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10:05 AM ET, August 21, 2009

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Biz / Twitter Blog:
Location, Location, Location  —  Twitter platform developers have been doing innovative work with location for some time despite having access to only a rudimentary level of API support.  Most of the location-based projects we see are built using the simple, account-level location field folks can fill out as part of their profile.
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Michael Gummelt / Facebook Blog:
Publishing to Twitter from Facebook Pages  —  Many people have asked us to make Facebook and Twitter work better together for those times when they want to share their content as widely as possible.  We agree.  Over the next few days, we will be releasing a feature that allows administrators …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:   Facebook Syndicates Updates From Pages To Twitter, Still Holds User Updates Hostage
Wall Street Journal:
Internet Archive to Form Coalition to Challenge Google Books Settlement  —  Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc., Yahoo Inc., and a number of other library associations are joining a coalition being created by the Internet Archive to challenge Google Inc.'s settlement with authors and publishers …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Flickr v. Free Speech.  Where Is The Courage?  —  One thing I've learned over the years is this - screwing over your users while yelling “the lawyers made me do it!” rarely ends well.  Particularly when the lawyers are just being lazy, and free speech rights are at stake.  —  Flickr really stepped in it this time.
Discussion: TechPolitik
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Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flickr says ‘Obama Joker’ image removal complied with takedown request
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to launch Ion-based nettop in September and Eee Keyboard in October  —  Asustek Computer will launch Nvidia Ion-based Eee Box and Eee Top all-in-one PC, as well as two ultra-thin notebooks under its U/UX series line in September.  The company will also launch its Eee Keyboard …
Dana Oshiro / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Labs Launches Listen Podcast App  —  Google Labs just launched Listen - an “audio magazine” that allows Android users to subscribe to programs and search terms to queue up their podcasts for easy listening.  While Listen only offers English audio podcasts for now …
VentureBeat:
Twitter to roll out commercial accounts this year  —  Yes, Twitter will start earning some income this year.  —  Co-founder Biz Stone said the company is in the first phase of rolling out commercial accounts that will entice business users to pay for premium services like detailed analytics.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Telecoms chase after Google Voice's innovative calling features  —  Google engineers show off the Voice Web app.  Credit: Septillion via Flickr  —  Google's pickup of Grand Central, a little Web startup with big ideas for revolutionizing phone use, is starting to look pretty smart two years later.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's UK Online Store Lists August 28th Ship Date for Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program [Updated]  —  Apple's UK online store is now listing a shipping date for the OS X Snow Leopard “Up-to-Date” program of “by August 28th”.  The listing comes on the heels of reports from several sources …
Stephen Wolfram / Wolfram:
What We've Been Doing This Summer  —  So what's been happening with Wolfram|Alpha this summer?  A lot!  —  At a first glance, the website looks pretty much as it did when it first launched—with the straightforward input field.  But inside that simple exterior an incredible amount has happened.
The JobsBloggers / Microsoft JobsBlog:
Microsoft Retail Stores: We're hiring!  —  You may have heard about our plans to open Microsoft retail stores in cities around the world.  Well, I know a lot of you have heard because the JobsBloggers have been getting peppered with questions. :)  —  We've recently announced our first two stores …
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
Who writes Linux: Big Business  —  The Linux Foundation has just released a new report on who writes Linux (PDF), and guess what?  Linux isn't written by lonely nerds hiding out in their parents' basements.  It's written by people working for major companies — many of them businesses that you probably don't associate with Linux.
Discussion: Slashdot
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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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Los Angeles gets its Google Apps groove  —  On August 11, Randi Levin, the chief information officer of the city of Los Angeles, stood before City Council members at a hearing of the information technology committee and made her case for why the nation's second-largest city should adopt Google Apps.
Stephen Shankland / The Download Blog:
Google's 64-bit Chrome starts emerging—on Linux  —  Google has begun work on a 64-bit version of Chrome for Linux, a move likely to whip Linux loyalists into a lather of excitement.  —  “The V8 team did some amazing work this quarter building a working 64-bit port.
Thomas Kang / Google Photos Blog:
Collaborate on Picasa Web Albums  —  After a recent trip to Yosemite, I was frustrated to see my traveling companions share their photos in three different online albums on three different photo-sharing sites.  What we really needed was a single album to which everyone could add their photos.
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Hacker Mitnick may sue AT&T over data breach  —  After having his AT&T wireless account breached and his personal information posted on the Web, famed hacker Kevin Mitnick thought the least the cellular service provider could do was compensate him for his troubles.
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
“Likely illegal”?  Bitch, please  —  So everyone is all having a field day about this story that broke today where Ed Colligan of Palm told me that my “let's not steal each other's employees” plan was “likely illegal.”  First of all, the reason Colligan didn't want to play ball was that he knew …
Discussion: Brainstorm Tech
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Scientists make bendable, transparent LEDs—without organics  —  Organic LEDs, or OLEDs, promise to bring flexible, transparent displays to the market, but some researchers have found a way to get the same effect by printing microscopic inorganic LEDs onto plastic and glass.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Cloud Telecomputers' Glass Platform Puts Android in a Desktop Phone  —  This isn't the first Android desktop phone we have seen, but Cloud Telecomputers' 8-inch touchscreen Android Glass phone keeps the old corded handset intact and bakes in a load of communications functions.  —  Why put Android in a desktop phone?
Economist:
Snap it, click it, use it  —  A new way to deliver information to mobile phones is spreading around the world  —  NEGOTIATING his way across a crowded concourse at a busy railway station, a traveller removes his phone from his pocket and, using its camera, photographs a bar code printed on a poster.
Analysys Mason:
As Clearwire investors write off billions of dollars, what is the future for WiMAX?  —  Terry Norman, Senior Analyst  —  Over the last two or three years, WiMAX has gained a strong foothold in developing countries in which there is a need for broadband, but the fixed infrastructure is poor.
Discussion: GigaOM and dailywireless.org
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Facebook disables 6 rogue phishing apps, but 5 more appear  —  Facebook on Thursday said it had disabled a group of rogue apps that were stealing Facebook user log-in credentials and spamming people, and within hours more appeared.  —  Five more of the apps appeared on Thursday, called …
VentureBeat:
Twitter had been in talks to buy FriendFeed too, co-founder Stone says  —  Twitter had been in talks to acquire FriendFeed before the start-up of ex-Googlers decided to sell the company to Facebook last week.  —  “If that's where they wanted to end up, that's the right move for them,” …
Discussion: paidContent, Thanks:mgcreed
Nick Halstead / TweetMeme Blog:
TweetMeme Retweet Button Growth  —  I wanted to share a few numbers about the growth of TweetMeme and explain why so many users are using our service.  In the last 30 days we have served 1.6 billion retweet buttons, and we seeing an average growth of 20% week-on-week.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Continues To Right App Store Wrongs.  Obama “Hope” App Is Go.  —  Last month, we wrote about an iPhone app getting rejected because it featured artwork of President Obama.  Specifically, it was Shepard Fairey's famous “HOPE” image of Obama that Apple found inappropriate stating that it “ridicules public figures”.
 
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Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. pushing to create an online news consortium
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Windows 7: The OS that launches a thousand touch-screen PCs?
Discussion: WinBeta
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
CheckedProfile is out to verify that fake dating profile of yours
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
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Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
The Real Live Search - Bing API experiment
Discussion: TechCrunch
Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog:
Announcing the hibernation of lessig.org/blog (from the blogs-deserve …
Discussion: Sample the Web, open and madisonian.net
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
The end of free lyrics?
Discussion: The Register