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9:40 AM ET, August 19, 2009

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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Microsoft to adopt dual-platform strategy to compete with Android and iPhone, say handset makers  —  Microsoft plans to adopt a dual platform strategy to promote its Windows Mobile OS (operating system) so as to take aims at both Android- and iPhone-based platforms, according to sources at Taiwan handset makers.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6.5 ‘touch interface’ update in February to coexist with WinMo 7?  —  The evidence that Windows Mobile 6.5 could soon be moving beyond the stylus to gather finger-friendly, multi-touch, capacitive screens into its long, loving arms has been mounting with the leak of the HTC Leo ROM and TouchFlo 3D 2.6.
Discussion: Phone Arena, SlashPhone and PalmAddicts
Nate Lanxon / CNET News:
Shocker: Windows 7 to sell in UK for half the US price!  —  We've been doing some investigating, friends — making phone calls, demanding answers.  And it was worth it.  We can confirm something very few people get to confirm: British shoppers aren't going to be totally shafted over software pricing for once.
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Does iLike price show cost of Facebook dependence?  —  Music service iLike is dependent on Facebook for 80 percent of its traffic and revenue and that fact has suppressed iLike's value, say sources close to iLike.  —  MySpace has offered about $20 million to acquire iLike …
Discussion: TechFlash and TechCrunch
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
iLike Also Had Offers From Facebook and Amazon  —  There's lots of speculation out there on the yet-to-be-closed MySpace acquisition of iLike that we first reported on Monday.  —  Much of that speculation is factually incorrect, we've confirmed from a source close the the deal. iLike …
Discussion: Marc's Voice
David Pakman / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why iLike Sold For Peanuts
Discussion: hypebot
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How a ‘Made’ Startup Was Clipped
Andy Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Why AT&T Killed Google Voice  —  Telecom operators are yesterday's business.  It's time for a national data policy that encourages innovation.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  Earlier this month, Apple rejected an application for the iPhone called Google Voice.
Discussion: DSLreports
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Smartphones Are Making Wi-Fi Hot Again  —  As many of you know, I recently moved to a new neighborhood in San Francisco.  The move came with its own share of ups and downs, but waiting for broadband was the most challenging for me.  It took almost five days to get the connection hooked up …
Discussion: Electronista and dailywireless.org
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
What Are These Bars On My iPhone?  Wait, You Mean AT&T Is Working?!  —  Over the weekend I noticed something odd going on with my iPhone: It was working!  That is to say I actually had signal in the SoMa district of San Francisco, which is something that I had basically given up on long ago.
Discussion: Communications …
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Sony sneaks PS3 Slim through FCC under pseudonym, 250GB model discovered  —  Shenanigans were afoot in Sony's efforts to throw bloggers (such as yours truly) off the scent of the just-announced PS3 Slim in the FCC, and we've got to give them credit — filing the thing as a “Computer Entertainment System” …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo BOSS Might Be Bigger Than Bing  —  One of the least appreciated, but smartest, moves Yahoo has made in the past year is to launch Yahoo BOSS, its open search APIs which lets developers create their own custom search engine using Yahoo's algorithms.  We use it to power search across the TechCrunch network.
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Hit With Two More Patent Suits  —  It's open season on Redmond in Eastern Texas jurisdiction as more actions emerge in wake of i4i victory.  —  A Texas judge's order that Microsoft pay more than $240 million in damages to an obscure Canadian firm and stop selling …
Discussion: Pulse2, Computerworld and WMExperts
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Web Ecology Project:
Detecting Sadness in 140 Characters:  —  Sentiment Analysis and Mourning Michael Jackson on Twitter  —  with Michael J. Edwards and Erhardt Graeff  —  Michael Jackson's death created an emotional outpouring of unprecedented magnitude on Twitter.  In this report, we examine 1,860,427 tweets …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Model forces Google to reveal ‘skank’ blogger's identity  —  A former Vogue Australia cover girl has won a landmark court battle to reveal the identity of an anonymous blogger who called her a “skank” and an “old hag”.  —  Model Liskula Cohen sued Google in January in the hope of forcing …
Discussion: Mashable!
