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8:05 PM ET, August 15, 2008

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TSA:
New ‘Checkpoint Friendly’ Laptop Bag Procedures  —  News & Happenings  —  Starting Aug. 16, TSA will allow laptops to remain in bags meeting new ‘checkpoint friendly’ guidelines.  Not all laptop bags are ‘checkpoint friendly’  —  (see images below).  —  To help streamline the security process …
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Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Fliers cheer laptop policy change  —  WASHINGTON - It's not surprising that Tim Burke is taking an airplane flight Monday, but it is unusual that he's looking forward to it.  —  The reason: Starting on Saturday, some of the nation's airline passengers will not have to remove their laptops at airport checkpoints.
Discussion: Engadget and Switched
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
TSA makes laptop travel easier - or not?
Discussion: BetaNews
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Keep That Laptop in the Bag in the Security Line
Discussion: Electronista
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
An Early GPhone Review: Android Is Powerful, But No iPhone (GOOG, AAPL)  —  So now we know that the first GPhone is indeed coming this fall.  —  Will it be a hit?  It's hard to tell much from the supposed spy photos we've seen floating around on the Web, like the one to the right.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
T-Mobile Is Dreaming Of Android Riches.  And It Might Have To Keep Dreaming.  —  The long wait for the first Android phone should be over this fall, when T-Mobile is expected to release an HTC phone based on the Google-backed mobile operating system called the Dream.
Steve / Netflix Community Blog:
Friday Morning Shipping Update  —  Let's get right to it.  This morning, we're happy to report that all of our shipping centers are resuming normal operations after experiencing three days of significant issues.  Throughout the night and as we post this update, our distribution centers …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Are Macs More Expensive?  Let's Do the Math Once and For All  —  It's of those eternal questions of the computing world that never seems to get answered definitively: Does the “Mac Tax” really exist?  Some folks are positive that Macs are overpriced compared to Windows computers; others deny it steadfastly.
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for July 2008  —  Travel Sites Continue to See Strong Gains During Summer Months  —  Retail, Movie and Entertainment News Sites Keep Americans Entertained During July  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world …
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Turns On AdSense For Feeds
Discussion: Media Bullseye and Shoemoney
Royal Pingdom:
The best job interview questions from Microsoft, Google... and IKEA  —  Tricky, funny and interesting, these are some questions people claim to have been asked at job interviews with Microsoft and Google.  And IKEA, sort of...  We came across these because we are currently looking for a developer …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Internet captivated by Bigfoot hunters' press conference  —  It's the ultimate summer Friday news story: CNN Webcasting a press conference hosted by the men who claim they nabbed a dead body of the legendary creature known as Bigfoot.  —  Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi held the press conference in Palo Alto …
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
Olympic committee rethinks copyright infringement claim on YouTube  —  The International Olympic Committee has retracted a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown request it sent to YouTube over a Tibetan protest video.  —  According to Corynne McSherry, an attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Techdirt
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
McCain tech policy: crack down on piracy, fix patent mess
Discussion: Xconomy, VentureBeat and DSLreports
Jeremy Herron / Associated Press:
New magazine-sharing site may violate copyrights  —  NEW YORK - The magazine industry, already facing a decline in newsstand sales and falling ad revenue, is being besieged by a new foe: digital piracy.  —  A fledgling Web site called Mygazines.com encourages people to copy and upload popular magazines …
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
More Treo Pro Pictures (UPDATED with new Details!)  —  When it rains, it POURS.  This time we find them from nomad2000, again in our forums, who found them at treo8.  What we know:  — 400Mhz CPU , but snappy response  — 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM!  (Other reports show “In use: 43.96mb, Free 57.72mb")
Financial Times:
Warner chief slammed in ‘Guitar Hero’ row  —  The chief executive of the company behind the Guitar Hero video game franchise has hit out at Warner Music after the label said higher royalties should be paid for use of its songs.  —  In a sign of increasing tensions between the two companies …
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Fastest Growing US Companies Rapidly Adopting Social Media  —  A one year follow up on a study of social media adoption at 500 of the fastest growing companies in the US has found that familiarity with and use of blogs, podcasting, wikis, online video and social networking has skyrocketed …
 
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Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Are Facebook's Video Ads Not Long For This World?
Discussion: Valleywag and Inside Facebook
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitter Implements Threaded Comments, Sort Of
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Hundreds of MobileMe customers caught in phishing net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
How to build a network
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Phone Arena:
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Big media exiles seek Web stars
Discussion: paidContent.org
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony rising: PS3 opens up lead on Xbox 360 in July
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Oracle: Our iPhone app has more than 23,000 downloads
Discussion: AppScout
James Sherwood / The Register:
Sony downgrades PS3 PlayTV functionality
Discussion: last100
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
The end run around the OS is underway
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Friday Rant: Hey Microsoft! …
USA Today:
Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S.
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
NBC Laughs All the Way to the Bank (Take That, Bloggers)
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
10 Worst Web glitches of 2008 (so far)
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Dell Puts the Bite on Apple