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2:40 PM ET, August 4, 2009

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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: BetaNews and eWeek
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Wants To Build A PayPal Killer, Say Wall Street Gossips  —  Wall Street gossips tell us that Apple (AAPL) executives have dropped hints suggesting the company is considering creating a service that would allow iTunes Store account holders to use those accounts to make purchases …
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Rivalry Between Apple and Palm Intensifies  —  The Palm Pre has a large touch screen, slide-out keyboard and fast Web browsing.  Palm also likes to point out that another selling point is the smartphone's ability to link to iTunes, Apple's popular software for managing music and other media on a computer.
Andrew Garcia / eWeek:
Apple's Rejection of Google Voice Points to Just One Thing  —  Why would Apple deny customers the Google Voice functionality and risk the ire of the FCC? eWEEK Labs' Andrew Garcia suspects it's because Apple is building a similar service for MobileMe.  —  The flap between Google and Apple …
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Slide And RockYou Reboot: They're “Distributed Media Companies” Now  —  As we discussed several weeks ago, Slide and RockYou are doing exactly what all smart, well-funded emerging companies do when their original business models aren't turning out as planned: Switch horses.
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Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
The Tablet That Nobody Really Wants...  All of them.  —  Wired claims 2010 is the year of the tablet.  Let's face it, however much they sound dreamy (even I've speculated on wanting one in the past), in practical reality tablets generally suck.  They are both a worse laptop than a laptop …
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
White House Cybersecurity Chief Quits  —  WASHINGTON — The White House's acting cybersecurity czar announced her resignation Monday, in a setback to the Obama administration's efforts to better protect the computer networks critical to national security and the global economy.
TeleGeography Research:
Number of 3G users in US to overtake Japan in 2011, but China will take top spot in 2014  —  Japan is at the vanguard of 3G technology development, network build and commercialisation.  NTT DoCoMo launched the world's first commercial 3G network in late 2001, and while service providers …
Discussion: mocoNews
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. Will Lead in 3G, So What If You Can't Use the 3G Networks?
Discussion: Electronista
International Business Times:
Apple execs visit China to push iphone  —  Beijing - Senior officials from Apple Inc are to visit China to restart the top level negotiations with China Unicom on iPhone's entry into the huge Chinese market, local media Sina.com reported on Tuesday morning (Beijing time).
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Facebook app lets Intel PCs donate processor power  —  Can't donate your personal time to a good cause?  Intel is providing what may be the next best option.  —  Intel teamed up with GridRepublic on Monday to launch a Facebook application that allows the spare processing power in a PC …
GamesIndustry.biz:
Amazon slashes $50 from 160GB PS3 price  —  Online retailer Amazon has cut the price of the PlayStation 3 160GB bundle by USD 50 for its customers in the US.  —  The console, normally selling for USD 499 is now available for USD 449, and includes Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and a voucher to download PAIN.
Discussion: PC World, CNET News, VG247 and Gearlog
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
80GB PLAYSTATION 3 To Be Discontinued In Japan
Andrew Hampp / AdAge:
Creepy?  Annoying?  Or Creepy and Annoying?  —  The Thinking Behind Modernista's Baffling Palm Pre Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Gary Koepke, co-founder and executive creative director at Modernista, loves that you're creeped out by his ads for Sprint's Palm Pre.
Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Nvidia silently introduces ION LE  —  In Geforce /ION 190.38  —  Nvidia has silently introduced what seems to be its second ION based product.  The product is simply branded as ION LE and LE denotes the entry level product.  —  We've asked Nvidia about it and Igor Stanek …
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 …
Jason Roth / Apple:
Apple Launches iTunes Store in Mexico  —  World's Most Popular Online Music Store Kicks off with All Major Labels & Hundreds of Indies  —  Apple® today announced the launch of the iTunes® Store in Mexico (www.itunes.com/mexico) with an incredible selection of Mexican and international music …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Microsoft's Point Man on Search-Satya Nadella-Speaks: “It's a Game of Scale”  —  Another Microsoft exec BoomTown spoke to-while in Seattle last week-was Satya Nadella, SVP of Research and Development at its Online Services division, also known as the man in charge of search and online advertising technology …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why A Netflix Streaming iPhone App Could Actually Happen  —  Netflix (NFLX) is reportedly working on an iPhone app for its popular movie streaming service.  —  If it's true, there are plenty of technical, legal, and behavioral hurdles here: For example, getting the rights to stream movies …
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.
Esten Hurtle / PC Magazine:
Nikon's Digital Camera is the First with a Projector  —  That LCD on the back of your camera can get a little crowded when family and friends are all clamoring at once to view your images.  Nikon is intent on changing that with the introduction of the Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj, the world's first camera to a feature a built-in projector.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Startups unite to drive nail into the coffin of Internet Explorer 6  —  If you're still using Internet Explorer 6 — the frequently criticized web browser that was first released in 2001 — the Internet is becoming an increasingly hostile place.  —  Popular sites like YouTube are telling visitors …
Discussion: SitePoint
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
Apple vs. Google: Tech's Newest Rivalry?  —  The Valley giants both want to determine how users access the mobile Web.  Eric Schmidt's exit from Apple's board may be the shot that starts the race in earnest  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt  —  Over the past three decades …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft delivers near-final test build of Windows 7 XP Mode  —  On August 4, Microsoft is making available to any and all interested testers the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows 7's XP Mode add-on.  —  XP Mode is aimed primarily at small/mid-size business users (SMBs) …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's PlayStation 3 Slim to debut August 18th at Cologne gamescom?  —  Whoa, Nelly!  No sooner than we hear that Sony is informing Japanese retailers that the 80GB PS3 model won't be shipping any longer after August 8th, along comes this to stoke the raging rumor fires once more.
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.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
iLike rolls out App platform, with 250 bands signed on  —  Seattle social music service iLike really has platformized its iPhone App technology.  —  The company today is announcing that 250 bands - including big names such as Sonic Youth, Michael Franti, Enrique Iglesias and Reba McEntire …
 
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Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon App for Android released
Discussion: Fast Company and Big in Japan
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twitter Reaches 44.5 Million People Worldwide In June (comScore)
Discussion: WebProNews, Twitterrati, TechFlash and 901am, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Digg Planning a Read/Write API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Thanks:atul
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Obama administration, new legal research could jack up antitrust heat on Intel
Discussion: Macworld
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Oldest BitTorrent Site Targeted by Police, Owner Arrested
Discussion: p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Brusilovsky / CrunchGear:
Bodega Launches Mac OS App Store
Discussion: Macworld and MacMegasite
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Call for debate on killer robots
Discussion: T3.com News
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Enterprise Hacks Opining On The Law, And Other Blogging Tragedies
Thanks:jspepper
John Poirier / Reuters:
FTC to press on with Apple-Google board probe