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6:10 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: Technologizer and CNET News
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).
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Facebook Lite Actually Is. Hint: It's Not Twitter Or FriendFeed.
Discussion: Wallen's, WebWorkerDaily and GMSV
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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Fred / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Judge Rules Against RealDVD
Discussion: Guardian
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  —  Microsoft and Nokia, long adversaries in mobile phone technology, have agreed to a partnership to equip many Nokia cellphones with the Microsoft Office software, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.
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.
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, Lifestream Blog and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
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Jorge Escobar / jungleG:
After FriendFeed's Sale, Trust In Social Sites Has Been Shattered
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
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.
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Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
iTunes 9 screenshots surface. We call fake
Discussion: Techgeist and CNET News, Thanks:stuartmiles
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.
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: VG247, SlashGear, Kotaku and digg.com
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google File System II: Dawn of the Multiplying Master Nodes  —  A sequel two years in the making  —  Increase responsiveness and effectiveness in your organizations  —  As its custom-built file system strains under the weight of an online empire it was never designed to support, Google is brewing a replacement.
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 …
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
Is iPhone MMS imminent?  —  Though we're still waiting for multimedia messaging to arrive on the iPhone, I got a surprise last week that made me think that the feature is on its way.  After upgrading to OS 3.0.1, I noticed that my MMS commands had reappeared.
Discussion: InformationWeek and MacNN
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.
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.
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.
 
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Electronista:
DVD Jon receives subpoena in Apple antitrust suit
Discussion: nanocr.eu, 9 to 5 Mac and TechCrunch
Ross Mayfield / Socialtext blog:
The C.R.M Iceberg and Social Software
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and deal architect
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Ovi & Nokia's Future is in the Developing World
Discussion: mocoNews
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
internetnews.com:
Where Are the Tech Jobs?  —  Elance details some of the hottest …
 Earlier Items: 
Rachel Metz / Associated Press:
Netflix to run second film-suggestion tech contest
Discussion: CNET News
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
Discussion: Slashdot