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2:40 PM ET, September 9, 2007

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Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Weekend Feature: The How of Habbo Hotel  —  How did a small Finnish company create an online world which now boasts the largest current active user base in Europe and North America (about 6.5 million)*, far larger than World of Warcraft (around 4.5 million, not counting its Chinese audience)?
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How To Be Habbo Hotel - Tips on Going Global  —  Sulake Labs, the VC-backed Finnish startup behind Habbo Hotel and IRC Galleria is a success story that by now offers up a few lessons for other social networking and roleplaying business.  —  Founded way back in 2000, it has come a long way since sister site …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Microsoft Launches Translation Service  —  Microsoft launched a service for automatic translation called Windows Live Translator.  The site lets you translate a text limited to 500 words or a web page from English to German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Russian.
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Windows Live Translator  —  Darren Straight has been snooping around some Windows Live Translator domain names, and today, for the first time, the Windows Live Translator beta site is live.  According to Darren, the following urls are now working:  — translator.live.com  — translate.live.com
Shira Boss / New York Times:
Even in a Virtual World, 'Stuff' Matters  —  IT'S payday for Janine Hawkins.  Not in the real world, where she is a student at Nipissing University in Ontario, but in the online world of Second Life, where she is managing editor of the fashion magazine Second Style.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Rainbow Hash Cracking  —  The multi-platform password cracker Ophcrack is incredibly fast.  How fast?  It can crack the password "Fgpyyih804423" in 160 seconds.  Most people would consider that password fairly secure.  The Microsoft password strength checker rates it "strong".
Discussion: Miguel de Icaza
Ryan Block / Engadget:
iTunes 7.4.1 ringtones re-rename workaround discovered  —  So last night iTunes 7.4.1 came out which, among other things, blocked off the custom ringtone renaming method, which allowed users to add their own ringtones to their iPhone without buying them on iTunes.
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Jamais Cascio / Open the Future:
SINGULARITY SUMMIT TALK: OPENNESS AND THE METAVERSE SINGULARITY  —  The following is the text of the presentation I'm giving today at the Singularity Summit.  I've set the post to go live at the same time I go onto the stage.  Update: this is now the corrected version …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Singularity Summit 2007: Designing rational self-improving AI  —  I interviewed Steve Omohundro prior to the Singularity Summit 2007 about his notions of developing artificial general intelligences (AGIs), but he went into far more detail about his views.  He applies what he called …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Can Michael Dell Refocus His Namesake?  —  "Some of our competitors jumped over us in a Darwinian way," Michael S. Dell says.  "Now it's our turn."  He recently returned as C.E.O.  —  Round Rock, Tex.  —  ON a recent afternoon at his company's headquarters here, Michael S. Dell is seated …
Electronista:
3G, 16GB iPhone for Europe in November?  —  Apple may launch its iPhone campaign in Europe with a 3G-capable iPhone with enhanced storage, according to what appears to be a leaked ad from T-Mobile Germany.  The ad promises a version of the handset with support for 3G-level cellular Internet access using …
Marvin Posted / Guns Lot:
Top Twenty Five (25) Best Selling Video Games Of All Time  —  Video Gaming is a multi-billion dollar industry where over two (2) billion video game titles have been sold.  Below, we examine the top twenty five best selling video games of all time including a title that sold over 20 million copies.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Virtual Worlds Are The Future Of Global Commerce: ICANN CEO  —  In a wide ranging keynote address at the 2007 Influence Forum, ICANN CEO Paul Twomey told the audience that virtual worlds are the future of global commerce.  —  Twomey used The Sims Online as an example of the sort of interface …
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Ryan / WordPress › Blog Tool and Weblog Platform:
WordPress 2.2.3  —  2.2.3 is a security and bug-fix release for the 2.2 series.  Since this is a security release, we suggest you upgrade immediately.  Two of the fixes are high priority.  —  On our Trac you can see the bugs closed and the files changed for 2.2.3.  —  To get 2.2.3, please see our download page.
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Senator Amy Klobuchar / klobuchar.senate.gov:
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Tim Reid / Times of London:
China's cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon
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IPhone: American Express Honoring Price Protection For iPhones
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Microsoft bringing Internet TV feature to Windows Media Center
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iPhone Interest Could More Than Double With New Price Cuts
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iTunes Store slip-up reveals future rental movie options?
Ben Long / iPhone Central:
iPhone Hacking Kit, the next generation
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