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3:43 AM ET, August 11, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Is Google a Media Company?  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Type “buttermilk pancakes” into Google, and among the top three or four search results you will find a link to a detailed recipe complete with a photo of a scrumptious stack from a site called Knol, which is owned by Google.
Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
Live video of HTC's “Dream” Android phone?  —  Yeah, it's not the highest quality video we've ever seen, but if you can look past the blurriness and Darth Vader breathing noises you might be pleasantly surprised.  Thanks to an eagle-eyed tipster, we've some video footage of what might be the HTC Dream.
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Many Fail to See the Humor in ‘I Am Rich’ for the iPhone  —  When Apple announced in March that it would open up the iPhone to outside software developers, it promised that the resulting applications would help create “amazing” and “innovative” applications that would transform the concept of a smartphone.
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
IPhone Software Sales Take Off: Apple's Jobs  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc.'s bet on cellphone software appears to be paying off.  —  In the month since Apple opened an online software clearinghouse called the App Store, users have downloaded more than 60 million programs for the iPhone …
Discussion: GigaOM and Engadget Mobile
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
Nehalem = i7: Intel unveils new Core processor brand  —  Santa Clara (CA) - Intel today unveiled the brand of its upcoming processor: Nehalem, the successor of the Core 2 Duo CPU series, will be introduced as “Core i7” later this year and the company hopes that the new brand will be easily recognized …
Discussion: TechSpot
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Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: Why laptops will kick desktop PCs to the curb  —  Years ago, the desktop dominated the PC market.  It not only provided users with unequaled power, it proved to be a far more suitable machine than its notebook counterpart, which suffered from a short battery life and a prohibitive price tag.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Salon builds it — but will anyone come?  —  For a number of months now, the online magazine Salon has been building a hosted blog network/media hub called open.salon.com, which is expected to launch officially this morning.  According to a blog post by Open Salon director Kerry Lauerman a few weeks ago …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Who Will Be First to Sue Alexa?  —  Alexa, oh Alexa, how you kill thee.  I've written and spoken about Alexa since they began operations nearly a decade ago.  I've watched agencies pitch advertising based on Alexa charts.  There are still ad networks that use Alexa rankings as a baseline for pricing Web site advertising.
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Andy Beard / Collective Thoughts:
Why Are Alexa Double-Dipping Social Media Penalties?
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Long Term Impacts of Online Critics on Personal Brands  —  This post is not about Thomas vs Simon B, but instead about the long term online impacts to personal and corporate brands.  —  A focus on online reputation and brands  —  I'm hesitant to publish this post …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Holy Cash Cow, Batman!  Content Is Back  —  ON an early Saturday morning about three weeks ago, Barry M. Meyer pulled a sheet of paper from the fax machine in his home office, inhaled deeply and held it up to the light of a nearby window.  —  The number on the fax was eye-popping: $66 million, plus change.
Discussion: paidContent.org and CinemaTech
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Web Privacy on the Radar in Congress  —  Here are some things Internet users can discover about Kiyoshi Martinez, a 24-year-old man from Mokena, Ill., from some of his recent posts online.  He watched “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday night, he likes the musician Lenlow and he received bottles of olive oil and vinegar for his birthday.
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Cash-rich Microsoft may buy back shares  —  The failure Microsoft Corp.'s Yahoo acquisition bid has put the Redmond, Wash., company in a familiar predicament: What should it do with all its cash?  —  A potential answer surfaced last week, with the news that a top Wall Street analyst believes Microsoft …
 
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Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
The secret of the web (hint: it's a virtue)
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Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Operator: Portable Anonymous Opera Browsing
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Return To Sender  —  Almost all of the complex exploits …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
The Noncompete Ruling Won't Change Anything, Anywhere
Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Apple's Rotten Decision
Discussion: Tech~Surf~Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
uTorrent 1.8 Released, Mac Version Coming Soon
Discussion: Pulse 2.0 and Digg
Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Innocent infringement defense may reduce damages to $200 per song file …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
eBay: It's a Gamble!
Discussion: Lockergnome