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5:30 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 …
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: Liliputing, Electronista and Gearlog
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
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
Niluksi Koswanage / Reuters:
Malaysia examines Internet filter, tougher controls  —  Malaysia is considering the establishment of an Internet filter, similar to China's abandoned “Green Dam” project, a source familiar with the process told Reuters on Thursday.  —  News of the proposal emerged within days …
Discussion: Slashdot
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
FCC wants real answers from ISPs on broadband investment  —  Yes, we know—when the FCC puts out a press release (PDF) titled “Columbia Institute for Tele-Information to Conduct Independent Review of Telecom Capital Expenditures to Assist FCC,” the eyeballs begin to glaze and the limbs feel suddenly heavy.
Discussion: CNET News
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.
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
 
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Mickey Djuric / The Canadian Press:
Canadian officials won't say whether or how the new Online News Act should apply to AI companies using Canadian news for training or providing chatbot answers

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