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10:50 AM ET, August 19, 2008

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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
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, past 19 million homes, roughly half its territory.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Bear Speaks: Why Verizon's Pricey FiOS Bet Won't Pay Off  —  As I discuss in an article published Tuesday, FiOS is a monumental bet by Verizon on the future.  It will cost $23 billion to run fiber past 18 million homes, roughly half of those served by Verizon.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Apple:
MobileMe: Supplemental 60-day extension eligibility and details  —  Learn about the 60-day extension to MobileMe subscriptions that Apple is providing to eligible members free of charge.  —  Note: This article will be updated when all 60-day extensions have been made available.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe users get (another) extension, 60 days this time
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
RIAA issue prompts Muxtape hiatus  —  Free music mixtape service Muxtape has temporarily been shut down due to pressure from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  There's not much more information about downtime besides a small note on the front page of Muxtape.com saying that …
Royal Pingdom:
New SSL policy in Firefox hurting tens of thousands of sites  —  With Firefox 3, Mozilla has changed the way Firefox handles SSL certificates.  This change could scare away visitors from tens of thousands of websites that have expired or self-signed SSL certificates.
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.
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
See it.  Love it.  Buzz it.  —  In February, we introduced Yahoo! Buzz as a new way for you to discover, vote for, and share the content and stories that matter most to you.  You also got a say in what stories might be read by millions, with the voting power to potentially get your favorite content on the Yahoo! Front Page.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
An In-Depth Video Tour of Android 0.9, an (Almost) Great (Almost) OS  —  Earlier today Google released the Android 0.9 SDK r1 Beta, boasting of a pile of API updates and a visual refresh that moves it one solid step closer to actually, you know, showing up on a phone.
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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.
Discussion: Mark Evans
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
EngrishFunny Is Newest Site In Lolcats Empire  —  The company behind the popular ICanHasCheezburger site has launched a new website, EngrishFunny, which makes fun of grammatically incorrect variations of English (often found in Asia).  Users send in photos of poorly translated or written products, signs, instructions, etc. to the site.
Discussion: PDA, Laughing Squid and Tinfinger
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 …
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Japan reports 2 iPods overheating, suspects defect  —  Japanese government reports 2 cases of Apple iPod Nano overheating in Tokyo  —  TOKYO (AP) — Japan is investigating a possible battery defect in the popular iPod Nano music player after reports that two overheated in Tokyo …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Consumerist
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Serkan Toto / CrunchGear:
iPod Nano batteries suspected of overheating, setting tatami mats on fire
Tony Smith / The Register:
Palm to unveil Treo Pro today?  —  Palm looks set to announce the Treo Pro today, according to an email sent out by one of its media agencies.  —  Alas no specifications were provided, but the email did confirm that the device “features a one-touch Wi-Fi button, GPS, Windows Mobile 6.1 and a high-resolution flush color touchscreen”.
Discussion: Electronista and PalmAddicts
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple customer satisfaction scores gain at rivals' expense  —  Apple blew away its PC industry peers in this year's American Customer Satisfaction Index, perhaps because it was the only company that didn't release a Windows Vista PC.  —  The University of Michigan released its annual ACSI scores Tuesday …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
NewsCred Goes Public With Credibility-Based News Source  —  NewsCred, the news aggregator that ranks stories by the credibility of their source, has launched to the public.  Instead of relying on popularity as many social news sites do, NewsCred instead allows users to rate each story …
 
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Is the enterprise ready for cloud computing?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Vista may be what Microsoft sells, but XP remains popular
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Google Will Offer Services for Bloggers at the Conventions
Discussion: Epicenter and Gawker
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Garmin gets in the social-networking groove
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
What If the Kindle Succeeds?  —  The news recently has been full …
Discussion: TeleRead
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Workday: The Next Software Power?
Nick Galvin / Sydney Morning Herald:
Dopple your fun  —  Five internet gurus spell out what's happening …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LachStock
Debjones-Nm / Comunicano:
PALRINGO BRINGS FIRST PUSH-TO-TALK APPLICATION
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
The Curious Case of Facebook's Benjamin Ling and Sheryl Sandberg
Discussion: Valleywag
Michelle Thatcher / Crave:
Logitech unveils ergonomic Cordless Desktop Wave Pro
Discussion: Electronista, Engadget and Gizmodo
Nokia:
Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte reflects authenticity and performance
Christopher Twarowski / Washington Post:
Financial Data ‘on Steroids’
Brenda Stokes / iPhone Buzz:
iPhone 2.0.2 Beats 2.0.1 on 3G performance
Discussion: MacRumors and VentureBeat
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Student Files Are Exposed on Web Site
ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.