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10:50 PM ET, August 17, 2009

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Android Opportunity  —  In just the past few weeks Steven Frank, Alex Payne, and Andre Torrez all tried switching from the iPhone to Android.  All three are smart, open-minded, and eloquent regarding their reasons for trying Android.  All three are developers who care about the quality and design of software and hardware.
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James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
No Further Android Updates for G1; No “Sense” for MyTouch 3G?  —  We early adopters know that we risk not being able to update our first-generation mobile gadgets, but that doesn't make it any easier to stomach.  Android engineers have tweeted that T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) phones may not be able to handle any OS updates going forward.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The G1 Burned Out Long Before The Android Ever Did  —  Let's not beat around the bush: The G1 was not a very good phone.  That's not to say Android isn't a good mobile OS — it is, it's just that the initial hardware built to run the OS didn't do it justice.  It was poorly designed and had a fairly cheap feel.
Discussion: IntoMobile
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple Event Scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 9-Music, NO Tablet  —  It has happened every September since 2005, and in a few short weeks it will happen once again.  Apple (AAPL) is indeed planning a keynote event for the week of Sept. 7, as reported by my colleague, Peter Kafka.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More Local Heat: MSNBC.com Buys EveryBlock for Several Million Dollars  —  It looks like the local market is heating up even more, with MSNBC.com announcing the acquisition of Chicago-based EveryBlock.  —  MSNBC.com-a joint venture of Microsoft (MSFT) and GE (GE) unit NBC Universal-paid …
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Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
GPush: iPhone Push Notifications for Your Gmail Account  —  After a bit of a delay, the GPush app (iTunes link) has finally arrived in the App Store.  GPush will send you a push notification whenever a new email arrives in your inbox.  The app, which costs $0.99, does one thing and one thing only …
tr.im URLs:
tr.im to be Community-Owned  —  First Off ...  Everyone involved at Nambu would like to apologize again for the hastiness in which we acted last Sunday, announcing the shutdown of tr.im by the end of the year.  As a commercial URL shortener, however, we still believe that tr.im would not be able …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Tr.im Can't/Won't Sell, Goes Open Source, Blames Everyone
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: MySpace Close To Acquiring iLike For $20 Million  —  MySpace is close to acquiring popular social music service iLike, we've confirmed with multiple sources.  The deal, which should close this week, will be MySpace's first acquisition since new CEO Owen Van Natta took control of the company in April 2009.
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Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
i.TV 2.0 for iPhone coming soon to an App Store near you  —  i.TV, as we're sure most iPhone owners out there are well aware, is the premier app for all things TV and Movie-related.  Think if it as your one-stop-shop for TV programming schedules, community-sourced reviews, local movie schedules …
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Interview: Apple's Gigantic New Data Center Hints at Cloud Computing … Google's Eric Schmidt “resigned” from Apple's board because Chrome and Android were encroaching on Apple's core business, or so Steve Jobs says.  —  But what if the opposite were true?  What if Apple is encroaching on Google's core business?
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Bing Search Share Rises Modestly In July  —  Microsoft's (MSFT) Bing gained share i the search market for the second month in a row.  A good trend, but nothing that is going to make Google (GOOG) nervous yet.  And neutral to modestly negative for Yahoo (YHOO).
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Warning: iPhone Bug Allows Deleted Email To Be Retrieved With Simple Search  —  Never use your iPhone for incriminating or embarrassing emails you might not want others to see.  —  CoM reader Matt Janssen has just found a bug in the iPhone's 3.x software that allows deleted email to be retrieved.
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Uh Oh: iPhone OS 3.0 Never Fully Deletes Your Emails (UPDATED)
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com and I4U News
Bryan Appleyard / Times of London:
Steve Jobs: The man who polished Apple  —  Chief executive of Apple Inc and owner of Jackling House changed the world and cheated death.  So why the paranoia?  —  For five years the owner of the Jackling House in Woodside, California, has been trying to knock it down.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Dear iPhone Users: Your Apps are Spying on You  —  Recently, Palm came under fire when programmer Joey Hess discovered the Pre's smartphone OS was sending users' GPS locations back to Palm on a daily basis.  Although this information was disclosed in the company's privacy policy, the majority of the phone's owners were unaware.
