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7:35 AM ET, August 12, 2009

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Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
Judge: Microsoft can't sell Word anymore  —  A Texas judge ruled Tuesday that Microsoft cannot sell one of its flagship products, Word, in the United States because of patent infringement.  —  You read that right: Microsoft cannot sell Word, the judge ruled.
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Nancy Gohring / Computerworld:
Injunction on Microsoft Word unlikely to halt sales  —  IDG News Service - A judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling Microsoft Word products in their current form in the U.S., but legal appeals or technical work-arounds make an actual halt of sales unlikely.
Discussion: CNET News and Technologizer
John Oates / The Register:   Texan judge outlaws Word
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Facebook Lite Actually Is.  Hint: It's Not Twitter Or FriendFeed.  —  So, the web pretty much exploded tonight over the appearance of something called “Facebook Lite,” a new service that's apparently being beta tested by Facebook.  But users who received the message that they were invited …
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  —  A few weeks ago, we wrote about Steven Frank, a well-known Mac developer who was giving up his iPhone over his disgust with the ways Apple is managing the App Store.  (This was right before Mike also gave up his iPhone).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Is a Perfect Storm Forming For Distributed Social Networking?  —  Maybe it's better to host your own.  That's the thinking coming from a growing number of early technology adopters as service after service goes down, sells out or otherwise frustrates the users who have published their content online …
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Streamy Could be the Next FriendFeed
Jorge Escobar / jungleG:
After FriendFeed's Sale, Trust In Social Sites Has Been Shattered
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
tr.im URLs:
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.
Brad Stone / Bits:
RealNetworks Barred From Selling DVD Copy Maker  —  RealNetworks, the Seattle-based digital media company, portrays itself as fighting for people's right 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.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
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 …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft to Put Office on Phones From Nokia
Discussion: pocketnow.com
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.
Onion News Network:
Google Opt Out Feature Lets Users Protect Privacy By Moving To Remote Village  —  Web users who choose to move to the desolate village are guaranteed an environment free from Google products and natural light from the sun.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia: We're Fully Commited To Symbian  —  The Financial Times (Germany) quoted a source close to Nokia saying that the company might dump the Symbian operating system and instead opt for its LinuxOS, Mameo.  The rumor got picked up by various blogs and built up a life its own.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
iTunes 9 screenshots surface.  We call fake  —  COMMENT: Nothing but a bad photoshop job  —  Images of what are reportedly screenshots of iTunes 9 have turned up online on Tuesday, however talking to a number of imaging experts Pocket-lint believe they are fakes.
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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 …
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: AppScout and CNET News
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Xbox gaming platform may soon span Web, console, mobile  —  A new job posting suggests that Microsoft is looking to create a gaming platform that goes beyond just the Xbox 360.  Way beyond.  —  According to a job posting from August 10, 2009, Microsoft is looking for a LIVE Community Director in the Entertainment & Devices Division.
Discussion: SlashGear, VG247, Kotaku and digg.com
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
What If All Web Ads Were Blocked?  Ten Speculative Scenarios  —  Last week, I blogged about a post over at Windows IT Pro that posited that all browsers would include ad-blocking as a standard feature within five years, and that it would be turned on by default.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Lars Bastholm / Business Week:
The Content Crisis  —  As media ads dry up, phone outfits and Net providers could just slap content fees onto their bills.  (Of course, this will upend the ad biz)  —  The signs are everywhere.  The New York Times is close to bankruptcy.  Magazines are dying in droves.
Sunny H / Liberal Conspiracy:
Exclusive: Guardian considering charging for “members' club” (updated)  —  Senior executives at the Guardian newspaper are considering launching a “members' club” for newspaper readers.  —  The move, as you can imagine, is being considered to boost revenue at the liberal-left newspaper.
 
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David Berkowitz / MediaPost:
The Social Graph Ad Targeting Buyer's Guide
Discussion: Bruce Clay, Inc. Blog
Nigel Whitfield / The Register:
How to hack a Sony Reader
Discussion: TeleRead
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is iPhone MMS imminent?
Discussion: InformationWeek and MacNN
Electronista:
DVD Jon receives subpoena in Apple antitrust suit
Discussion: nanocr.eu, 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google File System II: Dawn of the Multiplying Master Nodes
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Video: Aaron Sorkin Talks Facebook Movie. …
Discussion: Mashable! and Gawker
BBC:
Footballer irked by rip-offs starts luxury goods website for players
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Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Netflix to run second film-suggestion tech contest
Discussion: CNET News
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Platform Launches New Inbox, Notification APIs
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Build 10A432 Designated ‘Golden Master’?
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
John Leyden / The Register:
Websense yanks censorware from Yemen
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Shifts Ads (To The Left)