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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 …
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.
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to mobile developers: Your app is worth more than 99¢  —  In Redmond today, Microsoft is holding the first in a series of “dev camps” for mobile application developers, gearing up for the launch of the Windows Marketplace for Mobile this fall, attempting to challenge the Apple App Store for iPhone.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft's Mobile Strategy: Irrelevance
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
ReTweet.com Launches, Sure Looks A Lot Like TweetMeme  —  ReTweet.com, a TweetMeme challenger put together by Mesiab Labs (the startup behind notorious Twitter spam software program Hummingbird), has made its online debut after teasing the Twitterati with an announcement and landing page a couple of weeks ago.
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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.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Beatles: “Discussions regarding digital distribution will continue”  —  The Beatles may be the most successful band in history and may have captured and inspired the minds of a generation, but when it comes to the online music world, they remain a few steps away from “Revolution Number 9”, or so it appears.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk Digital Connection:
Flickr Censors Political Image Critical of President Obama  —  “Flickr had removed the Joker image due to copyright-infringement concerns, Alkhateeb says the company told him in an e-mail.  A Flickr spokeswoman declined to comment due to a company policy that bars discussing inquiries about individual users.”
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.
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
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Samsung InstinctQ Pictures Leak!  —  When the Samsung InstinctQ was first seen getting its Wi-Fi certification, there was immediate Android speculation.  With the Instinct brand the phone is obviously Sprint-bound but beyond separate release date rumors of October 11th and early November …
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?
DSLreports:
So Much For Google The ISP, Huh?  - Mountain View Wi-Fi Project 3 Years Later...  Back in 2007 Google's acquisition of dark fiber, building of data centers and hiring of networking experts like Vint Cerf (co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol) led some to think the company wanted to be an ISP.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Releases Fix for MacBook Pro Hard Drive Issues  —  Apple today released Hard Drive Firmware Update 2.0, addressing issues with certain hard drives on the latest MacBook Pros models.  Apple had been reported last week to be working on the issue, which involves intermittent “beeping” …
 
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Rory Maher / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Mania In China: Another Microblogging Service Being Tested
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Rolls Out Yahoo Meme In Spanish
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
John / The Flaming Banker:
Pidgin 2.6.0—It's About Time
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Rogue Facebook apps steal log-in data, send spam
Discussion: Mashable!
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
SpringSource Acquires Cloud Foundry, Launches New Cloud Platform
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Doubles Its Cartographers As Maps Continues To Go Wiki-Style
Discussion: Google LatLong
Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
It's getting hard to find an iPhone in Canada