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4:18 AM ET, August 15, 2009

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Images of Next-Generation iPod Touch Surface?  [Updatedx3]  —  Earlier this week, MacRumors received a somewhat blurry image claimed to be the next-generation iPod touch.  The image depicts a camera centered at the top of device's rear, corresponding with numerous third-party case designs appearing …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hey, maybe that iPod touch with a camera is real after all (video)  —  Look, we're not too proud admit this: that iPod touch with a camera might actually be the real deal.  Why do we think that?  Video after the break, kids.  —  Update: And... here's a gallery of new pics.  —  [Thanks, Kyle and Darren]
Discussion: Crave and CrunchGear
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:   China and Portugal Agree: Next-Gen iPods Will Have Cameras (Updated!)
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Points At WebFinger.  Your Gmail Address Could Soon Be Your ID.  —  There's some excitement around the web today among a certain group of high profile techies.  What are they so excited about?  Something called WebFinger, and the fact that Google is apparently getting serious about supporting it.
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Completes Successful LTE 4G Data Calls In Boston And Seattle  —  Trials Include First Field-Level Tests Integrating Network Vendors' 4G Technology Over 700 MHz Spectrum  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Verizon Wireless today completed its first successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone vs. Pre: Satisfaction bakeoff  —  Palm Pre owners love their smartphones, but not as much as owners of Apple's new 3GS iPhone love theirs.  —  In a survey of 200 3GS users conducted Aug. 4-11 by RBC Capital and ChangeWave Research, 99% pronounced themselves satisfied, of which 82% were “very satisfied.”
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Report: MicroHoo “Penetration” Near Google's, Google Users Most “Loyal”  —  This morning comScore released data and analysis that compares search share, searcher penetration and loyalty at the combined Microsoft-Yahoo property vs. Google.  While Google has a much higher share of the number …
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Anil Dash:
The Most Interesting New Tech Startup of 2009  —  I love seeing people start new companies, especially in the tech world.  But I've probably gotten a little bit jaded about new startups, especially when the story seems to be more about who's funding the effort than about the product itself.
Matthew Parris / Times of London:
India launches Bhuvan, rival to Google Earth  —  India has launched a rival to Google Earth, the search engine's hugely popular satellite imagery service.  —  The online tool, dubbed Bhuvan (Sanskrit for Earth), has been developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro).
Thanks:mikeharvey
Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Why I'm suspicious of the Facebook ‘RockMelt’ browser  —  In the 21st century, the main portal to your life besides the front door to your home is the window of your Web browser.  —  That's why the competition between Microsoft and Mozilla and Apple and Google (and Opera and...) is so intense and so important.
Discussion: BizFeed, TechSpot and PC World
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The RockMelt Mystery.  Is it Just a Facebook Browser, Or Will It Break The Mold?
Discussion: Tech Beat, The SiliconANGLE, DVICE and GMSV, Thanks:realwat
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Apple's Snow Leopard: A flurry of changes  —  According to rumors, the release of Mac OS X 10.6, Apple's operating system also known as Snow Leopard, might arrive a bit early.  Though Apple announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June that Snow Leopard would hit stores in September …
Discussion: The Mac Observer
Roberto Baldwin / Mac|Life all:
Borders Survey Name Drops the Apple iPad  —  If you're a friend of Borders (and really, who isn't?), you may have received an email asking you to take a survey to receive a 20%-off coupon.  Being the penny-pinching book lovers we are, we decided to take this survey for the benefit of our bank account.
