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3:30 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.
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 …
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
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
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
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Web networking photos come back to bite defendants  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Two weeks after Joshua Lipton was charged in a drunken driving crash that seriously injured a woman, the 20-year-old college junior attended a Halloween party dressed as a prisoner.  Pictures from the party showed …
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: CircleID and TorrentFreak
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 …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
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.
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
Europe leads global Wi-Fi hotspot growth; free Wi-Fi model gaining ground  —  ABI Research expects the number of Wi-Fi hotspots around the world to grow by 40% in 2008 (over 2007) with the largest increase taking place in Europe, notably the UK, France, Germany and Russia.
Discussion: DSLreports
 
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Discussion: Digg
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Ubisoft Uses Internet Crack To Get Around Its Own DRM
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Michael Kwun / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
U.S. Patent Office Rejects All Ninety-Five NeoMedia Patent Claims
Fred / A VC:
iPhone Platform: What We Can Learn From Tap Tap Revenge
Discussion: Lockergnome and Tapulous
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
American Airlines Drops Google Trademark Lawsuit
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To Save Gas, Shoppers Stay Home and Click
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Google's Services Converge in the New iGoogle
 

 
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Judith Rosen / Publishers Weekly:
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