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3:45 AM ET, August 28, 2008

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Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Microsoft Vs. Google, Again  —  Forget about that $44 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  Microsoft's latest assault on Google is slier.  —  Since May Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) has been reimbursing people up to half of the value of items they buy using its search technology.
Discussion: TeleRead and WinBeta
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IEBlog:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Now Available  —  We're excited to release IE8 Beta 2 today for public download.  You can find it at http://www.microsoft.com/ie8.  Please try it out!  —  You'll find versions for 32- and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Internet Explorer 8 gets a massive makeover  —  More than two years ago, when Microsoft was in the final stages of testing Internet Explorer 7, Bill Gates promised more frequent browser updates, as often as every 9 to 12 months.  And yet today, nearly two years after IE7's release …
Brad Neuberg / Ajaxian:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 and Web Standards
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Search & Internet Explorer 8
Discussion: Tech Tracks and IEBlog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Transcoding Is Not A Crime, Says Court In Veoh Porn Case  —  Finally, a judge who may have actually visited the Internet once or twice before deciding a case.  Judge Howard Lloyd, a judge on the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, threw out adult entertainment company …
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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Veoh Copyright Case Dismissed  —  A federal judge ruled Wednesday that video-sharing service Veoh Networks Inc. isn't liable for copyright infringement for material that was uploaded to its Web site, dismissing a 2006 case filed against it by Io Group Inc., an adult-entertainment production company.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
iPods, MacBooks, iMacs up next on Apple's 2008 roadmap  —  With a multinational iPhone 3G launch now successfully under its belt, electronics maker Apple Inc. is preparing to close out the year with a final phase of product introductions that will stretch over the course of the next two months.
Discussion: MacRumors
David Pogue / New York Times:
New Nikon Holds a Secret  —  If you saw it just sitting there, you'd never guess that the new Nikon D90 is a mind-blowing, game-changing camera.  —  It looks like any other big, black intermediate single-lens reflex camera: much more compact than a professional model, but much bigger and heavier than a pocket camera.
New York Magazine:
CONFIRMED: Aaron Sorkin Creates Facebook Page, Writing Facebook Movie  —  Aaron Sorkin, a man whose discomfort with the Internet goes way, way back to the days he got angry at the Television Without Pity message boards, is writing a movie about the founding of Facebook.
John Casasanta / tap tap tap:
F**k the VCs  —  When I read about Mike Lee's firing from Tapulous, it made me angry.  Angry, not because I feel for Mike... he's a big boy and I'm sure he'll be fine.  Angry because what we're about to experience in the iPhone world is going to be a bubble along the lines of the one in the late 90s / early 2000s.
Discussion: TUAW and Dogster Inc. Company Blog
Wall Street Journal:
More Artists Steer Clear of iTunes  —  Apple's Online Music Store Sells Lots of Singles,  —  But Labels Seek Higher Profits of Full Album Sales  —  ITunes has been the runaway hit of the music business, selling more than five billion song downloads since it started five years ago.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Coolfer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
BackType, A Twitter For Comments  —  BackType is the newest YCombinator startup to launch from their summer program.  They're a blog-comment focused startup - founders Christoper Golda and Michael Montano are for the first time aggregating all comments from millions of blogs into a single, searchable, parsable stream.
eWeek:
Corrupt File Brought Down FAA's Antiquated IT System  —  The Federal Aviation Administration's flight plan IT network, which went down for about 2.5 hours Aug. 26 and fouled up the takeoff plans of thousands of travelers in more than 40 airports across the country, is back up and running.
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Tech Confidential:
EXCLUSIVE: FriendFeed readying RSS accelerator  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Update, 7:30 p.m.: FriendFeed Inc. co-founder Paul Buchheit has published a detailed explanation of the social networking aggregator's planned Simple Update Protocol.  In a nutshell, he describes it as a …
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Bob Sullivan / The Red Tape Chronicles:
‘Forgot your password?’ may be weakest link  —  Almost everyone forgets a Web site password once in a while.  When you do, you click on the familiar “Forgot your password?” link and, after entering your pet's name, identifying your high school mascot or answering some other seemingly obscure questions …
Rod Drury / Xero:
Acclipse partnership  —  We're delighted to announce today our partnership with Acclipse.  —  Acclipse is a passionate company, like Xero, who specialise in Practice Management Systems for Accountants.  They have a long history in this space and they're pretty good at it …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Innovation Isn't Dying In Silicon Valley; It's Just Changing  —  Apparently Judy Estrin, a well-known Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur and exec, is coming out with a new book warning that the infrastructure needed for innovation in Silicon Valley is going away.
 
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Economist:
Playing for profit  —  AS THE Democratic National Convention …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
A New Breed Of Hackers Tracks Online Acts of War
Discussion: Xconomy
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Open Market video DRM aims to let “1,000 retailers bloom”
Discussion: Electronista, p2pnet and TechCrunch
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Industry Rethinks Moneymaking Software Practice
David / Silicon Hutong:
iTunes Unblocked and The Corporation as Social Change Agent (Long)
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Do We Need a National CTO?
Stephen Shankland / Underexposed:
Microsoft, Nikon sign patent-sharing deal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Yahoo Senior Exec Defections: Steve Boom and Todd Teresi
Discussion: Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Desktop Virtualization: Where Thin Clients Meet the Cloud
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
Embed FriendFeed in your blog
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Can TiVo Stop Bleeding Subscribers?
Michelle Quinn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Feds arrest man accused of posting unreleased Guns N' Roses songs*
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Yep, We Redesigned
Justin Scheck / Business Technology:
Dell's Key to the Cloud: Fewer Features?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Microsoft's new “Blue Track” mouse spotted?
David King / The Official Google Blog:
Making money on YouTube with Content ID