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3:00 PM ET, August 14, 2008

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Peter Burrows / Business Week:
What May Be Behind the iPhone 3G Glitches  —  Dropped calls and choppy Web surfing on Apple's latest smartphone may stem from an Infineon chip.  A fix is on the way  —  Complaints over dropped calls and choppy Web connections on Apple's iPhone 3G have sparked a wave of debate in the blogosphere over the root cause of the problems.
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Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Coming in September: Better 3G In The iPhone 3G
WildCowboy / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connection Issues Related to Software or Hardware?
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Indie Game Developer Finds Success On Xbox 360 — Est.  $825K Sales In First Week  —  Console game developers — people who make games for the Xbox, PlayStation, etc. — have mostly been big companies — EA, Activision, etc. — because of the high cost of game development and retail distribution.
Discussion: p2pnet, Gearlog and Gizmodo
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Jonathan Blow / Braid:
Stats: The First Week of Braid
Discussion: Destructoid
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Twitter kills SMS service in some countries over costs.  Will someone kill SMS already?  —  I've got some bad news for you if you're addicted to the micro-messaging service Twitter and don't live in the United States, Canada or India: You're about to get shafted.
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Changes for Some SMS Users—Good and Bad News
Sarah Lacy:
Stop Whining UK; Twitter Is Building a Business
Discussion: Inquirer
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   The Risk in Using Twitter as a Public Utility
Nancy Gohring / Network World:
Facebook faces class-action suit over Beacon  —  A class-action suit filed in California charges Facebook and a handful of other companies, including Blockbuster, Fandango and Overstock, with violating online privacy and computer fraud laws related to Facebook's controversial Beacon system.
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Faces Class Action Suit Over Beacon Ad System
Discussion: TechCrunch
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Netflix Goes Dark And Finds It's No Place To Be  —  It started this morning with an email apology from online movie rental powerhouse Netflix, confirming to its 8.4 million users that the company was suffering a shipping and distribution outage.  —  I called the company this morning …
Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Heinen settles with SEC over Apple option backdating complaint  —  In doing so, Heinen neither admitted or denied the Commission's allegations.  —  According to the complaint, “Heinen caused Apple to fraudulently backdate two large options grants to senior executives of Apple …
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Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Former Apple general counsel settles backdating charges
Discussion: InfoWorld and MacUser
John Markoff / New York Times:
Ruling Is a Victory for Supporters of Free Software  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A legal dispute involving model railroad hobbyists has resulted in a major courtroom victory for the free software movement also known as open-source software.  —  In a ruling Wednesday, the federal appeals court …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
AT&T Mulls Watching You Surf  —  AT&T is “carefully considering” monitoring the Web-surfing activities of customers who use its Internet service, the company said in a letter in response to an inquiry from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  —  While the company said it hadn't tested …
Christopher Price / PhoneNews.com:
MacBook Air Revision Imminent, Penryn, More Power  —  PhoneNews.com can confirm that Apple is preparing to release an new revision of the MacBook Air.  While that in and of itself is not a surprise to many, we can confirm some of the specifications of the unit.  —  Much of the MacBook Air's external design will not change.
Markus Jakobsson / Markus Jakobsson's blog:
What is worse than reusing passwords?  —  9 I like it!  —  Do you use the same password all over the place?  Yes, you probably do - whether you know it or not.  —  The fact is, while some people still casually use the same password for many sites, almost all of us reuse what we may think of as …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Psystar ‘Definitely Still Shipping’ Mac Clones  —  In further defiance of Apple, Psystar also this week said it is making Leopard OS restore disks available to its customers.  —  In the latest sign that it has no intention of backing down in its copyright dispute with computing giant Apple …
Alex Davis / Courier-Journal:
Courier-Journal to lay off about 15, leave other jobs vacant  —  The Courier-Journal will lay off about 15 employees and leave other positions vacant as part of a broader cost-cutting move by the newspaper's parent, Gannett Co., the newspaper announced today.
Matthaus Krzykowski / VentureBeat:
Sources: HTC's Google Android phone is “weeks away” from launching  —  Over the past few days, we've gotten multiple confirmations from reliable sources that the first phone built on Google's Android platform will launch in the next several weeks.  It will be an HTC phone, likely the HTC Dream …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel releases USB 3.0 controller interface spec  —  Intel has provided chipset makers with a draft specification for a USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller Interface (XHCI), making good a promise it made a couple of months ago.  —  According to the chip giant, the XCHI will allow chipset makers …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Computerworld and Slashdot
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
One month later: Google Lively?  Not so much  —  In July, Google released Lively, a “Second Life in the browser” plug-in that lets anyone embed a basic 3D chat realm on a website or blog.  We strolled through Google's new social world back then and found that, possibly as a result of the …
Vancouver Sun:
Radical layoffs at Radical Entertainment  —  Marke Andrews and Fiona Anderson , Vancouver Sun  —  VANCOUVER — Vancouver video game company Radical Entertainment will be laying off about 100 employees, almost half of its staff, the company confirmed Wednesday.
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Wanted: Writers for D.C. tech lobby group, secrecy mandatory  —  Mel King is a Boston-area community organizer locally famous for a housing sit-in, an almost-successful mayoral campaign, and the South End Technology Center, which provides low-cost computer training.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Harvard Crimson
 
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Danielle Belopotosky / Bits:
Samsung Puts a Little Corn Into Its Cellphones
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Now Playing, formerly Box Office, is back on the App Store
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Advertising Opportunities on Live Search Maps
Jon / p2pnet:
RIAA pays Tanyan Andersen $107,951
Discussion: DailyTech
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple faithful snared in phishing scam targeting Mac.com users
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
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 Earlier Items: 
Mary A. C. Fallon / DEMO.com:
JAJAH calls wake up computers powered by new Intel boards
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
A closer look at the technology behind the Microsoft Sphere
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Twitter joins the Olympics, as a Chinese journalist cries out for help
Tom Brennan / Mad Cap:
Googling Eric Schmidt
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Changes Their Minds On Streaming Video: They Won't Do It
Discussion: Inquirer, Voices and Valleywag
Janko Roettgers / P2P Blog:
It's official: File sharing becomes a crime without punishment in Germany
Discussion: p2pnet and TorrentFreak
Dan Nystedt / PC World:
Intel Launches Smaller SSD for Netbooks, Mini-desktops
CBC News:
Cineplex big screens available to Xbox gamers
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Kotaku