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6:00 PM ET, August 17, 2009

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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.
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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).
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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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msnbc.com:
Msnbc.com acquires local news Web site  —  Chicago-based EveryBlock will continue as independent brand  —  Msnbc.com has acquired EveryBlock, a Chicago-based Web site that offers news and information down to the neighborhood level in 15 cities, the two companies announced Monday.
Adrian Holovaty:
EveryBlock acquisition and me  —  I'm excited to announce some huge news.
Discussion: paidContent and Gawker
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.
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.
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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Huffington Post and Facebook Go “Social News,” With Connect on Steroids  —  In an unusually robust collaboration using Facebook Connect, the Huffington Post is launching a feature on Monday called “HuffPost Social News,” which lets readers create a personalized social networking-like news page on the Huffington Post itself.
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
TJX Hacker Charged with Heartland, Hannaford Breaches  —  The constellation of hacks connected to the TJX hacker is growing.  —  Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez has been indicted by a federal grand jury in New Jersey — along with two unnamed Russian conspirators — on charges of hacking …
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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?
Elizabeth Judge / Times of London:
Big noises join chorus behind Twitter TweetDeck  —  Two of the biggest names in the British technology sector have thrown their weight behind a start-up operation aimed at providing easier access to Twitter, the social networking and microblogging site.  —  Brent Hoberman, co-founder of Lastminute.com …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Macworld, TUAW, 9 to 5 Mac, I4U News and Gizmodo
Jason Hiner / Between the Lines:
Directory: 100 technology experts on Twitter  —  One the most important — and most difficult — things to do when you first start using Twitter is to develop a good list of people to follow.  You can check your friends' lists of followers, watch for interesting people that come up in @replies …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Zendesk Raises $6 Million In B Round, Benchmark's Peter Fenton Joins Board  —  Benchmark Capital is investing in Danish startup Zendesk, and led a $6 million B round of funding.  Benchmark's rock star partner Peter Fenton is joining the board.  —  Zendesk just raised money in May in an A round …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CBS, Amazon Already Sniffing Around GDGT  —  It's less than two months old, and GDGT is already getting some high profile attention, and maybe even a few acquisition sniffs.  —  One of our reliable sources told us today that they had reason to believe both CBS/CNET and Amazon were considering acquiring the company.
Discussion: AppScout, Thanks:atul
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: NewTeeVee and WebNewser
Ryan Tate / Valleywag - Gawker:
We Think Rupert Murdoch's Bluffing on His Pay-Wall Pledge  —  Rupert Murdoch promises his News Corp. publications will charge for content by next year.  Steven Brill swears he has hundreds of newspapers signed up to do likewise.  Who wants to be the first to follow these sharks into the pool?
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Own URL Shortening Service  —  URL shortening services are ubiquitous on Twitter and other cramped online spaces.  They won't all last, as tr.im has demonstrated, and their shutdowns could annihilate your linking history.  If you own a domain, though, you can host your own service.
Discussion: Techgeist, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jenn K. Lee / Pocketables:
More photos of unknown Android MID surface  —  It's been a few days since that original batch of mystery Android MID photos were first sent to me and though no one has come forward with a positive ID or more information, the device hasn't disappeared from my tipster's radar.
Andrew Lim / Recombu:
TomTom for iPhone 3G and 3GS: Satisfied-nav  —  Do you look at your iPhone so much that you often get lost?  There's an app for that.  Today TomTom released its iPhone 3G and 3GS app that offers sat-nav goodness without the clunky looking sat-nav.  It costs £60, which isn't that expensive …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter going after buy-more-followers services?  —  Twitter may be working to stop companies that partake in the controversial practice of selling higher follower counts, according to one Australian company that claims Twitter is trying to shut it down over allegations of spamming.
 
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John Cook / TechFlash:
PopCap taps former F5 and Onyx exec as chief financial officer
Discussion: PR Newswire and The Seattle Times
Wall Street Journal:
Google Searches for Property Rights
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Are Carriers Changing Their Tune on Mobile VoIP?
Discussion: the::unwired
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Palm Pixie Launch Delayed Until 2010?
Discussion: SlashGear, Gizmodo and PreCentral.net
Rick Klau / Google Public Policy Blog:
Giving a voice to “digital refugees”
Discussion: Net Effect, Thanks:atul
 Earlier Items: 
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Marc Andreessen's RockMelt Could Boost Sales for Facebook
Galen Ward / TechFlash:
New Google is the old Microsoft
Discussion: Technologizer, Thanks:galenward
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
In the New Data Center, It's Roofs Off and Taxes Down