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10:40 AM ET, August 10, 2009

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tr.im R.I.P.  —  Regretfully, we here at Nambu have decided to shutdown tr.im, the first step in shutting down all of our products and services within that brand. — tr.im did well for what it was, but, alas, it was not enough.  We simply cannot find a way to justify continuing to work on it …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
SHORTURL SAVIOR: Bit.ly Swoops in to Save Tr.im  —  The announcement this weekend that Tr.im will shut down has deeply worrying implications for URL shorteners: when these services go away, tens of thousands of links on the web simply stop working.  Some sites will lose hundreds of inbound links, and the traffic that comes with them.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Twitter's platform shortcomings  —  So, now, Tr.im's parent company, Nambu, has announced that the URL shortening service known as tr.im is turning off its service and that links will stop working after December 31.  Here's the news on Techmeme.  —  What will this do?  Well, first of all, any stats are gone.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Computerworld, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Why You Shouldn't Rely On URL Shorteners
Susan Stellin / New York Times:
Bank Will Allow Customers to Deposit Checks by iPhone  —  The Internet has taken a lot of the paperwork out of banking, but there is no avoiding paper when someone gives you a check.  Now one bank wants to let customers deposit checks immediately — through their phones.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Source: Dell Mobile Phone Launching In China Within Days  —  A source with knowledge of the situation tells us that Dell is launching (or at least announcing) a mobile phone in China in the next day or two.  We are trying to verify the information and gather more details on the hardware and operating system now.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Breakfast Can Wait.  The Day's First Stop Is Online.  —  Karl and Dorsey Gude of East Lansing, Mich., can remember simpler mornings, not too long ago.  They sat together and chatted as they ate breakfast.  They read the newspaper and competed only with the television for the attention of their two teenage sons.
Discussion: Mashable!, Gawker and Beyond Search
Marco.org:
Planet Calacanis  —  I've seen a lot of people quoting and linking to Jason Calacanis' recent article, The Case Against Apple—in Five Parts, in a positive light.  But I can't.  It's ridiculous.  —  Let's start with an easy one: … I don't need to get into this very much with this audience …
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Boy Genius Report:
AT&T pre-launch lineup: BlackBerry 9700, HTC Tilt 2, Garmin G60, more!  —  One of our oh so trusty ninjas just hit us up with a fantastic-looking pre-launch list for AT&T. These phones listed are not launched yet but are reportedly coming soon.  Just remember that coming soon could mean anywhere …
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CBS News:
War In The Valley: Apple vs. Google  —  The Monday Note: Behind The Coming Clash Between Tech Titans  —  (CBS) The Monday Note covers the intersection between media and technology and the shift of business models.  It is jointly edited by Frédéric Filloux …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple, Google reportedly shared agreement to not poach employees
Discussion: p2pnet, Neowin.net and Macsimum News
Toshiba:
Toshiba Applies to Join Blu-ray Disc Association  —  Tokyo—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) announced today that the company has applied for membership of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) and plans to introduce products that support the Blu-ray format.  —  As a market leader …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How I Learned To Quit The iPhone And Love Google Voice  —  At the end of July I declared my intention to quit the iPhone and AT&T, port my mobile phone number to Google Voice and use any mobile device that I pleased (or lots of them at once) in the future.  Like others, I will no longer blindly follow all things Apple.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Softpedia News, Thanks:atul
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
King Of The Apple Geeks  —  John Gruber's Daring Fireball is the homepage for Mac nerds.  Even top Apple (AAPL) brass tune in regularly.  And it's a real business, too, now in its fourth year as Gruber's full-time gig.  —  Daring Fireball's influence was in full display last week …
Taylor Wimberly / Android and Me:
Motorola Morrison specs - Next T-Mobile Android phone  —  Motorola will have two Android phones on sale this holiday season; Sholes on Verizon and Morrison on T-Mobile.  We gave you the Sholes specs yesterday and today we present Morrison(via a trusted tipster).
Louis Gray:
iPhone Call Recording: It Makes Too Much Sense Not to Do  —  The introduction of the Voice Memos capability on Apple's iPhone was a nice touch.  Now, in theory, if I am out and about and don't want to type in a note, I can speak into the Voice Memo and save a short audio clip.
Brandon Miniman / pocketnow.com:
Windows Mobile 6.5 Build 23022: What is Microsoft Up To?  —  The latest build of Windows Mobile 6.5 from XDA (and by this point, the version we'll see on phones this fall has already been completed) adds several mysterious new features that may imply that an interim build of Windows Mobile …
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Brainstorm Tech:
Duke Energy, Echelon team up on $1 billion smart grid project  —  Last week, the nation's third-largest utility, Duke Energy (DUK) filed an application for $200 million in federal stimulus funds to bolster its $1 billion smart grid initiative in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
After Buying Performics From Google, Publicis Buys Razorfish From Microsoft  —  Yesterday Microsoft and French advertising holding company Publicis Groupe announced that the latter was buying agency Razorfish.  Razorfish came to Microsoft as part of the $6 billion aQuantive deal, the largest acquisition in Redmond's history.
 
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sixteen Reasons the Windows Vista Era Never Quite Happened
New York Times:
As Rivals Branch Out, SAP Is Sticking to Software
Associated Press:
GM, eBay to Start Trial in California
Discussion: CNET News and MarketingVOX
Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Majority of CIOs still reject the iPhone, but resistance is weakening
Los Angeles Times:
Barry Diller's air of tech savvy hasn't paid off for shareholders
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Rivals bid to snatch green domain
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
San Francisco to Get Clearwire WiMAX in 2010
Timothy / Slashdot:
AT&T Makes Its Terms of Service Even Worse, To Discourage Lawsuits
David Barboza / New York Times:
An Online Market Flourishes in China
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Latest Google Chrome dev build adds Windows 7 jumplist support
Chris Matyszczyk / CNET News:
Have Craigslist's erotic ads changed at all?
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
There's an App for That. But a Revenue Stream?
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Scribd Tries To Make Reading More Social
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Meckler Selling Internet.com Business to QuinStreet For $18M; Exiting Tech Trade
Discussion: Softpedia News