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3:15 PM ET, August 8, 2008

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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.
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
iPhone ‘kill switch’ limited to location-aware apps  —  Apple's “blacklist” inside the iPhone's operating system just pertains to a specific technology, according to a report.  —  (Credit: CNET)  —  Apple's iPhone blacklist appears to fall short of fears that it led directly back to a big red button on Apple CEO Steve Jobs' desk.
Discussion: TechSpot
Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces New Privacy Choice for Consumers  —  Will Expand Its Opt-Out Policy to Customized Advertising on  —  Yahoo.com  —  Today Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) announced that it will offer users greater choice in how they manage their privacy online by enabling them to opt-out of customized advertising on Yahoo.com.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Yahoo To Enable Opt Out Feature For Customized Ads
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo bolsters opt-out policy
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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
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Google brings Olympics updates to mobile phones  —  Google is making it easier to check up on the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing from your mobile phone.  —  Searching for any Olympic sport on Google's mobile Web site will bring up, in addition to the regular search results that Google would normally offer …
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Effie Seiberg / Google Mobile Blog:
On your mark, get set, go! Follow the Summer Games on your phone.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
Discussion: BroadDev
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 …
Allen Hutchison / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Translate now for iPhone  —  A few months ago I was planning a vacation to Austria and Italy.  I knew a few words and phrases in German and Italian, but that was about it.  So I looked around for some portable language dictionaries.  I thought Google Translate was great, but the web page didn't work that well on the iPhone.
Discussion: Macworld and iLounge
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
State Supreme Court rejects noncompete clauses  —  (08-07) 12:04 PDT SAN FRANCISCO — Californians have the right to move from one company to another or start their own business and can't be prohibited by their employer from working for a competitor in their next job, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Discussion: Boing Boing and Slashdot
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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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 …
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.
 
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