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12:55 PM ET, July 20, 2008


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Paul Graham / Y Combinator:
Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund  —  When we read Y Combinator applications there are always ideas we're hoping to see.  In the past we've never said publicly what they are.  If we say we're looking for x, we'll get applications proposing x, certainly.  But then it actually becomes harder to judge them …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Pwnage jailbreak tool for iPhone OS 2.0 released  —  Apple's new iPhone OS and App Store have certainly opened some new doors for iPhones old and new.  But has Apple's shiny walled garden not felt quite jailbreaky enough to inspire you to upgrade?  Now you can safely make the leap and free …
Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Pwnage 2.0 released  —  The iPhone Dev Team has just released PwnageTool 2.0, thus bringing jailbreak and non-App Store third-party application support to iPhones/iPod Touches running firmware 2.0.  First-generation iPhones can also be unlocked.  At this time, the iPhone 3G cannot be unlocked or used with BootNeuter.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Windows 95 Lead Architect Is a Mac Convert, Launches First iPhone App  —  After he left Microsoft, Satoshi Nakajima, the lead architect of Windows 95 and a “defining force” in the creation of Internet Explorer 3.0, wanted to understand why people were so into Apple.
Lonnie Lazar / Cult of Mac:
Microsoft's Windows 95 Architect Is a Happy Mac Convert  —  Software engineer Satoshi Nakajima, the lead architect of Microsoft's Windows 95, picked up a Mac for the first time two years ago.  —  He was so impressed, he says he'll never touch a PC again.  —  Satoshi loves Apple products so much …
Discussion: PalmAddicts
David Smith / Guardian:
The 20-year-old at heart of web's most anarchic and influential site  —  Time magazine calls it the wellspring of net culture and its online pranks are world-famous.  David Smith reports on the man who began the chaotic but powerful 4chan website from home  —  It seemed an ordinary day at Google's offices in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Discussion: metarand
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Startup Job Site Gets Backing From Y Combinator, Relauches As Startuply  —  New Y Combinator startup Startuply launches today.  It's a free job listing service aimed squarely at small startups, which have a lot of trouble getting the attention of new engineering graduates over the noise …
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Sweeping Panoramas, Courtesy of a Robot  —  ROBOTS already cut the grass and vacuum rugs.  Now they are helping with a more artistic job: creating vast photographic panoramas with ordinary cameras.  —  A new, inexpensive robotic device from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University attaches snugly …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
iPhone rants and raves  —  On twitter, @mparekh (Michael Parekh) lamented the other day: … There are lots more folks with similar complaints on twitter or getsatisfaction.  —  Meanwhile, over on Dave Farber's IP list, Lauren Weinstein wrote: … But at the same time, how can you not love this device?
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: ZDNet Government and Digg
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 …
Discussion: Podcasting News and ReadWriteWeb
James Freeman / Wall Street Journal:
Who's Going to Fund the Next Steve Jobs?  —  Is the great American financial engine that gave the world Intel and Google grinding to a halt?  Last quarter marked the first time in 30 years that not a single company backed by venture capital went public in the U.S.  —  A fluke?
Discussion: The Open Road and CNET
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Web networking photos come back to bite defendants
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Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Europe leads global Wi-Fi hotspot growth; free Wi-Fi model gaining ground
Discussion: GottaBeMobile and DSLreports
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Will Mark Kingdon's Reign Boost Second Life?
Steven Hodson / Mashable!:
Twitter is Not a Micro-Blogging Tool
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
The Wiki-Hacker Strikes Again
Michael Kwun / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Ninety-Five NeoMedia Patent Claims
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