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5:20 AM ET, August 21, 2008

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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Microsoft launches 3D wonder Photosynth for consumers  —  On Wednesday night, Photosynth, a technology demo from Microsoft Live Labs, is graduating from its “ooh, that's pretty” status to being a viable Web service for consumers.  —  The technology, which takes a grouping of photographs …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Photosynth is Released and Moves to Virtual Earth
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
PhotoSynth released as a Worldwide “Software + Services” …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook's forthcoming iPhone app to be more like its web site; that site redesign was no coincidence  —  Facebook is planning to launch a new version of its iPhone application in September that will make the app more like the newly-redesigned web site.  So, the deeper rationale for the web site redesign …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Inside Facebook
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Preview of Facebook for iPhone 2.0: More Like Real Facebook
Discussion: iPhone Savior
Todd Shields / Bloomberg:
Comcast to Slow Some Web Traffic for Up to 20 Minutes  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Comcast Corp. plans to slow Internet service to its heaviest users during periods of congestion, after regulators ordered the company to devise a new method for managing its Web traffic.
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Erica Sadun / TUAW:
The Rumor Room: iTunes Unlimited  —  By definition, nearly all tips we receive about Apple future product intros are wrong.  After all, we're not Engadget.  People aren't going to risk their jobs to deliver insider information.  —  That being said, a tip that shot into our mailbox …
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WildCowboy / MacRumors:
September Apple Event Rumor: ‘iTunes Unlimited’, iPhone iDisk Access?
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple hit with class-action lawsuit over iPhone 3G flakiness  —  We all knew it was coming, it was just a matter of time.  A lawsuit has been filed against Apple over what the plaintiff is referring to as the “Defective iPhone 3G,” which she hopes will become a class-action complaint.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
OpenSocial Now Reaches 350 Million Users, And Growing  —  Six months ago, OpenSocial was nothing but a list of promised partnerships.  But the social network application platform backed by Google has made a lot of progress since then as those partners started to go live with their OpenSocial Apps.
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Judge: Copyright Owners Must Consider ‘Fair Use’ Before Sending Takedown Notice  —  In the nation's first such ruling, a federal judge on Wednesday said copyright owners must consider “fair use” of their works before sending takedown notices to online video-sharing sites.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Verisign's Personal Identity Portal Is Half Way To Password Bliss  —  Verisign's new Personal Identity Portal (PIP from now on) isn't the sexiest application out there to help you manage passwords.  But it has Verisign's strong reputation for security behind it, and it is a surprisingly easy way to manage website credentials.
Discussion: David Recordon's Blog
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
10 Promising Web Platforms  —  In this post we review 10 promising developer platforms for the Web.  We're not talking about the obvious ones either, like Facebook, iPhone, OpenSocial or even Twitter.  Those have been covered extensively already.  The list below features some of our favorite ‘lesser known’ web developer platforms.
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 …
Matthew Panton / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech goes wireless with Wii racing wheel  —  Earlier this summer, Logitech debuted the Driving Force Wireless steering wheel for the PlayStation 3.  It was essentially a streamlined, downsized version of the Logitech Driving Force GT, adding wireless connectivity to the console and dropping …
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store) - Bring Us Your Data  —  A few months ago I talked about our plans to offer a persistent storage feature for Amazon EC2.  At that time I indicated that the service was in a limited alpha release with a small number of customers.
Discussion: TechCrunchIT and RightScale Blog
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.
NEWS.com.au:
Australians switch on to Apple Macs  —  AUSTRALIANS are switching to Macs at a faster rate than almost anywhere else in the world.  —  Research firm Gartner's latest figures show Mac sales grew 52 per cent in the second quarter - nearly six times the rate of the PC industry overall.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
TechCrunch UK named best Web 2.0 and business blog  —  TechCrunch UK has been named the best “Web 2.0 and business blog” in the UK, by the readers of Computer Weekly magazine.  —  The ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards 08 sifted hundreds of entries and asked readers to vote on their favourite blogs.
Discussion: broadstuff and BlogMS
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Retail sources say its closing time for current iPod line  —  Resellers both near and afar are reporting signs that Apple's current line of iPod digital music players are on their way out the door, just as one prominent Wall Street analyst restates his claim that a $199 iPod touch is likely …
Discussion: One More Thing and MacRumors
 
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
SoundExchange Head Likes Pandora But Says It Needs Audio Ads
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You're Looking To Learn Basic Economics, Here's A Free Textbook
PC World:
Singapore Gets IPhone, but No Visual Voicemail or ITunes
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Nick Gianos / Facebook Developers:
Delivering the Right Content to the Right Audience
John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Moves to Free Gadgets of Their Recharging Cords
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Has The Recording Industry Given Up On DRM For Streaming Music?
Discussion: Technovia
Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
More on iPhone app-crashing, how to downgrade iTunes
Dan Zarrella / CenterNetworks:
To Reach Prolific Content Sharers, Lay Off the Humor
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel announces dual-core Atom, chains it to 945C chipset
Arn / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
The #1 Paid App: Koi Pond
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Leslie Cauley / USA Today:
Martin wants broadband across USA
Will M / All Facebook:
Facebook's Tim Kendall on Future of Monetization
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
Palm Treo Pro unboxing and hands-on
TechCrunch:
Ten Startups Debut At TechStars Demo Day
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
An Unexpected Look at an All-New Google News
Discussion: Profy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Median Disregards 75 Years Of Securities Regulations …