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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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Microsoft's Mobile Strategy: Irrelevance  —  Microsoft is apparently going to counter the Android and iPhone offensives on the mobile market with a new strategy: confusion.  The company will allegedly continue to sell its increasingly less relevant Windows Mobile 6.5 for a lower price …
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
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.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Possible new iTunes 9 screenshots depict Facebook social playlist integration, third-party device support  —  Ready for round 2, ladies and gents?  A tipster just dropped a new handful of iTunes 9 screenshots in our inbox and while their authenticity cannot be confirmed, they're certainly worth mentioning.
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 …
Yahoo! Finance:
Time Warner and YouTube Reach Agreement to Post Huge Array of Short-Form Clips From Movies, Television Shows and News Reports  —  Time Warner Units — Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. — to Make Promotional Content Available on YouTube(TM)
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Simon Avery / Globe and Mail:
It's getting hard to find an iPhone in Canada  —  It's been in the spotlight more than almost any other product of the information age, but the iPhone is becoming hard to find in Canada.  —  Apple Inc. AAPL-Q is shipping limited supplies of its smart phone to Rogers Communications Inc. …
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 …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Facebook 3.0 May Be The Most Useful App On The iPhone Yet  —  When Facebook launched the 2.0 version of its iPhone app in September of last year, it was a huge upgrade from its original app that launched with the App Store last July.  And now it's on the verge of launching the 3.0 version of the app …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Yahoo! Messenger Blog
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.
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 …
Joseph Heaven / Bloomberg:
Logitech's Quindlen Targets Glass Tables, Hotel Rooms With Darkfield Mice  —  Aug. 19 (Bloomberg) — Logitech International SA, the world's biggest maker of computer mice, will sell a mouse that lets users work on glass tables or polished stone kitchen units, surfaces where its devices previously had trouble functioning.
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Electronista:
Logitech bows track-anywhere laser mice
Discussion: Crave and PC World
ABCNEWS:
EXCLUSIVE: Model Liskula Cohen Wins Court Battle with Google to Learn Blogger's Identity  —  Anonymous Blogger Called Cohen a ‘Skank’ and a ‘Ho’  —  She had graced the cover of Vogue and found success as a model.  But Liskula Cohen's latest achievement came in the courtroom.
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 …
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” …
Gavin Newsom / TechCrunch:
San Francisco Opens The City's Data  —  This guest post was written by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who was elected to the position in 2003 and reelected in 2007.  Newsom is also running for governor of California in the upcoming 2010 election.  In this guest post …
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.
Darryl K. Taft / eWeek:
SpringSource Acquires Cloud Foundry, Launches New Cloud Platform  —  Coming off of its own acquisition by VMware, SpringSource, a provider of Java application infrastructure and management software, has announced its acquisition of Cloud Foundry and a new SpringSource cloud offering based on the Cloud Foundry technology.
Discussion: internetnews.com and TechCrunchIT
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.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Canon outs new PowerShots: G11, S90, SX20 IS, SX120 IS, SD980 IS and SD940 IS  —  Looks like that PowerShot G11 we spotted this morning was indeed the real deal, and it's being followed by five other compatriots announced by Canon this fine morning.  Starting with the big boy …
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” …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
PositivePress: A heavy-duty DIY Web archive  —  Web archiving service Iterasi is launching a new product late Wednesday called PositivePress.  It lets users passively monitor and archive RSS feeds that are saved forever—even if a site disappears, or makes changes to its content.
Jennifer Van Grove / Mashable!:
iTunes Error?  Unaired Mad Men Episode Now Playing  —  For those of us who pay for our television and find ourselves hopelessly addicted to the Mad Men story line, we got quite a surprise when we noticed that a future episode of Mad Men — air date 08/30 — has already been downloaded and is ready and waiting in our iTunes queue.
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 …
 
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Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Reinventing Chumby  —  The interactive device's open-source software …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
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