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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.
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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: All Facebook, CloudAve and broadstuff
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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.
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.
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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Brett Winterford / iTnews.com.au:
Stress tests rain on Amazon's cloud  —  Availability an issue for Amazon EC2, Google AppLogic and Microsoft Azure.  —  Stress tests conducted by Sydney-based researchers have revealed that the infrastructure-on-demand services offered by Amazon, Google and Microsoft suffer from regular performance and availability issues.
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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Internet slowly wakes up to PayPal's quiet fee hike  —  PayPal made some policy changes in June, but it's likely that you haven't heard much about them until very recently.  That's because the company quietly slid in extra fees that will affect nearly all users but failed to be transparent about the changes.
Discussion: I4U News and Between the Lines
BBC:
Paper magazine to carry video adverts  —  The first-ever video advertisement will be published in a traditional paper magazine in September.  —  The video-in-print ads will appear in select copies of the US show business title Entertainment Weekly.  —  The slim-line screens …
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 …
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 …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Avoiding Van Halen Fatigue on YouTube  —  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?  —  Google  —  Hunter Walk, a YouTube director of product management
Lars-Göran Nilsson / Pocket-lint.com:
Garmin Asus M20 heading to AT&T hints exec  —  EXCLUSIVE: Officially launched in Taiwan and Hong Kong today  —  The Garmin Asus M20 in likely to come to AT&T in the US later this year Pocket-lint has learnt following an informal chat with executives at the launch of the new handset come GPS in Taipei.
Discussion: I4U News, Engadget Mobile and Gizmodo
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Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Garmin-Asus to enter China market by end of 2009; aims to sell …
Discussion: CrunchGear and DVICE
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: ReadWriteWeb and TheNextWeb.com
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Yes, Sony, You Are Competing With the iPhone  —  Sony continues to insist that it's not competing with the iPhone on gaming, even though the opposite is increasingly becoming true.  —  Tucked into Sony's impressively newsworthy GamesCom press conference yesterday was an announcement for …
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: Technologizer and TechCrunch
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Scrap the CRTC, petition urges  —  An online petition to dissolve the CRTC has attracted hundreds of signatures in the wake of the regulator's ruling against independent internet providers last week.  —  The petition, at dissolvethecrtc.ca and on Facebook and Twitter, had more than 440 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.
Discussion: DSLreports
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Bloggers beware?  Google forced to identify anonymous blogger  —  A US court has ordered Google to hand over the identity of a blogger who used her website to defame Liskula Cohen, a former Vogue cover girl.  What does the ruling mean for the blogosphere?  —  Liskula Cohen, a Vogue covergirl …
Discussion: Techdirt, Gawker, PC World and New York Post
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 …
Discussion: PC World, Threat Level and The Register
Ilinca Nita / Unwired View:
Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 pictures and specs leaked  —  Samsung's line-up of Windows Mobile smartphones will soon be extended with the Omnia Pro B7330, a handset that seems to be an upgrade of the Omnia Pro B7320.  —  The folks over at AreaMobile.de are expecting the Samsung Omnia Pro B7330 …
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Idealism of Net Neutrality  —  Net neutrality is crap.  Especially since the Internet faces real, tangible threats.  —  For the past couple years, everyone's been talking about net neutrality and how important it is.  Is it really more important than the pressing issues of poor rural Internet access …
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better When It Comes To Online Ad Formats  —  In most media, advertisers pay more for the biggest, and theoretically most noticeable advertising formats, because they believe they work better.  But when it comes to online advertising, smaller, and ostensibly less expensive, may actually work better.
Gregg Keizer / PC World:
Windows 7 Will Run 120 Days for Free  —  Like its predecessor, Windows 7 can be used for up to 120 days without providing a product activation key, Microsoft confirmed today.  —  Although Microsoft generally touts a 30-day time limit for users to activate their copies of the company's operating system …
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Open-source textbook co. Flat World goes back to school with 40,000 new customers  —  Flat World Knowledge, publisher of free, open-source online college textbooks, says it has expanded its customer-base exponentially in the last year from 1,000 students at 30 universities to 40,000 …
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Open Source
New York Times:
Leagues See Bloggers in the Bleachers as a Threat  —  Camera phones, hand-held video cameras and social networking sites like Twitter have turned sports fans with Web sites into instant reporters and broadcasters.  But one of the nation's leading college leagues is drawing a line in the turf.
 
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Michael Sragow / Baltimore Sun:
Twitter Effect rattles Hollywood
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Rory Cellan-Jones / dot.life:
The watchphone: Gadget or gimmick?
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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Death by Discovery: The Interminable Churn of Music Startups
NetChoice:
Misguided Marketing Restriction and Online Travel Tax Top List …
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
John Resig:
Eulogy to _why  —  Unfortunately I'm short on time at the moment …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and rc3.org
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Rolls Out Yahoo Meme In Spanish
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
A Lawsuit Tries to Get at Hackers Through the Banks They Attack
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