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3:55 AM ET, September 23, 2007

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Dave Winer / Scripting News:
How to avoid sounding like an monkey  —  A few weeks ago a well-respected developer wrote a blog post about something he called the "social graph."  A graph, to most people, is a diagram like the one on the right, which plots the value of a stock over time.  For 99.99 percent of the people this is what a graph is.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google To "Out Open" Facebook On November 5  —  Yesterday a select group of fifteen or so industry luminaries attended a highly confidential meeting at Google's headquarters in Mountain View to discuss the company's upcoming plans to address the "Facebook issue."
Nick / Rough Type:
Thank you, Dave Winer  —  I tried to ignore the term "social graph" when it first started popping up a few weeks ago.  For one thing, it sounded like some sort of embarrassing disease; for another, the idea of having to figure out some arcane new Web 2.0 term was depressing.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Webomatica:
Google Very Well Could Achieve Social Network Domination  —  Today, TechCrunch reports on some secret meeting where Google has something "really really big" in the works to take Facebook on head to head.  Sounds kinda sneaky and strange (and a little Dr. Evil) but this is Silicon Valley.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / Read/WriteWeb:
Google to Envelope All Knowledge on November 5th, 2007  —  Michael Arrington has convinced several high level sources to disclose discussion at a top secret Google meeting where the company discussed plans to release on November 5th a new set of APIs.  Those APIs will make access to the data …
Discussion: WinExtra and Insider Chatter
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
MediaDefender's Decoy Effectiveness on BitTorrent Sites  —  MediaDefender determines the effectiveness of their spoofs and decoys by analyzing the top search results for the file in question, mostly movies and music albums.  If 2 out of 10 top search results are fake files spread by them …
Discussion: Digital Alchemy dot TV and Digg
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Symantec issues bogus warning of full-scale Internet meltdown  —  False alarm result of 'product testing,' says company an hour later  —  Symantec Corp.'s early warning system gave its enterprise customers a brief scare late Friday when it erroneously sent an alert that said an Internet-crippling attack was in progress.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Mark Veverka / Barron's Online:
Google Could Trip Over the Mortgage Mess  —  IS GOOGLE TRULY IMMUNE TO THE SUBPRIME-MORTGAGE MORASS?  —  Ever since Google (ticker: GOOG) whiffed on its second-quarter earnings, fans and critics alike have been entertaining this critical question.  —  Critics such as Barron's Roundtable …
Discussion: Internet Outsider and Mashable!
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
The XP alternative for Vista PCs  —  update While Microsoft is still pushing Vista hard, the company is quietly allowing PC makers to offer a "downgrade" option to buyers that get machines with the new operating system but want to switch to Windows XP.  —  The program applies …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Microsoft giving Vista Business / Ultimate users 'downgrade' to XP option
Datamonitor / Computer Business Review:
Less Than 2 Percent of UK Companies Have Upgraded to Vista
Discussion: Windows Vista Weblog and Slashdot
David Smith / Guardian:
Broadband beyond the grave offers web service for the dead  —  Fascinating as it may be, the internet is no good to you when you're six feet under.  Or that has been the assumption.  Yet now a website dedicated to that vast and previously overlooked group, the dead, is starting to prove …
Discussion: Rough Type
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Micro-USB Mobile Phone Charging Standard Announced  —  Relief from the tangled mess that is the cell phone charger market today is finally in sight  —  Last week a group of power players in the mobile phone manufacturing industry gathered to discuss the future of phone charging and data exchange.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Early Halo 3 Limited Edition Owners Plagued by Scratched Discs  —  Shoddy Halo 3 packaging leads to scratched game discs  —  A lot of people will be buying shiny, new copies of Halo 3 this week, but some of them will get home to find scratched discs straight out of the box.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matt Peckham / Game On:
Sony PSP Vaults Past Nintendo DS in Japan  —  This is why Sony may yet rule the console-verse in spite of all its missteps and bungled first-gen games and cynical press.  Because pretty much out of the blue, a game like Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII can come along in the right market (Japan) …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Know Your Rights: How does fair use work?  —  Know Your Rights is Engadget's new technology law series, written by our own totally punk copyright attorney Nilay Patel.  In it we'll try to answer some fundamental tech-law questions to help you stay out of trouble in this brave new world.
Discussion: Life On the Wicked Stage and Digg
 
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