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8:30 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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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
TSA makes laptop travel easier - or not?  —  Just when you think the federal government has come up with a plan to make the security process at airports more efficient, it turns out that the fine line in security is now blurrier than ever and I suspect the wait times at security checkpoints will actually grow longer.
Discussion: BetaNews
Thomas Frank / USA Today:
Fliers cheer laptop policy change
Discussion: Engadget and Switched
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Keep That Laptop in the Bag in the Security Line
Discussion: Electronista
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Startup Meme
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 …
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")
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 …
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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InfoWorld:
Gmail leaves Google Apps admins nervous
Discussion: CIO.com
Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
Are Facebook's Video Ads Not Long For This World?
Discussion: Valleywag
Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Twitter Implements Threaded Comments, Sort Of
Stephanie Condon / The Iconoclast:
Olympic committee rethinks copyright infringement claim on YouTube
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Hundreds of MobileMe customers caught in phishing net
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IFPI Hijacks Pirate Bay Traffic
Phone Arena:
Exclusive: Spy photos of Motorola V70 Retro
Richard Siklos / Fortune:
Big media exiles seek Web stars
Discussion: paidContent.org
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Sony rising: PS3 opens up lead on Xbox 360 in July
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)
Matt / Socialthing! blog:
Ok, so yeah...it's true! We got acquired...
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
10 Worst Web glitches of 2008 (so far)