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2:55 PM 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.
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: How Apple can gain significant OS market share  —  Time for a change  —  Apple's unprecedented success over the past few years has propelled the company from its place as just another tech company to the most respected brand in the entire industry.
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
How to Get Noticed  —  I'm often asked by companies and indiividuals on what they can do to stand out.  Here's what I've learned... but don't just take my word for it, add your own tips in the comments.  —  The problem:  —  There are so many brands now, in fact with the introduction of websites …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Net Neutrality Debate All On One Page  —  Are you confused about Net Neutrality?  Who isn't?  Some people argue it is necessary for continued innovation on the Internet, and point to Comcast's bandwidth metering as a sign of things to come.  Others claim that it is unnecessary regulation …
Discussion: Sidecut Reports and Opposing Views
Russell Beattie / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
When will Local truly be on the web?  —  I went by the local library today here in Menlo Park, which is adjacent to a large park, the community rec center and the police station.  In the center of it all, next to the parking lot is the bulletin board I snapped a picture of above.
Mike Cunningham / Zunited Zune Community:
120gb and 16gb Zune Pictures!  —  This is what we live for.  All of us in these Zune communities starving for news.  And Our latest news comes from our neighbors to the north, Canada.  —  It seems that a citizen in Canada has gotten a hold of a 16gb and 120gb set of Zunes.
Discussion: Gadgetell, Gizmodo and Engadget
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
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
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
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
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Introducing the Twiller  —  You might remember the novel …
Discussion: TeleRead and Valleywag
Pew Internet:
Podcast Downloading 2008  —  As gadgets with digital audio …
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Wikipedia Edits Forecast Vice Presidential Picks
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Amazon's Mechanical Turk Used for Fraudulent Activities
Discussion: Digg
Heather Green / Business Week:
The Candidates Are Monitoring Your Mouse
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RED's next move: Monstro super DSLRs
Discussion: 1001 Noisy Cameras and Gizmodo
Dennis Carter / eSchool News:
Colleges push back against RIAA's methods
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and p2pnet
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Slashdot
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget Mobile:
The Engadget Review: Palm Treo Pro
Discussion: Engadget
Mark Evans:
Five Questions with...BackType Co-Founder Chris Golda
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Cofounder Tom Anderson Was A Real Life “WarGames” Hacker in 1980s
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Little Known Facts about Sarah Palin: a fun day of Tweeting
John Markoff / New York Times:
Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.
Discussion: TeleRead, Slashdot and Digg