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12:30 PM 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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Techdirt, Chip Griffin and Techgeist
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 …
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 …
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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David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Interview: Twitter service provider NTT America on DDOS attack
Discussion: Computerworld and The Register
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.
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 …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia device passes FCC for T-Mobile USA, looks an awful lot like a new Internet Tablet to us  —  Every week, random, seemingly anonymous Nokia handsets quietly pick up FCC approval.  Most will never see the light of day on an American carrier, and the ones that do have usually already …
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:
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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