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3:40 AM ET, August 26, 2009

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Zach Yeskel / Official Google Reader Blog:
Looking for great stuff to read?  —  Where do Arianna Huffington and Thomas Friedman go to get different perspectives on the news?  Which economics sites does Nobel prize winner Paul Krugman read?  What sites and blogs do the editors of Lifehacker, Boing Boing and Kottke read?
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
RSS: A good idea at the time but there are better ways now  —  The Google Reader team posted a blog entry today with some results of a survey it conducted.  The team wanted to know what an elite group of “Power Readers” were reading online - presumably using their Google Reader account …
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to retain, redesign plastic MacBook family  —  Once rumored for extinction, Apple's entry-level polycarbonate MacBooks are on the verge of a refresh that will solidify them at the base of the Mac maker's notebook offerings for the foreseeable future, AppleInsider has learned.
Jordan Weitz / Google LatLong:
Arterial traffic available on Google Maps  —  Commuters have long relied on traffic sites to help them determine their last-minute path around poor traffic on the highway.  But if the traffic looks bad on the highways, you'll probably want to know how it looks on the alternate routes through arterials.
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
Microsoft apologizes for race-swap photo incident  —  Microsoft apologized Tuesday for using photo editing techniques to change the race of a person depicted on the company's Web site.  —  In a photo on its U.S. Web site">photo on the company's U.S. Web site, three businesspeople—one black …
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Laura June / Engadget:
Microsoft sucks at Photoshop  —  Officially.  —  Update: Microsoft tells CNET, “We are looking into the details of this situation.  We apologize and are in the process of pulling down the [Polish] image.”  —  Update 2: And... it's down.  The un-shopped image is now up on the Polish site …
Aaron / YouTube Biz Blog:
In the future, everyone will monetize their 15 minutes  —  We first launched the YouTube Partnership Program (YPP) to help some of our more popular users make money from their videos on YouTube.  While we've focused on accepting prolific users who regularly produce videos that reach a wide audience …
James / Dave Naylor a UK SEO and Search Marketing:
Massive Twitter Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability  —  [NOTE: As if the attention-grabbing title ruining the surprise for you wasn't bad enough, I've got some more bad news.  We let Twitter (via Kevin Rose) know about this before it went live but we think somebody saw the Test ! . ]
Discussion: Mashable! and The SiliconANGLE
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Apple adds malware blocker in Snow Leopard  —  Apple's commercials may give the impression that Macs are virus-free (.mov) but the company isn't taking any chances with the newest Mac OS X refresh.  —  Apple has quietly added a new Snow Leopard feature to scan software downloads for malware …
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Terrible Online Game with Terrible Ads Is Also Slimy, Litigous  —  Remember Evony, the online game whose banners epitomize the worst in online advertising?  It turns out the company doesn't like people talking about its deceptive practices.  —  The company's banner ads featured buxom women never seen …
Discussion: Offworld
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
15 U.S. states with the fastest broadband Internet speeds  —  Data courtesy the CWA.  —  When it comes to Internet speed, the U.S. is still far down the ladder of industrialized nations, ranking 28th behind leaders South Korea, Japan, Sweden and Holland, according to a study by a labor union for telecommunications workers.
Bgurley / abovethecrowd.com:
What Is Really Happening To The Venture Capital Industry?  —  Many are speculating that the year two thousand and nine represents a fundamental turning point for the venture capital industry.  Some are arguing that the industry is in dire straits after years of poor performance.
The Hill:
Obama's FCC to enforce ‘net neutrality’  —  The Obama administration's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to keep the Internet free of increased user fees based on heavy Web traffic and slow downloads.  —  Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman, told The Hill that his agency will support …
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Mag.ma Unleashes Its Directory Of Hot Video Content To The Masses  —  Last May, we got our first taste of Mag.ma, the new video portal to come from Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron.  We've been tracking the site since then, and it appeared at our Real-Time Crunchup last month, but it's remained in private beta.
