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4:50 PM ET, September 13, 2008


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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Spore: Most Pirated Game Ever Thanks to DRM  —  Spore was without doubt the most anticipated game of the year.  The game itself has blown away the people who have played it, but the DRM encouraged thousands to get their copy illegally.  Already Spore has been downloaded more than 500,000 times …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Scripting News
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Stuck in Google's Doghouse  —  A few days ago, Dan Savage had his lawyer send a nine-page, 4,000-word letter to the antitrust division of the Justice Department.  Mr. Savage, 59, runs, a business-to-business Web site that acts as a directory, listing — and ranking …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Google: Monopoly or marketplace?  —  Joe Nocera tells a cautionary tale in today's NY Times about Google's power in advertising.  The man who runs complained to the Justice Department after Google found that his site didn't live up to its standards and raised the rates on him …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Search engine Cuil is valued at absurdly high level of $200M, despite flop  —  Investors valued the new search engine company Cuil at a stratospheric level of $200 million post-money in December, during the company's second round of funding before the search engine launched.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The App Store's Exclusionary Policies  —  Fraser Speirs, developer of Exposure, the excellent Flickr client for the iPhone, has written an insightful piece regarding today's news that Apple rejected the iPhone podcast client Podcaster on the grounds that “since Podcaster assists in the distribution …
Fraser Speirs:
App Store: I'm out.  —  I will never write another iPhone application for the App Store as currently constituted*.  —  Writing software is a serious investment of time and energy.  It also carries the opportunity cost of the other things you could have built.  We live in a capitalist economy.
Mathew /
Twittering a funeral — why not?  —  I have to say I'm a little surprised by all of the hoopla about a reporter for the Rocky Mountain News posting messages to Twitter during the funeral of a young boy.  From the sounds of some of the coverage in other newspapers and on various blogs …
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Paper's Decision to Twitter 3-Year-Old's Funeral Sparks Outrage
Discussion: Profy, TechCrunch and Valleywag
Gadget Spot:
Dell Mini 9 Netbook Unboxing  —  Well, this was waiting for me when I came home!  —  First impressions are of a solid, well made, light netbook with a very good, albeit glossy, screen.  —  Going to give it a good workout over the weekend.  —  This entry was posted on 12/09/2008 at 09:43 pm and is filed under Dell, Eee and Clones.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
SpeedDate Hijacks Facebook Users With A Bait And Switch  —  SpeedDate, the online dating site that throws singles in a series of rapid dating sessions, has hijacked over 500,000 users from at least three Facebook applications.  Users are logging on to Facebook to find that the applications they've …
CBC News:
Alleged Carleton hacker faces criminal charges  —  A Carleton University student is facing criminal charges, accused of stealing user names, passwords, financial information and other data from 32 other students to expose security flaws in the university's student card system.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leica trots out D-LUX 4, C-LUX 3 and M8.2 digital cameras  —  We'll be straight with you — we're still struggling to wade through Google's machine translation of a few Polish releases, but the long of short of it is that Leica has finally announced the long-expected M8.2, D-LUX 4 and C-LUX 3.
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
HTML 5 Won't Be Ready Until 2022.  Yes, 2022.  —  If you're a web developer looking forward to the new tools in HTML 5, the next generation of the language that powers the web, we have some bad news for you — you're going to waiting a while.  —  Ian Hickson, the editor of the HTML 5 specification …
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Cisco to Support VMware?
Discussion: PC World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Verisign Selling Moreover, Weblogs Assets
Sonia Verma / Times of London:
‘Hacker network’ targets UAE banks in ATM cash fraud
Discussion: The Register
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion
Joshua-Michéle Ross / O'Reilly Radar:
Podcast: Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle discuss the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit
Discussion: metarand
 Earlier Items: 
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: HP trying for ‘end-run’ around Windows
Dan Moren / Macworld:
First Look: iPhone 2.1  —  Latest update to the iPhone software …
Discussion: Engadget
Kirk / Medialoper:
The Digital TV Transition: A Disaster in the Making
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Track coming back to Twitter