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8:55 AM ET, August 4, 2009

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Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
Apple bans App Store's 3rd-most prolific developer  —  Over the past few weeks, Apple has been much-maligned for keeping apps such as Google Voice off the App Store.  These weren't some random garbage apps; there was no farting, or baby shaking.  Google Voice apps are utilities which many have come …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Another Startup Falls Prey To The iPhone/Google Voice Crossfire  —  If you've been paying attention to the tech news at all over the last week, you're already very familiar with the outrage that Apple has sparked over its rejection of Google Voice for the App Store, and its ban of all third-party applications that tap into the service.
Daniel Brusilovsky / CrunchGear:
Bodega Launches Mac OS App Store
Discussion: Macworld and MacMegasite
John Poirier / Reuters:
FTC to press on with Apple-Google board probe  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission said it will continue to investigate the relationship between the boards of Apple Inc and Google Inc, after Google's chief quit Apple's board on Monday.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Schmidt Had To Go  —  What happens when the enemy of your enemy …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Give The Apple Board Seat To Tim Cook
Discussion: PR Newswire, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
Sponsored Tweets Launches: The End of Twitter As We Know It?  —  We heard rumblings that IZEA's Sponsored Tweets was about to debut back in June.  Today, IZEA's platform launched, and it is what we all expected: a pay per tweet service.  —  Sponsored Tweets, now live …
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 music and media store.
Discussion: Business Week and Seeking Alpha, Thanks:atul
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The GigaOM Interview: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on Mobile, Broadband, iPhone & Innovation  —  Late last week, a day before the Federal Communications Commission started to investigate the Google Voice App fiasco, I spoke with the new FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Sidecut Reports, Thanks:atul
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
‘Moving newspaper’ on flexible screen to be launched within months  —  It is the norm in the fictional world of Harry Potter: the magical daily newspaper where words and pictures come to life in the reader's hands.  —  Now a revolutionary technology means that the moving imagery in The Daily Prophet is set to become a reality.
Discussion: Pocket-lint.com, Forbes and TeleRead
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
AP Will Sell You A License To Words It Has No Right To Sell  —  Last year, you may recall, we pointed out that the Associated Press had a laughable sliding scale price if you wanted to copy and use more than 4 words (the first 4 free!).  After that, it cost $12.50 for 5 to 25 words.
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James Grimmelmann / The Laboratorium:
Go Away or I Shall Taunt You a Second Time
Discussion: ap.org and Boing Boing
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Ancestry.com Files For $75 Million IPO  —  Genealogy company Ancestry.com has filed for an IPO and plans to raise about $75 million in the offering, according to an SEC filing.  It plans to list on Nasdaq or NYSE under the symbol ACOM, and Morgan Stanley and BofA Merrill Lynch are the lead underwriters.
Richard Wray / Guardian:
INQ handsets turn to Twitter and iTunes  —  Mobile phone maker INQ is releasing two new handsets boasting support for Twitter and iTunes compatibility, thanks to a deal with one of the internet's best-known hackers  —  Mobile phone maker INQ is to follow its first award-winning eponymous mobile phone …
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Pocket-lint.com
Financial Times:
Music service Spotify wins high-profile backing  —  By Tim Bradshaw in London, Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson in New York and Tom Mitchell in Hong Kong  —  Spotify, the digital music service widely tipped as a potential challenger to the dominance of iTunes, is close to securing new investment …
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Defends Wikipedian's Right to the Public Domain  —  As has been widely reported, the National Portrait Gallery of London (NPG) recently sent a legal threat to an American Wikipedian, Derrick Coetzee, over his posting approximately 3,000 photos of public domain paintings to Wikipedia.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Francis Davey
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Enterprise Hacks Opining On The Law, And Other Blogging Tragedies  —  Ok, the reasoned low key approach didn't work.  Now it's time for some more truth.  —  The ridiculous Sam Sethi dispute has gone on for far too long, and far too many have continued to be sucked into his web of confidence …
Discussion: VentureBeat, One By One Media and BayNewser, Thanks:jspepper
Adam Strong / Domain Name News:
BREAKING: First Ever Criminal Prosecution for Domain Name Theft Underway  —  Over the years hundreds of stories of domain name theft have been reported, most famous among them of course is the theft of Sex.com.  Even as recent as last week, reports of stolen domains sent a chilling reminder through …
Discussion: Ars Technica and CircleID
Bill Ray / The Register:
T-Mobile UK starts shifting iPhones on the quiet  —  Exclusive, what exclusive?  —  Migrate from Solaris to Red Hat on IBM  —  T-Mobile UK has started supplying iPhone 3G handsets to selected customers, while O2 UK continues to believe it has a UK exclusive on Apple's last-generation handset.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News and Beet.TV
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Startups unite to drive nail into the coffin of Internet Explorer 6  —  If you're still using Internet Explorer 6 — a frequently criticized web browser that was first released in 2001 — the Internet probably feels like an increasingly hostile place.  Popular sites like YouTube are telling visitors …
Discussion: SitePoint
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
TeleNav GPS Navigator comes to T-Mobile's myTouch 3G  —  TeleNav has already launched its subscription turn-by-turn navigation service for the G1, so it stands to reason that official myTouch 3G support would be close behind — and sure enough, the company has announced that its GPS Navigator app …
Discussion: AndroidGuys, SlashGear, AppScout and Gizmodo
Markcuban / blog maverick:
Why TV Networks Should Support Net Neutrality  —  If you run a TV network, broadcast or cable, you should be spending a lot of money to support Net Neutrality.  You should have every lobbyist you own getting on the Net Neutrality train.  Why ?  Because in a net neutrality environment no bits get priority over any other bits.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Twitter augmented reality search: Tweetmondo and Layar team up  —  A still from Twittaround, the original augmented reality Twitter search app  —  Less than a month ago, a fascinating, if slightly creepy, mobile app called Twittaround launched — overlaying nearby tweets onto a smartphone camera.
Discussion: Tweetmondo and Mashable!
Jason Palmer / BBC:
Call for debate on killer robots  —  An international debate is needed on the use of autonomous military robots, a leading academic has said.  —  Noel Sharkey of the University of Sheffield said that a push toward more robotic technology used in warfare would put civilian life at grave risk.
 
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Lifetime Digital, King.com Tie Up For Games Deal
Discussion: VentureBeat
PC World:
Toshiba Plans Faster SD Cards for Early 2010
Discussion: Electronista and TechVi
Marc Preel / Agence France Presse:
Swedish crackdown on piracy pays off
Schneier on Security:
Building in Surveillance  —  China is the world's most successful Internet censor.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Founders To Leave News Corp.
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:2yadav
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
If You Could See Google Street View In Video, It Would Look Like YellowBird
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 Earlier Items: 
Simon Parkin / Eurogamer:
The Edge of Reason?  —  Paris, 2009  —  “It's painful, living with this constant threat.
Sarah Rotman Epps / The Forrester Blog …:
Forrester: New eReader Data Suggests Amazon Vulnerability
The Official Google Blog:
“Going Google” with Google Apps