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8:00 PM ET, August 18, 2009

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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Sony unveils slimmer PS3: $300, lands in September (updated!)  —  Hardly a surprise, but Sony got on stage today at GamesCom and confirmed what we've all known deep down in our hearts: the new, slimmer PS3 is really real.  It'll be out in the first week of September (September 1 in North America and Europe …
Chuq Von Rospach / Palm Developer Network Blog:
Bring Us Your Apps, and Sell Them, Too  —  Submit your webOS applications today for the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta starting in mid-September  —  Starting today, you can submit your apps via email for consideration in the Palm App Catalog e-commerce beta program.
Jessi Hempel / Fortune:
Smartphone wars - BlackBerry's plan to win  —  Locked in an epic battle with Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion has managed to grow bigger and more dominant than ever.  But the competition is about to get tougher.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — For two Canadian guys who've spent …
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How a ‘Made’ Startup Was Clipped  —  Two years ago, music service iLike appeared to be set: Its CEO said it was “made,” its investor mused it could be a “billion-dollar winner,” and the press was enthralled.  Now the poster child is a cautionary tale.  —  iLike became something of an icon …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Analyst Claims Two Apple Tablets Coming, One With 6-Inch Screen  —  In a report on the increasing hype surrounding tablet computers focused on Apple's much-anticipated tablet offerings, BusinessWeek cites market researcher Richard Doherty, who claims that Apple has developed two protoype tablet computers …
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Can the Apple Touch Sell the Tablet?  —  The Mac and iPhone maker may join a host of tech players hoping to win big in tablet PCs, an area where some of the industry's biggest names have failed  —  Apple may be at the forefront of a renewed effort to bring back the tablet.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Report: One in four songs sold in U.S. is from iTunes  —  The NPD Group reported Tuesday that Apple's iTunes Store is responsible for selling one in four songs in the United States.  —  NPD MusicWatch's report indicates that audio CDs remain the dominant format, responsible for 65 percent of all music sold in the first half of 2009.
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Julius Genachowski / blogband:
Welcome to Blogband  —  The National Broadband Plan is one of the most important initiatives that the FCC has ever undertaken.  To foster public dialogue about the National Broadband Plan, we're tapping the power of the Internet to launch a new FCC blog, called Blogband.  What better time to start blogging than now?
Discussion: Tech Daily Dose and GigaOM
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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Blogs, Twitters Broadband
Discussion: TechPolitik, Epicenter and DSLreports
Ian Hamilton / App Advice:
First Look: Facebook 3.0  —  Joe Hewitt, the developer behind the iPhone version of Facebook, just graced my inbox with a copy of the Facebook 3.0 app he submitted to the App Store.  —  It feels more like the full Facebook than ever before and the whole interface is cleaner …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple, RIM, Palm Get Wet Kiss From RBC  —  As smartphone sales soar — “the new world order” — Apple, RIM, and Palm are positioned for leadership, RBC analyst Mike Abramsky said today, jacking estimates and price targets for all three companies.  —  Abramsky increased his forecast …
Jennifer Martinez / GigaOM:
And Now a Service to Roll Your Own iPhone Apps  —  Sweb Apps publicly launched an eponymous web site today where small- and medium-sized businesses can create their own iPhone applications, providing a new way for them to market their services and promotions to the increasing number of smartphone users.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Tops In Search Satisfaction According To Pre-Bing Survey  —  On an annual basis the University of Michigan puts out the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business report, sponsored and administered by Foresee Results.  Among the things the index examines is consumer satisfaction with search engines.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Mint Going After Freshbooks?  Its New Features Point In That Direction.  —  Personal finance tracking site Mint.com added a bunch of new budgeting and trending features today.  Mint presents consumers with a financial dashboard based on spending and income data from their bank, credit card, and other financial accounts.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Bizzia
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft asks for stay of Word injunction  —  Microsoft on Tuesday asked an appeals court to halt an injunction that would force the company to stop selling Microsoft Word in its current form.  —  A judge last week issued an injunction that would force Microsoft to stop selling versions …
Discussion: TechFlash, Thanks:inafried
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP's Hurd: ‘Business is stabilizing’; Units (except for services) still take revenue hit  —  Updated: Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd said Tuesday that “business is stabilizing” and the company will be an early beneficiary of an economic turnaround.  The company also raised its fourth quarter earnings target.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Wikipedia Lauches Official iPhone App  —  The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization behind the popular Wikipedia, just released its first official iPhone application for Wikipedia.  Wikipedia Mobile, which is available for free in the App Store now (iTunes link), gives users access to iPhone-formatted Wikipedia articles.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: How They Can Sell 50 Million iPhones A Year  —  Apple (AAPL) is on track to sell more than 50 million iPhones a year by the September 2011 fiscal year, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi asserted in a research note this morning, up from an estimated 20 million in fiscal 2009.
