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7:00 AM ET, August 13, 2009

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Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
FYI: The Pre Reports Your Location to Palm  —  Joey Hess has taken a closer look at the code inside webOS that reports information back to Palm and found some details on what the Pre is sending back to headquarters.  Specifically, it appears that the Pre uploads (at least) the following information to Palm on a daily basis:
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Eric M. Zeman / Phone Scoop:
Palm Issues Statement Over Palm Pre Privacy Concerns  —  Today a report surfaced that accused webOS and the Palm Pre of sending end-user information — including location data and what sort of applications were running — back to Palm without end-user consent.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
OS X Snow Leopard May Beat Apple's Timetable.  On The Prowl In Just Two Weeks?  —  There's been talk the past couple of days that the latest developer build of OS X Snow Leopard, 10A432, has been designated the “Golden Master” version, meaning it's ready for prime time.  Multiple sources are now stating it is.
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Brian Shih / Official Google Reader Blog:
A flurry of features for feed readers  —  Since our last big launch, we've been thinking about ways to help our users better share, discover, and consume content in Reader.  Today, I'm happy to announce several new features that we hope will further improve the way you use Reader.  —  Send to...
Chicago Tribune:
New law makes sex offenders' use of Internet social networking a felony  —  Quinn also signs law against online ‘grooming’ of victims  —  SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn signed new laws Tuesday designed to limit sex offenders' use of technology as a way to find more victims.
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Bboyer / Hacker Journalist:
Sex offenders: Your tweets (and LinkedIn and TimesPeople) are now a felony  —  Required qualifying statement: if you're a sex offender, you've likely done something very bad, and of which I do not, in any way, approve.  That said, I'm pretty sure you still have a few rights...
The Official Google Blog:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for iGoogle social!  —  We launched iGoogle in 2005 as a way for people to quickly and easily personalize their Google experience with all the information on the web that was most useful to them.  Now tens of millions of people choose to use their iGoogle homepage …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sony Plans to Adopt Common Format for E-Books  —  Paper books may be low tech, but no one will tell you how and where you can read them.  —  For many people, the problem with electronic books is that they come loaded with just those kinds of restrictions.  Digital books bought today from Amazon.com …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
In Rumors and Dreams: This Kind of Looks Like the Apple Tablet OS To Me  —  Some overzealous but lovely tech writers don't believe the first video of this Apple Tablet OS UI vid is real but here's a clearer and with strange hardware.  All I know is that this is a cool concept.
Microsoft:
Microsoft and Nokia Form Global Alliance to Design, Develop and Market Mobile Productivity Solutions  —  Companies will collaborate to bring Microsoft Office Mobile and related communications and collaboration software and services to Nokia smartphones.  —  The worldwide leader in software …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Social Mobile Games Are Hot.  $3 Million Hot  —  Seattle-based Z2Live, a new mobile social gaming platform, is announcing a second round of financing tomorrow - $3 million from Madrona Venture Group (also Seattle based), topping off the $1 million they raised from Madrona last year.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Zune HD lands September 15th, up for pre-order today  —  Do you want a Zune HD real bad?  Well you're in luck, because the wait is nearly over.  Microsoft announced today that the heavily hyped media player will be making its way into retail channels come September 15th …
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 6 Per Cent and Smartphones Grew 27 Per Cent in Second Quarter of 2009  —  Inventory Destocking Continues with 13.9 Million Units Shed by the Channel  —  Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 286.1 million units in the second quarter of 2009 …
Philip Lam / all things Pre:
Newer Palm Pres are better build, added improvements, fixes resetting issue  —  If you're an early Pre adapter like myself that nabbed one of the first batches of Palm Pres, then chances are you experienced it firsthand or have heard of some of the build quality issues surrounding the first shipments …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
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Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
Twitter's Stone: ‘Millions of zombie computers’  —  The denial-of-service attacks that resulted in outages of Twitter Inc.'s microblogging service last week and again briefly on Tuesday are “not going away any time soon,” says Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to TV talk show host Tavis Smiley.
