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4:00 PM ET, August 8, 2009

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Boy Genius Report:
Apple iTunes 9 details, Blu-ray, app organization  —  We've just received a tip from a pretty reliable source that detailed for us some of iTunes 9's upcoming features and they're pretty exciting.  —  One of the new additions to iTunes is said to include Blu-ray support which lines up nicely …
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 …
Anil Dash:
What Works: The Web Way vs. The Wave Way  —  Google Wave is an impressive set of technologies, the kind of stunningly slick application that literally makes developers stand up and cheer.  I've played with the Google Wave test sandbox a bit, and while it's definitely too complex to live up to the …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Hey, What Happened To Scribd?  Traffic Down Over 48% Since June  —  Scribd, the so-called ‘YouTube for documents’ that's recently also become an Ebook store, has been seeing a major drop in traffic over the last two months.  Since June, the site has lost over 48% of its global traffic …
Discussion: TeleRead
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.
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 …
Mmanos / LooseBolts:
The Cloud Politic - How Regulation, Taxes, and National Borders are shaping the infrastructure of the cloud  —  Most people think of ‘the cloud’ as a technical place defined by technology, the innovation of software leveraged across a scale of immense proportions and ultimately a belief …
Discussion: The Register
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.
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Retires the Mini 12  —  You may have seen some recent reports from places like Engadget, liliputing and Electronista that the Inspiron Mini 12 was going away.  It's true.  Dell recently decided that it's time for the Mini 12 to ride off into the sunset.
Discussion: Electronista, Liliputing and Gearlog
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Leaked Document Reveals Eircom Deal With Irish RIAA  —  Earlier this year IRMA - which controls 90% of Ireland's recorded music and represents the likes of EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner - reached a private agreement Ireland's largest ISP, Eircom, to implement a 3 strikes deal for alleged pirates.
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
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.
Discussion: Chip Griffin, Techdirt and Techgeist
 
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