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1:55 AM ET, August 5, 2009

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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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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 …
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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
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
Discussion: Download Squad, eWeek and BetaNews
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
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?
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.
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 …
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:
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
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.
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: TechFlash
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 and The Awl
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.
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 …
Thanks:atul
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).
Ty McMahan / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Venture Capital Firms Climbing Aboard Travel Start-Ups  —  Although a sagging economy continues to upset the vacation industry, venture investors are still booking reservations with travel-related start-ups.  —  The first half of this year alone has seen at least 10 investments in travel companies …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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: Mashable! and Search Engine Watch
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 …
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
 
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Jessica Dolcourt / The Download Blog:
Handmark beats Microsoft to mobile app store
Discussion: mocoNews and PalmAddicts
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?
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Mobile Internet Hot Spots: Hot or Not?
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?
Discussion: Fast Company and Gizmodo, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shuts Bix Down. Did Anyone Notice?
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:2yadav
Priya Ganapati / Gadget Lab:
Personal Supercomputers Promise Teraflops on Your Desk
Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
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 and ChannelWeb
Staska / Unwired View:
Nokia N97 Mini. It's real and we've got some details
Chris Davies / SlashGear:
Amazon App for Android released
Discussion: Fast Company and Big in Japan