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1:50 PM ET, August 26, 2008


 Top Items: 
Shelfari joins the 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  —  As many of you may already know, Amazon has been a long supporter of Shelfari.
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
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.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
It's Official: The G1 From T-Mobile is the First Android Phone
Discussion: Electronista
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!
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.
Discussion: InformationWeek and Network World
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Network notary system thwarts man-in-the-middle attacks
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Roll-Your-Own Muxtape Kit ‘Opentape’ Doesn't Solve Muxtape's Biggest Problem
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
College Sophomore Sells His iPhone App To Flixster  —  Movie focused social network Flixster acquired a popular iPhone application called (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.
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).
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 …
Metacafe Flavors Video Search with Wikipedia-Type Perk  —  Erstwhile YouTube alternative Metacafe launches a new Wikipedia-like tool called Wikicafe, which lets users make video search more effective through open metadata tagging.  Users can go in and edit information about the videos and add links and other content.
Discussion: Contentinople and Beet.TV
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
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
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 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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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Discussion: HP, CNET and Inquirer
Chris Morris / Forbes:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hi5 goes mobile: It's a bigger deal than you think
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
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