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4:00 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Memo To Comcast: Show Us the Meter for Metered Broadband  —  Comcast is out defending its bandwidth caps and how they are not bad.  And how 250 GB transfer is plenty and enough to do whatever we want to do.  Of course, in today's terms that is more than enough, but what happens in the future?
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, BitTorrent.  Hello, Streaming.  —  Comcast's decision to cap monthy broadband usage at 250GB is being decried as the end of the Internet as we know it.  Maybe so, but it can also be seen as the dawn of the Streaming Era.  As the Olympics drew to a close with big numbers …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple and AT&T Developing iPhone Tethering Plan  —  According to a pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers, Steve Jobs may have responded to complaints that, since the pulling of NetShare from the App Store, iPhone-to-laptop tethering is impossible without jailbreaking one's phone.
PR Newswire:
Microsoft to Acquire Greenfield Online Including Its European Subsidiary Ciao, a Leading European Price Comparison and Shopping Site  —  Microsoft Corp today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Greenfield Online Inc, owner of Ciao GmbH, one of Europe's leading price comparison …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Beats Quadrangle To Buy Research Firm Greenfield For $486 Million; Selling Off Most Of It  —  In a complex and slightly confusing transaction, Greenfield Online, the online market research and surveys company, which earlier this week rejected a bid by media PE firm Quadrangle …
Hakon Lie / The Register:
Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise  —  Microsoft said the right things, then blew it  —  Comment In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: “use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default.”  —  Note the last word: default.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook screenplay based on book  —  If an anonymous source is correct, the confirmed screenplay-in-the-works about Facebook's origins by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin is tied to a forthcoming book about the social network by Bringing Down The House author Ben Mezrich.
Discussion: Valleywag
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Greg Atwan / 02138mag.com:
Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich Are Now Friends.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: spammers mind their Ps, forget about the Qs  —  E-mail addresses with common names—and addresses that begin with common letters—are much more likely to receive spam than those with uncommon names and letters.  That's what Cambridge University researcher Richard Clayton has detailed in his new paper …
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Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
An A to Z of confusion  —  A few days ago I blogged about my paper …
Discussion: The Register and Macworld
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Could governments effectively subsidize open-source development?  —  At the Utah Open Source Conference yesterday I presented a dilemma.  Briefly, the idea is that as open-source buyers grow comfortable with open source they will stop spending money on open source.
Discussion: OStatic blogs
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Timothy Lee / Techdirt:   Is Military Spending the Key to the Next Silicon Valley?
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
The Google Android Challenge Winners  —  Google announced the winners of the first phase of the Android Developer Challenge.  Android is the mobile operating system and software library to-be pushed by Google and others.  Here are some of the ideas whose creators received $275,000 …
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Android Developers Blog:
Presenting the Winners of the Android Developer Challenge I
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold set to be released on AT&T on October 2nd?  —  Consider this a pretty solid bit of info, though it has not been double or triple confirmed like we normally like to do, and well, we saw what happened with Rogers.  We've heard from pretty high up source at AT&T that they're aiming …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to buy GeoEye satellite imagery  —  Google has signed a deal under which GeoEye will supply the search giant with imagery from a satellite due to launch in coming days, the companies said.  —  Under the deal, Google is the exclusive online mapping site that may use the imagery …
Discussion: VentureBeat, eWeek and Gadget Lab
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley Face an Innovation Crisis?  —  Judy Estrin, who has built several Silicon Valley companies and was the chief technology officer of Cisco Systems, says Silicon Valley is in trouble.  In a new book, “Closing the Innovation Gap,” which will be in bookstores Tuesday …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office, EFF wrestle with Kafkaesque royalty issue  —  If you've followed the travails of the digital music market, even casually, you've probably picked up at least a passing sense that the whole process of licensing music copyrights can be... complicated.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
With ‘followers,’ Blogger gets—surprise!—more social  —  With blog platforms Movable Type and WordPress adding social-networking features to their software, it was only a matter of time before Google's Blogger did the same.  A post on the official Blogger blog earlier this week announced …
Amar / Mash Blog:
Yahoo! Mash is shutting down  —  You may have received an email recently regarding the shut-down of Mash on September 29, 2008.  To provide more information about what will happen to your Mash profile, and how you can save your profile information, please see the list of FAQs below.
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Lewis Page / The Register:
Psychologist invents new uber-wiki  —  ‘Mememoir’ tech to make Wikipedia obsolete?  —  An American psychologist has invented a new form of wiki in which every word is directly linked to its author.  He believes the so-called “mememoir"* project will “revolutionize publishing in all of science”.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Napster: 'We're Open To A Sale'; Vote No On The Ice Cream Franchisee  —  Troubled online music retailer Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) has hired UBS (again) to explore strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.  The news was made in a letter to shareholders, urging them not to vote for three outside activists …
Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Five Years of Wow  —  I'm staring at the blinking cursor on an empty page.  This page.  And it occurs to me that five years ago today, Skype was that cursor.  An impatient speck on the world's radar screen, vying for attention that would help write a new chapter in the history of communication.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Psystar files answer to Apple complaint - “M” word used enthusiastically  —  Mac clone maker Psystar has filed answers to Apple's complaint.  —  PDF available here.  —  Thoughts:  —  On paper, Psystar's case against Apple sounds comprehensive, logical and thorough.
Discussion: Digital Daily and Computerworld
 
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An iCards Substitute  —  We've been hearing from iCards fans who miss that feature.
Discussion: PC World, Apple and Infinite Loop
Robert Hodges / The Scale-Out Blog:
Answering Monty's Challenge: Advanced Replication for MySQL
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Photokina 2008: Unfinished Business
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Cable, Quietly, Introduces an Anytime Elections Channel
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Report Slams U.S. Host as Major Source of Badware
Joe Guy Collier / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Coke testing fountain that dispenses 100 beverages
Discussion: Engadget and PSFK
Cade Metz / The Register:
Engineer accidentally deletes cloud
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
AT&T's Rivals Are Happy to Attack Over iPhone's Network Woes
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
As Bloggers Take Office In Malaysia, Gov't Orders ISPs To Block Certain Blogs
Yakov / Quintura blog:
Mail.ru Buys Into Online Dating Platform Mamba
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
New Android Market is YouTube for mobile applications
Discussion: Ars Technica, BetaNews and TG Daily
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google's weird ways with open-source licenses
eWeek:
Google A Go For Search Ad Deal With Yahoo
Agence France Presse:
Millions of young Chinese addicted to ‘unhealthy’ Internet games: report
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Will Wright: E3 is “the walking dead”
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