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5:00 AM ET, August 30, 2008

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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.
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 …
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) …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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!
Associated Press:
Nintendo Lifts Forecast on Strong Sales of Wii  —  TOKYO (AP) — Nintendo, the video game maker, on Friday raised its fiscal-year profit forecast by 26 percent from an earlier figure, citing healthy sales of its Wii home console and DS hand-held game machines.
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:
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AP Challenges Grow As Cost-Cutting Papers Look For Line Items To Slash  —  The Associated Press, a co-operative started by newspapers to share costs and news, has been getting cancellation notices from papers as large as the Minneapolis Star Tribune since its new rates were distributed …
Discussion: MediaFlect
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
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
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
 
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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?
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
Reuters:
Qualcomm found in contempt on Broadcom patent fight
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
EFF: Veoh Decision Could Save Muxtape and Friends
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
More tidbits on the new Comcast cap (updated)
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Could governments effectively subsidize open-source development?
Discussion: OStatic blogs and Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: 451 CAOS Theory
1001 Noisy Cameras:
Photokina 2008: Unfinished Business
Discussion: Imaging Insider
Lewis Page / The Register:
Psychologist invents new uber-wiki
Discussion: Valleywag
Joe Guy Collier / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Coke testing fountain that dispenses 100 beverages
Discussion: MarketingShift, Engadget and PSFK
Amar / Mash Blog:
Yahoo! Mash is shutting down
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
With ‘followers,’ Blogger gets—surprise!—more social
Discussion: TechCrunch
 

 
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