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9:45 AM ET, August 8, 2009

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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Source: Apple And Google Agreed Not To Poach Workers  —  While Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on Apple's board of directors, the two companies had an agreement not to hire away each other's workers, a former Google employee with knowledge of such matters has told us.  We have since confirmed this with other ex-Googlers.
Mia / YouTube Blog:
YouTube Gets Smarter on the Small Screen  —  As more and more people are using the browser on their smartphones for checking email, visiting websites, and even accessing YouTube, we want to make sure that we provide the best possible YouTube experience on your mobile browser.
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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Interview: Twitter service provider NTT America on DDOS attack
Discussion: The Register
Tom Parfitt / Guardian:
Georgian blogger Cyxymu blames Russia for cyber attack
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple's next iMacs rumored with compelling new features  —  A couple of new features rumored to be in the cards for Apple's forthcoming iMac refresh will up the value proposition for prospective buyers in the market for an all-in-one desktop system, AppleInsider has been told.
Urmee Khan / Telegraph:
British troops encouraged to use Twitter  —  British troops are being encouraged by the Ministry of Defence to use Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends.  —  In a “liberalisation” of its social networking policy, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said that British troops …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Apple to Stream First Live Concert to the iPhone Tonight  —  Tonight Apple will produce its first-ever live event streamed to the iPhone: a concert by the electronica band Underworld.  Apple has apparently kept the event quiet as it doesn't want to overwhelm the AT&T network …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Clueless Murdoch Move: Without Subscriber Names, Might Break With Kindle  —  When you go to a kiosk and buy that day's Wall Street Journal, you can be fairly certain that no one's going to request your name and address and send that information back to News Corp.
Boy Genius Report:
Exclusive: Motorola bringing a “webOS” to Android?  Called Blur?  —  Where would we be without our trusty Motorola ninjas?  We've just got the drop on some exciting information about Motorola's Android plans and how they hope plan to make a splash.  Here's what we've been told:
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Welcome to Hotel Yahoo: Check in anytime you want...  It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks at Yahoo, following the announcement to outsource Internet search technology to Microsoft and Yahoo stock's subsequent 15 percent sell-off.  —  But the scene in Sunnyvale, California took a really odd turn …
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: Google Voice to be retooled as Web app for iPhone  —  Even though Apple prevented it from listing Google Voice on the iPhone App Store, Google is planning on retooling the application as a Web-based app, according to The New York Times.  —  In David Pogue's Friday column regarding …
Daniel Brusilovsky / TechCrunch:
Pic: The Microsoft Mall Invasion Begins  —  The Microsoft PR team tweeted out the first image to Twitpic of the Microsoft Retail Store opening in Scottsdale and Mission Viejo.  The stores are slated to open sometime in the fall, with more locations opening after.
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cybersecurity Official Resigns  —  Obstacles and Lack of Authority Frustrated Director, Sources Say  —  A top operational official in charge of protecting civilian government computer networks has resigned, dealing another blow to the federal effort to enhance cybersecurity.
Discussion: internetnews.com
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Storing text docs in XML may run afoul of Microsoft patent  —  At the same time that Microsoft was pushing for the adoption of an XML-based file format for documents, it had a patent pending that would cover most uses of XML for word processing files.  —  In the middle part of this decade …
Discussion: The Register
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Windows XP SP3 runs browsers 13% faster than Windows 7 RTM  —  In a set of comprehensive Windows Web browser performance tests conducted by Betanews on August 7 — our first test of browsers running on the final Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 distributed by Microsoft yesterday …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
FT.com plans pay-per-article system for website  —  FT.com aims for one-click pay-per-article system by next summer, and reviews whether to offer any content free  —  The Financial Times is to introduce a full “pay-per-view” model for accessing online articles by next summer and is reviewing whether …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Microsoft joins HTML 5 standard fray in earnest  —  After leaving much of the matter of creating new version of HTML to Apple, Google, Opera, and Mozilla, Microsoft has begun sinking its teeth into the Web standard.  —  The move adds clout to the effort to renovate HyperText Markup Language …
Brad Stone / Bits:
Falling Valuations: Poison for Venture Capital  —  Here's more proof that Silicon Valley's financing ecosystem is under assault: the value of the start-ups they are investing in just keeps dropping.  —  In a quarterly study of venture financings published Friday, Fenwick & West …
Discussion: TechFlash, HipMojo.com and VentureBeat, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Spotify Now Valued At €170 million  —  We've done more digging on the Spotify cap table story from yesterday, and have confirmed with one source that the company did close on at least part of the new round of financing the Financial Times reported they were negotiating earlier this week.
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:sizzler_chetan
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Revisionist History: Bartz Claims Yahoo Was Never A Search Engine  —  The New York Times has an interview out with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz where she declares that Yahoo has “never been a search company.”  Astounding, in that that this is not true.  —  Part of me thinks, “Why bother arguing?”
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Last Dodgeball Employee Leaving To Join Foursquare  —  Google (GOOG) engineer Harry Heymann, who was the last employee running its Dodgeball mobile service, is leaving to join Dodgeball cofounder Dennis Crowley's new startup, Foursquare.  —  Today is Heymann's last day at Google …
Discussion: Mashable!
GamesIndustry.biz:
Gaming dominates iPhone sales while apps are most popular on Android  —  The majority of sales undertaken via the App Store are for games, while Android users are buying more tools and applications, according to research carried out by app store analytics company Distimo.
Brian Hamacher / NBC Miami:
Man: Naughty Kitty Downloaded Kiddie Porn  —  Florida man arrested, says cat downloaded thousands of images.  —  TWITTER  —  You've heard the one about the dog eating the homework, now hear about the cat who downloaded the kiddie porn.  —  Keyboard Cat
 
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