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Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Social App Foursquare Takes in $1.35 Million in Funding From Unionsquare  —  Foursquare, the hot iPhone social app that allows you to broadcast your location to your friends, is raising its seed round of $1.35 million., and has raised almost all of it, according to a new SEC document just filed.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Foursquare Gets $1.35 Million To Play With From Union Square And O'Reilly AlphaTech  —  As we alluded to two days ago, the location-based social network Foursquare has just raised its first round of funding.  PaidContent found out about the seed round through an SEC document, and we've confirmed the round with the company.
Kit Eaton / Fast Company:
Fox's Twitter TV Experiment Tweets Its Way to Epic Failure  —  When Fox revealed its plan to broadcast reruns of Fringe and Glee with a live Twitter feed overlay, I said they had to be really really careful.  But Fox didn't listen.  From user comments online it looks like the experiment earned itself a big FAIL.
Jared Newman / PC World:
Network Woes?  Hate the iPhone, Not AT&T  —  Now that AT&T has finally greenlit MMS for the iPhone, maybe it's time we gave the company a break.  —  For years, AT&T's iPhone customers have endured dropped calls, slow connections, and crippled service, especially in crowded areas such as New York and San Francisco.
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Marco.org:   On one hand, it's easy to feel sorry for AT&T because it takes …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Loopt Location To Update In The Background On iPhone  —  Loopt, a location-based social networking service, will be the first third-party iPhone service to work in the background while the app is not running.  —  Via a deal with AT&T, and with your permission, Loopt will be able to access …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless Touch Pro2 to land September 11th, $199.99  —  As if an Android handset and a couple of Blackberry handsets weren't enough, Verizon Wireless customers may have yet another handset coming quickly down the pike.  A trusted ninja let us know that VZW's Touch Pro2 is slated …
Dan Grabham / TechRadar.com:
Samsung: OLED notebooks by late 2010  —  Global computing boss targets release a year from now  —  Samsung says we could get the first commercial OLED laptops a year from now.  —  Speaking at the official IFA launch of the X-Series and N-Series notebooks and netbooks, Kyu Uhm …
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Inside Mac OS X Snow Leopard: GPU Optimization  —  As jingle-pundits desperately try to denigrate Snow Leopard as a “Service Pack,” Apple's new operating system reference release actually expands the reach of the Mac platform in several important and under-reported new directions.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Lorelle VanFossen / Lorelle on WordPress:
Old WordPress Versions Under Attack  —  Otto42 of OttoDestruct, a key WordPress developer and supporter, reports that there is an “attack” on older versions of WordPress right now.  The number of sites hit by this is growing every hour.  Protect your WordPress blog now: UPDATE NOW!!!
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Brouhaha Over the Version of Flash in Snow Leopard  —  There've been a bunch of stories this week (see: here, here, here, etc.) making hay over the fact that the version of Flash that ships with Snow Leopard is not the very latest, because the very latest version, as usual, fixes security vulnerabilities.
Discussion: TechVi
Bloomberg:
Dish Told to Pay TiVo Almost $200 Million Over Patent  —  Sept. 4 (Bloomberg) — Dish Network Corp. and EchoStar Corp. were told to pay almost $200 million to TiVo Inc. for contempt of an order that it stop providing its DVR service after losing a patent-infringement ruling.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey Leaves Personal Genetics Start-Up to Focus on Alzheimer's Research  —  BoomTown just got the following email from Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe, the personal genetics start-up, about the departure of her co-founder, Linda Avey (pictured here).
Discussion: TechCrunch
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
WebOS 1.2 Accidentally Leaked!  —  go4craig in our Palm Pre Forums has just posted that he applied the webOS Doctor (the ‘last resort’ method for getting your Pre back to factory standard) and, wonder of wonders, it installed webOS 1.2 for him.  Guess what - same thing happened for forum member Leathal.
Marisa Taylor / Digits:
How Old Is This Internet Thing, Again?  —  Poor Al Gore has been teased mercilessly for supposedly claiming he invented the Internet. … But that's not the only portion of cyber-history that's in dispute.  —  Media outlets are celebrating Sept. 2 as the 40th anniversary of the day the Internet was invented.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and ABCNEWS
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Verizon: We're Not Setting Broadband Definition Bar Low - We're just, well, setting the broadband definition bar low  —  As noted earlier this week, a number of carriers have responded to the FCC's request for a concrete definition of broadband with the suggestion that the FCC stick …
Jeff Leins / News in Film:
Cast Set for David Fincher's Social Network?  —  Rumor has it David Fincher has found his cast for The Social Network, a story focusing on the early days of Facebook written by Aaron Sorkin.  The screenplay was based on the novel “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich (21).
Discussion: Gawker
Nick Eaton / The Microsoft Blog:
LinkedIn profiles give clues of Windows Mobile 7 features  —  Stephen Chapman, aka the UX Evangelist, has scoured the LinkedIn profiles of tech-industry workers for clues of what features Microsoft is building into its upcoming Windows Mobile 7 phone operating system.
Marianne Schultz / MacRumors iPhone Blog:
TomTom Car Kit Release Pushed Back to October  —  TomTom's FAQ for its iPhone navigation app now notes that the anxiously-awaited Car Kit will not be released until October: … This update to the FAQ comes surprisingly close to the kit's run through the FCC for approval just last week.
Tim O'Reilly / TechCrunch:
Gov 2.0: It's All About The Platform  —  Editor's note: The following guest post is by Tim O'Reilly, the founder and CEO of computer book publisher O'Reilly Media and a conference organizer.  O'Reilly coined the term Web 2.0 five years ago.  Now he is arguing it is time for Gov 2.0 …
Robert McMillan / Computerworld:
Microsoft: Cyber-crooks exploiting unpatched IIS bug  —  IDG News Service - Microsoft says that cyber-criminals are starting to exploit an unpatched bug in its IIS server software that was made public earlier this week.  —  The flaw can be exploited to let an attacker take control of an older IIS …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Snow Leopard, Marble, And Calamine Lotion  —  There are two types of people in the world: Those that hate change, and those that embrace it.  I tend to fall into the latter category.  And that's why OS X Snow Leopard is an odd product for me.  —  On one hand, I like the idea that Apple …
Discussion: AppleInsider and TUAW, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Gmail Blog:
Four new themes  —  Posted by Jake Knapp, UI Designer and Manu Cornet, Software Engineer  —  Manu: Hey Jake, you still using that same old theme?  —  Jake: Well, yeah.  I mean, I like it — but I don't know... I guess it just doesn't feel as new as it used to.  —  Manu: I hear ya.  Well, good news!
h-online.com:
Mozilla to protect Adobe Flash users  —  The upcoming Firefox 3.5.3 and Firefox 3.0.14 releases, currently in beta, will check the version of Adobe Flash plug-in installed in the browser and warn the user if that plug-in is out of date.  Johnathan Nightingale, “Human Shield” (Security Lead) …
Mathew D / The Global Outpost:
China's Potential Crackdown on Music Piracy  —  China's Ministry of Culture has issued a new online music policy that will regulate online music content and potentially reduce the level of music piracy.  —  Pali Research has already warned that this policy will significantly affect search engine Baidu …
Helen / buzzmarketing daily:
Facebook Coming Soon: Ability to Measure Stream Activity  —  If you look closely on the “learn more” blurb on the Facebook Insights there's a very interesting “coming soon” feature.  It reads:  —  Stream CTR / ETR: This graph is a measure of the Click Through Rate and Engagement Rate …
 
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Fred / A VC:
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