Discussion: BoomTown and PBS
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Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Helped Twitter Deal With Attacks
Discussion: Epicenter and Mashable!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Personal Finance Startup Mint Raises $14 Million  —  Update: Mint.com has raised $14 million in financing, according to a SEC filing.  —  DAG Ventures led the round; Founder's Fund and existing investors Benchmark Capital, Shasta Ventures, First Round Capital, and Sherpalo also participated.
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Shareholders Sue To Stop Google's Purchase Of On2  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) is offering a 57 percent premium to purchase video firm On2 Technologies—but that's not enough to satisfy a cadre of On2 shareholders, who are suing to block the deal.  Investors say there's “no evidence …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Places New Emphasis On Search With Homepage Tweaks  —  As the most popular video portal in the world, it comes as little surprise that YouTube is also effectively the second most popular search engine, coming after only Google in overall search queries.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Facebook Grew Twice As Fast As Twitter In July  —  If it wasn't bad enough that Facebook bought FriendFeed on Monday and turned on real-time search to better compete against Twitter in the Stream Wars, and is playing around with a lite version that resembles Twitter even more, now Twitter really has something to worry about.
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Elite 360 Dropping In Price, RIP Pro Model  —  Looks like we have an execution date for the Xbox 360 Pro model, with this shot from a Meijer catalogue due on August 30 indicating the 360 Elite is in line for a Pro-sized price cut.  —  You'll remember, of course, that the origins of this rumour …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple To Offer $899 Tablet With OLED Screen?  —  The rumors of the much-anticipated, yet-to-be-confirmed Apple (AAPL) tablet continued to pile up.  —  The latest version comes from that old rumormonger, Trip Chowdhry, proprietor of the boutique research firm Global Equities Research.
Discussion: EverythingiCafe and 9 to 5 Mac
Robb Dunewood / RIMarkable:
RIM Says BlackBerry Browser To Be On Par With iPhone By Next Summer  —  After my little rant on how much I think the BlackBerry Browsers sucks, especially when compared to WebKit based browsers like Apple's Safari , how timely is it that TD Newcrest analyst, Chris Umiastowski, released a video …
Owen Fletcher / PC World:
China Will Not Enforce Green Dam Porn Filter Plan  —  China said Thursday it will not force PC makers to bundle an Internet filtering program with computers sold in the country, backing down from a plan that stirred global controversy.  —  China will “definitely not” require the program …
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Is Microsoft violator or victim in i4i patent dispute?  —  Perhaps they don't use Microsoft Office at the courthouse in Tyler, Texas?  Could there be no computers at all and just Selectric typewriters?  I have to wonder following yesterday's injunction barring Microsoft from shipping Word.
Discussion: Ars Technica, Neowin.net and CNET News
 
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Chuck Miller / SC Magazine US:
WordPress issues new version, closes password flaw
Discussion: WordPress and Blogging Pro
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Flash Cookie Researchers Spark Quantcast Change
Discussion: Softpedia News and Lifehacker
Louise Greenwood / BBC:
Africa's mobile banking revolution
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
‘Infectious’ people spread memes across the web
Discussion: broadstuff and Dvorak Uncensored
Amy Gahran / contentious.com:
Why blocking news aggregators is dumb and won't work
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is the next iTunes challenger iLike?
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
Marketers Are Never Gonna Dance Again, Thanks to Google
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
ICANN: Domain Tasting Down 99.7%
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Docstoc opens up a shop for publishers
Discussion: Mashable!, paidContent and VentureBeat
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
A Data Center Shortage for Silicon Valley?
Discussion: Slashdot, Thanks:atul
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why The Associated Press plans to hold some web content off the wire
Discussion: Beyond Search and Common Sense Journalism, Thanks:atul