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8:50 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.
The Official Google Blog:
Innovation in video on the web  —  Today, video is an important part of many people's everyday activities on the Internet and a big part of many Google products.  —  Because we spend a lot of time working to make the overall web experience better for users, we think that video compression technology …
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Google:
Google to Acquire On2 Technologies  —  CLIFTON PARK, NY and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (August 5, 2009) - On2 Technologies, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ONT) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) jointly announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire On2, a leading developer of video compression technology.
Discussion: Between the Lines, Thanks:shankargan
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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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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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.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   In The Pre-Chrome OS World, Google Optimizes Gmail For Netbooks
Steven Musil / CNET News:
Some tweets now of out bounds at ESPN  —  For ESPN, the social-networking revolution will not be televised—or tweeted, blogged, or Facebooked.  Not for now, at least, and not without ESPN's approval.  —  The sports network has apparently banned its workforce from posting any sports-related content …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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.
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.
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
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
internetnews.com:
Cluster Resources Rebrands, Expands Beyond HPC  —  The company behind supercomputing automation software is moving into datacenter management.  —  Cluster Resources has spent the better part of the decade working on high performance computing (HPC) automation.
Discussion: The Register
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
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 …
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?
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
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome's New Feature: Click The UI Designer To Close The Window  —  This is just kind of odd.  Look at the picture below.  See the picture of some guy in place of the “X” button?  Yeah, that's this guy.  —  Apparently, one of Google's Chrome UI designers, Glen Murphy, has inserted his face into the latest nightly build of Chrome.
EUnews:
Europe well-placed to profit from digital economy: study  —  (BRUSSELS) - The growth of the Internet and the emergence of a new computer-savvy generation leaves Europe well-placed to capitalise on the digital economy, the European Commission said Tuesday.  —  In its Digital Competitiveness report …
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.
The Mozilla Blog:
Mozilla Store Vendor Security Breach  —  Today, Mozilla discovered that GatewayCDI, the third party vendor entrusted to run the backend of the Mozilla Store, suffered a security breach.  Once notified, we took the immediate preventative step of shutting down the Mozilla Store to ensure that no additional users could be compromised.
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Softpedia News
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
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 …
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.
 
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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Robert Andrews / paidContent:
What Does Spotify's Funding Say About Freemium Music Fortunes?
Dan Primack / PE Hub Blog:
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Discussion: VoIP Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?
Discussion: Fast Company and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
Outlook: How Gawker Ripped Off My Story and Why It's Destroying Journalism
Discussion: Rebooting The News
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