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5:50 PM ET, August 11, 2009

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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
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.  —  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
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 …
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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Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Delicious Founder: I Wish I Had Not Sold to Yahoo  —  Back in 2005 (a long time in the social media world), Yahoo acquired Delicious, the popular social bookmarking website.  Both Yahoo and Delicious founder Joshua Schachter had big plans to change the way we share, remember, and discover information on the Internet.
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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Zune HD Prices Leaked: 16GB for $220, 32GB for $290  —  It feels like we know everything about the Zune HD—except the price.  Well, now we know, if Best Buy's inventory system is right: the 16GB model will go for $220, and the 32GB model will be $290.  —  It also backs up the previously rumored launch date, Sept. 8.
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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 and broadstuff
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 …
Discussion: SlashGear, Pocket-lint.com and Engadget
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Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
New Sony Rechargeable Battery Has 4X The Lifespan Of Current Lithium Ion Batteries
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Boing Boing Gadgets
Sean Michaels / Guardian:
Major labels preparing new digital album format  —  The four big record companies are to compete with Apple's forthcoming Cocktail project by developing their own format called CMX  —  Forget WAV, MP3 and M4A - major labels have something new in mind, and it's called CMX.
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Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
CMX music downloads: Its flaws and future
Discussion: MacRumors and Gadgetell
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 …
IEBlog:
Engineering POV: IE6  —  The topic of site support for IE6 has had a lot of discussion on the web recently as a result of a post on the Digg blog.  Why would anyone run an eight-year old browser?  Should sites continue to support it?  What more can anyone do to get IE6 users to upgrade?
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
More info on the Caffeine Update  —  Google recently opened up a preview of our new Caffeine update, and I wanted to give a little more background on this change.  At the Real-Time CrunchUp a few weeks ago, I joked that the half-life of code at Google is about six months.
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: The Mac Observer
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Job Search Site SimplyHired Gets $4.6 Million Funding  —  Job search engine SimplyHired, based in Mountain View, CA, has received $4.6 million in a new round of funding, led by IDG Ventures and Foundation Capital.  This bring the total money into the company to $22.3 million …
Tricia Duryee / mocoNews:
Clearwire Picks Huawei To Roll Out Nationwide WiMax On The Cheap  —  Clearwire has signed an agreement with Chinese infrastructure company Huawei, which may help it stretch its resources thinner in its efforts to build out a nationwide WiMax network.  For Huawei, the deals marks …
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash
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.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and Facebook Blog
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 …
Andrew / TmoNews:
HTC Touch Pro 2 Pricing Revealed  —  As we count down the days to the wondrous release of the Touch Pro 2 there has been much debate surrounding the price.  It just so happens that patience IS rewarded and the pricing has been uncovered, for better or worse.
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.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mahalo 2.0 Is Kicking Ass  —  Jason Calacanis continues to do what he does best: Innovate.  —  When the original concept for Mahalo didn't work as well as he thought it would, he did what all great entrepreneurs do: Try something different.  —  The second version of Mahalo …
Discussion: Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
John Leyden / The Register:
Websense yanks censorware from Yemen  —  Filter spat highlights repressive regime dilemma  —  Free whitepaper - Vulnerability management buyer's checklist  —  Websense has blocked two ISPs in Yemen from receiving updates after it emerged that they were using its filtering technology in a government-mandated censorship scheme.
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Shifts Ads (To The Left)
Meghan Barr / Associated Press:
Neighbors Twitter, blog to keep criminals at bay
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Study: Adobe Flash Cookies Pose Vexing Privacy Questions
Discussion: Epicenter
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
eBay Bids to Fix a Security Hole
Discussion: Computerworld
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Dan Woods / Forbes:
Reviving SOA  —  The grand vision of reusable services must be pursued in small steps.
Technology Review:
Forensic Analysis Reveals Details of Twitter Attack
Wang Linyan / CHINAdaily:
Penalties ordered for dirty texting
Discussion: Digits
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Inside the short, troubled life of a music start-up
Discussion: P2P Blog
Yahoo!:
Get Ready Penny-Pinchers, the New Yahoo! Deals is Here!
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Notice Those Ads on Blogs? Regulators Do, Too
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog