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2:30 PM ET, July 29, 2008

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Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook  —  Facebook says the decision to block Scrabulous for U.S. and Canadian users was made by the Scrabulous developers, not Facebook.  —  Scrabulous has been shut down on Facebook.  —  If you try to pull up the popular Scrabble-like game …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Endgame: Scrabulous Gets Wiped Off Facebook
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Know It All
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Facebook Kills Scrabulous, Makes Hasbro Look Stupid
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and Bloggers Blog
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   Sorry, Scrabulous Fans, I'm Only Mildly Sympathetic
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Was Hasbro right to kill Scrabulous?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows ‘Mojave’ Video Posts  —  Last week we showed a video of the Mojave Experiment to a small group of folks here on campus.  Today we are excited to share the results with the public.  —  For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million  —  Will BT Make Ribbit Work?  — Yes.  Better To Look For Help Outside  — Not a chance, $105 million wasted  — BT, Ribbit... what? who?  —  BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.
Discussion: CNET News.com and OStatic blogs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million  —  BT announced that it has acquired Silicon Valley based Ribbit for $105 million in cash.  On July 9 we reported that Ribbit executives were telling friends the deal was done while simultaneously denying it to the press.  One thing we got wrong was the price, though.
Business Wire:
HP, Intel and Yahoo! Create Global Cloud Computing Research Test Bed  —  Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Lead the Way as Global Centers of Excellence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SANTA CLARA …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP, Yahoo and Intel Create Compute Cloud  —  Updated at the bottom: At long last, Hewlett-Packard is stepping up with an answer to cloud computing by inking a partnership with two other big technology vendors and three universities to create a cloud computing testbed.
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss  —  Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens excoriated Yahoo's management for failing to reach an agreement to sell all or part of the Web portal to Microsoft Corp. Pickens, who bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May in hopes that an acquisition was imminent, said...
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
T. Boone Pickens dumps Yahoo stake
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Sirius And XM Now Sirius XM Radio Inc.; New Share Offering Priced  —  Now comes the really hard part... XM (NSDQ: XMSR) and Sirius (NSDQ: SIRI) have just announced the completion of the merger.  The new company, SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. will now trade under Sirius' old ticker ("SIRI") starting today.
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
Locals Try To Keep Utopia Afloat - New citizen-advisory board (U-CAN) formed  —  Just a few years ago, Utah was on the cutting edge of community-driven fiber networks, laying claim to two of the nation's largest municipal fiber builds.  But last May, one of those networks (iProvo) was sold to Broadweave for $40 million.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
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Steve Oberbeck / Salt Lake Tribune:   Business insight: Utopia Citizens Advisory Network
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wanted: New Alcatel-Lucent leaders to fix merger debacle  —  Alcatel-Lucent said chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO Patricia Russo-the architects of the 2006 merger that formed the company-are out.  —  The Alcatel-Lucent merger hasn't gone so hot and both Tchuruk and Russo get the blame.
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alcatel-lucent.com:
Second quarter 2008 revenue in line with guidance - Full year 2008 outlook confirmed
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting  —  The number of offerings on the App Store — the venue for independently produced programs that helps distinguish Apple's smartphone from all others — hit 1,001 on Monday night.  —  That's roughly double the number that were available when the store opened …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yahoo Offers Refunds Or DRM-Free Music In Exchange For Shutting Down DRM Servers  —  We were a bit surprised last week when Yahoo decided to shut down its DRM servers, rendering all sorts of “purchased” music close to worthless.  After all, when Microsoft had done the same thing …
Discussion: p2pnet, TeleRead, TechSpot and ReadWriteWeb
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Facing Server Troubles and Downtime  —  Many people have noticed that the Pirate Bay has had quite a lot of downtime lately.  Some rumors say that the site may have been raided again, but in reality, The Pirate Bay simply has trouble keeping up with the ever increasing traffic.
Discussion: Slyck, Ars Technica and Digg
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action  —  In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. — tb  —  Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations …
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry  —  The deal between record companies and ISPs will drive music-swapping underground and erode their profits still further  —  This month's announcement of a back-room deal between ISPs (internet service providers) …
Discussion: The Open Road
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Upcoming iPhone application MagicPad includes copy/paste  —  After having been on the list for inclusion into the iPhone 2.0 firmware and then supposedly getting dropped, cut and paste functionality for the device is becoming a bit infamous by now.  We've heard from an Apple executive …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
DNS cache poisoning attacks exploited in the wild  —  Numerous independent sources are starting to see evidence of DNS cache poisoning attempts on their local networks, in what appears to be an attempt to take advantage of the “recent” DNS cache poisoning vulnerability : … Surprised?
Discussion: BroadDev, webmonkey and Slashdot
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Woman Admits File Sharing; Challenges Constitutionality Of Copyright Act  —  A few years back, there was a research paper released that posited that the fines sought by the RIAA for copyright infringement were unconstitutional.  While this argument has been brought up in some court cases …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Almost Ready for High Fives?  —  Palm  —  [PALM Loading...  () ] aims to change all that.  A tall order to be sure, but consider—as Palm CEO Ed Colligan does—that well over a billion handsets will sell globally this year, but only a small percentage of them are web-enabled …
Discussion: CrunchGear and PalmAddicts
 
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Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
PushUpTheWeb.com: Browser detection and Upgrading
Microsoft:
Microsoft Extends Award-Winning Automotive Platform
Adobe:
Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2
Discussion: Macsimum News, 901am and TUAW
The Official Palm Blog:
Over 2 million Centros sold!
Microsoft:
MSN Direct Enables Web Sites to Deliver Location Information …
Discussion: LiveSide, WebProNews and jkOnTheRun
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Tracking Facebook's 2008 International Growth By Country
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
No Longer Young, Nick at Nite Plans to Show It Can Be Nimble
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mobile web standards announced today
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Tom Lee / Techdirt:
The Airlines' Ongoing Struggle With Price Aggregation Sites
PC Magazine:
The Best (and Worst) Tech Support in America: VoIP
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceVoIP
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
IBM mobile software helps ‘senior moments’
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone gains MMS, sorta
Discussion: Boy Genius Report
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India Developing US$10 Laptop
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Is Apple Revamping Its Laptop Line?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Leaked Eee PC roadmap shows 23 models, redefines brand dilution