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Jeff Smykil / Ars Technica:
Updated plist suggests new Apple device “iProd” coming soon  —  An updated USBConfiguration.plist in the most recent version of iPhone OS 3.1 beta offers compelling evidence that Apple has continued development on an unknown device, referred to as “iProd,” that was first discovered in March.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Sony launches two new readers including a pocket-sized $199 device  —  Sony on Wednesday will unveil two new e-book devices, a pocket edition with a 5-inch screen for $199 and a touch-screen version starting at $299.  The devices will be available at the end of August.
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Vik Singh / delicious blog:
Delicious Homepage Gets “Fresh”  —  Way back in January I released a simple application called TweetNews, which essentially ranks the latest Yahoo! News articles by their number of related Twitter messages to determine relevance for really fresh content.  Remarkably, the community responded to it …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Delicious Freshens Up With Twitter, Which Its Founder Hates  —  Delicious was once one of the hottest social sites on the Internet.  That's why Yahoo bought it in 2005.  But it's weird now to even think about it as a social site, I get more of the utilitarian vibe from it these days.
Discussion: Download Squad, eWeek and BetaNews
Shanan Delp / Flickr Blog:
New Flickr Search  —  Today we're pleased to announce a redesign of our search results page.  The changes we've introduced make it easier to browse through the billions of photos and videos on Flickr, and to connect to the communities that help make sense of all those photos.
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Marines Ban Twitter, MySpace, Facebook  —  The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.  —  “These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due …
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Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Can the military coexist with social networking sites?
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
WSJ's New Policy: Won't Take Herd Embargoes  —  The Wall Street Journal has a new policy for its editorial staff, we have learned: it will not accept embargoes for stories, but will take exclusives if handed to them.  We have confirmed the policy from various sources, although a WSJ spokesman told us …
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows XP Mode RC Now Available  —  Back in April, we introduced the Windows XP Mode beta and after a few months of incorporating your enthusiastic feedback, today we are announcing the availability of the Windows XP Mode Release Candidate.  —  Download: Windows XP Mode Release Candidate
Josh / Cruleword's Lifestream:
New Zune HD Pictures Surface (Now With 20+ Images)  —  Later Today I am expexting an official announcement.  But more pictures of the Zune HD are coming out via a Zune MVP on twitter.  The pictures were removed in fear of them still being under NDA, but I was able to grab a few of them before they were deleted.
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple evaluated 4- to 12-inch tablet screens - report  —  Apple has reportedly purchased a number of screens — ranging from 4 inches to 12 inches in size — over the last few years, as it explores its possible entry into the tablet and sub-notebook market, according to a financial analyst.
The Official Google Blog:
Audio care packages for service members with Google Voice  —  (From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest and are pleased to have Sergeant Dale Sweetnam join us here.  SGT Sweetnam is working with Google's communications team this year through the U.S. Army's “Training with Industry” Program.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Yahoo-MSFT Deal: Details From SEC Filing: Calibrated Against Google's Search Revenues & Marketshare  —  Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) just filed with SEC with some more details of its search deal with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT).  Some standouts:  —The deal details have to be hashed out by by October 27, 2009
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Outlook: How Gawker Ripped Off My Story and Why It's Destroying Journalism  —  Washington Post staff writer Ian Shapira was online Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. ET to discuss his Outlook article titled “How Gawker Ripped Off My Story and Why It's Destroying Journalism.”
Discussion: Rebooting The News
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
Palm Hires New SVP of Brand Design  —  There's a new member of Palm's management team, Jeff Zwerner.  He's listed as the Senior Vice President, Brand Design for the company.  Exectrax, a site that monitors such pages, notes that he popped up on the page about a week ago.
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
The Ancestry of Ancestry.com: It's Not a VC-Backed IPO  —  Online genealogy company Ancestry.com yesterday filed for a $75 million IPO, and some people instinctively began buzzing about the prospects for yet another VC-backed IPO (following hits like OpenTable and LogMeIn).
