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3:50 AM ET, August 19, 2008

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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Yahoo Buzz opens to everyone  —  Yahoo's Digg-a-like Buzz is opening up to the world tonight.  Until now, while anyone could see stories that had been Buzzed and vote them up or down, only about 400 publishers could contribute new links to the service.  —  A Yahoo spokesperson confirmed …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! Opens Buzz Submissions to All - But is It Democratic?  —  Yahoo! Buzz, the social news service that launched in February and delivered giant piles of traffic to the lucky few websites that were indexed by the site, is tonight opening up to submissions from any site across the web.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buzz Opens Doors To Everyone  —  Buzz, Yahoo's Digg-like effort to leverage reader gestures and third party content in determining the most popular news, removes it's barriers to entry tonight.  —  Until now only a hundred or so invited publishers could post news to Buzz.
Tapan Bhat / Yodel Anecdotal:
See it.  Love it.  Buzz it.  —  In February, we introduced Yahoo! …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Profy
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
Discussion: MacRumors, AppleInsider and TidBITS
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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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 …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
The RIAA shuts down Muxtape  —  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 …
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
RIAA “problem” shutters online-music startup Muxtape  —  Muxtape, a New York-based online-music startup much favored by the Tumblr set, has shut down its website, citing a “problem” with the RIAA, a music-industry organization which polices copyright.  Could it have anything to do with the ease …
Discussion: hypebot and The Inquisitr
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 …
Brenda Stokes / iPhone Buzz:
iPhone 2.0.2 Beats 2.0.1 on 3G performance  —  The iPhone 2.0.2 software update came out today and though its intent was unspecific ("bug fixes") it looks as if the results are truly impressive.  Vincent tested OS 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 side by side in a series of speed tests using Mobile Safari and the results speak for themselves.
Discussion: VentureBeat and MacRumors
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.
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.
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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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone 2.0.2 software launches.  Will this be the one to fix the connection issues?
Discussion: PC World, Engadget and iPhone Buzz
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Friendster Launches Support For OpenSocial Apps  —  Friendster, the social network that has seen explosive growth in Asia but continues to lag behind Facebook and MySpace elsewhere, has launched support for OpenSocial apps on its development platform.  Friendster initially launched its platform …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Inside Facebook
Sridhar / Zoho Blogs:
Why We Compete with Google  —  How do you plan to compete with Google or why do you compete with Google?  That is a question we get asked very often.  It is better to ask why Google is interested in the business software market.  Let me explain with a spreadsheet.
Engineering Windows 7:
The Windows 7 Team  —  Thanks to everyone who provided comments and sent me mail.  I definitely appreciate the discussion we have kicked off.  There's also a ton of energy in our hallways as this blog started.  It seems like a good thing to do to start off is sort of an introduction to the Windows development team.
 
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Boston Herald:
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Christopher Twarowski / Washington Post:
Financial Data ‘on Steroids’
Matt Kapko / Washington Post:
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InfoWorld:
IBM unveils technology for faster CPUs
Discussion: eWeek
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Student Files Are Exposed on Web Site
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Spying as a business model. Will these guys get a clue already?
Discussion: The Iconoclast
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
uTorrent silently patches critical vulnerability
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IOC Wants Olympic Torrents Off The Pirate Bay
Discussion: Threat Level
ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
More Media Companies Realizing That They Can Profit From 'Pirated …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Khosla leads $3 million Series A for health start-up ZocDoc
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple Enterprise sending thousands of Macs into hotels, cruise ships
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Video Ad Companies: People Love Watching Video Ads!
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
FCC approves Microsoft's unreleased 120GB Zune
Christine Tsai / Google Mobile Blog:
This is a test — ads on YouTube's mobile site