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5:50 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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter Can Now Know Where You Tweet  —  Location is one of the features that a lot of the Twitter apps tack on using things like the iPhone's geolocation services.  It's a cool feature, but not enough people use it.  But they are likely to now that Twitter is adding native support for it with a new API.
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:   Twitter: Your New Location Service Provider
Tameka Kee / paidContent:
Twitter To Add Location Data—A Precursor To Geotargeted Ads?
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
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Amazon, Microsoft, and Yahoo Join Coalition Against Google Book Settlement
Discussion: New York Times and Computerworld
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 …
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.
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Jon Fortt / Brainstorm Tech:   The end of the phone as we know it  —  Startups and disruptors …
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 …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple's UK Online Store Lists August 28th Ship Date for Snow Leopard Up-to-Date Program  —  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 in recent days …
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Macenstein:
Snow Leopard to hit next Friday (August 28th) - support training has begun
Discussion: MacRumors, Pocket-lint.com and Gizmodo
Mark Milian / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Flickr says ‘Obama Joker’ image removal complied with takedown request  —  The now-infamous “Obama Joker” picture.  Credit: Firas Alkhateeb  —  After a Chicago student gained national fame for editing a picture of President Obama in the image of the Joker villain from “The Dark Knight” …
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.
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.
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
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
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?
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”.
Joachim Bean / TUAW:
Want a 1st generation iPod?  They're still available from the Apple Store  —  In 2001, the same year the Game Boy Advance was introduced, Apple brought the iPod to us (and not to universal enthusiasm, either).  When I was doing some Google searching last night on Apple model numbers, I found something quite strange.
Google Mobile Blog:
New Image Search Results for Feature Phones  —  Earlier this year, we launched new Image Search results for iPhone and Android-powered devices.  Since then, we've rolled out the new format to iPhone and Android in 28 countries.  Now, the new Image Search results pages are also available for most other phones in 38 languages.
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.
John Collins / The Irish Times:
Eircom to block internet access to Pirate Bay as other firms refuse  —  EIRCOM WILL block its internet customers accessing the Pirate Bay website from September 1st, but other internet service providers (ISPs) have refused a similar request from Irish record labels.
Discussion: ZeroPaid.com and Slashdot
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
News Corp. pushing to create an online news consortium  —  The media giant, advocating a model that would charge for news distributed online and on portable devices, has met recently with major publishers.  —  As newspapers across the country struggle with declining readership and advertising revenue …
Discussion: paidContent
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
The end of free lyrics?  —  Something interesting happened to albums in the mid-60s.  (No, not double-album covers and their utilitarian use.)  With artists such as Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Leonard Cohen singing about something other than teen angst, words began to matter.
Discussion: The Register
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
iPhone 3GS capable of 720p, 1080p hi-def playback?  —  A forum post to Chinese-language site weiphone.com (Translated Link) indicates that the iPhone 3GS is capable of playing back both 720p and 1080p video encoded in H.264 through the built-in video player, suggesting that Apple …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Windows 7: The OS that launches a thousand touch-screen PCs?  —  More PC makers are announcing Windows 7 machines that use touch screens  —  Computerworld - Apple Inc. may still be coy about whether it plans to launch a touch-screen tablet computer this year, but Windows PC makers are forging right ahead.
Discussion: WinBeta
 
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
CheckedProfile is out to verify that fake dating profile of yours
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
Can Yahoo's Carol Bartz Outsmart Microsoft And Google?
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / Computerworld:
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The Real Live Search - Bing API experiment
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Lawrence Lessig / Lessig Blog:
Announcing the hibernation of lessig.org/blog (from the blogs-deserve …
Discussion: Sample the Web, open and madisonian.net
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Usain Bolt Breaks Another World Record, and Footage Speeds Online
Saul Hansell / Bits:
How Hackers Snatch Real-Time Security ID Numbers