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3:40 AM ET, August 19, 2008

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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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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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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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Yahoo! Opens Buzz Submissions to All - But is It Democratic?
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: The Inquisitr
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
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
iPhone 2.0.2 software launches.  Will this be the one to fix the connection issues?
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 …
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.
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.
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Meghan Keane / Epicenter:
IAB Standards Have Video Ads Rolling Along
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.
ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of the Desktop  —  Everything is moving to the cloud.  As we enter the third decade of the Web we are seeing an increasing shift from native desktop applications towards Web-hosted clones that run in browsers.  For example, a range of products such as Microsoft Office Live …
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:
Gamers on higher level, study shows
Discussion: Crave and WOW Insider
Christopher Twarowski / Washington Post:
Financial Data ‘on Steroids’
Matt Kapko / Washington Post:
Will Pandora Play ‘The End’ Soon?  Royalty Rate Hikes Could Be Its Demise
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Vuclip mobile video search can make any video format play on your phone
Discussion: NewTeeVee
InfoWorld:
IBM unveils technology for faster CPUs
Discussion: eWeek
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft faces investigation over XP cutoff
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
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
uTorrent silently patches critical vulnerability
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
IOC Wants Olympic Torrents Off The Pirate Bay
Discussion: Threat Level
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Where Are We In The Hype Cycle?
Discussion: PSFK and broadstuff
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple Enterprise sending thousands of Macs into hotels, cruise ships
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