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10:40 AM ET, August 13, 2009

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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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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 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...
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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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...
Discussion: Mashable!
International Business Times:
China Unicom buys 5 million iPhones from Apple, ready for sale in September  —  Beijing - China Unicom, the potential exclusive distributor of iPhones in China, has poured 10 billion yuan ($1.46 billion) to buy 5 million units from Apple, ready to sell the first batch in September, local media reported on Wednesday.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Zune HD packs a big processing punch  —  Microsoft's Zune HD will use one of the most powerful chips to go into a portable media player yet: Nvidia's multicore Tegra processor.  —  Tegra packs two processor cores based on intellectual property from U.K.-based chip designer ARM.
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 …
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Temporarily Pulling Caffeine Sandbox  —  If you're still trying to compare Google results with the new “Caffeine” sandbox, be prepared to wait while Google makes some datacenter upgrades.  —  Matt Cutts just posted the news on Twitter that the sandbox is being taken down …
Discussion: Google Watch and The Register
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
It Begins: Celebrities Start Whoring Themselves As Virtual Gifts On Facebook  —  It was only a matter of time.  Over two years after its virtual goods marketplace opened, Facebook has cast away its innocence and started to sell virtual gifts emblazoned with celebrity faces and paraphernalia.
CNET News:
Samsung unveils cameras with two screens  —  Last week, we reported on Samsung's Tap and Take campaign, which function was unveiled today in the form of two new point-and-shoots with dual LCDs.  The Korean company has also announced a compact shooter which sports a truckload of popular wireless connectivity options.
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Windows 7 review  —  Oh, Windows.  You inform and entertain us.  You are inescapable, and your Start menu is full of items relevant to our productivity.  You move us.  Sort of.  To be honest, we're not sure what sort of state this fair planet of ours would be in without …
Discussion: DisplayBlog
Michael Gluckstadt / Fast Company:
Can Anyone Actually Tap the $100 Billion Potential of Hyperlocal News?  —  Community-driven news services have been the next big thing online for years.  Can The New York Times or AOL find the $100 billion local-advertising pot of gold?  —  Outside the local train station …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Justin.tv Placates Copyright Holders With Anti-piracy Tech  —  Justin.tv began rolling out beefed up anti-piracy protections this week, as the live-streaming site looks to play nice with copyright owners and build a business that isn't a lawsuit magnet.  —  The company told us via email today …
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Dell: Linux v Windows netbook returns a ‘non-issue’  —  Demand (not technology) in question  —  Free whitepaper - The security implications of Web 2.0  —  OpenSource World Dell has delivered a dose of reality for both Microsoft and the Linux community on the subject of netbooks.
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 …
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
Early stages of sync functionality appear in Chrome nightly (gallery)  —  Announced just over a week ago, Google is working on resurrecting Browser Sync in Google Chrome.  With the recent development jump to v4, it seems a good bet that sync will be an integral part of the next major release of the speedy browser.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Chuck Miller / SC Magazine US:
WordPress issues new version, closes password flaw  —  WordPress, the popular blogging software platform, has been updated to fix a flaw that could have enabled a hacker to change an administrator password.  —  The bug enables a specially crafted URL to evade a password reset security verification check …
Discussion: WordPress and Blogging Pro
Tom Abate / San Francisco Chronicle:
Fewer workers, bigger paychecks in high tech  —  Silicon Valley is supporting fewer jobs but issuing fatter paychecks, according to a federal report that says high-tech payrolls have shrunk about 17 percent since 2001, while the average tech wage has risen nearly 36 percent.
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Taking Software For Older Drivers On a Quick Spin  —  If your driving is getting a bit worse as you grow older, it may be because of a natural decline in the brain's ability to process visual information.  —  Some scientists believe that, as people age, their capability to rapidly grasp and act on what their eyes see can degrade.
Dara Kerr / CNET News:
Start-up helps teachers learn their lesson  —  What do you get when you cross teachers, tech, and social networking?  A BetterLesson.  —  Although not the first or the only Web site that hooks teachers up with friends and new curriculum, BetterLesson takes a different approach.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Dispelling The Myth Of ‘Anonymous’ Data  —  Until relatively recently, ad industry executives tended to talk about the differences between “personally identifiable” and “non-personally identifiable” information when they discussed privacy.  —  But in the last three years …
Daniel Radosh / New York Times:
While My Guitar Gently Beeps  —  GAME MAN Alex Rigopulos, a founder and the C.E.O. of Harmonix Music Systems.  Big eyes (reflected from a photo in his Boston office) were watching.  More Photos >  —  GILES MARTIN WAS conjuring spirits, or perhaps summoning gods.
Discussion: Joystiq, Kotaku and MTV Multiplayer
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 …
 
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Matthew Hines / eWeek Security Watch:
Attack Variants Living Shorter Shelf-Lives
Discussion: The Register
Louise Greenwood / BBC:
Africa's mobile banking revolution
Colin Barras / New Scientist:
‘Infectious’ people spread memes across the web
Discussion: broadstuff
Amy Gahran / contentious.com:
Why blocking news aggregators is dumb and won't work
Discussion: paidContent and blog maverick
Philip Lam / all things Pre:
Newer Palm Pres are better build, added improvements, fixes resetting issue
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Is the next iTunes challenger iLike?
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Is Microsoft violator or victim in i4i patent dispute?
Discussion: Neowin.net, Ars Technica and CNET News
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Dealscape:
Twitter's Stone: ‘Millions of zombie computers’
Discussion: Digits, BoomTown and Epicenter
Luke Plunkett / Kotaku:
Elite 360 Dropping In Price, RIP Pro Model
Gartner:
Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined 6 Per Cent …