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12:25 PM ET, July 29, 2007


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Bonnie Malkin / Telegraph:
Facebook banned by City firms  —  Networking website Facebook is supposed to improve your social life.  But it emerged that "Facebooking" can also seriously damage your career.  —  More than two thirds of employers are banning or restricting the use of Facebook and similar sites over fears …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Calacanis asks deep questions about social networks  —  So Jason "no comments" Calacanis answers me, and others, back about his increasing dislike of Facebook and other social networks.  —  First of all, for the record, Jason is right.  Facebook sucks.  Twitter sucks.  Pownce sucks.  Jaiku sucks.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social Network Exhaustion (or Facebook Bankruptcy Redux)  —  Today I'm waking up with the Smashing Pumpkins ringing in my ears and my ego search ringing off the hook.  My throat and head are about 60-70% healed and looking back on my last couple of posts about turning off comments and declaring Facebook bankruptcy and asking:
Neville Hobson:
The big ban on employees accessing Facebook
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
The TechCrunch MeetUp party: Tonight we're going to party like it's 1999  —  Saturday, July 28th, 2007 at 12:37 am in General, tech culture.  —  The Prince song "1999″ kept playing in my head the whole time I was at the TechCrunch MeetUp party at August Capital in Menlo Park.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 9 At August Capital: Thank You for Coming  —  Well, it's over.  TechCrunch 9 At August Capital last night was a blast, with 900 or so people demo'ing products, drinking wine and, if the video above is any indication, looking for the man of their dreams.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
PhotoBlog: Silicon Valley elite swarms to the Techcrunch 9 Party  —  Planet Earth > United States > San Francisco Bay Area > Menlo Park > Sand Hill Road > August Capital > Nucleus of Tech Industry  —  Many of the tech elite swarmed at this social and product demo in the epicenter of Silicon Valley.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google YouTube copyright infringement filtering system - How will it work?  —  Google / YouTube was in federal district court in New York on Friday defending a lawsuit brought by Viacom and several other media companies.  The New York Times story says "Google hopes technology will be in place …
Jason Pontin / New York Times:
A Social-Networking Service With a Velvet Rope  —  JUST now, the hottest startup in Silicon Valley — minutely examined by bloggers, panted after by investors — is Pownce, but only a chosen few can try out its Web site.  —  Kevin Rose, the co-founder and chief architect of Digg …
Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T Treo 750 gets Windows Mobile 6 treatment on the sly  —  Finally the Treo 750 gets its moment in the unofficial spotlight, viva la Windows Mobile 6 updates!  Though, AT&T hasn't released it officially — like the 8525 and the BlackJack — if you like living life on the edge …
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Jason Hiner / Tech Sanity Check:
Sanity check: How Microsoft beat Linux in China and what it means for freedom, justice, and the price of software  —  Who remembers Red Flag Linux?  Born during the dot-com boom and officially financed and adopted by the Chinese government, Red Flag Linux was supposed to be China's answer …
Discussion: Slashdot
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
Nice VS 2008 Code Editing Improvements  —  I've blogged in the past about some of the text editor improvements in VS 2008 that have been made for JavaScript intellisense and CSS style intellisense.  —  Recently I was looking over the shoulder of someone writing some code …
Discussion: OakLeaf Systems
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
ONLINE STORAGE: 80+ File Hosting and Sharing Sites  —  From sending one document to backing up an entire business, data storage is the key to everything nowadays.  Due to popular demand, we've put together a list of more than 80 of the leading file hosting services, many of which are completely free.
Discussion: Web Strategy and digg
Luck / Apple TV Hacks:
USB patch released.  HALLELUJAH!  —  After numerous delays, we present you the USB patch that you guys have been waiting for.  You can find the link to the patch at the bottom of this blog entry.  —  Just a recap for those who are not familiar with this.
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
In a Highly Complex World, Innovation From the Top Down  —  USER-GENERATED content — from Wikipedia to YouTube to open-source software — is generating waves of excitement.  But the opening of innovation to wider numbers of people obscures another trend: many of the most popular new products …
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Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
CA Releases Results of Red-Team Investigation of Voting Machines …
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Big names backing internet video company
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Brian White / Engadget Mobile:
Telstra iPhone SIM hack video
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