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1:35 AM ET, July 20, 2008

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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.
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
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 …
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
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
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?
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Will Mark Kingdon's Reign Boost Second Life?  —  Back in April, ex-Organic CEO Mark Kingdon took the helm of Linden Lab, replacing its charismatic founder, Philip Rosedale, at a time when the company was already struggling in an increasingly competitive market.
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
 
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Industry Standard:
Why podcasting is failing, part II: Lessons from PodTech
Discussion: Mashable! and Podcasting News
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Europe leads global Wi-Fi hotspot growth; free Wi-Fi model gaining ground
Discussion: DSLreports
Steven Hodson / Mashable!:
Twitter is Not a Micro-Blogging Tool
Discussion: SMS Text News
Lifehacker:
Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparison
Discussion: Digg
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ubisoft Uses Internet Crack To Get Around Its Own DRM
 Earlier Items: 
PhysOrg.com:
Emotional robots in the spotlight
Discussion: Gearlog, Gizmodo, TechWeb, PSFK and Engadget
Michael Kwun / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Ninety-Five NeoMedia Patent Claims
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
American Airlines Drops Google Trademark Lawsuit
Steve Kanefsky / Google Mobile Blog:
New updates to Google.com for the iPhone
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