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11:20 AM ET, August 6, 2009

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Andrew Clark / Guardian:
Murdoch plans charge for all news websites by next summer  —  Times and Sun readers to pay as loss-making Murdoch declares end to free-for-all  —  The billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch suffered the indignity of seeing his global empire make a huge financial loss yesterday and promptly pledged …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Murdoch On Leading The Charging Charge  —  Rupert Murdoch really, really, really wants to charge for online news.  Really.  At least, he keeps saying so even though by far the bulk of News Corp.'s online news content continues to be ad supported.  Wednesday, finally setting even the most vague …
Erica Alini / Wall Street Journal:
Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptops  —  They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple  —  A sign at Naidre's, a small neighborhood coffee shop in Brooklyn, N.Y., begins warmly: “Dear customers, we are absolutely thrilled that you like us so much that you want to spend the day...”
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sony's Party-shot dock snaps incriminating Facebook photos while you drink  —  As if your Facebook profile doesn't have enough hard evidence that you're completely unfit for any job you might strike up the courage to apply for, here's a thoughtful accessory for producing even more regret-inducing snapshots.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Bing Has Succeeded... In Finding The Worst Jingle Ever  —  A few weeks ago, we wrote about the contest Microsoft's new search engine Bing was holding to find a catchy jingle for the product.  Today, they have announced the winner.  “Catchy” is one word for it.  Another is “awful.”
Discussion: PC World, Mashable! and Technologizer
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Bing / Search Blog:
The Bing Jingle Winner is...  We want to thank everyone who submitted their Bing jingles to our Bing YouTube site.  We were amazed at the creativity and variety of all the entrants.  After much anticipation, a multitude of voting and discussion, we are very pleased to announce that the winner …
Twitter Status:
Site is down  —  We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly.  —  Update: we are defending against a denial-of-service attack.
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
What's The Google Brand Worth These Days?  $100 Billion.  Probably Less.  —  WPP subsidiary Millward Brown Optimor released its highly regarded annual brand ranking BrandZ Top 100 (PDF) back in April.  It identifies the world's most valuable global brands as measured by their dollar value.
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Guess Who Is The Top Global Brand Again? You Got It! Google
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
London is the capital of Twitter, says founder @ev  —  Twitter was featured on the BBC's Newsnight programme last night.  There weren't any great revelations about the service, however the confirmation from the CEO that London remains the top Twitter-using city in the world is pretty interesting.
Discussion: AppScout and Pocket-lint.com
Sascha Segan / AppScout:
Opera Mobile for Android in the Works  —  Opera Mobile 9.7 is a great alternative browser for Windows Mobile and Symbian, but so far it hasn't been available on other smart phone platforms.  In an interview with PCMag.com today, Opera Software CEO Jon von Tetzchner said the browser might come …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Putting lipstick on Microsoft's pigs  —  Windows Mobile.  Logo: Microsoft  —  At the end of a long report on the Apple Stores — and the corner he believes they have turned — Needham analyst Charles Wolf turned his attention this week to Microsoft (MSFT) and its plans to launch a fleet …
Discussion: MacDailyNews
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Software Pricing: Are We Doing It Wrong?  —  One of the side effects of using the iPhone App store so much is that it's started to fundamentally alter my perception of software pricing.  So many excellent iPhone applications are either free, or no more than a few bucks at most.
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
What is Happening to Windows 7?  —  Blame the tricky upgrade process—and, by extension, the Registry—for the backlash against Windows 7.  —  Why has Windows 7 suddenly fallen off the track with negative publicity?  What happened?  What changed?  —  This is one of the strangest developments …
Discussion: Technovia, Mossblog and digg.com
Apple:
About the Mac OS X v10.5.8 Update  —  The Mac OS X v10.5.8 Update is recommended for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard users and includes general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.  For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit this website.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
XML flaws threaten ‘enormous’ array of apps  —  Java, Python, and Apache - for starters  —  Free whitepaper - Avoiding 7 common mistakes of IT security compliance  —  Security researchers have uncovered critical flaws in open-source software that implements the Extensible Markup Language …
Electronista:
Sprint adds enviro-friendly Samsung Reclaim  —  Sprint today gave little time for rumors to spread by formally launching the Samsung Reclaim.  The carrier's first turn at a green phone is made from 80 percent recyclable material and comes in suitably recyclable packaging.
