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10:15 AM ET, August 31, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Update On The TechCrunch Tablet: Prototype A  —  Update on the TechCrunch Tablet: A humble (and messy) beginning.  Prototype A has been built.  It's in a temporary aluminum case that a local sheet metal shop put together for us that's at least twice as thick as it needs to be, but the hardware has been defined and is nearing lockdown.
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
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.
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
Lines and Bubbles and Bars, Oh My!  New Ways to Sift Data  —  PEOPLE share their videos on YouTube and their photos at Flickr.  Now they can share more technical types of displays: graphs, charts and other visuals they create to help them analyze data buried in spreadsheets, tables or text.
German customs raid Hyundai at Berlin tech fair  —  BERLIN (Reuters) - German customs police raided South Korea's Hyundai IT Corp (048410.KQ: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in Berlin on Saturday, seizing flat-screen televisions from its stand at IFA, the world's largest consumer electronics fair.
Discussion: Eric Lundquist and CNET
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 and Digg
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:, The Smarter TinyURL, Getting A Revenue Plan  —, the smart URL shortener from Betaworks, keeps getting new features.  Will it start making money, soon, too?  —  Betaworks CEO John Borthwick tells us that's first revenue generator could be coming soon …
Discussion: A VC and THINK / Musings
Spiegel Online:
Tracking the Terrorists Online  —  For years, al-Qaida and other terror groups have set up shop in the Internet.  Those who track them have covertly followed.  The companies SITE and IntelCenter have penetrated even deeper into the terror Web than most intelligence agencies.
Discussion: Digg
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: and Digg
John Cox / Network World:
Wireless LANs face huge scaling challenges  —  802.11n is no silver bullet either, university WLAN managers warn  —  Philippe Hanset is wondering about the intersection of the Slingbox and the campuswide wireless LAN at University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he's IT manager.
Discussion: Slashdot
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: ReadWriteWeb and p2pnet
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Wikipedia Edits Forecast Vice Presidential Picks  —  In the days leading up to Republican presidential candidate John McCain's running mate announcement, political junkies glued to broadcasts and blogs for clues of McCain's veep choice might have done better to keep a sharp eye on each candidate's Wikipedia entry.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RED's next move: Monstro super DSLRs  —  Red CEO, Jim Jannard, is stirring up trouble in the RED User forums, J. Wong-style.  His latest volley discusses the new Mysterium “Monstro” sensor program, the next evolution (and future free upgrade) to the Mysterium X sensor slated for RED's 5k Epic.
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras and Gizmodo
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Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon's Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities
Discussion: Digg
Heather Green / Business Week:
The Candidates Are Monitoring Your Mouse
Discussion: Blogspotting
Vincent Hanna / The Spamhaus Project News Blog:
Cybercrime's U.S. Hosts
What Did You Say?  —  Like a few million other people I recently bought an iPhone 3G.
CSI Stick grabs data from cell phones
Discussion: Slashdot
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
The Engadget Review: Palm Treo Pro
Discussion: Engadget
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Associated Press:
Nintendo Lifts Forecast on Strong Sales of Wii
Discussion: TechSpot
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Little Known Facts about Sarah Palin: a fun day of Tweeting
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Is Skype Killing Itself?