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2:20 PM ET, August 8, 2009

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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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Cybersecurity Official Resigns
GamesIndustry.biz:
Gaming dominates iPhone sales while apps are most popular on Android
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
FT.com plans pay-per-article system for website
Discussion: Mark Evans, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Alexei Oreskovic / MediaFile:
Welcome to Hotel Yahoo: Check in anytime you want...
James Rogers / TheStreet.com:
Oracle, Sun Flagged by EU: Tech Rumor of the Day
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Windows XP SP3 runs browsers 13% faster than Windows 7 RTM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Spotify Now Valued At €170 million
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:sizzler_chetan
 Earlier Items: 
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Alibaba.com Plans U.S. Push
Discussion: paidContent
internetnews.com:
Senator Mounts New Push to Legalize Net Poker
Discussion: Softpedia News and eWeek
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
iPhone Undermining Microsoft in Enterprise?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Last Dodgeball Employee Leaving To Join Foursquare
Discussion: Mashable!