Terry Walsh / We Got Served:
Lenovo Reveal Their First Home Server - The IdeaCenter D400  —  Looks like Lenovo just spilt the beans on their first Windows Home Server model, the IdeaCenter D400.  The company just posted a teaser image of the product and have promised more information will be released this week.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
HP CFO Doesn't See Win 7 Triggering PC Refresh Cycle  —  Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CFO Cathie Lesjak says the company does not expect the debut of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 7 to trigger a major PC refresh cycle.  —  “We think it looks like a good product, one that folks will really like …
Charles Bremner / Times of London:
Google bruises Gallic pride as national library does deal with search giant  —  French pride took a knock today with news that the National Library is giving up a four-year fight for a Gallic riposte to Google and bowing to the might of the Californian search giant.
Discussion: Gawker
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Polyvore Raises $5.6 Million For User-Generated Fashion Site  —  Polyvore—which bills itself as the “web's largest user-generated fashion magazine”—has raised $5.6 million in a second round of funding from new investor Matrix Partners, as well as existing backers Benchmark Capital and Harrison Metal Capital.
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Apptio raises $14 million from Andreessen fund  —  August is supposed to be a quiet month, but the tech deals just keep coming.  —  Whether it marks a recovery or not, money's starting to flow, including a $14 million financing round that Bellevue enterprise startup Apptio is announcing today.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Dell Inspiron 11z Hits for $399, Explains Disappearance of Inspiron Mini 12  —  Like we predicted, Dell is joining the Intel CULV brigade today with its Inspiron 11Z.  The inch thin notebook isn't part of the Inspiron netbook family, but is clearly what Dell planned to take the place of the Mini 12.
Exchange / You Had Me At EHLO:
Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate Available Today!  —  Today, we're happy to announce that Exchange Server 2010 Release Candidate is feature complete and available for download here.  —  Crystal Flores tracked me down with her roving cameraman to outline how Exchange Server 2010 delivers …
Simon Sage / IntoMobile:
BlackBerry App World Web Portal Launched  —  Good news, everyone!  RIM has launched a web site featuring the full BlackBerry (NSDQ: RIMM) App World library for easier perusing.  We had heard this feature would be launching with the latest update to the on-device software portal …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Hackers break into police computer as sting backfires  —  Exclusive: An Australian Federal Police boast, on the ABC's Four Corners program, about officers breaking up an underground hacker forum, has backfired after hackers broke into a federal police computer system.
Royal Pingdom:
URL shortener speed and reliability shootout  —  With the rise of microblogging, URL shortening services have become extremely popular.  And no wonder; just imagine sharing links on Twitter without one.  Although some of these services have considerably more market share than others …
Discussion: TechCrunch, CNET News and Nimble Code, Thanks:atul
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Finn fined just €3,000 for sharing 768MB of music  —  Getting caught file sharing in Finland apparently carries far fewer financial repercussions than in the US.  A man who was found sharing 164 albums' worth of music (768MB) and had illegally downloaded 1,850 tracks will be forced to pay fines of €3,000, or about US$4,230.
 
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Dan Rayburn / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Could Cut Back On Akamai, Limelight
Discussion: MacRumors and Ars Technica
Edible Apple:
Report: Steve Jobs “very likely” …
Craig Labovitz / Arbor Networks Security:
What Europeans do at Night  —  The New York Times recently …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com