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3:30 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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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News - Apple:
Bloomberg mistakenly publishes Steve Jobs obituary
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
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
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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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.
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 and Valleywag
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Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
First, YouTube, Now McCain Trumps Obama On Search
Discussion: Business Technology
Brad Stone / Bits:
Extinguish the Rumors: No New 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 …
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Mitchell / Mitchell's Blog:
Firefox Summit Reflections
Discussion: Webware.com, The Open Road and TechSpot
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.
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 …
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
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.
Microsoft:
Windows Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 Fact Sheet  —  An overview of the features and benefits of Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 8.  —  Windows Internet Explorer 8 is the next version of the world's most popular browser that optimizes developer and end-user experiences to provide a window to the Web of online services.
Michelle Meyers / CNET News.com:
Target settles with blind patrons over site accessibility  —  Target and an advocacy group for the blind announced Wednesday that they've settled a class action lawsuit regarding the accessibility of Target.com for the visually impaired.  —  The retail giant will establish a $6 million fund …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Sony's Thinnest Walkman Player Ever Has Active Noise Cancellation, Song Suggestion Software  —  Sony's S-series Walkman is their new high-end digital audio player that is not only their slimmest player to date, but has active noise cancellation and the SensMe music suggestion engine.
 
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Jyri / Jaikido Blog:
We're back, and invitations are now unlimited
GamesIndustry.biz:
EA: Second-hand sales are a “critical situation”
Discussion: GoNintendo
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Moves to Mainstream RSS With A Simple Name Change
Discussion: AppScout
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Samsung debuts X360 “lighter than air” ultraportable
Wall Street Journal:
CBS Gives CNET Site a Makeover
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Valleywag
deal architect:
“SaaS market will ‘collapse’ in two years”
eWeek:
Mystery Chinese iPhone Worker Becomes Internet Star
Discussion: TUAW and Agence France Presse
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Why Apple keeps its iPhone 2.0 SDK under NDA
 Earlier Items: 
welt.de:
Future of Sony Ericsson uncertain
Light Reading:
TiVo Downplays RS-DVR Threat
eWeek:
Accused British Hacker Gary McKinnon Loses Appeal to Block Extradition
Shirley Halperin / EW.com:
Exclusive: ‘Rock Band 2’ offering new slate of full albums
John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:
Logitech Squeezebox Boom: The ultimate Wi-Fi radio?
Discussion: Electronista and Gearlog
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
SugarSync Sweetens Service With an iPhone Appbr
Discussion: AppScout
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Quebec government sued for buying Microsoft software
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
It must be a rough day in Cupertino
Discussion: Forbes