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3:45 PM 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.
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
How Palm Faced Down a Tyrannical Control Freak
Discussion: PC World and ChannelWeb
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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Alex Salkever / DailyFinance:   Why Facebook's IPO could be disappointingly weak
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.
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.
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.
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: Between the Lines and I4U News
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MySpace To Hire Millard and Also Media Link to Take Over Ad Sales; Whither Berman?  —  In a move that will surely have Madison Avenue talking, well-known online advertising sales executive Wenda Harris Millard (pictured here)-who is now president of New York- and Los Angeles-based media consultancy …
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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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Munster: An Apple TV set by 2011  —  Gene Munster has seen the future of television and it has an Apple (AAPL) logo on it.  —  In a note to clients Thursday, Piper Jaffray's senior analyst offered a scenario by which Apple would enter the cut-throat TV market by 2011 with an Apple-branded television set …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Recommends Firefox Users To Switch To The “New, Safer IE8″  —  Not sure when this started occurring exactly, but Yahoo is apparently now letting Firefox users know that they'd be better off switching to the “new, safer Internet Explorer 8″.
Discussion: Gawker
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 …
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
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.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's Social Plan: Twitter, Twitter, & More Twitter?  —  Is it just me, or does Yahoo have a thing for Twitter?  Watching Yahoo's moves this year is like watching a kid in class fall head-over-heels for the prettiest girl in class.  He scribbles her initials inside his notebook and tries to impress her at every turn.
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 …
Discussion: Gawker, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
HTC Hero earns FCC approval with CDMA, Sprint launch rumors more solid than ever  —  We know of precisely two types of radios going into Heros (or would that be Heroes?) right now: the 900 / 2100MHz 3G for global use that everyone's using so far, and an 850 / 1900 version for North America that the FCC's had the pleasure of using.
Bloomberg:
Apple Sued by Colorado Man Claiming IPhone App Used His Copyrighted Image  —  Aug. 20 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. was sued for more than $2 million by a Colorado man who claims a television and movie- guide application for the iPhone uses his copyrighted image.
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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Go Ahead, Embed This Post!  —  Here's some good news!  —  We have the privilege of having thousands of you link to and excerpt our content on a regular basis.  We're thrilled that you find our site worth reading and sharing, so we've decided to make this even easier.
Discussion: Felix Salmon
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Hackers Snatch Real-Time Security ID Numbers  —  The world's savviest hackers are on to the “real-time Web” and using it to devilish effect.  The real-time Web is the fire hose of information coming from services like Twitter.  The latest generation of Trojans—nasty little programs …
Discussion: threatpost and New York Times, Thanks:atul
Taylor Buley / Forbes:
A Scheme For Protecting Content  —  Talal Shamoon of Intertrust believes he has the key to securing digital content. … Putting content online is a risky game.  You could win an audience measured in the millions and lose control of your work to pirates.  Slapping a digital padlock on content could protect you.
 
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Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:
The end of the phone as we know it  —  Startups and disruptors …
Paulbradshaw / Online Journalism Blog:
The Guardian kicks off the local data landgrab
Michael Sragow / Baltimore Sun:
Twitter Effect rattles Hollywood
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Bigger Isn't Necessarily Better When It Comes To Online Ad Formats
John C. Dvorak / PC Magazine:
The Idealism of Net Neutrality
 Earlier Items: 
Jared Newman / Technologizer:
Yes, Sony, You Are Competing With the iPhone
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Open-source textbook co. Flat World goes back to school with 40,000 new customers
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and OStatic blogs
Peter Nowak / CBC News:
Scrap the CRTC, petition urges
Discussion: DSLreports
NetChoice:
Misguided Marketing Restriction and Online Travel Tax Top List …
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Beatles: “Discussions regarding digital distribution will continue”
Discussion: Technologizer
Ryan Singel / Epicenter:
Defunct Airport Fast-Pass Company Banned From Selling Customer Biometrics