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8:40 AM ET, July 31, 2008

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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Scrabulous’ gets a nip-tuck, returns as ‘Wordscraper’  —  In the high school cafeteria of Facebook apps, Scrabulous is like that girl who gets in trouble for showing too much skin, only to throw on a hoodie and be let back into the principal's good graces.  Sort of.
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Amit Chowdhry / Pulse 2.0:
Scrabulous Relaunches Under A New Facebook App Name Called Wordscraper  —  Pulse 2.0 commenter, Adam Rinkleff pointed out that Scrabulous has relaunched into a new game called Wordscraper.  This news comes one day after the blogosphere reported that Scrabulous, an application created …
Alex Pham / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Scrabble vs. Scrabulous: A lesson in copyright law
YouTube Blog:
YouTube and Omnisio Join Forces  —  As you probably guessed, we're big fans of anything that lets people interact with online video and gives the YouTube community the chance to express themselves in creative ways.  New features such as Video Annotations, which allow you to insert comments …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Omnisio To Spice Up YouTube  —  Google has acquired Atherton, CA based startup Omnisio, the companies are announcing this afternoon.  Omnisio, which is a Y Combinator company, first demo'd to us in early March 2008, and it launched later that month.
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Extend Reach With Venture-Capital Arm  —  Ex-Entrepreneur Hired To Assist in Setup; Brand-Name Advantage  —  Google Inc. is working on plans to start a venture-capital arm, according to several people briefed on the discussions.  —  The group will be lead by David Drummond …
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Google To Launch Venture Fund
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Report: Google developing VC arm
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Launches News Feed Filters - First Look  —  It's been nearly two years since Facebook's News Feed launched.  Tonight, Facebook is turning on the first major change to the News Feed user experience: News Feed filters.  —  News Feed filters are tabs at the top of the News Feed that allow you to view stories of only one type.
Discussion: Profy.Com and FaceReviews
Wil Shipley / Call Me Fishmeal:
“The Mojave Experiment:” Bad Science, Bad Marketing  —  I guess I should first admit I hate the show Punk'd.  I mean, here's a guy who is famous for lying about his age so he seems hipper, telling us that his show's purpose it to deflate the big egos on other stars, and show them what truly matters in life.
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
HOW BIG IS THE FREE ECONOMY?  —  Here's a question I get all the time: how big is the free economy?  That's harder to answer than you might think, for both definition and measurement reasons.  But here's a first past at doing it anyway.  —  (Note: I'm just using US figures below, unless marked otherwise)
Discussion: P2P Foundation and open
Russell Buckley / MobHappy:
Windows Mobile in the Dunk Tank  —  Most of the press coverage of Microsoft recently has obviously been focused on their on-off pursuit of the coy Yahoo!.  Followed by lots of analyses of what Redmond needs to do now to catch up in Search and Advertising.  —  Mr Ballmer has also spoken …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Windows Mobile misses annual shipment target
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Wall Street Journal:
Newspapers Think Locally for Online Ads  —  Sales Efforts Increase, But ‘Smaller Dollars’ Prove Hard to Chase  —  In an effort to make up for their plunging print-ad revenues, newspaper companies have been scrambling to train their sales teams in the intricacies of selling online ads to local marketers.
PR Newswire:
Motorola Announces Second-Quarter Financial Results  — Positive operating cash flow of $204 million; ended the quarter with a net cash position of $3.6 billion  — Home and Networks Mobility sales growth of 7 percent and operating earnings growth of 28 percent as compared to the second quarter of last year
Live Search:
New home page helps you explore more on the Web  —  Today we're releasing an update to the Live Search home page that received positive feedback from customers in trials last month.  The new design features background images that will change frequently, augmented with what we call “hotspots.”
The Smoking Gun:
Google: “Complete Privacy Does Not Exist”  —  Defending “Street View” lawsuit, firm says trespasses to be expected  —  Arguing that technology has ensured that “complete privacy does not exist,” Google contends that a Pennsylvania family has no legal grounds to sue the search giant …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
JavaFX SDK preview launches: Can Sun play the RIA game?  —  Sun Microsystems on Thursday will launch the JavaFX preview release as it aims to round up its bevy of Java developers to be a player in rich Internet applications.  —  The preview release gives designers, web scripters and developers …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Watchdog clears Google's street cameras  —  Google's controversial Street View service - which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online -can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.
eWeek:
Intel's Barrett Sees No Slowdown in World Desktop and Notebook Market  —  Intel, the world's biggest microchip maker, expects no slowdown in global demand for PCs, desktops and notebooks despite economic problems.  —  LISBON (Reuters)—Intel Corp, the world's biggest microchip producer …
Discussion: IDG News Service and Neowin.net
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Intel:
Intel Collaborates with Government of Portugal on a Comprehensive …
Discussion: Tech Blog and Between the Lines
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Socialmedian Brings A New Take On News Filtering  —  There is no shortage of social news aggregators looking to help users cut through the noise on the web.  Digg is by far the most popular, with similar offerings from Reddit, Newsvine, and a host of others.
 
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Market Wire:
Symantec Reports Strong First Quarter Revenue and Earnings
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
New Li-Ion Battery Production Method May Offer Valuable Savings
Discussion: FuturePundit and Engadget
Taku Imasaki / PlayStation.Blog:
A Grand Update for Gran Turismo 5 Prologue
Discussion: I4U News, Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
MPs tell internet firms to police ‘dark side’ of web
Discussion: The Register
Mark Krynsky / Lifestream Blog:
AOL Launches buddyupdates Lifestreaming Service and Nobody Noticed
IDG News Service:
Sony Begins Accepting Applications for PlayStation Home Beta
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
DigiTimes:
Asustek preps launch of Ultimate and Pro Fashion Eee PCs …
Discussion: Liliputing and Engadget
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
LG's New Blu-Ray Box Includes Netflix Streaming; “Well Under $500”
 Earlier Items: 
John Noble Wilford / New York Times:
Discovering How Greeks Computed in 100 B.C.
Discussion: Slashdot
Caterina.net:
Joining Hunch  —  After hanging up my purple and yellow cleats …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ernest Svenson / Ernie The Attorney:
How to gather news quickly
Gabor / Gabor's Blog:
Five Open Questions in Email
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
UK Guy Who Hacked Into US Military Computers Overplays His Hand …
Doc Searls Weblog:
Why newspapers shouldn't die
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple warns resellers of Mac and iPod drought, says load up now
 

 
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New York Times:
NYT Q3 results: $364.7M revenue, 1.3% increased circulation, operating loss of $9M, digital subs up 20% year-on-year

Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Flipboard debuts a big redesign and The Daily Edition, a morning news section

Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
The news business should refuse Facebook's deal

 
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