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4:30 AM ET, August 16, 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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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
TSA makes laptop travel easier - or not?
Discussion: BetaNews
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Fliers cheer laptop policy change
Discussion: TheFeed, Switched and Engadget
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 …
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Lessons From Netflix's Fail Week
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Alex Dobuzinskis / Reuters:
Netflix shipments back on track after severe outage
VentureBeat:
Android wants to be on any device, not just your phone  —  Google's much anticipated Android mobile phone operating system, due to launch within the next few weeks, may actually be much more than a mobile OS.  Industry sources tell us that although Android will indeed start as a mobile OS …
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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.
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
RushmoreDrive: We need a black Google  —  Is Google too white?  No, we're not talking about the white home page that's so bright it motivates some people to change its appearance to save energy.  We're wondering if it is too white, as in Caucasian, because so many white people use Google …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
InfoWorld:
Gmail leaves Google Apps admins nervous  —  When Gmail crashed on Monday, affecting many organizations that depend on it for work e-mail via the Google Apps suite, widespread gnashing of teeth ensued.  —  At Alaska's APTI public TV and radio station, reporters working on deadline scrambled …
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.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Confirmed: Microsoft to proceed directly to Windows 7 Server  —  Microsoft's Windows Server division has veered from its regular schedule to eliminate — at least in name — the minor “R2″ update of Windows Server 2008 that was slated to arrive in the next year or two.
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 …
Neil McAllister / PC World:
Microsoft's OOXML Wins ISO Approval  —  Office 2007's XML-based document formats will soon be published as a formal ISO standard.  Now what?  —  Recommends  —  It looks as if Microsoft's OOXML office document file format will be published as an open standard after all.
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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Six Apart To Relaunch Blogs.com As Yet Another Blog Directory (Screenshots)  —  Six Apart is finally doing something with its Blogs.com domain.  It is creating, well, yet another blog directory.  And I do mean that in the early-days-of-Yahoo sense: it will be edited by a small group …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Webware.com
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 …
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 …
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
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
McCain tech policy: crack down on piracy, fix patent mess
Discussion: Xconomy and DSLreports
 
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Hundreds of MobileMe customers caught in phishing net
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IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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Royal Pingdom:
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