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11:05 PM ET, July 19, 2008

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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.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Threat Level
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Microsoft Winning Digital Living Room War on Paper, but Failing to Lock It Up in Practice  —  Few people wrote as bullishly as I did this past week about Netflix partnering with Microsoft to bring its “Watch Instantly” service to the Xbox 360.  I think it could be a game changer and makes Microsoft …
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, Bloggle and HipMojo.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pressflip Is A Belly Flop  —  Pressflip is a new blog search engine (it's actually a relaunch of a site called Persai, which launched earlier this year).  The idea is you do a search, train the engine by telling it which results aren't interesting to you, and then wait for new results to come in over time.
Discussion: Alt Search Engines and PC Magazine
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.
Bob Egelko / San Francisco Chronicle:
Serious YouTube test of copyright law  —  A woman who posted a home video on YouTube of her 13-month-old son dancing to Prince's “Let's Go Crazy” squared off Friday against entertainment giant Universal Music Corp. in a federal court case that tests copyright law.
Discussion: Digg
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Review: Band puts a small recording studio on your iPhone  —  With the launch of the iTunes App Store, there have been hundreds of applications released into the iPhone ecosystem.  Some of them have been terrible, some have been great.  However, few of them have seemed as impressive …
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: Lockergnome and Tapulous
KathrynV / DSLreports:
EU Aims To Replace TV with Live BitTorrent Streaming - New technology increases bandwidth possibilities for live streaming  —  Researchers in 21 different European nations have come together to create a project designed to bring live BitTorrent streaming to the Internet and to change …
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Fred / A VC:
Read This Post  —  My friend Roger Ehrenberg has posted one of the most honest candid post mortems on a failed startup that I have ever seen from the leadership of the company.  His company, Monitor 110, tried to use technology to surface investable information from the Internet.
Discussion: Information Arbitrage
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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 …
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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Emotional robots in the spotlight
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BBC:
Unsafe chargers ‘flooding’ the UK
Discussion: Destructoid and GoNintendo
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
New updates to Google.com for the iPhone
Discussion: last100 and Gear Diary
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Exits Barred, VCs Keep Investments Flat
 

 
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