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9:35 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.
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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Min Li Chan / Google Chrome Blog:
A New Beta: Why slow down when you can speed up?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Chrome Gets 30% Speed Bump, HTML5 Functionality
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.
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mac OS X 10.5.8 chock full of security, reliability fixes
Discussion: Macworld and Softpedia News
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 …
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.
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: Pocket-lint.com
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.
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.”
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
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
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Exponential Entertainment launches its first Hollywood-based casual games  —  Exponential Entertainment has launched the first casual games on its HollywoodPlayer.com web site as well as on Facebook.  —  The Seattle-based company was the winner of the Who's Got Game startup competition at our GamesBeat conference in March.
Discussion: NewTeeVee
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.
Boy Genius Report:
Apple launching iPhone 3GS 8GB soon?  —  We've had a number of unconfirmed tips over the last few days about this so we figured we'd post it... apparently it seems that Rogers in Canada is in the process of shipping iPhone 3GS 8GB flavor handsets to stores.  Again, unconfirmed, no idea on pricing …
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 …
Discussion: Softpedia News and eWeek
Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
Sony Finalizes Backwards Compatible Memory Stick XC With 2TB Maximum Capacity  —  Sony has finalized specifications of Memory Stick XC, which was also known back during CES 2009 as “Memory Stick Format Series for Extended High Capacity.”  At that time, Sony had mentioned that this new Memory Stick …
Inside Edge:
TomTom iPhone pricing leaked  —  Please support our Hardware and Software advertiser: Programming Forums  —  How much for an iPhone-powered TomTom satnav?  That's the question that has been on the lips of many an iPhone user ever since TomTom announced it was developing a version …
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 …
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.
Martin Langeveld / Nieman Journalism Lab:
NAA/Nielsen stats show newspapers own less than 1 percent of U.S. online audience page views, time spent  —  The NAA has issued another of its regular updates on the state of the U.S. daily newspaper Web audience.  As usual, the numbers, sourced from Nielsen Online, sound impressive:
Discussion: Newspaper Association … and MediaFile, Thanks:atul
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
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
Inside BigChampagne's Music Panopticon  —  In the old days, music industry insiders could get a pretty good idea of what was happening in “the biz” by watching various gatekeepers in radio, television and retail.  Today's socially-networked music scene presents greater opportunity …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Arrington's CrunchPad Will Be ‘A Real Hit’, Says Best Buy Marketing Boss  —  Best Buy (BBY) chief marketing officer Barry Judge just met with the “chief blogger” at TechCrunch.  Presumably, that's Michael Arrington.  —  Judge also took a peek at the CrunchPad, Arrington's Web-only tablet PC project.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast adopts DNS hijacking, imposes irritating opt-out  —  Despite knowing the ways in which DNS hijacking can cause problems for non-Web clients, Comcast has rolled it out in an attempt to make money off misspelled URLs.  To make matters worse, opting out is a hassle.
Discussion: Comcast Voices and ITworld.com
 
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Roy Mark / eWeek:
Lawmakers Back Permanent U.S. Involvement with ICANN
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
W. David Gardner / InformationWeek:
WiMax Versus WiMax In Texas Towns
Greg Kumparak / MobileCrunch:
Qik for Android gets video editing, “Speed sharing”
Bill Rigby / Reuters:
Publicis front-runner to buy Razorfish: report
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Symantec helps pump $20M into identity theft protection company Lifelock
Discussion: WebWire
Rosa Golijan / Lifehacker:
Massacre Gmail Ads with These Two Sentences (and Some Tragic Words)
Discussion: Download Squad and Gizmodo
Paul Carr:
An open letter to Sam Sethi, on the occasion of him completely losing his mind
Discussion: Robin Wauters
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone triggers boom in flash memory
Discussion: Electronista
Oliver J. Chiang / Forbes:
The Challenge Of User-Generated Porn
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Report: Microsoft Bing benefits from illegal pharmaceutical sales
Discussion: LiveSide, Ars Technica and eWeek
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Removes Ability To Search Based On Relationship Status
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and Gawker
Jane Macartney / Times of London:
Chinese teenager beaten to death in internet addiction clinic
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Thanks:mikeharvey