Sysomos:
Inside Twitter  —  An In-Depth Look at the 5% of Most Active Users  —  When Sysomos published its initial “Inside Twitter” report last month that looked at the people on Twitter and how it was being used, we discovered that 5% of users accounted for 75% of all activity.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Brings Community To iGoogle With “Social Gadgets”  —  This morning Google is rolling out a program in Australia enabling developers to create “social gadgets” that permit sharing, collaboration and groups on the iGoogle homepage.  The social gadgets will come to the US and other markets in the future …
Discussion: Google Operating System, Thanks:atul
Business Wire:
T-Mobile USA Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results  — $1.6 billion Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization ("OIBDA") in the second quarter of 2009, up 16% from the first quarter of 2009 and up 1% from the second quarter of 2008  — OIBDA Margin increased to 34% from 29% …
Discussion: Between the Lines and TmoNews
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
ShoeMoney Reaches Settlement With Google Employee Over AdWords Violations  —  Over the last few months we've been tracking a lawsuit between online marketing guru Jeremy Schoemaker and a Google employee named Keyen Farrell.  This week comes news that Schoemaker has settled the case with Farrell, though details are scant.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Iowa 911 call center becomes first to accept texts  —  An emergency call center in the basement of the county jail in Waterloo, Iowa, became the first in the country to accept text messages sent to “911,” starting Wednesday.  —  Call centers around the country are looking at following in its footsteps …
Discussion: Gearlog
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
You are SO unfollowed!  —  Whew, it's been a while since I've done a good old fashioned blog.  I've been busy, though.  Posting tons of videos, both on my personal site on Blip.tv as well as professional videos over on building43.com.  Last night I put up a live video of USA's new CTO speaking to a bunch of Silicon Valley geeks, too.
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
WiMax Versus WiMax In Texas Towns  —  The battle is likely a harbinger of the wireless future in which different high speed wireless technologies will compete against each other on a wide scale.  —  Mobile WiMax is still in its deployment infancy, but two providers are already competing …
James Carswell / Periscopix:
Google Testing New PPC Ad Layout in SERPs  —  With increasing numbers of people throwing out their bulky old CRT monitors and switching to large flat screen monitors with their increased resolutions, this is a very welcome change to the search engine results page (SERP) layout on Google.
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sirius Lives!  —  Sirius XM (SIRI) reported Q2 ‘09 earnings essentially in-line with consensus estimates, with a subscriber loss that was not as bad as many expected, though still down from last year.  —  Sirius’ increase in full-year guidance and less-than-expected sub loss may have accounted …
TechCrunch:
Spotify and the Great Leaps of Faith  —  Last month at The Europas - TechCrunch Europe's version of the Crunchies - a lot of impressive start-ups were honored.  But one was clearly cleaning up: Spotify, the sexy online music app that has music lovers in Europe swooning.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Firefox Director Talks Firefox 3.6, Tasks, and Competing with Chrome  —  We were eager to know what's happening with Firefox.  Mike Beltzner, the open-source browser's director, was glad to tell us.  Here's what he had to say about future features, competition with Chrome, and keeping all of Firefox contributors in sync.
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Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Publicis front-runner to buy Razorfish: report
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Symantec helps pump $20M into identity theft protection company Lifelock
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Rosa Golijan / Lifehacker:
Massacre Gmail Ads with These Two Sentences (and Some Tragic Words)
Discussion: Download Squad and Gizmodo
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Arrington's CrunchPad Will Be ‘A Real Hit’, Says Best Buy Marketing Boss
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone triggers boom in flash memory
Discussion: AppleInsider and Electronista
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The Challenge Of User-Generated Porn
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TomTom iPhone pricing leaked
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Apple launching iPhone 3GS 8GB soon?