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11:15 AM ET, August 15, 2008

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New York Times:
Smartphone Is Expected via Google  —  T-Mobile will be the first carrier to offer a mobile phone powered by Google's Android software, according to people briefed on the company's plans.  The phone will be made by HTC, one of the largest makers of mobile phones in the world …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Confirmed: AOL will acquire Socialthing  —  AOL's People Networks division, formed when the company acquired Bebo, has picked up a new friend: Socialthing, a Boulder, Colo.-based start-up that aggregates social feeds from sites like Digg, Twitter, and Flickr.  —  The acquisition has not yet been completed, but is close to it.
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Matt / Socialthing! blog:
Ok, so yeah...it's true!  We got acquired...  You my have seen the rumors, the leaks, etc. and while we just had to sit here and watch it all go down, we wanted nothing more than to tell the entire world how excited we are.  —  This post has been a long time coming and we're very excited …
Discussion: WebProNews and Feld Thoughts
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: AOL Acquires FriendFeed Competitor Socialthing
Discussion: Epicenter and PDA
Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
Yep, It's True, AOL To Acquire SocialThing
Discussion: TechStars, 901am and The Social Times
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Dell Puts the Bite on Apple  —  Former Apple vet Tim Bucher, now at Dell, is counting on his Zing software to give iTunes some competition  —  On Nov. 10, 2004, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs had a strained conversation with Tim Bucher, one of the company's engineering executives.
Discussion: WinBeta
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Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Google pipped - Apple the new king of Silicon Valley as market value overtakes hi-tech rival  —  The sleek, touchscreen iPhone has proved so lucrative for Apple that the electronic gadgets manufacturer has unseated Google to become the most valuable company in America's cradle of technological innovation, Silicon Valley.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and CrunchGear
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Launches AdSense for Feeds  —  I noticed a new option in my AdSense account: AdSense for feeds, a program that displays contextual and placement-targeted ads in FeedBurner feeds.  FeedBurner announced in May that AdSense for Feeds will be available to a small number of publishers and now it seems that everyone can use it.
Chris Snyder / Epicenter:
Google Ordered to Unmask Mystery Blogger in India  —  Google has been instructed to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger in a defamation lawsuit filed by an Indian construction company against them, reports the Wall Street Journal.  —  The blogger known only as “Toxic Writer,” …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Revealed (Lookin' Good)  —  Wow, check out the Treo Pro, previously thought to be the Treo 850.  It's safe to say Palm is plunging ahead with the Centro's industrial design, but the stark (glossy?) black and white color scheme with the phone/end orbs make it slick, rather than kiddie cool.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Palm Treo Pro Revealed (Best Looking Palm Ever)
Discussion: Telecompetitor, Electronista and Crave
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
10 Worst Web glitches of 2008 (so far)  —  We have been reminded several times lately that Web 2.0 is in no way a synonym for “reliable.”  Major services have crashed.  Big product launches have fizzled.  Users have raised their collective fists in the air.  What's going on?  Is the Web crumbling?
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
Exclusive: A Look at Google Ad Planner Data Vs. Comscore  —  When Google Ad Planner came out back in June, I immediately thought of Comscore - and I was not alone.  Many in the marketing industry thought that Google's product would be a “Comscore killer,” and when I noted as much in my coverage …
Dennis O'Reilly / CNET News.com:
Merge your Outlook and Gmail contacts  —  I spend most of my workday Alt-Tabbing between my Gmail inbox and the Outlook account on my employer's Exchange Server.  The problem is, when it comes to contacts, there isn't much overlap between the two: Only a handful of Gmail addresses are also in the Outlook contacts list, and vice-versa.
Industry Standard:
Facebook users change middle names to Hussein in Obama solidarity protest  —  Facebook claims it cracks down on fraudulent profiles and approves every name change that users make — so why are they letting Barack Obama supporters to change their middle name to “Hussein”?
Discussion: Technology Live and Valleywag
David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Sun open-sources mobile Java UI toolkit  —  Sun has open-sourced its toolkit for creating Java-based user interfaces for mobile phones.  —  The source code for the lightweight UI toolkit was released Thursday under the “GPLv2 with Classpath Exception” license.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
You Are Here (and Probably Seeing an Ad)  —  MADISON AVENUE is having an out-of-home experience.  —  The ardor to reach consumers outside the home — and outside the realm of traditional media like television — continues to grow among marketers.  They hope to fight back against technologies …
Discussion: Gawker
Yahoo!:
Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple Appointed to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, announced today that Frank J. Biondi, Jr. and John H. Chapple were appointed to Yahoo!'s board of directors.  —  “We are pleased to add people …
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USA Today:
Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S.
Discussion: FierceWireless
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Take That, Bloggers: NBC Laughs All the Way To the Bank
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Bits
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple's Best Buy play makes 12m iPhones “very conservative”
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
EU calls phoul over ad company Phorm's invasive snooping
Discussion: p2pnet
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
After field tests, mixed signals on white space broadband
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
AT&T Premier Now Selling iPhone 3G Online
Ellen Messmer / LinuxWorld.com:
Torvalds: Fed up with the ‘security circus’
Discussion: iTWire and Digg
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Report: US falling further behind on broadband speeds, reach
Discussion: Podcasting News and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Sees Boost in Italian Traffic Following ‘Block’
Discussion: DSLreports and Copy me happy
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Blogs Need To Be Social
Clarence / Zoho Blogs:
Live Olympics 2008 Dashboard - Powered by Zoho DB & Reports
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
Jeff DeChambeau / Wikinomics:
Remember Photosynth? Well, it's old-hat now.
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
McCain Offers Vague, Unoffensive Technology Policy …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
As Twitter withdraws SMS, startups rush to fill the void
Farhad Manjoo / Slate:
The Google Black Hole
Discussion: Beyond Search