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1:35 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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Brittany Bohnet / Google LatLong:
Off to the Games!  —  The 2008 Summer Games will soon commence …
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
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Twitter is down again, Mein Führer
Discussion: GeekBrief.TV
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google 10-Q Filing: AOL Investment “Impaired” And Other Tidbits  —  Gary Price alerted us yesterday to Google's 10-Q filing.  There's lots of stuff in there worth drilling into.  The headlines this morning, however, concern Google's statement that it thinks it's not going to get full value …
Discussion: Googling Google
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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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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: Technologizer and money.mvps.org
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 …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
How To Watch The PGA Championship LIVE On The Web (It's Much Easier Than The Olympics)  —  Instructive counterpoint to NBC (and the IOC's) counterproductive throttling of Olympic coverage: Watching pro golf and Turner (TWX) collaborate to simulcast the PGA Championship on cable and the Web.
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
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 …
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.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
How to watch the ConnectU founders row in the Olympics  —  Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss training for the Olympics.  —  (Credit: Row2k.com)  —  Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss have been in the press a lot recently for being “those guys who sued Facebook.”  As two of the three founders of ConnectU …
Discussion: Valleywag
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint Nextel in talks to sell iDen network: report  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel (S.N) is in talks to sell its iDen wireless network to either NII Holdings Inc (NIHD.O) or private equity investors, according to CNBC.  —  CNBC said on Friday that a sale of the network …
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.
 
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Allen Hutchison / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Translate now for iPhone
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
EA, Paramount announce ‘Godfather II’ game
Ryan Singel / Threat Level:
Chertoff Misleads on Laptop Searches, Feingold Charges
Discussion: The Register and Xconomy
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