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1:10 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
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
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) …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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!
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 …
 
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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
PopularMechanics.com:
Beyond Nano Breakthrough, MIT Team Quietly Builds Virus-Based Batteries
Discussion: GMSV, Slashdot and Digg
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Opera grasps at straws with latest IE criticism
Discussion: webmonkey and The Register
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?
Discussion: OStatic blogs, Slashdot and Bits
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: spammers mind their Ps, forget about the Qs
Lewis Page / The Register:
Psychologist invents new uber-wiki
Discussion: Valleywag
 

 
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