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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Phil Schiller Responds Regarding Ninjawords and the App Store  —  Tuesday's piece on Ninjawords was really about two stories.  The small story is that of a clever $2 iPhone dictionary app, the developers of which removed “objectionable” words from its dictionary so as to get it published in the App Store.
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Apple's Phil Schiller Speaks On Censored iPhone Dictionaries, But Ignores The Bigger Issues  —  A lone messenger has emerged from the impenetrable fortress that is Apple's App Store, and his name is Phil Schiller.  Earlier this week, John Gruber of Daring Fireball wrote a lengthy column detailing …
Discussion: Macworld
Biz / Twitter Blog:
Update on Today's DoS Attacks  —  As noted earlier on our Status Blog, Twitter is back in action.  The continuing denial of service attack is being mitigated although there is still degraded service for some folks while we recover completely.  —  Over the last few hours …
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Google the latest victim of malicious online attacks  —  Hundreds of millions of web users around the world affected as malicious online attacks begin  —  A concerted attempt to crash a string of major websites appears to be underway, with malicious online attacks affecting services including Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Twitter Attack Brings a Day Without Social Media
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Windows 7 RTM Available Today for MSDN & TechNet Subscribers  —  As we previously announced, today MSDN & TechNet Subscribers will be able to download Windows 7 RTM in English.  On October 1st, the remaining languages will be released.  —  The bits are available now!
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
Microsoft is now the proud new owner of Office.com  —  As of two days ago, Microsoft has been indeed confirmed to be the new owners of the Office.com domain that one clever commenter on this blog made a note of almost a month ago (thanks Bob).  —  The transition of this valuable domain …
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Rejected By Apple, iPhone Developers Go Underground  —  Apple is the exclusive gatekeeper to its iPhone App Store, able to reject apps at will — as it did July 28 with Google Voice.  But some developers aren't taking the rejection lying down: They're turning instead to an unauthorized app store called Cydia …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple working on device abuse detection technology  —  Apple has investigated a system where portable devices like iPods and iPhones would detect and store into memory “consumer abuse events” such as exposure to extreme cold, heat or moisture in void of warranty, a new patent application reveals.
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...”
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Team Apart Joins The Startup Crusade Against WebEx (Invites)  —  It's no secret that group collaboration services like WebEx can be a major pain, particularly when they require proprietary browser plugins (some of them don't even support Macs at all).  Team Apart, a new startup launching …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meet Sherpa, the Hottest Android App  —  Sherpa, a location-based services application developed by Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup Geodelic, is among the fastest-growing applications for Google's Android.  In the past week, the company claims that it has seen 50,000 downloads from the Android market.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Confirmed: Layoffs at Rhapsody  —  The ax is swinging at Rhapsody America.  The subscription music service, a joint venture between RealNetworks (RNWK) and Viacom (VIA) subsidiary MTV Networks, is sacking nine percent of its employees, mostly in editorial.  Impacted employees were notified …
Discussion: TechFlash and paidContent
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft moving Azure from WA data center, citing state tax policy  —  Microsoft today told early users of its Windows Azure cloud computing platform that it will shift applications and storage away from its Pacific Northwest data center in Quincy, Wash., prior to Azure's commercial launch.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Earnings: CBS Net Income Plunges 96 Percent; Interactive Rev Down 8 Percent  —  CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS) had a particularly painful Q2, even by the standards of other broadcasters.  The company's profits plummeted 96.2 percent to $15.4 million ($.02 per diluted share) from $408.4 million ($.61 per diluted share).
David Carnoy / Crave: The gadget blog:
iRex prepping new wireless e-book reader  —  Just got an image of a mock-up for a new e-Reader from iRex that's due out this holiday season.  Not much info on this thing but it's larger than the Kindle 2 and just-announced Sony Readers.  —  Here's the little we know:  — 8.1-inch display
Guardian:
Cyberkids quit social networking sites  —  • Datablog: get the numbers behind this story  —  From uncles wearing skinny jeans to mothers investing in ra-ra skirts and fathers nodding awkwardly along to the latest grime record, the older generation has long known that the surest way to kill a youth trend is to adopt it as its own.
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: Techgeist, Pocket-lint.com and AppScout
Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Sprint plans to sell AM-OLED phones from Samsung  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sprint Nextel will sell Samsung Electronics phones including an advanced display technology that will improve battery life and video and photo quality, according to executives for the companies.
Tomio Geron / Venture Capital Dispatch:
Turning Out The Lights: SplashCast  —  (Note: We're keeping an ongoing tally of venture-backed company shutdowns this year as VentureWire reports on them.  See the list below.  Look for these postings under the title, “Turning Out The Lights.")  —  SplashCast Corp.,, which lets people …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael S. Lasky / LAPTOP Magazine:
Tech Support Showdown 2009  —  Hardware isn't the only thing you should consider before buying a notebook.  —  Contents:  —  “Your call is important to us.  Please hold.”  —  If your eyes just rolled toward the back of your head, you're not alone.  Just check out the tsunami …
Mmaser / Digg the Blog:
Digg Ads beta rolling out this week  —  As announced earlier this summer, I'm excited to let you all know that we're rolling out an early beta version of Digg Ads.  —  A recap of how it works: your Diggs, buries and clicks influence a quality score that determines how often the ad gets displayed …
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and Mashable!
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Researcher: Microsoft may launch ‘month of ATL’ patches on Tuesday  —  Advance notice offers clues Microsoft will update software hit by deep dev bug  —  Computerworld - Microsoft today said it would deliver nine security updates next Tuesday, all but one affecting Windows.
Economist:
Fabless and fearless  —  How a Taiwanese firm became one of the world's fastest-growing chipmakers  —  MOST technology firms fall into one of two brackets: those that sell individual components, such as Intel, a chip giant, and those that offer finished products, such as Apple of iPhone fame.
Kaspersky Lab Weblog:
New tricks for Koobface  —  Once again, there's a new wave of Koobface.  —  But this time, the tactics have changed.  There's a new twist to the social engineering, with links from infected messages leading to a very well designed Facebook lookalike page (far more convincing than the previous YouTube page)
Discussion: Zero Day and The Tech Herald …
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 …
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 …
Cade Metz / The Register:
Is Google spending $106.5m to open source a codec?  —  The price of web standards  —  After acquiring On2's video compression codecs in a deal valued at approximately $106.5 million in stock, will Google simply turn around and open source them?  —  It certainly looks that way.
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: eWeek and MacDailyNews
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — At Harvard, Carrie Grimes majored in anthropology and archaeology and ventured to places like Honduras, where she studied Mayan settlement patterns by mapping where artifacts were found.
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Adobe kills low-end Photoshop, urges users online  —  Photoshop Album Starter Edition, the lowest rung on Adobe Systems' ladder of image-editing software products, and the company is nudging its users toward the online Photoshop.com site.  —  Adobe launched Photoshop Album Starter Edition in 2003 as a free …
 
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Nvidia Up 5%; Q2 Sales, EPS Beat; Forecasts Above Est.
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Alexander Sliwinski / Joystiq:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Savings.com Makes Coupons More Social; Jason Calacanis Joins Board
Discussion: VentureBeat and MediaPost
Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Chambers Server Push Ends Cisco's ‘Cozy’ Partnership With Hewlett-Packard
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Former employee hits Apple with unpaid overtime suit
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Zoe Kleinman / BBC:
Computer ‘agents’ take to the web
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
What's The Google Brand Worth These Days?  $100 Billion.  Probably Less.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Software Pricing: Are We Doing It Wrong?
Discussion: Webomatica