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6:35 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  —  Live Labs has released Photosynth, the 3D-esque photo collection viewer that it first tech-previewed in 2006 (Radar post).  With this release any Vista or XP user running FireFox or IE can create, view, and share Synths (Mac support is planned).
Discussion: Channel 10 and Microsoft Live Labs
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
PhotoSynth released as a Worldwide “Software + Services” …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft Live Labs Creates Web ‘Synth’ For 3-D Photo Tour
Discussion: CrunchGear and WinBeta
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Enlists Jerry Seinfeld In Its Ad Battle Against Apple  —  Microsoft Corp., weary of being cast as a stodgy oldster by Apple Inc.'s advertising, is turning for help to Jerry Seinfeld.  —  The software giant's new $300 million advertising campaign, devised by a newly hired ad agency, has been closely guarded.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Microsoft enlists Seinfeld, Gates to battle “Get a Mac” ads
Discussion: PC World
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.
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Jon Healey / L.A. Times Tech Blog:   A victory for fair use?
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: VentureBeat and iPhone Savior
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?
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.
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.
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
If You're Looking To Learn Basic Economics, Here's A Free Textbook  —  Against Monopoly points us to an LA Times story about an economics professor from Caltech, R. Preston McAfee, who has written what he calls an “open source” economics textbook.  You can download the textbook for free …
Discussion: The Equity Kicker
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Citigroup Tests, Likes RiM's “Bold” But No Game-Changer
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Spotted: FriendFeed Beta — coming soon
Discussion: WinExtra and The Blog Herald
Jonathan D. Glater / New York Times:
Welcome, Freshmen. Have an iPod.
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
TechCrunch UK named best Web 2.0 and business blog
Discussion: broadstuff and BlogMS
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
SoundExchange Head Likes Pandora But Says It Needs Audio Ads
Discussion: Technovia and WinExtra
PC World:
Singapore Gets IPhone, but No Visual Voicemail or ITunes
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Has The Recording Industry Given Up On DRM For Streaming Music?
Discussion: Technovia
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel announces dual-core Atom, chains it to 945C chipset
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Retail sources say its closing time for current iPod line
Discussion: One More Thing and MacRumors
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
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 …