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8:20 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, Bloggle and HipMojo.com
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
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.
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
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?
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Discussion: Information Arbitrage
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
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.
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 …
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
Steven Hodson / Mashable!:
Twitter is Not a Micro-Blogging Tool  —  Blogging for all intents and purposes has been around for about the ten year mark.  During that time it has gone through many changes as more platforms and tools became available that made it easier and easier for just about anyone to become a blogger.
Discussion: SMS Text News
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Cryptex Mobile: Feel the code  —  Opus Dei has been needing a mobile phone to call their very own since the demise of the Knights Templar.  If only designer Marc Schömann was catholic and lived 600 years ago, this baton style mobile phone might have saved them from a Dan Brown style disaster.
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 …
Dave Rubert / NaviGadget:
Becker Z100 - Crocodile  —  Becker have designed a new and hardened and more resistant version of its portable GPS Z101 which we mentioned back in May.  This new GPS navigation system; Becker Z100, is nicknamed Crocodile since it is outer casing looks like it has scales.
 
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