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
I Like The Way You Move: Animoto's Custom Movie Montages Can Now Include Video  —  Animoto, the startup that lets you automatically build custom music videos starring your own media, just got even more awesome.  Tonight the site is launching support for video, which means you'll be able …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, CNET News and USA Today
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu Joins Khosla Ventures  —  Gideon Yu, the former Facebook CFO unceremoniously shown the door in late March, has joined Khosla Ventures as a General Partner, we've heard from multiple sources.  —  Prior to Facebook, Yu has held positions at Yahoo (SVP Finance) …
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:atul
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Google patches severe Chrome vulnerabilities  —  Google has fixed two high-severity vulnerabilities in the stable version of its Chrome browser that could have let an attacker remotely take over a person's computer.  —  With one attack on Google's V8 JavaScript engine …
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Microsoft: Prove you're human by reading and regurgitating an ad  —  Looks like nothing is safe from becoming an advertisement these days.  A newly surfaced Microsoft patent application proposes to create ads out of human interactive proofs, also known as CAPTCHAs, those lines of fuzzy …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Spotify Now Making Universal More Money Than iTunes, In Sweden  —  Unlikely as it may seem, since other ad-supported music sites are finding things challenging lately, Spotify may actually be bringing record labels a big pay day - well, at least in its native Sweden.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Myth Behind Craigslist: It's Not Maximizing Revenue Potential  —  We pointed this out a few years back, but there's this persistent myth behind Craigslist that reporters love to repeat, and it's just not true.  The latest is that it shows up in an otherwise excellent profile of Craigslist by Gary Wolf in the latest Wired Magazine.
Discussion: NBC Bay Area and A VC
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Salesforce's reseller program brings the middleman back into cloud computing  —  As the hype builds around cloud computing, there are growing questions about how resellers of software — the so-called middlemen — will make money.  —  By delivering software in the Internet cloud …
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
Motorola holding Android event on September 10th  —  Hello, Android.  Are you ready for the moment you've been waiting for, Moto fans?  It looks like Motorola is finally getting ready to dish at least some preliminary info with regards to its Android efforts.
Ryan Tate / Gawker:
The Sinister March of Net Niceness  —  Wikipedia, once an internet free-for-all, has announced it will now screen changes to certain articles.  The New York Times' ethics columnist, meanwhile, is joining the eternal backlash against anonymous blogging.  Two steps toward a nice, peaceful, boring and neutered internet.
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld:
Blu-ray tanks in PCs  —  DVD-RW drives will continue to dominate through at least 2013, says iSuppli  —  Computerworld - Despite a rapid rise in the sale of consumer Blu-ray Disc players due to a drop in prices and an increase in high-definition movie content, Blu-ray players in PCs …
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
China Lets a Hundred Social Networks Bloom (Sort of)  —  We Yanks like to think we're at the forefront of everything.  But a study has found that when it comes to social media, Chinese users are ahead of us.  That is, when Hu Jintao's administration isn't unplugging their favorite sites.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
Channels.com Launches “Web Video DVR”  —  Inevitably, the explosion of broadband video programming has led to the problem of how to keep viewers' favorites organized and receive updates when new episodes appear.  Recognizing this problem and believing it is likely to become even more acute …
Discussion: Beet.TV and VentureBeat
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Twitter's In Your Tweets Trackin' Your Links  —  It appears that sometime today, Twitter added new functionality that adds a “click event” to add links clicked on the site.  So if you click a link to CN, click a friend's profile or click a link over to one of the third party apps, Twitter is tracking it.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Thanks:atul
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Burning Man Gets an API (and a Whole Lot More)  —  An API!  SMS!  Foursquare!  An iPhone app!  They are all coming to Burning Man this year.  Will the festival be the same?  —  The annual tech-art festival in the Nevada desert, starts on Sunday.  Normally the attendees leave their phones …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WiMAX's Future Is in Emerging Markets  —  WiMAX, the wireless broadband technology that is vying with Long Term Evolution to become the standard for the next generation of higher-speed wireless networks, draws either delight or derision, depending on whom you ask — its champions or detractors.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Lazyfeed Goes Live For Everyone  —  We've been seeing a lot of projects and startups trying to speed up RSS feeds.  Today, a service is launching that addresses some of the issues with a different user-interface.  Lazyfeed, the realtime interest feed reader that launched last month …
 
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Begins Testing Mobile Payments for Virtual Currency with Zong
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent:
Zumbox Raises $8 Million From Investors, Including Eisner …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Wikipedia gets $2M from Omidyar Network
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Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Newspapers find a new way to monetize their journalists
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Charles Bremner / Times Online:
Another French iPhone goes pop
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Disqus Forks Into Two Products, Launches Revamped Real-Time Comment System
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Liveblog: Sony announces $399 7" Wi-Fi 3G e-book Reader; will it kill the Kindle?
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A Teenager's Dream: An iPhone App for Free Texting
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