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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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Source: iLike to debut downloads on Facebook app
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Engadget and The Apple Core
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 …
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.
Discussion: Business Week
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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” …
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 …
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 …
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. …
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: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Study Finds That Online Education Beats the Classroom  —  A recent 93-page report on online education, conducted by SRI International for the Department of Education, has a starchy academic title, but a most intriguing conclusion: “On average, students in online learning conditions performed better …
Discussion: Blackboard
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, announces its acquisition of Cloud Foundry and a new SpringSource cloud offering based on the Cloud Foundry technology.
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?
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 …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft shutting off Windows 7 RC downloads Thursday  —  Freebie ends around 11 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. PT  —  Computerworld - Microsoft will turn off the download spigot for Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) on Thursday around 11 a.m. ET, the company confirmed on Tuesday.
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 …
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
Amazon.com avoids showdown over Kindle pricing policy
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Bloomberg:
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