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2:40 PM 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.
Discussion: Slashdot
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) …
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 …
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:
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: Darren Herman
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 …
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 …
CNET News.com:
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
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.
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 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
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.
 
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Scribd Finally Starts A New Chapter With A Redesign
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Brad Wardell / Edge Online:
The Gamer's Bill of Rights
Discussion: Slashdot and Crave
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
AP Challenges Grow As Cost-Cutting Papers Look For Line Items To Slash
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Delta Electronics Launches the Industry's First Full HD LED Home …
PopularMechanics.com:
Beyond Nano Breakthrough, MIT Team Quietly Builds Virus-Based Batteries
Discussion: GMSV, Slashdot and Digg
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The death of the album  —  Good thoughts from Mashable's Steven Hodson …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Opera grasps at straws with latest IE criticism
Discussion: webmonkey and Slashdot
Reuters:
Qualcomm found in contempt on Broadcom patent fight
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
More tidbits on the new Comcast cap (updated)
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Could governments effectively subsidize open-source development?
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