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tr.im Resurrected  —  We have restored tr.im, and re-opened its website.  We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the popular response, and the countless public and private appeals I have received to keep tr.im alive.  — We have answered those pleas.  Nambu will keep tr.im operating going forward …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Tr.im: We Were Just Kidding About Cutting You Off.  Also, We're Still For Sale.  —  We don't know what is going on over at Nambu, but it doesn't smell good.  Today, just days after shutting down Tr.im and saying all support would cease at the end of the year, killing all the links shortened with the service, they have reversed course.
Discussion: paidContent
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Tr.im Is Back, but for How Long? Try “Two or Three Months”
Boy Genius Report:
More iTunes 9 details, Apple developing social networking application?  —  Our same source is back at it again and we have some further clarification on the iTunes 9 rumor we posted a couple days ago.  We really have to take this information at face value, but again felt it was worthy enough to be published.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
First reported screenshots of iTunes 9 emerge; Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm integration showcased  —  Now before we get into these screen caps our disclaimer must be made explicitly clear: This is superduperultramegaturbo rumor/skeptical status.  Right then.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
iTunes 9 screenshots surface. We call fake
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:stuartmiles
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft, Nokia plan mobile Office deal  —  Microsoft is expected on Wednesday to announce a partnership with European mobile giant Nokia to help get its Office software onto that company's mobile phones, CNET News has learned.  —  With the next version of Office, Microsoft is trying …
Xbox.com:
Dashboard Updates: Xbox LIVE Update  —  One of the amazing things about the Xbox LIVE experience is that it's always getting better.  The latest Xbox LIVE Update truly cranks it up a notch - with features that improve your entertainment experience and give you new ways to express your individuality and connect with friends.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Xbox 360 officially the only console to stream Netflix — sorry, PS3 and Wii  —  We actually had to brush the fog off of our spectacles to ensure that hazy conditions weren't clouding our comprehension abilities, but sure enough, that Netflix streaming that Xbox LIVE members have grown to love …
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Xbox gaming platform may soon span Web, console, mobile
Discussion: SlashGear
stevenf.com:
On Saturday night, we drove up to Seattle to attend a memorial service for my wife's grandmother.  Shortly after checking into the hotel, I checked the inbox on my Android phone and found myself staring at the words “Philip Schiller”.  —  Needless to say, I had a minor freakout.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Schiller Reaches Out Again To Acknowledge App Store Problems
Discussion: DailyFinance, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Proposes To Ban Sponsored Status Updates  —  Today Facebook has posted a note to its blog indicating that it's proposing an update to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities — one of the site's documents that establishes user rights and Facebook's Terms of Service.
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Full Rundown of All of Today's Proposed Changes to the Facebook TOS
Discussion: CNET News and AppScout
Eric Auchard / Commentaries:
Twitter backlash foretold  —  Technology market research firm Gartner Inc has published the 2009 “Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies,” its effort to chart out what's hot or not at the cutting edge of hi-tech jargon.  It's just one of an annual phalanx of reports that handicap some 1,650 technologies …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Apple again offers matte screen option for 15-inch MacBook Pro  —  Confirming an AppleInsider exclusive tip from less than a month ago, Apple has restored the antiglare upgrade option — at a cost of $50 — for its 15-inch MacBook Pro line.  —  The change is a quiet concession by Apple …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: The War of the Wallpapers  —  “I would give a lot to have Steve's taste.”  —  Bill Gates said that of Steve Jobs at the D5 conference two years ago, and we knew exactly what he meant.  —  Take, for example, the two images above.
Discussion: AppleInsider and The Mac Observer
Michael Fitzpatrick / BBC:
Mobile phones get cyborg vision  —  Zoe Kleinman tries out Acrossair's software that uses a phone's camera to tell you where the nearest London Underground station is.  —  It's a gift that was once the preserve of fictional cyborgs.  —  Call it Terminator Vision - a view of the world tagged with rich …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Delicious Creator Quietly Launches Threaded Twitter Conversations  —  Joshua Schachter is best known as the creator of Delicious.  But a few years after he sold it to Yahoo in 2005, he left the company and joined Google.  Since then, he's been known to speak his mind about Delicious' overall direction …
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Netflix to run second film-suggestion tech contest  —  SAN FRANCISCO — You might call it “Son of the Netflix Prize.”  —  The DVD rental company has not yet announced a winner for its first $1 million challenge to improve its system of recommending movies that subscribers may enjoy, but it is already indicating there will be a sequel.
Discussion: CNET News
Brad Stone / Bits:
RealNetworks Loses First Round in RealDVD Case  —  RealNetworks, the Seattle-based media company, portrayed itself as fighting for people's rights to legally make backup copies of the DVDs they own.  It appears to have lost at least the first and perhaps most important round of the battle.
Sony Corporation:
Sony Launches High-power, Long-life Lithium Ion Secondary Battery Using Olivine-type Lithium Iron Phosphate as the Cathode Material  —  Sony Corporation today announced that it has launched a new type of lithium ion secondary battery that combines high-power and long-life performance …
Dan Nosowitz / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Release Date and Packaging Leaked, Will Hit Stores September 15th  —  Some loyal Giz readers and Best Buy employees sent us a couple shots of the much-anticipated Zune HD's packaging, and they clearly state that the gorgeous PMP will be available on September 15th.  Break out the wallets, people.
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Tough times in the porn industry  —  The business, centered in the San Fernando Valley, is being undercut by a growing abundance of free content on the Internet.  —  On a recent Saturday night, Savannah Stern earned $300 to hang out for seven hours at a party in Santa Monica wearing nothing but a feather boa.
Discussion: MediaPost, broadstuff and PE Hub Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Shifts Ads (To The Left)  —  Does Google's search results page feel a little more crowded to you?  The ads which used to run down along the right-hand edge of the page are now shifted over to the left, as if to declare, “Hey, look at us!”  Maybe this will increase the number of times ads are clicked on.
internetnews.com:
Where Are the Tech Jobs?  —  Elance details some of the hottest freelance tech hiring trends.  —  What tech skills are in demand?  One measure comes from Elance, a global online workplace of contract jobs.  The company's monthly Top 100 Online Work Index for August, set for official release Tuesday …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Build 10A432 Designated ‘Golden Master’?  —  Mac4Ever has received [Google translation] multiple tips claiming that Mac OS X Snow Leopard has reached “Golden Master” status, meaning that it has been finalized and is ready to be released to manufacturing for the public launch.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Video: Aaron Sorkin Talks Facebook Movie.  Unsure Of Why He's Involved, But Loves It.  —  I'm still finding it a little hard to believe that Aaron Sorkin (he of A Few Good Men, he of The West Wing) is writing the screenplay for the upcoming Facebook movie.  But not only is he …
Discussion: Mashable! and Gawker
Spencer / Siliconera:
Nintendo's Patented Horseback Riding Wii Controller  —  If you thought the Wii Balance Board was off the beaten path wait until you see Nintendo's Wii Horseback Riding Saddle.  We're not kidding about this.  —  The inflatable seat has a pocket for the Wii remote, which is used to sense movement via the accelerometers.
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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BBC:
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