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Mozilla pushes out .Net incompatible Firefox 3.5  —  Firefox users got a surprise when they booted up this morning, a software update box for Firefox 3.5, “the most advanced Firefox yet.”  —  A warning sticker at the bottom of the box notes that it will cause “some of your extensions …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Bing Lets You Find Other Domains On an IP  —  As WebSonic notes in the forum, Microsoft's search engine Bing has an interesting operator which can tell you different domains hosted on a given IP.  First, get the IP of a domain, e.g. by entering example.com into a tool like host2ip.
Electronista:
iPhone 3GS bestselling phone in Japan  —  Apple's third iPhone generation has ousted Japan's own phone manufacturers for the top sales spot in the country, according to market data from Gfk Japan.  The 32GB iPhone 3GS was the most popular phone in Japan during July and outsold …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Dell Mini 3i smartphone gets official outing in China  —  At last, the much rumored Dell cellphone has made its first official appearance.  The 3.5-inch 360 x 640 pixel device with capacitive touchscreen was on display in China running the Android-based Open Mobile System (OMS).
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Pixie Launch Delayed Until 2010?  —  Palm's next webOS handset, the so-called Eos (codename: Pixie), is still in the pipeline, but it may not arrive at market for some time.  Though some observers have speculated that the device would debut in the late fall in time for the holidays …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
And Google Said, Let There Be Chrome Bookmark Sync  —  As promised, Google has just launched bookmark syncing for users on the dev channel of its Chrome web browser.  This allows you to keep your browser bookmarks in sync no matter which of your computers you are using.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Top Ad Sales Exec on West Coast Departs Yahoo  —  One of Yahoo's highest-ranking premium advertising sales execs-David Dickman, VP of West Coast sales-is leaving the company, people familiar with the situation said.  —  Sources said Dickman, who will leave Yahoo at the end of the month …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: Apple on track to sell 2.7 million Macs in Q4  —  MacBook Pro.  Source: Apple Inc.  —  Based on U.S. retail sales data released Monday afternoon by the NPD Group, Apple (AAPL) is on track to sell 2.7 to 2.8 million Macs and 9.5 to 10.5 million iPods in its fourth fiscal quarter …
Discussion: Macsimum News and The Mac Observer
Guardian:
Behind the music: The real reason why the major labels love Spotify  —  No wonder the majors speak so highly of Spotify - they receive 18% of shares in the online streaming service.  It's justy a pity that artists won't get to see any of this  —  The launch of Spotify in the UK must surely …
Thanks:mgcreed
Mark Milian / Los Angeles Times:
IPhone passes Canon Rebel XTi as most popular camera on Flickr  —  Here's a tidbit that's sure to irk Flickr's elitist photographers: The iPhone has just topped Canon's high-performance Digital Rebel XTi as the most popular camera on Yahoo's popular image-sharing site.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Ustream Sued By Boxing Promoter Over Pirated Broadcast  —  Live video streaming service Ustream is being sued by Square Ring, Inc, a boxing promotional company owned by professional boxer Roy Jones, Jr. The suit alleges that Ustream has committed “massive and blatant copyright infringement” …
Discussion: paidContent, NewTeeVee and WebNewser
VentureBeat:
Ron Conway restructures fund to spray-and-pray at real-time companies  —  Ron Conway, arguably the most prolific investor in new Internet companies, has shifted his attention almost solely to “real-time data” companies, saying the market will experience astronomic growth and a value reaching …
Associated Press:
California users file civil suit against Facebook  —  SANTA ANA, Calif. — Five Facebook users filed a civil lawsuit Monday alleging that the social networking site is violating California's privacy laws and misleading members about how their personal information is used.
 
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
FTC Hires Privacy Blogger
Discussion: Threat Level
BBC:
Video gamers ‘older than thought’
Discussion: PC World, Fast Company and TG Daily
Dan Sung / Pocket-lint.com:
TomTom app for Android on roadmap
Discussion: GPS Obsessed, Thanks:stuartmiles
Wall Street Journal:
Google Searches for Property Rights
 Earlier Items: 
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are Carriers Changing Their Tune on Mobile VoIP?
Discussion: the::unwired
Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:
We Think Rupert Murdoch's Bluffing on His Pay-Wall Pledge
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
More photos of unknown Android MID surface
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS, Amazon Already Sniffing Around GDGT
Thanks:atul
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Directory: 100 technology experts on Twitter
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Own URL Shortening Service
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai