski of a remote blacklist Apple is maintaining, supposedly, according to Zdziarski, to remotely disable rogue iPhone apps previously distributed through the App Store.
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
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
Discussion: CNET News.com and TG Daily
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Living with Insecurity
Discussion: Know It All
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
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: money.mvps.org
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, Gizmodo and Computerworld Blogs
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 …
MacNN:
The iPhone nano rumor may have Legs  —  On August 3, 2006, the UK's Mail Online claimed that “Apple is about to launch a ‘nano’ version of the hugely successful iPhone.  It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas.”  The report went on to state that the product would be launched …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and CrunchGear
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Al Gore Joins Web 2.0 Summit Lineup  —  As I wrote last month in What Good is Collective Intelligence if it Doesn't Make Us Smarter?, at this year's Web 2.0 Summit, we're focusing on how what we've learned from the web over the past decade can be applied to solve the world's hard problems.
 
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Alexa is Becoming Completely Worthless
Mikeypants / BlackBerryNews.com:
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Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
Facebook and StudiVZ battle over Germany
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
New software would let iPhones access iTunes libraries from anywhere