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7:20 AM ET, May 24, 2009


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Blanket Denial By  —  Well, we asked for a denial, and they're giving us one.  Russ Garrett, a developer, issues another blanket denial of the user data fiasco: … cofounder Richard Jones, the author of the “TechCrunch are full of s**t” post from February …
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CBS handed over USER DATA (including IP addresses) to the RIAA  —  Nothing I can say will convince you that this didn't happen, because allegedly CBS did the deed and not us.  I hope that CBS will issue their own denial soon, but the wheels of large companies run slowly.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines  —  ROGUE programs try their best to register at Web sites and then wreak havoc, but a clever puzzle often bars them from entry: a set of distorted, squiggly letters and numbers that people can decipher and type correctly for admission, but that machines still can't.
Jonathan Seff / Macworld:
Apple changes its mind, accepts Eucalyptus app  —  Recently, Apple rejected the iPhone app Eucalyptus entry into the company's App Store.  The reason: the e-book reader, which can search the 20,000-plus item classic library of Project Gutenberg, “contains inappropriate sexual content” …
Keith Rabois / TechCrunch:
How Facebook, MySpace and YouTube Killed eBay  —  Editor's note: This is a guest post by Keith Rabois, vice president of strategy and business development for Slide, the social entertainment company.  Prior to Slide, Keith was a VP at LinkedIn and an EVP at PayPal in charge of among other things …
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SmoothSpan Blog:   eBay Dying Because It's No Longer Fun? Hogwash!
John Markoff / New York Times:
The Coming Superbrain  —  Mountain View, Calif. — It's summertime and the Terminator is back.  A sci-fi movie thrill ride, “Terminator Salvation” comes complete with a malevolent artificial intelligence dubbed Skynet, a military R.&D. project that gained self-awareness and concluded that humans …
Discussion: Joe Duck and
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ouch!  HBO's Vampire Show Bites Business Blog.  —  Here's a scoop from Silicon Alley Insider, published Saturday morning: “Gawker Media announced last night that it acquired  It's a blog about vampires.  Really.”  —  No, not really.  —  While an earlier version …
Philip Lam / Pre News:
ISP is back with some Pre goodies!  Battery Life, Service Plans, Accessories.  —  We haven't heard from the crew at InsideSprintNow for a quite a while now, but they're back, and with some Pre goodness to share.  They didn't say much this time around about the Pre, instead …
Discussion: Inside Sprint Now
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft won't let Windows Marketplace users share apps after all  —  It plans to use its Live ID authentication system to prevent piracy  —  Computerworld - Contrary to an earlier report, Microsoft Corp. said that purchasers of applications from its upcoming Windows Marketplace …
Discussion: Engadget
Cliff Kuang / Wired News:
Burning Question: Why Isn't Wireless Net Access Available Everywhere?  —  You might remember a time when everyone—from telco giants to corner coffee shops—was furiously serving up Wi-Fi.  McDonald's became an Internet café, and dozens of municipalities nationwide were racing to set up open hot spots.
Agence France Presse:
Facebook decries Iranian ban  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — US social networking site Facebook on Saturday said it had received reports its wesbite had been blocked in Iran, lamenting the apparent government bar as “a shame.”  —  “We are disappointed to learn of reports that users in Iran …
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Dell dumps Della, just wants to be friends  —  Looks like someone's gonna have to explain why there's a “no longer in a relationship” status update on her Facebook profile.  Just ten or so days after Dell officially hooked up with its female counterpart Della, helping real womenfolk find computers …
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
A look at Amazon's evolving government cloud strategy
Discussion: Slashdot
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea allows limited Internet cellphone service
Lia Nicholls / The Sun:
Hey! You've got to hide my house away..
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Japanese university using free iPhones to track students
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Six Small Conferences About Twitter, And Counting
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Young / Networked News:
Not by Links Alone  —  At this unthinkably late hour …
Discussion: BuzzMachine and The Noisy Channel
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD says Intel-only deal struck at Apple in 2005
Discussion: Bits