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Despite iPhone's Success, BlackBerry Curve Was on Top in Q2  —  In the battle of the smartphones, RIM's Blackberry Curve edged out the competition to take the top spot as the best-selling smartphone model in the U.S. in the second quarter of this year, according to inaugural smartphone market share data from research firm IDC.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
Browser makers announce support for built-in 3D graphics  —  At today's sessions of the SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in New Orleans, a group of hardware and software makers that includes browser makers Mozilla, Opera and Google announced their plans to deliver built-in 3D graphics …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Ninjawords: iPhone Dictionary, Censored by Apple  —  Two years ago I linked to a web site called Ninjawords — a fast, simple online dictionary backed by a good data source (Wiktionary).  —  The developers behind Ninjawords, Matchstick Software, have released an iPhone version, currently available from the App Store for just $2.
Discussion: Edible Apple and Wiktionary, Thanks:rahulkumar
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Student Arrested for Jailbreaking Game Consoles — Update  —  A Southern California man was taken into custody Monday on accusations of running a home business of jailbreaking videogame consoles so they can play pirated games.  —  Homeland Security authorities arrested Matthew Crippen, 27 …
Discussion: Techdirt and TechVi
Julie Zhou / Google LatLong:
Take a peek at our new Street View site  —  Since our launch of Street View in May 2007, it has consistently been one of Google Maps' most popular features.  We've also found that it has been one of the features that folks are most curious about, so we have given our Street View overview site …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Bix Down.  Did Anyone Notice?  —  It must be disconcerting to a big Internet company to shut down a whole website and nobody even notices.  Not even a short note on Twitter from a concerned user until now.  But that's what apparently happened.
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:2yadav
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea frees two U.S. journalists after Clinton visit  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday released two jailed American journalists after a visit from former U.S. President Bill Clinton in the highest-level U.S. contact with North Korea since Clinton was president nearly a decade ago.
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Wall Street Journal
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:
Verizon readies Fios TV app store  —  Verizon Communications is about to open up its new Widget Bazaar to third-party developers to create an “app store” for its Fios TV service in a move that could forever change how people watch TV.  —  Verizon first announced the Widget Bazaar just a couple of weeks ago.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
TweetBlocker: Easily Delete Spammers From Your Twitter Stream  —  It's no secret that Twitter has become a preferred playground for spammers.  Hashrocket's TweetBlocker sets out to change this by giving users a simple tool to easily identify spammers in the group of users they are following.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch and Mashable!
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?  —  Wikipedia has rapidly become one of the most used reference sources in the world, but a new study shows that the website's explosive growth is tailing off and also suggests the community-created encyclopaedia has become less welcoming to new contributors.
Discussion: Fast Company, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft Acknowledges Linux Threat to Windows Client  —  Microsoft for the first time has named Linux distributors Red Hat and Canonical as competitors to its Windows client business in its annual filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  —  The move is an acknowledgement …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Mobile Internet Hot Spots: Hot or Not?  —  Will your next cellphone be without a microphone, keyboard or screen?  —  It may well, argued Daniel R. Hesse, the chief executive of Sprint Nextel, when I spoke to him after the embattled wireless carrier announced its second-quarter earnings last week.
Andrew Silverman / The Official Google Blog:
Leave the math to us: Advertisers increase their profits using Conversion Optimizer  —  This post is the latest in an ongoing series on The Power of Measurement.  Previous topics have covered ways to make your website as successful as possible through tools such as Analytics and Website Optimizer.
Jaikumar Vijayan / Computerworld:
SEC takes steps to ban ‘flash’ trading  —  Practice gives unfair advantage to some bigger financial companies, critic says  —  Computerworld - The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking to ban the practice of “flash” trading, where some large financial companies get access …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
What Does Spotify's Funding Say About Freemium Music Fortunes?  —  Does Spotify's new VC funding now suggest confidence that ad-supported music service can really work?  Depends who you talk to...  Steve Purdham, CEO of ad- and premium-funded streaming site We7, is seeing it as a positive rather …
 
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
WeFi's Directory Nearly 30 Million WiFi Hotspots Strong, Raises More Funding
Discussion: mocoNews and alarm:clock, Thanks:2yadav
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Who will replace Eric Schmidt on Apple's board?
Discussion: Edible Apple
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Electronic Arts beats earnings estimates, posts smaller loss …
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Personal Supercomputers Promise Teraflops on Your Desk
Thanks:atul
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Intuit's GoPayment credit card app comes to the iPhone
Discussion: Macworld and TechCrunchIT
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
The Best (and Worst) Hacks of Defcon Computer Security Conference 2009
Discussion: threatpost
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia N97 Mini. It's real and we've got some details
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon App for Android released
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Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
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