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4:05 AM ET, July 27, 2008

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Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Finding and Fixing a Home's Power Hogs  —  WHILE we all worry about where we're going to get more energy in an increasingly energy-obsessed world, there's also another alternative: Use less power.  That may soon be simpler, thanks to the introduction of a bevy of inexpensive devices …
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Randall Stross / New York Times:
First It Was Song Downloads.  Now It's Organic Chemistry.  —  AFTER scanning his textbooks and making them available to anyone to download free, a contributor at the file-sharing site PirateBay.org composed a colorful message for “all publishers” of college textbooks, warning them that …
Discussion: Digg
Howard Lindzon / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Google Isn't Spending $200 Million On Digg  —  The price is wrong.  —  Digg is truly the most useless of the big Web 2.0 sites.  It won't make you money and it can't make money.  Its early investors and founder will make money, and if they pull off a sale, management and the founders will have done their job.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Silicon Valley VC Disease  —  Yesterday at the Mobile Web Wars event (here's video of that), held right before the TechCrunch party, David Hornik, partner at August Capital (he's the host of the TechCrunch party) told the audience that he would not invest in pure iPhone apps because the iPhone …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
The Young Turks of Cyberspace  —  A close-up look at the creators of the likes of Facebook and YouTube.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon Explains The S3 Outage and Downtime Last Weekend  —  Amazon has posted an announcement regarding what happened last weekend with their S3 storage service and the downtime of nearly 8 hours.  We covered the outage extensively here on CenterNetworks.  Overall the downtime ran from 8:40am Pacific Time to 5:00pm Pacific Time.
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge
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Svetlana Gladkova / Profy.Com:
One Week Later: Amazon Explains Last Weekend's Outage
Discussion: Communications …
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?  —  BEREA, Ohio — Books are not Nadia Konyk's thing.  Her mother, hoping to entice her, brings them home from the library, but Nadia rarely shows an interest.  —  Instead, like so many other teenagers, Nadia, 15, is addicted to the Internet.
Discussion: Social Media
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Dell issues fix for Nvidia graphics chip glitch  —  Dell has issued a fix for a well-publicized problem with Nvidia chips.  —  The company said Friday it has posted fixes for an Nvidia graphics chip glitch.  Citing Nvidia information, Dell said the “affected GPUs (graphics processing units) …
Discussion: Direct2Dell
Iain Thomson / PC Authority:
Comcast communicated by blog  —  We are watching you....  A Washington student got a bit of a shock when he received an email from internet service provider Comcast about comments he had made on his blog.  —  Brandon Dilbeck, a student at the University of Washington …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Chris Pendleton / Virtual Earth, An Evangelist's Blog:
Photosynth Moves to Virtual Earth  —  Ever since the launch of Photosynth there's been much discussion about the natural synergy of it and Microsoft Virtual Earth.  Well, it's now official that you can begin additional speculation on what it means that we've moved the Photosynth team into the Virtual Earth product group.
Fred / A VC:
Honesty Is The Best Policy  —  This quote from Joe Nocera's piece on Steve Job's health in today's NYT shocked me: … I'm personally with Joe on this one.  Steve Jobs is an arrogant f**k who thinks he's above the law.  He's also the most amazing technology CEO/entrepreneur working right now.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New DNS exploit now in the wild and having a blast  —  About two weeks ago, we covered the release of a DNS security fix meant to patch a vulnerability in the system that matches domain names with IP addresses.  The flaw had been discovered by security researcher Dan Kaminsky some months earlier but …
Discussion: greg hughes, Mashable! and Digg
 
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