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3:50 AM ET, August 3, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Launches A Major Offensive Against Microsoft With “Going Google”  —  Microsoft and Google have seen their rivalry kicked up a notch in recent weeks.  First, Google announced Chrome OS, the company's first operating system.  Then Microsoft announced the new version of Office with major cloud app support.
Discussion: CNET News, eWeek and Neowin.net
Dominic Lawson / Times of London:
Apple tries to silence owner of exploding iPod with gagging order  —  Apple attempted to silence a father and daughter with a gagging order after the child's iPod music player exploded and the family sought a refund from the company.  —  The Times has learnt that the company would offer …
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Analyst claims first hand knowledge of Apple gaming, home media center tablet  —  Barron's is reporting that an un-named analyst has seen Apple's forthcoming tablet and expects it to be announced in September with a ship date around November.  They mention that Apple is such a bellwether …
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget, CrunchGear and Gizmodo
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
The Death of Journalism (Gawker Edition)  —  A few weeks ago, I scored what passes these days for one of journalism's biggest coups, satisfying a holy writ for newspaper impact in the Internet age.  Gawker, the snarky New York culture and media Web site, had just blogged about my story in that day's Washington Post.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
The FCC Questions Apple, AT&T and Google:  —  Last Tuesday (July 28th) when I was interviewed for the NY Times story, “Even Google Is Blocked With Apps for iPhone”, one of the questions I was asked was who I thought was the reason behind Apple's decision to block Google Voice from the iPhone Apps store.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
FCC's Speed Shockingly Fast Looking Into iPhone-Google Voice Fiasco
Discussion: BayNewser and Brainstorm Tech
Jason Fitzpatrick / Lifehacker:
FreeAppAlert Notifies You When For-Pay iPhone Apps Become Free
Discussion: Sample the Web, Thanks:tweeterism
New York Times:
Out of Search Business, Yahoo Shifts Its Focus  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Carol A. Bartz, chief executive of Yahoo, has been hobbled.  —  Three weeks ago, doctors gave her a new left knee, made of titanium and plastic.  As a result, she is limping around Yahoo's headquarters here …
Discussion: paidContent and Search Engine Land
Dan Goodin / The Register:
cPanel, Netgear and Linksys susceptible to nasty attack  —  Unholy trinity  —  Free whitepaper - Avoiding 7 common mistakes of IT security compliance  —  Defcon If you use cPanel to administer your website or certain Linksys or Netgear devices to route traffic over your wireless network …
Discussion: HolisticInfoSec.org
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Now on YouTube, Local News  —  With its ability to collect articles and sell advertisements against them, Google has already become a huge force in the news business — and the scourge of many newspapers.  Now its subsidiary YouTube wants to do the same thing to local television.
Discussion: Beet.TV, Thanks:atul
Electronista:
Radio Shack rebadged “The Shack” in mobile push  —  Radio Shack today teased a major rebranding of the company that signals a greater push into the same space as general electronic chains like Best Buy.  Also supported by a leak stemming from Engadget, the store name should just be shortened to …
Discussion: Engadget, MAKE Magazine, Pulse2 and digg.com
Rob Kerr / Inquirer:
Windows Phone mobile OS demonstrated  —  INQTV Exclusive First video of final version  —  AT A RECENT Microsoft event the INQ was given an exclusive walkthrough of the final version of the new Windows Phone operating system, running on a touch screen HTC Touch Diamond2.
Jonathan Wynne-Jones / Telegraph:
Facebook and MySpace can lead children to commit suicide warns Archbishop Nichols  —  Websites such as Facebook and MySpace encourage teenagers to view friendship as a “commodity” and are leading them to suicide, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales has warned.
Discussion: Mashable! and NBC Bay Area
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Windows 7, new laptop designs to converge  —  A rip-up-the-carpet PC refresh of both software and hardware is in the offing as Microsoft's latest operating system and new laptop designs converge later this year.  —  At the Intel Technology Summit on Wednesday, an executive described …
Discussion: CrunchGear
 
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Douglas MacMillan / Business Week:
The FTC Takes On Targeted Web Ads
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Demographic Segmentation and Social Media
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
As Banks Retreat, Valley Financier Looks to Fill a Gap
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
Twitter: More Secure Than You Think
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
With Twitter's Arrival, NFL Loses Control of Image Game
Discussion: Andrew Lark
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Net Applications: Apple just lost half its ‘market share’
Discussion: MacDailyNews and Asa Dotzler
University of Michigan News Service:
Game utilizes human intuition to help computers solve complex problems
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Defcon air traffic control hacker: Excuse me while I change …
Discussion: digg.com