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4:25 PM ET, August 19, 2007

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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits  —  Last year a Wikipedia visitor edited the entry for the SeaWorld theme parks to change all mentions of "orcas" to "killer whales," insisting that this was a more accurate name for the species.  —  There was another, unexplained edit …
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GamePolitics.com:
ESA Altered Wikipedia Entries on Mod Chips, Abandonware  —  Using a publicly available software tool, GamePolitics has learned that the ESA, the trade organization which represents U.S. video game publishers, altered the Wikipedia entry pertaining to mod chips in August, 2006 and again in April, 2007.
Discussion: istartedsomething and digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Rumor: Was the Gdrive Release Canceled?  —  Just in case you missed the latest rumors revolving around the YouTube video "Googley Blues": The video, apparently created and sung by a Google employee, was showing the Gdrive aka Platypus icon overlaid with the lyrics, "I've been ready to launch …
Discussion: Googling Google and Geek Speaker
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Crisis: Where were the eBay Management?  —  It has been an interesting 30 hours for Skype, its community and its engineers.  The outage that caused anxiety amongst millions who depend on Skype for communications exposed the fragility of our digital lives.  —  And in this moment of crisis, eBay's senior management was AWOL.
Discussion: Skype-watch.com …
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Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
The words we've all been waiting for  —  Skype.  Take a deep breath  —  Blog about the latest Skype news, written from the perspective of the people who work at Skype.  —  The words we've all been waiting for  —  By Villu Arak on August 18, 2007 in News, Events, Milestones.  —  Hello friends,
Brian Solis / bub.blicio.us:
BarcampBlock Shows the True Promise of Web 2.0  —  The second anniversary of Barcamp was nothing short of extraordinary.  Dubbed BarCampBlock (aka Barcamp Block), the adhoc conference redefined unconferences, and with over 950 people registered and spanning several offices over a couple of blocks …
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Ranking for July The Simpsons Movie Promotion Sparks Growth to Burger King Site making it the Top Gaining Property for July  —  Summer Vacation Season Continues to Spur Traffic to  —  Travel Sites for the Third Consecutive Month
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Thirteen Blog Clichés  —  I started out in early 2004 as a blog skeptic.  But over the last four years, I've become a born-again believer.  In that time, I've written almost a thousand blog entries, and I've read thousands upon thousands of blog entries.
Jim Louderback / PC Magazine:
Passing the Torch  —  Our fearless leader is handing over the reigns of PC Mag.  —  After five years at Ziff Davis Media and nearly 16 years in editorial content—the last two at the helm of this terrific magazine—I've decided to try something new.  I've jumped over to become CEO of Revision3 …
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Cellphone Contracts: Hard to Get off the Hook  —  Fed up with dropped calls and a string of defective cellphones, Corey Taylor said he became irate when he learned he'd have to pay $175 to get out of his long-term contract with Verizon Wireless.  So he resorted to a rather extreme measure.
Discussion: dslreports.com and textually.org
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Just kidding?  —  Far be it from me to defend LA Times editorialists, but I think some critics are missing the attempted irony in their excoriated opinion piece about Google and newspapers — specifically, the new GoogleNews program that enables the subjects of news stories to respond.
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Police Target 'Pirate Cinema' Fuelled by Downloaded Movies  —  A recent post on the organizers website declares: "The best films are free!  Pirate Cinema is an autonomous cinema with P2P-downloaded films.  Why should you give your money to big corporations?  We are showing the newest movies for free!
Discussion: HS.fi
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Episode #4: Chat with Real Networks CEO, Rob Glaser  —  Things are heating up this week, as Om and Joyce tear through another round of Hitlines without mercy.  We also sit down with RealNetworks founder Rob Glaser, a true veteran in the tech world.  All that plus analysis, predictions, and even an insult or two... on The GigaOM Show!
Nick Knupffer / Technology@Intel:
Gaming on Integrated Graphics: No Longer Crazy Talk  —  Intel has launched new drivers for its G965 integrated graphics chipset.  But what does this mean?  —  Traditionally, integrated graphics have been the weaklings of the graphics world - sure there are a lot of them sold …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Is local news doomed? Naw.
Discussion: yelvington.com and Lost Remote
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Yogis Are Now Hi-Tech  —  Imagine a yoga mat you unfurl …
Douglas Soltys / BlackBerry Cool:
EXCLUSIVE: AT&T neuters the BlackBerry 8820 in favor of the iPhone
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: Pearl Jam censorship linked to net neutrality fight
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IBM Bases New Lotus Notes, Domino 8 on Eclipse
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Houston Chronicle:
Earthlink's Wi-Fi delays put project in question
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Update at midnight GMT
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Gaming Remains the Most Popular Online Entertainment Activity
 

 
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