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7:20 PM ET, September 13, 2008

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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 Sourcetool.com, a business-to-business Web site that acts as a directory, listing — and ranking …
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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 Sourcetool.com complained to the Justice Department after Google found that his site didn't live up to its standards and raised the rates on him …
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 …
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.
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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 …
Jeff Wang / Sproutly:
HOW MUCH MONEY DOES IT TAKE TO BE A TECHCRUNCH50 FINALIST?  —  Technically, the answer is the zero, of course!  Any company with a compelling enough idea can be chosen to present.  However, financing plays factor into how well a company performs.  Over the previous decade …
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.
Joe Sharkey / New York Times:
Internet in the Sky: Surf but Don't Call  —  “THE nice thing about a long-haul flight is you've got time to do a lot of different things,” said Jack Blumenstein, the chief executive of Aircell.  —  True.  You can read.  You can watch the movie or, on a few airlines, enjoy live satellite television.
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple re-releases iTunes 8 to fix Vista crash  —  Almost as soon as iTunes 8 was released, Windows Vista users began reporting that the software was causing a “blue screen of death” whenever an iPod or iPhone was connected.  As you might expect, folks weren't happy with the new software crashing …
Jack Loftus / PC World:
Wii Shortage will Continue, GameStop Warns  —  Most people assume that those who want a Wii in the U.S. have one already.  Most people would be wrong, as video game retail giant GameStop confirmed last week that it expects Wii shortages to continue this holiday for the third straight year.
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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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
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 …
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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 …
 
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Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
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Discussion: PC World
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‘Hacker network’ targets UAE banks in ATM cash fraud
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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
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Kirk / Medialoper:
The Digital TV Transition: A Disaster in the Making
 

 
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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash

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