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4:50 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.
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?
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 …
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.
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).
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
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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Brandon Keim / Wired Science:
Is the Internet Bad for Science?
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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
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