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8:25 AM ET, August 20, 2009

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Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Palm's Colligan Said to Reject Steve Jobs Proposal to Stop Employee Hiring  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Former Palm Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ed Colligan rejected a proposal from Apple Inc.'s Steve Jobs to refrain from hiring each other's employees two years ago, calling it wrong and “likely illegal,” according to their communications.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Snow Leopard Box Set Briefly Appears in Apple Online Store [Updated]  —  MacRumors has received word that a listing for the Mac Box Set version of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard briefly appeared in Apple's online store earlier today.  While the page, which listed the box set as shipping within 24 hours …
Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:
Why Facebook's IPO could be disappointingly weak  —  Facebook is expected to go public this year, and sources in Silicon Valley say the fast-growing social-networking company is anticipating a blockbuster.  But could such speculation be premature?  —  Indeed it could.
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Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
The Mercenaries in Facebook's Midst  —  A $100 million share buyback at the social networking site has been oversubscribed as employees stampede to cash out  —  In 2007, when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was pressed about when his company would sell shares to the public, he said he was in no rush.
Discussion: broadstuff
Boy Genius Report:
RIM planning on including full Flash and Silverlight support in browser  —  We've been gathering details over the past month or so on this, and it's pretty much confirmed: Research In Motion is planning on integrating full Flash and Microsoft Silverlight support into their BlackBerry web browser.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Movie Maker - get it now  —  Microsoft has taken the wraps of Windows Live Movie Maker, “the the one-minute way to turn photos and videos into great-looking movies that are easy to share — for free”.  You can download Windows Live Essentials now and get the new Movie Maker …
Danny Allen / Gizmodo:
10 Things You Need to Know About the PS3 Slim  —  Sony's slimmed-down PS3 is a cute little ugly duckling, and not without its concessions.  From fewer USB ports to an over-priced vertical stand, and its removed “Install Other OS” feature, here's what you should know before picking one up.
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Besieged by attacks, AT&T dumps celebrity hacker  —  The perils of being Kevin Mitnick  —  Over the years, Kevin Mitnick has gotten used to the attacks on his website and cell phone account that routinely result from being a convicted hacker turned security expert.
Mobile-review.com:
First look at Nokia RX-51 also known as Nokia N900  —  Please note - This article is nothing but our first impressions of the device and some musings about what's going to happen.  It has reached the stage when everything looks functionally ready, so we decided that we can publish this article.
MySpace:
MySpace To Acquire iLike  —  MySpace today announced an agreement to acquire iLike, a leading social music discovery service.  The acquisition brings together two companies who share a common vision revolving around social discovery and distribution of quality content.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
MySpace Finishes Its AcqHire of iLike: Don't Think Music, Think …
John Resig:
Eulogy to _why  —  Unfortunately I'm short on time at the moment (trying to launch a project this week) but I have to say, at least, a few words about the hacker and artist _why.  —  At this moment, _why's online presence appears to be no more.  All of his sites and code are gone.
Discussion: rc3.org
Gmail Blog:
Mail and contact import for everyone  —  A few months ago, we added the ability to import your old mail and contacts to Gmail.  We made this feature available for all newly-created Gmail accounts first, since people new to Gmail benefit most from being able to move their stuff with them.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Next Up at YouTube: Figuring Out What You Want to Watch Next  —  More than 100 million U.S. users watch an average of 68 videos each on YouTube every month, according to comScore.  How can YouTube get them to watch just a few more?  —  It's a challenge that YouTube's engineers are zeroing …
NetChoice:
Misguided Marketing Restriction and Online Travel Tax Top List of Worst Internet Legislation  —  NetChoice's iAWFUL identifies measures that threaten online communities and e-commerce  —  WASHINGTON - A Maine law that would severely impact online communities and e-commerce Web sites has taken …
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Radisson Hotels report significant data breach  —  Add the Radisson Hotels & Resorts chain to the growing list of businesses reporting significant data breaches that exposed sensitive customer data.  —  In an open letter to guests, Radisson chief operating officer Fredrik Korallus …
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Torrented Pirate Bay Copy Comes To Life  —  Four days ago TorrentFreak broke the news that a copy of The Pirate Bay's entire site was being shared, somewhat appropriately, on The Pirate Bay.  —  The 21.3 Gigabyte torrent was created by anonymous reader who told us: “I suppose I want us to have assurances.
