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9:20 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 …
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.
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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.
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: Boing Boing Gadgets
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.
Orange Newsroom:
Orange brings the Watch Phone exclusively to the UK  — Available for a limited time period, the LG Watchphone (LG-GD910) can be purchased at an exclusive price point - only from Orange  — The first devices will go on sale from 9:00am on the 27th August in the Orange shop, Bond Street Station, Central London
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
Ry Crozier / iTnews.com.au:
Photos: Inside the Equinix Sydney2 data centre  —  First look at the multi-million dollar facility.  —  Equinix has taken the wraps off its $32 million Sydney2 facility in Sydney's south, boasting a more efficient design and double the standard rack density of Sydney1 (see photo gallery right).
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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 …
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.
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! and Softpedia News, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Posterous Finally Has An iPhone App, Could Have Been Way Better  —  We're big fans (and users) of übersimple microblogging service Posterous here at TechCrunch, and I've been eagerly awaiting the day that the young upstart would finally come out with an iPhone app.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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
Evan Hessel / Forbes:
Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg  —  Forbes Magazine dated September 07, 2009  —  She has overhauled Facebook and helped make it the most popular social network in cyberspace.  Can she and her 25-year-old boss turn it into the Web's most lucrative data broker?  —  To outsiders, it looked …
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?
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 …
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 …
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.
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
 
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Garmin-Asus to enter China market by end of 2009; aims to sell …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Rolls Out Yahoo Meme In Spanish
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft to mobile developers: Your app is worth more than 99¢
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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
MySpace:
MySpace To Acquire iLike
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Possible new iTunes 9 screenshots depict Facebook social playlist …