PC World:
Lenovo to Replace Defective ThinkPad Batteries  —  Lenovo is offering to replace certain batteries sold with its ThinkPad line of laptops, warning users that they may be permanently damaged due to errors.  —  The company is offering free replacements for batteries that do not recharge or suffer from …
Heather Dougherty / Hitwise Intelligence:
Bing Shopping takes off  —  Microsoft recently announced a promotion to receive Double Cashback when consumers use Bing Shopping for searches and online purchases.  Back in October of last year, I wrote about the initial success of the Cashback program to capture visits, so this particular promotion …
Daniel Cotting / Google LatLong:
Picasa photos in Street View  —  Earlier this year, we launched a new Google Maps feature embedding user-contributed photos into Street View.  The new way of browsing photos has recently been enhanced with photo-to-photo zooming, which lets you explore some of the world's most interesting landmarks …
WCTX-TV:
MTA blogger defends iPhone app  —  New Haven (WTNH) - A blogger that created an application for the iPhone has been asked to cease and desist by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) because they say he is distributing their train schedules without their consent.
Discussion: Techdirt
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Cocktail part of Apple's September event  —  Peter Kafka at All Things Digital reported Thursday that Apple is planning to make a major announcement the week of September 7, and that was a big scoop.  —  But much of the substance of Apple's announcement—at least as it relates to music …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Get it while it's cheap: Pinboard's revenue model  —  Pinboard is Maciej Ceglowski's Delicious competitor.  Sort of.  It's a one-man show, a feature-light but fast site for saving bookmarks and seeing what other people are saving too, if you wish.  It's easy to use, thanks to a collection …
Rene Ritchie / The iPhone Blog:
iPhone 3GS Camera Pre-Caches Images Before You Take Them?  —  Does the iPhone 3GS camera constantly buffer live video data, in effect pre-caching the images you want before you take them?  Birdhouse developer Adam Lisagore thinks so, and says so via his Lonely Sandwich blog:
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Format War Clouds E-Book Horizon  —  Thinking about making the leap to digital books?  First, you'll need to add a jumble of new lingo to your dictionary: .epub, pdb, BeBB, and Adobe Content Server 4, just to name a few.  —  Sony  —  Sony's PRS-600 Reader Touch Edition
Discussion: Macworld, TeleRead and Bill McCoy, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Zune HD TV Interface Makes It a Media Center For Your Pocket  —  You've already seen the player hands-on; the final reveal for the Zune HD was how well it handled when docked on a high-def TV.  As you can see in this video, it blows away anything else in its class.
Dan Friedman / Inside AdWords:
Create New High Quality Display Ads with Display Ad Builder  —  Creating display ads that look truly professional is hard work.  Last year, we launched Display Ad Builder to help you easily design display ad campaigns.  Since then, we've provided advertisers in over 40 countries …
Psystar:
A taste of their own medicine  —  We are pleased to announce that an agreement with Apple's counsel was reached earlier this month and we now have the final list of their deponents for our proposed topics with respect to this litigation.  For the past week and for the following ten days …
Nicki Dugan / Yodel Anecdotal:
What's your social mojo?  —  As Twitter becomes more mainstream, everyone and their mother (and grandmother... and mayor... and daytime TV host) is trying their hand at the tweet.  But what they might not realize is that how you use Twitter can say a lot about you.
 
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AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Adding the Export to AWS Import/Export
Discussion: ITworld.com and The Register
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Care to Write Army Doctrine? With ID, Log On
Discussion: ZDNet Government
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Just Launched Its Own Music Download Store
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
comScore: The Michael Jackson Effect Shakes Up June's Online Video Rankings
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
UGO, Hearst's Dudes/Gaming Site, Needs a New CEO
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox extension liberates US court docs from paywall
Discussion: TechCrunch and ResourceShelf
 Earlier Items: 
James Rogers / TheStreet.com:
Apple Plans Two Tablets: Tech Rumor of the Day
Skirsner / Boston Globe:
France Telecom Shutting Down R&D Lab in Cambridge
Discussion: mocoNews and Xconomy
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Who, really, is The Associated Press accusing of copyright infringement?
Discussion: Felix Salmon
Don Clark / Digits:
Apple's Cash Hoard: It Just Keeps on Growing
Discussion: AppleInsider