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4:10 PM ET, August 30, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Cofounder Tom Anderson Was A Real Life “WarGames” Hacker in 1980s  —  Late last year we discovered that MySpace cofounder Tom Anderson, arguably the most popular individual on the Internet with 240+ million MySpace friends (he is added by default to every MySpace account) …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The era of the American Internet is ending.  —  Invented by American computer scientists during the 1970s, the Internet has been embraced around the globe.  During the network's first three decades, most Internet traffic flowed through the United States.
Discussion: Slashdot
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Little Known Facts about Sarah Palin: a fun day of Tweeting  —  I've spent a good part of the last 6 hours chuckling following the “Little Known Facts” meme about Sarah Palin.  It appears to have started by a Twitter user named Michael Turk who Tweeted:
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 …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
HTC's Android-driven Dream revealed in glorious spy photos  —  Sure, we've seen some blurry videos and managed a few stolen glimpses when Andy Rubin demonstrated this beast, but now we've gotten our hands on a slew of pictures showing off a very real T-Mobile-branded Dream in all its Android-running glory.
Discussion: Hack a Day and PalmAddicts
What Did You Say?  —  Like a few million other people I recently bought an iPhone 3G.  But unlike a few million other people I bought TWO of them — one for my young and lovely wife.  That puts me in the rare position to actually speak from experience about a current networking issue: what's the deal with these iPhones?
Dennis Carter / eSchool News:
Colleges push back against RIAA's methods  —  Many universities say helping the recording industry track down students is taking too much time and too many resources  —  Administrators and IT chiefs at public universities nationwide say the recording industry's search for students accused …
Discussion: p2pnet
Mark Evans:
Five Questions with...BackType Co-Founder Chris Golda  —  Once in awhile, you come across a startup that jumps out because it's such an interesting concept.  —  BackType falls into this category.  Dubbed the “Twitter of Comments”, BackType lets you follow people who leave comments on blogs …
CSI Stick grabs data from cell phones  —  This guest post is from Marc Weber Tobias, an attorney and physical security specialist.  —  If someone asks to borrow your cell phone, or you leave it unattended, beware!  —  Unless you actually watch them use it, they may be secretly grabbing every piece …
Discussion: Slashdot
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 …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and Darren Herman
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
The Engadget Review: Palm Treo Pro  —  The Treo Pro is the first of what is clearly a new design direction for Palm — a shiny, black mutation of the popular Centro coupled with a few lines from the Treo 500 and a dash of the original Xbox thrown in for good measure.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Engadget
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 …
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd Finally Starts A New Chapter With A Redesign
Discussion: Widgets Lab
Brad Wardell / Edge Online:
The Gamer's Bill of Rights
Discussion: Slashdot and Crave
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AP Challenges Grow As Cost-Cutting Papers Look For Line Items To Slash
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Nintendo Lifts Forecast on Strong Sales of Wii
Delta Electronics Launches the Industry's First Full HD LED Home …
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The death of the album  —  Good thoughts from Mashable's Steven Hodson …
Paul Boutin / Valleywag: is already live
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Is Pretty Excited To Launch Blah Girls At TechCrunch50
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Live Search Tricks You May Not Know About
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Opera grasps at straws with latest IE criticism
Discussion: The Blog Herald and webmonkey
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
8+ Hour iPhone Sync Timelapse Video (AKA Be Thankful For Your “Short” Two Hour Sync)

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Condé Nast buys Pitchfork Media, the company behind the independent music site and quarterly magazine, for an undisclosed sum

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New York Times creates digital newsroom to cover and add reporting, commentary on viral stories

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