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2:00 PM ET, August 26, 2008

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Shelfari:
Shelfari joins the Amazon.com family  —  It's an exciting day here at Shelfari.  The rain has stopped, the birds are chirping and the biggest news of all - we are being acquired by Amazon.com.  —  As many of you may already know, Amazon has been a long supporter of Shelfari.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon Buys Shelfari and its Innovative UI  —  Shelfari, a small book sharing startup, was acquired today by Amazon (an existing investor in the company).  Shelfari is known for its innovative user interface, something which we've discussed a few times on ReadWriteWeb.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Amazon Acquires Shelfari: Moves To Corner Book-Centric Social Networks
Discussion: WebProNews and Profy
AndroidGuys:
No More Speculation - This is the G1 from T-Mobile  —  Update: Since we published this article, we've received some specs from a few people/places.  Click here to see a compiled list of the inner beauty.  —  It's time to put this rumor to bed once and for all.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
If Amazon Really Wants To Get Serious About The Kindle...  More rumors about the new Kindle are emerging, which we first wrote about on July 15.  The first device will have a similar sized screen as the existing model but will have a much enhanced form factor.
Alex Vogenthaler / Inside AdSense:
Ad serving for everyone  —  Back in March, we announced the beta release of Google Ad Manager, our hosted ad serving and management solution for publishers with smaller direct sales teams.  Today, we are pleased to announce general availability of the product — no invitation required!
Josh Catone / SitePoint Blogs:
Opentape Sticks It to RIAA with Open Source Muxtape  —  With web music fan favorite Muxtape currently out of commission due to “a problem with the RIAA,” an open source — if no more legal — alternative has appeared: Opentape.  Opentape describes itself as “a free, open-source package …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Roll-Your-Own Muxtape Kit ‘Opentape’ Doesn't Solve Muxtape's Biggest Problem
Discussion: Valleywag
Karl Bode / DSLreports:
New Firefox Extension Thwarts MITM Attacks - New Perspectives system from Carnegie Mellon  —  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science and College of Engineering say they have devised a low-cost system that aims to protect user privacy and improve the security of private online communications.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Network notary system thwarts man-in-the-middle attacks
Android Developers Blog:
Some information on APIs removed in the Android 0.9 SDK beta  —  Earlier this week, we released a beta of the Android SDK.  In the accompanying post, I mentioned that we had to remove some APIs from the platform for Android 1.0, and as a result they don't appear in the 0.9 beta SDK, and won't appear in 1.0-compatible SDKs.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Facebook cuts off Scrabulous after legal complaint  —  NEW YORK - A highly popular Scrabble clone already pulled from Facebook in the United States and Canada continued its tumble over the weekend as the online hangout extended its block of the game throughout most of the world.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As Facebook hits 100 million user mark, twenty percent have already opted in to the redesign  —  Will Facebook users like the redesign?  The company made a big gamble in changing the interface to focus on feeds — it's a move that many in the “early adopter” crowd liked (including myself).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
College Sophomore Sells His iPhone App To Flixster  —  Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called Movies.app (iTunes link) last week, and has re-released the application this evening.  As far as we know, this is the first acquisition of an iPhone app.
Preston Gralla / Computerworld:
Opinion: Why Google has lost its mojo — and why you should care  —  Computerworld) Google has gone from innovative upstart to fat-and-happy industry leader in what seems like record time.  Put simply, the search giant has lost its mojo.  That's good news for Microsoft …
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
VoIP Goes Mobile  —  Gorilla Mobile and other carriers are allowing cell-phone users to make calls for virtually free using Internet technology  —  Scott Goldman uses his mobile phone to call friends and business contacts all over the world, from Britain to Australia.
San Francisco Chronicle:
China lifts iTunes block but for Tibet album  —  Apple Inc.'s iTunes online music store is back up and running again in China after it was apparently blocked last week by local authorities.  —  However, the Web page for downloading a pro-Tibet album, which is suspected of prompting the crackdown, remains unavailable on the service.
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
For Andreessen and Horowitz, it's gotta be Qik  —  Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen and longtime business partner Ben Horowitz are teaming up again, this time to invest in Qik, which lets users stream live video from their mobile phone.  —  Andreessen, co-founder and chairman …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AT&T expands iPhone international data plans  —  AT&T announced Tuesday it's expanding its iPhone international data plans, in a move designed to cut consumers' reliance on pay-per-use data services.  —  Under the expansion, which is slated to begin Wednesday, iPhone users can add …
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and Engadget
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Pentagon Begins Fake Cat Brain Project (Updated)  —  The Pentagon's crash program to create an artificial brain is just about up and running.  And, if it all goes as planned, we could see an electronic chip that mimics the “function, size, and power consumption” of a cat's cortex some time in the next decade.
Discussion: The Register and GMSV
John Resig:
Firebug 1.2 Released  —  The final version of Firebug 1.2 has been released.  The release should be up on the Mozilla Add-ons site today, but it's also up on GetFirebug.com right now.  —  John J Barton and Jan Odvarko put a ton of work into this release (you may have noticed the rapid-fire series …
Discussion: webmonkey and OStatic blogs
 
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Associated Press:
Wii surpasses one million consoles sold in Canada
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 2 about to get a major update
Discussion: CyberNet, Profy and Mozilla Links
eWeek:
Laptop Sold on eBay Exposes 1M Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Technorati Acquires BlogCritics, Gets Into Content Game
Discussion: The Next Web
eWeek:
Metacafe Flavors Video Search with Wikipedia-Type Perk
Discussion: Contentinople and Beet.TV
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
Community Platforms: Here Comes The CIO
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Where Cell Phones Go to Die
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Google's subsea ambitions expand
Discussion: GigaOM and WebProNews
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
FCC ponders forcing HD radio access with Sirius/XM devices
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
OXM rumor: Gearbox developing Halo 4 as launch title for next Xbox
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Xbox Vs. Firefox
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 goes mobile: It's a bigger deal than you think
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
MacNN:
Apple pulls free Tetris clone from iTunes
Valeria Maltoni / Conversation Agent:
Business Uses for Twitter
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gears for Safari  —  Google posted a link to a beta version …
 

 
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