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2:25 PM ET, August 19, 2008

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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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Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Bear Speaks: Why Verizon's Pricey FiOS Bet Won't Pay Off
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Foresee Results:
Google's Satisfaction Soars Propelling E-Business to an All-Time High in Latest American Customer Satisfaction Index  —  Yahoo! and MSN fall farther behind, says report from ACSI partner ForeSee Results  —  Customer satisfaction with e-business websites reaches a new high …
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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.
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 …
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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: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Missing YouTube Founder Flees Facebook Froth In Valley, Seeks …
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
Google:
Google.org invests more than $10 million in breakthrough geothermal energy technology  —  Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) could supply thousands of times US energy needs  —  Mountain View, California (August 19, 2008) - In the continuing effort to develop electricity from renewable energy cheaper …
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Google.org makes its geothermal play with investments in Altarock, Potter Drilling
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft relaxes virtual-machine rules  —  Microsoft on Tuesday announced a change in its licensing policy to make it easier for businesses that want the ability to shift server software that is running in a virtual machine from one physical machine to another.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
The iPod Nano is Hot, Hot, Hot!  —  It's been months since I've seen a good story about the battery inside a gadget spontaneously bursting into flames.  So today's news of Nanos overheating (again!) manages to make the top of the T-List.  —  Nanos Afire?  —  The Japanese government …
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BBC:
Reports of iPod Nanos overheating
Discussion: Digital Daily and Engadget
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.
Muxtape:
No artists or labels have complained.  The site is not closed indefinitely.  Stay tuned.  —  Beta users of Muxtape For Bands: you are unaffected by this outage.
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Dell Inspiron 910 customers can choose between XP and Ubuntu  —  Interesting to see that Dell's answer to the ASUS Eee PC will ship with a choice of either Windows XP or Ubuntu 8.04.  —  The Dell Inspiron 910 sounds like an interesting machine, and I have to admit that it's the first Dell machine …
Discussion: Inquirer, SlashGear and CrunchGear
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
ASUS unveil new XP Eee PCs: 1000HD XP, 904HD XP, 901 XP and 900 XP 16G
Discussion: Engadget
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.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Intel Developer Forum: Chairman Craig Barrett takes us on a world tech tour  —  Craig Barrett, the chairman of Intel, travels to 30 countries a year.  At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this morning, he took his audience of thousands on a tour of how tech is changing the places he visits.
Discussion: eWeek and TG Daily
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 …
Dwight / TechBlog:
It lives!  City of Houston turns on free downtown Wi-Fi  —  When Earthlink walked away from its plans to cover Houston's 600 square miles with Wi-Fi Internet access, it gave the city $5 million as a payoff.  Mayor Bill White said he would use that money to set up wireless access “bubbles” …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Our Newest Report: Online Advertising VC and M&A Deals In The Last Year  —  Following our analysis of Social Media Deals, we've pleased to announce our first Online Advertising Deals Report, charting activity in venture capital and mergers & acquisitions from Q107 to Q208.
 
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Associated Press:
WSJ launches free news application for BlackBerry
Discussion: Reuters
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Archos 5, 5g and 7 “internet media tablets” …
Discussion: Crave, Electronista and SlashGear
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
Hundreds sued for sharing video games
Discussion: p2pnet and TECH.BLORGE.com
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
What Will Happen When the Presses Go Silent?
Lee Odden / Online Marketing Blog:
Internet Marketing Conference Tips: Robert Scoble FastCompany.TV
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
YouTube Podcaster Creates Video Feeds from Searches
Discussion: Podcasting News
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
rmbr launches mobile app to get rid of business cards
Chris Matyszczyk / Technically Incorrect:
Ralph Lauren wants you to want him right now
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
TinEye image search helps ferret out copyright ripoffs
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Mobile handset sales down in 2Q: Market share race has three horses
Discussion: Electronista
Kelly Fiveash / The Register:
A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Even Moms Love Mobile Data Cards
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Nokia's Software Problem
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Garmin gets in the social-networking groove
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews