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3:30 PM ET, August 20, 2008

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Laurie J. Flynn / New York Times:
EBay Is Planning to Emphasize Fixed-Price Sales Format Over Its Auction Model  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Acknowledging that most online shoppers cannot be bothered with auctions, eBay plans Wednesday to announce changes to its fee structure that emphasize fixed prices over bidding.
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Richard Brewer-Hay / eBay Ink:
UPDATED: 70% Reduction in Fixed Price Fee and much, much more...
Business Wire:
eBay Supports Sellers With Dramatically Lower Listing Fee
Discussion: Mashable!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
eBay: The Doldrum Years
Discussion: Computerworld
Michael Wolf / NewTeeVee:
Intel and Yahoo Look to Widgetize the Living Room Web  —  This morning at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel and Yahoo announced a joint initiative to bring Internet widgets to TV.  The two companies are teaming up in an effort they believe may help jump-start the nascent living-room-web market …
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Yahoo!:
Intel® And Yahoo!® To Bring The Internet To Television  —  TV Widgets Bring “Best of the Internet” Experience to Complement TV Viewing  —  INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 20, 2008 - Intel Corporation and Yahoo! Inc. today previewed plans for the Widget Channel, a television …
Discussion: Yodel Anecdotal
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Internet Widgets to Finally Hit the TV Set?  —  The big buzz today in TV technology is the announcement by Yahoo and Intel of the Widget Channel, a TV application framework that will allow consumers to play around with Internet applications while watching TV or viewing video on other devices.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Comcast
Edward C. Baig / USA Today:
Apple tries to de-bug iPhone  —  Apple (AAPL) acknowledged Tuesday that a software update for the iPhone partly fixes the connection snags that have caused a global firestorm for the new iPhone 3G.  —  Though mum on details, Apple spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock said on Tuesday …
Kyle Peterson / Reuters:
American Air kicks off in-flight Internet service  —  CHICAGO (Reuters) - AMR Corp's American Airlines began offering Internet access on long-haul domestic flights on Wednesday, making American the first U.S. airline to offer full in-flight broadband.  —  The world's largest airline …
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Joe Brancatelli / Portfolio:
No WiFi in the Sky  —  After years of deals, tests …
Libby Purves / Times of London:
Computer games industry threat to downloaders: 'pay up or we'll sue'  —  The computer games industry has launched an unprecedented assault on illegal downloads, demanding payment from thousands of families who obtained the latest releases over the internet without paying.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Intel lets slip first dual-core Atom  —  IDF Intel has quietly introduced its first dual-core Atom processor, the 330, and a new motherboard to go with it.  —  The 45nm 330's a low-power part and - as the lack of an ‘N’ prefix shows - it's a desktop chip.  Intel didn't say what clock speed …
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Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Palm, Once a Leader, Seeks Path in Smartphone Jungle  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — If anyone knows how best to survive a corporate near-death experience, it is Jon Rubinstein.  —  In 1997 the former Hewlett-Packard engineer was asked by Apple's founder, Steven P. Jobs, to lead …
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
What's $100 Million Between Frienemies? … But they're at it again, with Microsoft heaping more money into the dowry.  There won't be a divorce until Microsoft says so.  —  About 25 minutes ago, the companies announced that they had expanded their interoperability agreement.  Again.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
HillCrest Labs: Nintendo's Wii Infringing Our Patents  —  Hillcrest Labs, a Rockville, Mnd.-based startup, says it has filed a complaint for patent infringement with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington, D.C., and a separate patent infringement suit in the U.S. District Court …
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
Google's search secret: It gets rid of you  —  Nielsen yesterday released a study it conducted on the popularity of the top 10 search engines for July.  As expected, Google sat atop the list, commanding more than 60 percent of the market after enjoying 16 percent year-over-year growth.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
LG's PRADA II?  —  We don't have much to go off of besides this picture right now, but it looks as if LG is keeping the PRADA line of mobile handsets around for a little bit.  The PRADA II, as it's pictured, adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for easier text entry.
Discussion: Gizmodo, MobileCrunch and CrunchGear
Shel / Global Neighbourhoods:
7 TIPS FOR NEW TWITTER USERS  —  [Jeremiah Owyang in Boston October 2007.  Twitter made this night happen.  Photo by Shel]  —  Unlike most social media tools, Twitter takes a while to understand.  It took me about 30 days to figure out that it was among my most valuable tools and it was brought home by chance.
Hacking Truths:
GMAIL ACCOUNT HACKING TOOL  —  A tool that automatically steals IDs of non-encrypted sessions and breaks into Google Mail accounts has been presented at the Defcon hackers' conference in Las Vegas.  —  Last week Google introduced a new feature in Gmail that allows users to permanently switch …
Discussion: Mashable!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Citi On RIM BlackBerry Bold: Thumbs Up, Mostly  —  How's RIM's new 3G BlackBerry Bold?  Pretty good, says Citigroup's Jim Suva, who gleefully played Walt Mossberg for a day, giving the Bold a 12-hour spin, including his own “drop and water spill test.”  —  Specifically, Suva says the new Web browser …
 
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Triliant: Smart grid meets mesh networks
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In-Stat:
Hotspot Access Revenues Not Keeping Pace with Usage Growth
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Median Disregards 60 Years Of Securities Regulations …
Casio:
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Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Crave
John Koller / PlayStation.Blog:
Live from Leipzig: North American Hardware Announcements
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
FCC Finally Issues Comcast Throttling Order - For whatever it's worth...
Discussion: IP Democracy
Peter Burrows / Byte of the Apple:
Mac Customer Satisfaction Gains: “We've Never Seen Anything Like This”
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
British Government Caught Pirating On Prime Minister's Website
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AppleInsider:
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Japan Is TOTALLY Sold Out of Xbox 360s (New Shipment Next Month!)
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Disney Dialing Up Kids Again
Discussion: Epicenter
Caroline McCarthy / Geek Gestalt:
‘Sims 3’ coming on February 20
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CloudStatus Keeps an Eye on The Clouds
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Up Close with Lenovo's IdeaPad S10, One Sweet 10-Incher
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Steve Jobs vows iPhone app crash fix for September