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5:20 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 …
Discussion: Technologizer and webmonkey
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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.
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.
Discussion: Tech Ticker
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New York Times:
T-Mobile to Offer First Phone With Google Software
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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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 …
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")
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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 …
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.
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 …
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?
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and broadstuff
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Hundreds of MobileMe customers caught in phishing net  —  Some 100 to 200 people have fallen for a MobileMe phishing scam that began to make the rounds earlier this week, investigators have found.  Identity protection group CardCops used automated bots to help human investigators to unearth …
Discussion: The iPhone Blog
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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 …
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.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
USA Today:
Dropped calls plague iPhone 3G, and not just in U.S.  —  If you're having problems with dropped calls on your new 3G Apple iPhone, you're not alone.  —  From New York to Stockholm, 3G iPhone owners are complaining loudly about connection failures - sometimes repeatedly - during calls.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR and FierceWireless
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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.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
How to build a network  —  I was talking with a media exec who started a blog ad network — bless him — but who I thought was taking too high a share of the revenue: at least half.  That's a natural reflex, perfectly understandable: Get what you can.  Other networks do that.
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic
Discussion: Epicenter and Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Study: Fastest Growing US Companies Rapidly Adopting Social Media
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Phone Arena:
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Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Big media exiles seek Web stars
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hello (again): Apple's iMac turns 10
Discussion: Electronista
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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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! …
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
NBC Laughs All the Way to the Bank (Take That, Bloggers)
Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Google pipped - Apple the new king of Silicon Valley as market …