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5:05 PM ET, July 19, 2008

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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: Tapulous and Clickety Clack
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
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.
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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ubisoft Uses Internet Crack To Get Around Its Own DRM  —  Ubisoft, one of the larger video gaming companies out there, has a somewhat troubled history of overburdening its games with awful DRM.  And, as with most DRM systems, the people it tends to hurt most are the legitimate purchasers …
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Ben Jones / TorrentFreak:
Ubisoft Steals ‘No-CD Crack’ to Fix Rainbox 6: Vegas 2
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
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.
 
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PhysOrg.com:
Emotional robots in the spotlight
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo, TechWeb, PSFK and Engadget
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
American Airlines Drops Google Trademark Lawsuit
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Unsafe chargers ‘flooding’ the UK
Discussion: Destructoid and GoNintendo
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Bandai Introduces Mobile E-mail, Chat Tool for Kids
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There's Lots of Money in Those Old iPhones
Scott Moritz / Fortune:
Google ad slump spreads abroad
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Users reporting failed Windows and Office validations (Updated)
InfoWorld:
Why San Francisco's network admin went rogue
Discussion: The Register