Discussion: Mashable!
The Official Google Blog:
Getting connected Side-by-Side with enterprise search  —  People use search to find what they need, and the same holds true in the business world.  We want searching your company intranet to be comparable to searching on Google.com, and the Google Search Appliance (GSA) to have the most relevant, high quality results possible.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Crimespotting: Crime Has Never Looked So Good  —  There's nothing cool about crime, but Stamen Design comes pretty damn close to making it cool with the new site it built and designed, San Francisco Crimespotting, that launched today.  The site offers a visual representation of reported crimes in the city during a set period of time.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Yahoo vents frustration over App Store process  —  Yahoo appears to be a little miffed that Apple's App Store reviewers are still sitting on an update to the Yahoo Messenger for iPhone application.  —  In a post titled “And so we wait...on Apple,” Yahoo's Sarah Bacon calls out Apple for …
Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com avoids showdown over Kindle pricing policy  —  Amazon.com has scored a big win its battle with the publishing industry over pricing of electronic books.  The online retailer said today that thriller writer Dan Brown's next book, “The Lost Symbol,” will release in print and e-book form …
Discussion: TeleRead, Amazon.com and The Register
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Survey: More Employers Use Facebook To Vet New Hires Than LinkedIn  —  Facebook may be the stickiest social network here in the U.S.—but LinkedIn is thought to be the default network for a “professional” profile and job history.  So why are more employers using Facebook to do background checks on potential new hires than LinkedIn?
Sam Johnston:
Twitter's “Tweet” Trademark Torpedoed  —  Last month Twitter founder Biz Stone announced in a blog post (May The Tweets Be With You) that they “have applied to trademark Tweet because it is clearly attached to Twitter from a brand perspective”.  This understandably caused widespread upset as the word …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Rolls Out Yahoo Meme In Spanish  —  Yahoo recently launched a Portuguese language micro-blogging product, Yahoo Meme, that drew similarities to Twitter and Tumblr.  And on second glance, it seemed to be a mediocre competitor to Twitter, Tumblr and other micro-sharing services in terms of its offerings and features.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Confirmed: Facebook Expanding Gift Shop to Include Virtual and Physical Goods from Developers Tonight  —  We've covered the evolution of Facebook's virtual gifts extensively on Inside Facebook over the last couple of years, but tonight we're hearing that Facebook is about to start testing …
Discussion: Softpedia News and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Brad Stone / Bits:
Hacking Suspect's Lawyer Criticizes Federal Prosecutors  —  Albert Gonzalez, a suspect in several hacking cases, was close to reaching a comprehensive plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Massachusetts and New York when federal prosecutors in New Jersey indicted him on Monday on a new raft …
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Death by Discovery: The Interminable Churn of Music Startups  —  The more I think about it, the more I see the music start-ups space as a dog that won't ever bark..err...sing.  The MySpace-iLike deal—and the price that iLike got—is a perfect example of what will continue to shape all of the online and mobile music startups.
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Garmin-Asus to enter China market by end of 2009; aims to sell one million handsets globally in 2010  —  Garmin-Asus dual-brand handsets will enter the China market by the end of 2009, targeting retail channel initially before tying up with telecom carriers, according to Benson Lin …
Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Mania In China: Another Microblogging Service Being Tested  —  According to Chinese portal Sohu, fellow internet company Sina is developing a micro-blogging service similar to Twitter.  The testing is occurring at t.sina.com.cn and includes about 500 users, mostly consisting of Sina employees.
 
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Beatles: “Discussions regarding digital distribution will continue”
Discussion: TechCrunch
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Defunct Airport Fast-Pass Company Banned From Selling Customer Biometrics
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom
Discussion: Blackboard and Softpedia News
John / The Flaming Banker:
Pidgin 2.6.0—It's About Time
Discussion: CNET News and Softpedia News
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Rogue Facebook apps steal log-in data, send spam
Discussion: Mashable!
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to mobile developers: Your app is worth more than 99¢
 Earlier Items: 
DSLreports:
So Much For Google The ISP, Huh?  - Mountain View Wi-Fi Project 3 Years Later...
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Doubles Its Cartographers As Maps Continues To Go Wiki-Style
Discussion: Google LatLong