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8:40 PM ET, August 18, 2008

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Android Developers Blog:
Announcing a beta release of the Android SDK  —  I'm pretty happy today, for two reasons.  First, I'm happy because I get to let everyone know that we're releasing a beta SDK.  You can read about the new Android 0.9 SDK beta at the Android Developers' Site, or if you want to get straight to the bits, you can visit the download page.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Dream FCC approved, Android clear for launch?  —  The long rumored HTC Dream handset — once referred to as “The Googlephone” — just received FCC approval.  The handset is listed as type, “Dream' with a model of “DREA100.  ” The same model also appears with a WiFi Interoperability Certificate touting 802.11b/g WiFi.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google releases near-final Android programming tool
Discussion: VentureBeat and MobileCrunch
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
New iPhone Software 2.0.2 Today, New iPhone Shipment for AT&T Tomorrow  —  First things first, we just got word that iPhone owners can look forward to a nice little firmware update coming their way in just over half an hour.  Version 2.0.2 (5C1) is due to hit iTunes at 5:00 pm EST today and will consist mainly of performance tweaks.
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Leaked: Dell Inspiron 910 (Mini Note) Specs and Release Date  —  A few weeks ago we ran some rumored specs of Dell's answer to the Eee, the Dell Inspiron 910 (aka Mini Inspiron and Inspiron Mini).  Now we've gotten our hands on the full (internal) 910 web documentation.
Minnie Ingersoll / The Official Google Blog:
Time to “Free the Airwaves”  —  For quite some time we've been talking about the potential of the unused airwaves between broadcast TV channels ("white spaces") to provide affordable, high-speed wireless Internet connectivity nationwide.  For this to happen, the Federal Communications Commission …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves  —  Updated: Today, Google is launching a new advocacy campaign, Free The Airwaves, an effort by the company to get some traction around white spaces, the tiny slivers of spectrum that resides in the 700 MHz band spectrum vacated by analog television's switch to digital transmissions.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Is Linking to Yourself the Future of the Web?  —  Last year, Bill Janeway really got my attention (pdf) when he noted that “over time, Wall Street 'firms began to trade against their clients for their own account, such that now, the direct investment activities of a firm like Goldman Sachs dwarf …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Video Ad Companies: People Love Watching Video Ads!  —  Everyone knows it, so it must be true: Everyone hates pre-roll video ads — the mini-ads that publishers want you to sit through before you actually watch a clip.  We bail out on them constantly, and everyone we know does the same.
Randall Kennedy / Windows Sentinel:
Bursting the Vista sales bubble  —  Our Windows Sentinel tracking data shows that 35 percent of mainly enterprise-class users “downgrade” their Vista systems to XP  —  For weeks now there've been rumors that major PC makers, like Hewlett-Packard, have been quietly selling PCs with a Vista license …
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Tim Anderson / The Register:
Microsoft Silverlight: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it  —  A year or so ago I wrote a post called Adobe AIR: 10 reasons to love it, 10 reasons to hate it.  Here's the same kind of list for Microsoft's Silverlight, based on the forthcoming Silverlight 2.0 rather than the current version.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop
Christine Tsai / Google Mobile Blog:
This is a test — ads on YouTube's mobile site  —  Over the past year, we've focused on creating and delivering a full-featured YouTube mobile user experience.  We think we've made great strides in doing this, allowing you to access YouTube wherever you are, whenever you want it.
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
FCC approves Microsoft's unreleased 120GB Zune  —  Ever since Samsung had announced their new 120GB 1.8-inch hard drive in April 2007, Zune fansites has been buzzing with anticipation of a new Zune fitted with the higher capacity drives.  Now the wait is nearly over as the FCC publishes a test report …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IOC Wants Olympic Torrents Off The Pirate Bay  —  In an official letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice Beatrice Ask, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has asked for “assistance” from the Swedish government with preventing video clips from the Olympics in Beijing to be shared on The Pirate Bay.
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:   Pirate Bay Refutes Mygazine Affiliation
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Scratch that.  Windows Server 2008 R2 still lives  —  What do you do with a blog post that is so messed up that you can't even go in and edit it in order to fix it?  That's my dilemma with my post from August 15 about Microsoft skipping over Windows Server 2008 R2 and proceeding direct to Windows 7 Server.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows 7 Server to be ‘minor release’
Discussion: Teching It Easy
SportsBusiness Journal:
NBA shoots for local streaming of live games  —  The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S. sports league to stream live games in local markets, an aggressive offering that will set up a showdown between cable operators and regional sports networks.  —  The move marks the latest evolution …
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Android 0.9 SDK Beta Now Available: Includes Major UI Update  —  The Android 0.9 SDK r1 Beta represents the first formal release on the path to Android 1.0 and it is available now for download.  Outside of the normal bug fixes, users will notice some major UI updates—including …
Discussion: Electronista
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Media Companies Realizing That They Can Profit From ‘Pirated’ Content On YouTube  —  Pretty much every day or so, we end up getting into a debate somewhere in the comments here on Techdirt concerning the rather important distinctions between “theft” and “copyright infringement.”
Discussion: DSLreports and The Precursor Blog
 
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Anastasia Ustinova / The Technology Chronicles:
NBC rolls out new Web-only show
Discussion: Gizmodo, AppScout and Reel Pop
ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.
Engineering Windows 7:
The Windows 7 Team  —  Thanks to everyone who provided comments and sent me mail.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Khosla leads $3 million Series A for health start-up ZocDoc
Norman Chan / Maximum PC all:
Everything You Need to Know About USB 3.0, Plus First Spliced Cable Photos
PC World:
Are You Being Played in the SOA Game Plan?
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
So far, Silverlight is powering the NBC Olympics quite well
HP:
HP Lightens the Load for Business Travelers
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and TechSpot
 Earlier Items: 
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Not The Typical Quarter: Newspaper Websites' Revenue Growth …
Discussion: AdAge
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Where Are We In The Hype Cycle?
Discussion: broadstuff and PSFK
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple Enterprise sending thousands of Macs into hotels, cruise ships
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel on what computers ought to be able to do
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Nokia helps port Firefox to Qt
Chrix Finne / Google Reader:
Read what they read  —  The Reader team has always been interested …
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple building fire caused $2 million in damages
Discussion: MacUser and Apple Gazette
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Bono blamed for unreleased U2 songs on Internet