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2:15 PM ET, August 16, 2009

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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Photos of Snow Leopard Disc and Retail Packaging?  —  MacRumors has received a set of images claimed to be the retail packaging and disc for Apple's forthcoming Mac OS X Snow Leopard.  If the images, which appear to depict the Portuguese version of Snow Leopard, are in fact authentic …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 For iPhone Submitted.  Now Let's Count The Days Until It's Available  —  Facebook has submitted v. 3.0 of their iPhone application to Apple, Joe Hewitt says via Twitter: “Just uploaded Facebook for iPhone 3.0 to the App Store for review. :)”  —  Hewitt also says he'll post screen shots …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
To Microsoft, Basic Research Is Good Insurance  —  In an Unboxed column in Sunday's newspaper, I look at the continuing role and competitive advantage, if any, of large corporate research labs, given the new models of open innovation in the Internet era.  The column focuses on labs with one foot …
Discussion: deal architect
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:   The Corporate Lab as Ringmaster
Fred / A VC:
Scanning Headlines  —  We all scan headlines, whether it's the printed newspaper, Techmeme, Huffington Post, Hacker News, Seeking Alpha, Google Reader, Google search results, or Twitter.  That's the way we consume information.  For any given set of headlines, we might click on one link and read a full story.
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Arnon Mishkin / paidContent:
The Fallacy Of The Link Economy
Discussion: TechCrunch and Techdirt
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:   On the link economy  —  Arnon Mishkin says he has found …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
NPR Mobile Strategy Mixes Text With Live And On-Demand Audio  —  National Public Radio is already a leader in podcasting.  But a free NPR News iPhone app, approved late today and launching tonight, opens up a new dimension for the network and its member stations with live and on-demand mobile streaming.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TomTom for iPhone Appears in New Zealand App Store  —  iPhoneclub.nl reports [Google translation] that four regional versions of TomTom's much-anticipated iPhone GPS application have appeared in Apple's New Zealand App Store: U.S. & Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Discussion: iPhone Savior, Mashable! and Gizmodo
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Britain Mulls Turning 7 Million Into Download Criminals  —  The debate on how Britain should tackle illicit file-sharing is heating up.  The government has already set an utterly unrealistic target of reducing online piracy by 70% within a year.  If that isn't achieved …
Laura Fitzpatrick / Time:
Building a Media Empire Around I Can Has Cheezburger  —  Ben Huh is the first to admit his company could easily have wound up on FAIL Blog.  For the uninitiated, that's his wildly popular website to which users submit photos and videos documenting such colossally stupid moves as writing …
Discussion: TechFlash
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Connection Fees Next in Battle to Lower Mobile Rates in Europe  —  BERLIN — The next frontier for lower mobile calling rates in Europe is cracking a 20-year-old system of connection fees that has rewarded bigger operators and has artificially raised rates to consumers.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
‘Easy work-around’ could solve Microsoft Word's legal woes, says expert  —  Microsoft can avoid injunction, but paying i4i isn't likely, says patent attorney  —  Computerworld - Microsoft Corp. can likely use an “easy technical work-around” to sidestep a recent injunction by a Texas federal judge …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Nestor Arellano / PC World:   Microsoft's Best Option in Lawsuit: License
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.
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.
 
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Burning Blog:
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Dan Moren / Macworld:
Quake Live for Mac hits the Web on August 18
Discussion: Download Squad
Kevin Marks / Epeus' epigone:
How Twitter works in theory
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Phil Schiller Is A Man On A Mission: To Save The App Store
Discussion: Gizmodo, 9 to 5 Mac and PalmAddicts