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1:30 PM ET, August 15, 2009

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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.
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]  —  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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Burning Blog:
“Snatching Digital Rights” or Protecting Our Culture?  Burning Man and the EFF  —  On Wednesday, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) issued a criticism of Burning Man's ongoing efforts to protect the rights of our participants, and our efforts to forestall the creep of commercialism into the foundations of our culture.
Discussion: p2pnet, Boing Boing and PlagiarismToday
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: MacNN
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 …
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.
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
Miguel Helft / Bits:
The Gap Between Google and Rivals May Be Smaller Than You Think  —  It's no secret that even with their recently-announced alliance, Yahoo and Microsoft will lag well behind Google in the hugely profitable search and search advertising business.  How far behind?
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Geoffrey A. Fowler / Digits:
Format War Clouds E-Book Horizon
Discussion: Macworld, TeleRead, Bill McCoy and Slashdot, Thanks:mrinaldesai
WCTX-TV:
MTA blogger defends iPhone app
Discussion: Techdirt
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Care to Write Army Doctrine? With ID, Log On
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Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Get it while it's cheap: Pinboard's revenue model
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox extension liberates US court docs from paywall
Discussion: ResourceShelf
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
King of Broken Promises Wants You to Trust Him
Discussion: Gawker and Los Angeles Times
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
iPhone vs. Pre: Satisfaction bakeoff