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
ReTweet.com to Launch at Noon, Declares War on Tweetmeme  —  Retweeting is a big business.  Just ask Tweetmeme, the popular service that tracks the most shared stories on Twitter and provides the popular retweet buttons you see on many websites including Mashable.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T news: Lancaster dead, Warhawk and Fortress coming in October?  —  We've received some pretty believable information this evening indicating that the HTC Lancaster — a phone that would've likely been AT&T's first to run Android — has been shelved.  We don't know why …
Discussion: WMPoweruser.com and pocketnow.com
messengergeek.spaces.live.com:
Installing/uninstalling Windows Live 2009 (Wave 3) QFE 2 applications  —  This article supersedes the Installing/uninstalling Windows Live 2009 QFE applications with the second QFE (Quick Fix Engineering) release versions of the Windows Live “Wave 3” 2009 products and the released version of Windows Live Movie Maker.
Discussion: Download Squad and Softpedia News
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.
Suzanne Choney / msnbc.com:
Survey: Average gamer is 35, fat and depressed  —  CDC study finds playing leads to ‘lower extraversion’ in adult gamers  —  A new study says the average age of video-game players in the United States is 35, and oh, by the way: They're overweight and tend to be depressed.
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
First Google Chrome 4 reveals the beginnings of cloud synchronization  —  Download Google Chrome Dev channel build 4.0.201.1 from Fileforum now.  —  With Google, one tends to learn the meanings and intentions behind the many events in its development programs pretty much as they happen.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Trying to find an end table at Ikea?  There's an app for that  —  Ever gotten overwhelmed in a cavernous Ikea store, battling the crowds to look at blond wood furniture and get a plate of Swedish meatballs?  One developer thinks he has the answer: an iPhone app to help shoppers track products …
Discussion: Silicon Florist, Thanks:johnhcook
Ken Liu / CENS.com:
Asustek, Chunghwa to Co-Promote Garmin Nuvifone M20 Navigation Smartphone  —  Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. and Asustek Computer Inc. will begin to co-promote the Garmin Nuvifone M20 navigation smartphone as soon as Asustek debuts the feature-laden mobile phone tomorrow in Taipei.
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Court Overturns First Stock Option Backdating Conviction  —  A federal appeals court has thrown out the stock option backdating conviction of Gregory Reyes, the former CEO of Silicon Valley network equipment manufacturer Brocade.  He was the first person to be criminally prosecuted in the Silicon Valley stock option fraud scandal.
Andrew Allemann / Domain Name Wire:
AOL Sues Advertise.com for Trademark Infringement  —  AOL stretches its trademarks beyond belief.  —  Apparently AOL thinks it owns every domain name that is some variation of “Advertising”.  —  The company just filed a lawsuit against Advertise.com.  Advertise.com was formerly known …
Discussion: paidContent and Pulse2
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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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Hackers ‘Steal’ New Leona Lewis, Timberlake Track
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Ernesto / freakbits.com:
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Betsy Taylor / Associated Press:
Woman charged with harassment over suggestive post
Discussion: The Register
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Cofounder Paul Buchheit Discusses Facebook Acquisition (video)
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE
Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Industry Moves: Microsoft Hires A Former Adobe Flash Evangelist To Pitch Silverlight
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Disables Auto-Play Of Profile Songs To Get Streaming Costs Under Control
Discussion: Softpedia News
 Earlier Items: 
The ChubbyBrain Blog:
Venture Capital Backed Mobile App Startups Remain Predominantly Mobile OS Agnostic
Discussion: CNET News
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Mint Going After Freshbooks?  Its New Features Point In That Direction.
Royal Pingdom:
URL shortener speed and reliability shootout
Discussion: The Blog Herald, TechCrunch and CNET News, Thanks:atul