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7:00 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?
Josh Lowensohn /
More tidbits on the new Comcast cap  —  Thursday's news about the upcoming 250 GB monthly cap for Comcast data subscribers left some questions unanswered.  I shot a few of my own, as well as some from readers over to Comcast to get them answered.  These are mostly items that did not appear …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, BitTorrent. Hello, Streaming.
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.
Discussion: Brandon Live!
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Opera grasps at straws with latest IE criticism  —  Let me say from the outset that I was not a fan of Opera Software's antitrust sabre-rattling a few months back over Microsoft's lack of standards compliancy with its browser.  But Opera's latest complaints about Internet Explorer (IE) …
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
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 …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
8+ Hour iPhone Sync Timelapse Video (AKA Be Thankful For Your “Short” Two Hour Sync)  —  When I complained on Twitter about a 2 hour iPhone sync, Giz reader Brandon Lusk told me I was lucky.  He had a much longer sync, sometimes over 6 hours.  I called bulls**t.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, PalmAddicts and Tech Blog
Greg Atwan /
Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich Are Now Friends.  —  It turns out the Aaron Sorkin Facebook movie is also the Ben Mezrich Facebook movie.  —  The Sorkin project (with producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures Entertainment) has created a media buzz since its recent disclosure on Facebook.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook screenplay based on book
Discussion: Valleywag and Texas Startup Blog
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 …
Rafat Ali /
Microsoft Beats Quadrangle To Buy Research Firm Greenfield …
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”.
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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 …
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
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Inside India's CAPTCHA solving economy  —  No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-waged human CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of “data processing” while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's …
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
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:   Is Military Spending the Key to the Next Silicon Valley?
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.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
EFF: Veoh Decision Could Save Muxtape and Friends  —  When a Northern California judge Howard R. Lloyd handed down a decision on Wednesday in favor of the video sharing site Veoh, after it had been accused by IO Group of hosting ten of that company's pornographic movies without permission …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Google's weird ways with open-source licenses  —  CNET's Stephen Shankland has already picked up on Google's decision to allow two popular open-source licenses back onto its Google Code open-source repository.  Up until now, the Mozilla Public License (MPL) and Eclipse Public License (EPL) were both banned from the site.
Discussion: eWeek and The Register
Gavin Shearer / Mac Mojo:
Solver For Excel 2008 Is Available!  —  What's that?  —  What's that you say?  —  You said you want to spend your Labor Day weekend creating exotic, elaborate optimization models with Excel 2008?  —  You said, “If only Solver was available for Excel 2008, I could get the jump …
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 …
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Millions of young Chinese addicted to ‘unhealthy’ Internet games: report
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