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3:20 PM ET, July 19, 2008

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Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Monitor110: A Post Mortem  —  Turning Failure into Learning  —  Writing a post mortem is hard, particularly when the result is failure: a failed deal; a failed investment; a failed concept.  That said, without a post mortem, without deep reflection, honesty and introspection, how can we get better and do better the next time?
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
To Save Gas, Shoppers Stay Home and Click  —  To go shopping these days, more Americans are trading in their car keys for a keyboard.  —  Online shopping is gaining at a time when simply filling up a gas tank to head to the mall can seem like a spending spree.
Discussion: BloggingStocks and Zoli's Blog
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google's Services Converge in the New iGoogle  —  Is this Google Reader?  It's actually an iGoogle feed in canvas view, which happens to borrow Google Reader's interface.  If you click on the drop-down, you can access all your Google Reader subscriptions.  —  Is this Gmail?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Bloggle
Fred / A VC:
iPhone Platform: What We Can Learn From Tap Tap Revenge  —  If you have an iPhone and have downloaded apps and games to it, there's a good chance you've got Tap Tap Revenge on your phone because its the most popular app right now, free or paid.  If you don't have it, here's a link …
Discussion: Clickety Clack and Tapulous
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Wiki-Hacker Strikes Again  —  Wikipedia white-washers beware: Virgil Griffith is watching you.  —  Last August, Griffith, a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology, released a simple piece of software code that tore the lid of secrecy off the anonymous community of volunteers who edit the nonprofit encyclopedia.
Michael Kwun / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Ninety-Five NeoMedia Patent Claims  —  EFF's Patent Busting Project, continues to march forward, this time with more good news about the petition that EFF, in conjunction with Paul Grewal and James Czaja of Day Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder …
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Exits Barred, VCs Keep Investments Flat  —  If you believe the venture capitalists on Friday's conference call about the latest MoneyTree Survey results, which covers venture investing in the second quarter, now is the best time to contact them with your ideas.
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
New updates to Google.com for the iPhone  —  Unless you're living on a deserted island — and maybe even if you are — you know about Apple's 3G iPhone and App Store launch last week.  Hopefully you know about the Google Mobile App that we launched last week, as well.
Discussion: last100 and Gear Diary
David F. Gallagher / Bits:
There's Lots of Money in Those Old iPhones  —  I was walking by the lengthy iPhone line outside the Apple Store in Soho on Sunday when I heard someone call out: “Turn in your old iPhone and get the new one free!”  —  I turned around and saw a bearded guy handing out fliers (photo above).
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Facebook sues ‘knock-off’ German site  —  Facebook on Friday filed a copyright lawsuit against a German company that it has accused of running a “knock-off” of the social networking website.  —  In a complaint filed in a California court, Facebook accused StudiVZ - a German company …
PhysOrg.com:
Emotional robots in the spotlight  —  (PhysOrg.com) — A robot with empathy sounds like the stuff of sci-fi movies, but with the aid of neural networks European researchers are developing robots in tune with our emotions.  The tantalising work of the Feelix Growing project is grabbing the world's attention.
Discussion: Gearlog, TechWeb, PSFK and Engadget
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
American Airlines Drops Google Trademark Lawsuit  —  American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp., dropped a trademark lawsuit against Google Inc. over the search engine's use of the carrier's name to trigger paid Internet advertisements for competitors.  —  The infringement case was dismissed yesterday …
 
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BBC:
Unsafe chargers ‘flooding’ the UK
Discussion: Destructoid and GoNintendo
Pat Phelan / Telecomms Disruptor:
Flixwagon pay bloggers, non disclosure from bloggers or Flixwagon
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Ubisoft Steals ‘No-CD Crack’ to Fix Rainbox 6: Vegas 2
Kristin Kalning / MSNBC:
Meet the man behind the Wii
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Google ad slump spreads abroad
 Earlier Items: 
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Fiji beta over, Windows Media Center TV Pack 2008 hits RTM
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
Economy Down, PC Sales Up
Discussion: TidBITS
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Users reporting failed Windows and Office validations (Updated)
InfoWorld:
Why San Francisco's network admin went rogue
Discussion: The Register
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Android Not Open: No XMPP, No Source, No SDK For Some
Discussion: Googling Google and IntoMobile
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft: 180 million Vista licenses now sold
Discussion: TG Daily and Engadget