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7:45 AM ET, August 26, 2009

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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 …
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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?
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.
Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
MSI Confirms Wind U150 Netbook with Touchscreen and Intel's Next Atom  —  We heard that MSI may release a touchscreen netbook with Intel's next generation Pine Trail Atom platform, and it will.  According to MSI, the new Intel Atom chipset is planned to be officially launched at CES.
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Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Intel Next-Gen Mobile Platforms Make Windows 7 Launch an Awesome Time to Buy a Laptop  —  Windows 7's launch is going to be a hell of a busy time for laptops.  Expect a slew of higher-end Intel Core i7 mobile rigs and thin notebooks powered by new dual-core ULV processors when the OS ships.
AWS Evangelist / Amazon Web Services Blog:
Introducing Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)  —  Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you create your own logically isolated set of Amazon EC2 instances and connect it to your existing network using an IPsec VPN connection.  This new offering lets you take advantage of the low cost …
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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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 …
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
Who's Driving Twitter's Popularity?  Not Teenagers  —  Kristen Nagy, an 18-year-old from Sparta, N.J., sends and receives 500 text messages a day.  But she never uses Twitter, even though it publishes similar snippets of conversations and observations.  —  “I just think it's weird …
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
Nokia to offer ARM-based smartbook in addition to Booklet 3G, say Taiwan makers  —  Nokia, in addition to its recently unveiled netbook, the Nokia Booklet 3G, will offer an ARM-based smartbook and soon settle ODM orders, according to Taiwan-based handset makers.
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Free Software Foundation trashes Windows 7  —  The Free Software Foundation is using the launch of Windows 7 to try to convince businesses to dump Windows in favor of an open-source operating system.  —  (Credit: Free Software Foundation)  — Home - News - Beyond Binary  —  Beyond Binary
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 ! . ]
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
Don Reisinger / CNET News:
Behind 10 eyebrow-raising App Store rejections  —  Frustrated programmers have highlighted what they believe to be double standards, strange policies, and flip-flopping among Apple's App Store guards.  —  Several developers whose applications have been rejected from the store …
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.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Mininova Ordered to Remove All ‘Infringing’ Torrents  —  Mininova were sued this spring by BREIN, an outfit which protects the rights of several large entertainment industry corporations.  —  Today, the judge ruled that the world's largest BitTorrent indexer has been ordered to clean …
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 …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Twitter's Golden Ratio (That No One Likes To Talk About)  —  If you're new to Twitter, life is easy.  A notification comes in that someone is following you, and you probably follow them back.  After all, you're going to want some tweets in your stream.  After a couple dozen of those …
Discussion: @vanelsas
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.
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 …
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: CNET News, USA Today and NewTeeVee
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 …
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
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
GooseGrade Uses Crowdsourcing To Edit Website Copy  —  GooseGrade, a startup that uses crowdsourcing to let anyone copy edit web sites, has tweaked its service to allow readers to copy edit any web site online.  Previously, “citizen editors” could only edit sites which already have the gooseGrade plugin installed.
Discussion: CNET News
MediaShift:
Was Twitter Document Theft and Publication by TechCrunch Legal?  —  In June of this year, the personal email account of a Twitter employee was accessed, apparently as a result of an insecure password.  By Twitter's own account, the unauthorized access to that account was the first in a series …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Twitter Flew Above The 50 Million Uniques Mark For the First Time in July
Paul Boutin / Gadgetwise:
China Lets a Hundred Social Networks Bloom (Sort of)
Discussion: VentureBeat
Will Richmond / VideoNuze.com:
Channels.com Launches “Web Video DVR”
Om Malik / GigaOM:
WiMAX's Future Is in Emerging Markets
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Former Facebook CFO Gideon Yu Joins Khosla Ventures
Discussion: Pulse2, Thanks:atul
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Burning Man Gets an API (and a Whole Lot More)
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Myth Behind Craigslist: It's Not Maximizing Revenue Potential
Discussion: Guardian and NBC Bay Area
Zachary M. Seward / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Newspapers find a new way to monetize their journalists
Charles Bremner / Times Online:
Another French iPhone goes pop