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5:40 PM ET, August 15, 2009

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Matt / WordPress.com News:
WP.me — shorten your links  —  Check out this address:  —  http://wp.me/sf2B5-shorten  —  If you visit it, you'll end up right back here.  The nice thing about it is that it's a short link, about 70% smaller than the permalink for this post.  URL shorteners are nothing new …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Phil Schiller Is A Man On A Mission: To Save The App Store  —  As Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, you'd have to imagine that Phil Schiller is a pretty busy guy.  He's also been moonlighting as Apple's keynote speaker during Steve Jobs' medical leave of absence.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
3,563,849th image of Apple's tablet surfaces  —  Behold!  The latest “no seriously, this is the real thing!” image of Apple's forthcoming, maybe real, definitely imminent, 100 percent fabricated, probably not, kind of confirmed tablet computer hit the net this morning.
Discussion: Gizmodo, I4U News and Engadget
Arnon Mishkin / paidContent:
The Fallacy Of The Link Economy  —  Arnon Mishkin is a partner with Mitchell Madison Group, where he consults for media companies on improving legacy businesses as well as making the internet profitable.  Prior to MMG, he was a partner at the Boston Consulting Group, where he did some of the firm's earliest work on the web.
Discussion: Techdirt
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   On the link economy  —  Arnon Mishkin says he has found …
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Starbucks: Stay as long as you want  —  Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that some New York coffee shops were pulling the plug on customers that park themselves at tables, open their laptops, and hang out for hours, buying perhaps only a single latte as their cafe rental fee.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
The Corporate Lab as Ringmaster  —  THE Internet has changed many things, of course, but one of its more far-reaching effects has been to transform the economics of innovation.  —  The nation's big corporate research and development laboratories — at I.B.M., General Electric …
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
How Twitter works in theory  —  It is said that an economist is someone who sees something that works in practice and wonders whether it works in theory.  Twitter clearly works in practice - and if you want practical advice, watch Laura Fitton's Tech talk at Google, or read her Twitter for Dummies.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
Quake Live for Mac hits the Web on August 18  —  It looks like id Software is at last ready to deliver on its promise of providing quality browser-based fragging to Mac users.  Speaking at this past week's QuakeCon 2009, id CEO Todd Hollenshead said Quake Live is expanding to Mac and Linux platforms on August 18.
Discussion: Download Squad and MacNN
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.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Caffeine: What it really is  —  Wake up and smell the file system  —  Join the experts from The Register, Dell, VMWare, Intel and Freeform Dynamics - Live  —  As it invites the world to play in a mysterious sandbox it likes to call “Caffeine,” Google is testing more than just a “next-generation” search infrastructure.
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: TeleRead, CrunchGear and Crave
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Images of Next-Generation iPod Touch Surface? [Updatedx3]
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.
Discussion: Marc's Voice, Thanks:mrinaldesai
 
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Matthew Parris / Times of London:
India launches Bhuvan, rival to Google Earth
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MTA blogger defends iPhone app
Discussion: Techdirt
Daniel Cotting / Google LatLong:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Points At WebFinger. Your Gmail Address Could Soon Be Your ID.