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4:10 PM ET, August 28, 2008

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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Bloomberg Runs Steve Jobs' Obituary  —  For whatever reason, the Bloomberg financial newswire decided to update its 17-page Steve Jobs obituary today.  It's true that the secretive Apple CEO's battle with pancreatic cancer, and speculation over his health, rattled some investors earlier …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How Steve Jobs' obit got published  —  The first rule of publishing is that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  (A corollary favored at Time Magazine, where I labored for nearly three decades, is that all copy is guilty until proved otherwise.)  —  None of this excuses …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News - Apple:
Bloomberg mistakenly publishes Steve Jobs obituary
Discussion: DailyTech
Android Developers Blog:
Android Market: a user-driven content distribution system  —  When we talk to developers, a common topic is the challenge of getting applications in the hands of users.  That's why today I'm happy to share early details of Android Market—an open content distribution system that will help end users find …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Android Market, Google's response to Apple's App Store for third party developers  —  Mobile software operating system Android is coming soon, at least on one device — and that device will have a way for third-party applications to get access to users.  The Google-led software initiative …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Apple details next-gen multi-touch techniques for tablet Macs  —  In a revised company filing discovered by AppleInsider, iPhone maker Apple Inc. illustrates a number of techniques that would pave the way for tablet Macs that display a near full-sized multi-touch keyboard and run an undiluted version of the Mac OS X operating system.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
YouTube Finally Figures Out How To Make Money: Big Ads On Its Homepage  —  Take a good, long look at YouTube's (GOOG) homepage.  You may not recognize it soon: The video site is trying out new ad format that will turn over a good chunk of the page to sponsors.
Danieleran / Roughly Drafted:
The Inside Deets on iPhone 2.0.2 and Dropped Calls  —  Daniel Eran Dilger  —  The mysteriously terse synopsis of the improvements made in iPhone 2.0.2, listed only as “bug fixes,” didn't shed much light on why Apple's Jennifer Bowcock could tell USAToday that “the software update improves communication with 3G networks.”
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Extinguish the Rumors: No New Amazon Kindle This Year  —  Talk of a new version of the Kindle e-book reader, aimed at college students, has been echoing around the blogosphere and has even reached your dutifully vacationing Bits correspondent.  I asked Craig Berman, Amazon's chief spokesman …
Wall Street Journal:
McCain Seems To Have Obama Beat in One Arena  —  Campaign Buys Rights To Top Search Results On Key Election Terms  —  So-called ambush ads are typically reserved for Web-savvy marketers such as General Motors and AT&T. The newest believer: a 71-year-old presidential candidate.
Discussion: SearchViews
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
First, YouTube, Now McCain Trumps Obama On Search
Discussion: Business Technology
YouTube Blog:
New Captions Feature For Videos  —  Here at YouTube, we're always trying to find new ways to enrich your viewing experience and to help video creators reach a wider audience.  As part of this goal, we've added a new captioning feature which allows you to give viewers a deeper understanding of your video.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Add Captions to YouTube Videos
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
What The Veoh Decision Means For YouTube And Others  —  Attorneys representing online video sites around the country are salivating today over the Veoh summary judgment decision (I know this because I've spoken to a few of them).  In a nutshell, here's what we learned today …
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Comcast 250GB Monthly Cap Goes Live October 1 - Official word should drop sometime today....  Back in May I broke the news that in addition to throttling back high-consumption users to “DSL like speeds,” Comcast was considering implementing a 250GB monthly cap as part of their shift toward “protocol agnostic” network management.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Extends Lucrative Deal With Google For 3 Years  —  Mozilla, the organization behind the popular Firefox web browser, has extended its search deal with Google for another three years.  In return for setting Google as the default search engine on Firefox, Google pays Mozilla a substantial sum …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Sweetcron: Your Lifestream on Your Server  —  We were pretty excited when we first heard about Sweetcron, a self-hosted lifestreaming application developed by Yongfook.  Today, after a bit of a delay, Sweetcron has finally released its software and we immediately downloaded and installed it ourselves.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Moves to Mainstream RSS With A Simple Name Change  —  For all its supposed simplicity, Really Simple Syndication or RSS has continued to confuse and intimidate millions of people online years after its introduction.  What can be done to make RSS more mainstream?
Discussion: AppScout
 
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Kenneth Li / Reuters:
iPhone security flaw exposes private data
GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation”
Discussion: GoNintendo
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung debuts X360 “lighter than air” ultraportable
Wall Street Journal:
CBS Gives CNET Site a Makeover
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Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Target settles with blind patrons over site accessibility
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eWeek:
Mystery Chinese iPhone Worker Becomes Internet Star
Discussion: TUAW and Agence France Presse
welt.de:
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Logitech Squeezebox Boom: The ultimate Wi-Fi radio?
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SugarSync Sweetens Service With an iPhone App
Discussion: VentureBeat and AppScout
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Quebec government sued for buying Microsoft software
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