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1:25 AM ET, August 12, 2009

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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).
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, VoIP Watch, DailyFinance and AdAge, Thanks:atul
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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.
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
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 …
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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.
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.
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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Boy Genius Report:
More iTunes 9 details, Apple developing social networking application?
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint.com:
iTunes 9 screenshots surface. We call fake
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:stuartmiles
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 and Kotaku
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Xbox.com:
Dashboard Updates: Xbox LIVE Update
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
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.
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
Electronista:
DVD Jon receives subpoena in Apple antitrust suit  —  John Lech Johansen, known to many as DVD Jon, has been served a subpoena in the ongoing Apple iTunes antitrust case.  The plaintiff's attorney, Thomas Merrick, requested the subpoena to gather relevant documents that Johansen might have in his possession.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, nanocr.eu and TechCrunch
Ross Mayfield / Socialtext blog:
The C.R.M Iceberg and Social Software  —  The design of the R.M.S. Titanic's hull included watertight compartments that ultimately served against their purpose and sank the ship.  The iceberg flooded five compartments when the design supported four, which weighted the bow below the waterline causing further spillover.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and deal architect
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
Ovi & Nokia's Future is in the Developing World  —  Nokia said today that more than a million users have signed up for its free mobile- and web-based email service, Ovi Mail, over the last six months.  Designed for those without access to a PC, notably residents of developing countries …
Discussion: PR Newswire and mocoNews
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 …
 
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