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5:50 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
LEAKED: First Shots of iPhone Nike+ Interface  —  We've long known that Nike+ has been in development for the iPhone.  Now we're finally getting a peek at the first shots of the interface.  From what we can skim, Nike+ users will get all of the nifty performance graphs right on the phone …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Verizon's FiOS: A Smart Bet or a Big Mistake?  —  Four years ago, Verizon Communications embarked on an ambitious and expensive plan to run fiber optic cables, which can deliver ultra-fast Internet service and dozens of high-definition video channels along with old-fashioned telephone service …
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Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP  —  Vista's death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP.  —  In a survey of more than 3,000 computers …
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:   2500 Windows 7 employees broken up into 25 feature teams
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Emily is Not Real: The End of “Real” Actors?  —  I have seen the future of computer-generated video game animation, her name is Emily, and Emily is not real — or is she?  See for yourself in the following clip just released from 3D facial animation company Image Metrics, and which I read about in The Times Online this morning.
Discussion: The Inquisitr
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Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Lifelike animation heralds new era for computer games
Discussion: Christopher Null and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IDF: Intel thumps its chest on everything from Atom to Nehalem  —  Now the commercial starts.  If the morning keynote by Intel Chairman Craig Barrett was light on the Intel hard sell, the afternoon is full of it.  Pat Gelsinger, head of Intel's digital enterprise group, is busy touting Intel's latest products.
Discussion: Computerworld and Gearlog
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
IDF: Intel gets behind start-up MetaRAM's server memory solution
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Apple Is Flailing Badly At The Edges  —  My first computer, purchased by my parents after nearly a year of begging, was an Apple II+.  That was 1982.  I was a Windows user for the next 20 years, but went back to Mac when they switched to Intel chips a couple of years ago.
Pew Research Center:
Key News Audiences Now Blend Online and Traditional Sources  —  Audience Segments in a Changing News Environment  —  For more than a decade, the audiences for most traditional news sources have steadily declined, as the number of people getting news online has surged.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Mapping Facebook's Growth Over Time  —  Using Google's new Insights for Search tool, Inside Facebook has mapped Facebook's US and international search growth over time from its launch in February 2004 to the present.  Note that while these are not visits, searches and visits do generally correlate.
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Arden Pennell / Palo Alto Online:
Facebook to move to Stanford Research Park  —  Some employees may remain in downtown Palo Alto — neighborhood part of firm's ‘DNA’  —  The Internet firm Facebook, headquartered in downtown Palo Alto with more than 600 employees at five offices, will move all or a substantial portion …
Discussion: VentureBeat, WebProNews and Valleywag
Portfolio:
RIAA Says Muxtape Hosting “Illegal Content”  —  Sam Gustin has learned that Muxtape, the music sharing site that went down yesterday citing “a problem” with the RIAA, has received numerous requests to take down content the industry group deems “illegal.”  —  Those requests apparently went unheeded — until yesterday.
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Offer Services for Bloggers at the Conventions  —  WASHINGTON — Google Inc. will help set up a two-story, 8,000 square-foot headquarters for hundreds of bloggers descending on the Democratic convention in Denver next week, and it will offer similar services at the Republican convention …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mobile handset sales down in 2Q: Market share race has three horses  —  NPD Group on Tuesday announced its second quarter handset sales tally and 28 million units were shipped to consumers, down 13 percent from a year ago.  —  According to NPD, second quarter handset revenue was $2.4 billion, down 2 percent from a year ago.
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Launches Enhanced 404 Widget  —  Google has launched a new tool within Google Webmaster Tools that allows Webmasters to create custom 404 pages.  —  To access the tool, go to Google Webmaster Tools, then click on tools on the left and then click on “Enhance 404 pages.”
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Sahala Swenson / Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Make your 404 pages more useful
Thomas Lee / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
YouTube co-founder looks for his next success  —  St. Paul Central grad Jawed Karim talks about launching start-ups, being an entrepreneur and Silicon Valley.  —  Many university students spend summer break painting houses, backpacking through Europe or spending some quality time with Madden 08.
Discussion: Valleywag and HipMojo.com
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Missing YouTube Founder Flees Facebook Froth In Valley, Seeks …
Discussion: Valleywag
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Mac OS X 10.5.5 build 9F17 now in developers' hands  —  Alongside the public release of iPhone Software v2.0.2 on Monday, Apple also provided its Mac OS X developers with a new private build of the upcoming Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update, AppleInsider has been told.
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Lotame Grabs $13 Million in Funding for New Advertising Idea  —  Online advertising is the key to the future for companies that want to be successful, but a small firm called Lotame has just raised $13 million in Series B funding to take aim at advertisers and provide a unique way of getting in front of the target audience.
Vincent Nguyen / SlashGear:
Palm Quietly Unveils the Treo Pro Smartphone  —  Early this morning, Palm released two official press photos of the Treo Pro along with a short video of the handset in action.  The company didn't reveal a whole lot of information other than the following: the Treo Pro smartphone features …
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple willing to replace any smoking first-gen iPod Nanos  —  If you're still hanging on to your first-generation iPod Nano, and you've noticed it has a tendency to smoke too much, Apple is willing to replace the unit.  —  The company issued a statement Tuesday after reports out of Japan …
Business Wire:
HP Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results  — Third quarter GAAP operating profit up 20% to $2.5 billion; $0.80 earnings per share, up from $0.66 a year earlier  — Third quarter non-GAAP operating profit up 20% to $2.7 billion; $0.86 earnings per share, up from $0.71 a year earlier
 
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Archos 5, 5g and 7 “internet media tablets” …
Discussion: Crave, SlashGear and Electronista
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Hundreds sued for sharing video games
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