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1:35 AM ET, August 30, 2008

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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: webmonkey and Brandon Live!
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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) …
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 …
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: PalmAddicts, Tech Blog and Digg
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Is Skype Killing Itself?  —  Over the past few months we've seen a rash of complaints from bloggers and users about Skype.  —  Now I see they've decided to retire SkypeCasts (hat tip to Stuart Henshall).  —  I'm not sure why they would be doing this, but I suspect it is a pairing …
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 …
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
More tidbits on the new Comcast cap (updated)  —  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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Memo To Comcast: Show Us the Meter for Metered Broadband
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
VPILF.com is already live  —  The Internet can agree on this much: John McCain's new running mate, former Miss Alaska runner-up Sarah Palin, sure is purty, as documented on freshly launched website VPILF.com.  If you don't get what the “ILF” after “VP” stands for, go watch American Pie again.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
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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
Greg Atwan / 02138mag.com:
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.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook screenplay based on book
Discussion: Valleywag and Texas Startup Blog
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The death of the album  —  Good thoughts from Mashable's Steven Hodson, who describes the decline of album tracks as the industry has moved from vinyl to tape and then to CD.  What used to be one or two not-so great tracks has reversed, and it seems these days there are only two of three decent tracks on each album.
Discussion: WinExtra and Mashable!
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.
deltaww.com:
Delta Electronics Launches the Industry's First Full HD LED Home Theater DLP® Projector  —  Delta Electronics, Inc., a long-time industry leader in DLP® optics, light engine and projector development for a wide variety of applications, today announced it has completed the development …
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Psystar: Apple Illegally ‘Destroys’ Competition, Bricks Mac Clones  —  The upstart Mac cloner claims in an antitrust suit that Steve Jobs and company employ a mix of hype, dubious licensing schemes and technology to dominate the Mac computing environment.  —  In a move that could profoundly alter …
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and MacDailyNews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Is Pretty Excited To Launch Blah Girls At TechCrunch50  —  TechCrunch50 is just a week and a half away.  The list of presenting companies is kept strictly confidential until the day of the event to ensure maximum audience attention.  But we're making one exception this year.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
 
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PopularMechanics.com:
Beyond Nano Breakthrough, MIT Team Quietly Builds Virus-Based Batteries
Discussion: GMSV, Slashdot and Digg
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android Market: cathedral or bazaar?
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Live Search Tricks You May Not Know About
Reuters:
Qualcomm found in contempt on Broadcom patent fight
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
EFF: Veoh Decision Could Save Muxtape and Friends
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Could governments effectively subsidize open-source development?
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Techdirt
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office, EFF wrestle with Kafkaesque royalty issue
Robert Hodges / The Scale-Out Blog:
Answering Monty's Challenge: Advanced Replication for MySQL
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Psychologist invents new uber-wiki
Discussion: Valleywag
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News - Apple:
iPhone data plan promotion extended in Canada
Discussion: Bus error and Macsimum News
Joe Guy Collier / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Coke testing fountain that dispenses 100 beverages
Discussion: Engadget, MarketingShift and PSFK
Amar / Mash Blog:
Yahoo! Mash is shutting down
Cade Metz / The Register:
Engineer accidentally deletes cloud
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With ‘followers,’ Blogger gets—surprise!—more social
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Does Silicon Valley Face an Innovation Crisis?
 

 
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