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8:10 AM ET, August 5, 2009

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Donald Bell / Crave: The gadget blog:
Zune HD hands-on, impressions, tears of joy  —  Do you believe in miracles?  —  (Credit: Donald Bell/CNET Networks)  —  I'll admit right off the bat that I've been a pretty big fan of the Zune ever since I bought my first one back in 2007.  I've also had some disappointments …
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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Nick Lee / Google LatLong:
I didn't know that was there!  —  Here at Google Maps we're always looking for new ways to allow people to easily explore the world's information.  Well, what could be easier than putting things right on the map?  We've now added icons and labels of prominent businesses and places of interest directly on the map itself.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechCrunch
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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.
Rafe Needleman / Crave: The gadget blog:
Why consumers won't buy tablets  —  Rumors have it Apple is a month away from announcing a tablet computer.  Another tablet, the Crunchpad, is also due for imminent release.  These and other fine keyboardless computers get great play on gadget blogs (including our own Crave), but in the real world …
The Big Lead:
ESPN's Memo on Social Networking: Smells Like They're Cooking Up Some Changes  —  The kind folks at ESPN PR just passed along - without us even asking!  - ESPN's ‘additional guidelines for social networking.’ The rules are printed after the jump.  Guess our homework tonight is to find out why this initiative was kick-started now?
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Steven Musil / CNET News:
Some tweets now of out bounds at ESPN
Discussion: Mashable!, New York Times and Examiner
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 …
Discussion: LEWIS 360°, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
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
Tam Huynh / Ovi blog:
I love my Mac.  And so does Ovi Files.  —  Like many of us at Nokia, I lead a double life.  I'm a Thinkpad guy by day and a MacBook guy by night.  —  So you ask, how do you, Mister Ovi Files product manager, update that Word document you were working on until 2 am?  You know, the one you forgot to copy to your USB stick?
Discussion: IntoMobile and All About Symbian
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Flickr Loses a Few Thousand More Pictures, with No Recourse  —  A Flickr user is complaining loudly that the photo service allowed 3,000+ of his photos to be deleted by a hacker with no warning.  Now they're supposedly gone, forever.  When will Flickr start making backups?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Claims 32 Percent of Handset Industry Operating Profits  —  With the iPhone, Apple is doing to the handset industry what it has done to the PC industry with the Mac: Claiming an inordinate share of profits relative to revenue.  —  Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi estimates that Apple …
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.
Chris Ahearn / MediaFile:
Why I believe in the link economy  —  The following is a guest column by Chris Ahearn, President, Media at Thomson Reuters.  —  “Do unto others”  —  It's a simple standard my mom taught me when I was a kid - yours probably taught it too.  It isn't always easy, but in business it's …
Discussion: NewsCred Blog, Thanks:atul
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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Jessica Dolcourt / The Download Blog:
Handmark beats Microsoft to mobile app store  —  The countdown is well under way for Microsoft's Windows Mobile app store, called Windows Marketplace for Mobile, which is slated to arrive in early fall alongside the Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system.  Yet on Tuesday, mobile media company …
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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Goodbye iPod, hello iPhone  —  Apple passed an important milestone last quarter that nobody on Wall Street seems to have noticed: the iPod, once Apple's (AAPL) No. 1 source of revenue, fell into third place after the Mac (No. 1) and the iPhone (No. 2).  —  Think of Apple's business model …
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 …
Discussion: The Register and TechFlash
Darren Murph / Engadget:
T-Mobile myTouch 3G storming retail stores today for $199.99 on contract  —  You knew good and well this day was coming, but if you're sick and tired of lusting after your proactive neighbor's myTouch 3G, today's your lucky day.  The highly customizable HTC handset will be widely available starting …
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Hide labels, see subject lines on netbooks  —  Some time ago I bought a netbook.  It's perfect in terms of portability, weight and space usage, but the natural drawback is the size of the screen.  It's so small that sometimes I find it hard to read the subjects of emails in my inbox.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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).
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia N97 Mini.  It's real and we've got some details  —  We first heard about the upcoming Nokia N97 Mini via an accidental leak by Vodafone staffer on the Vodafone Ireland message boards in June.  —  And last week Engadget scored some live pictures of Nokia N97 Mini posing next to its bigger brother - Nokia N97.
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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Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Venture Capital Firms Climbing Aboard Travel Start-Ups
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Mobile Internet Hot Spots: Hot or Not?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Andrew Silverman / The Official Google Blog:
Leave the math to us: Advertisers increase their profits using Conversion Optimizer
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?
Discussion: Fast Company and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Electronic Arts beats earnings estimates, posts smaller loss …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Outlook: How Gawker Ripped Off My Story and Why It's Destroying Journalism
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Bix Down. Did Anyone Notice?
Discussion: Techgeist and Google Watch, Thanks:2yadav
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
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
The Best (and Worst) Hacks of Defcon Computer Security Conference 2009
Discussion: threatpost
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Student Arrested for Jailbreaking Game Consoles — Update
Discussion: Techdirt and TechVi
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon App for Android released
Discussion: Fast Company and Big in Japan