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8:40 AM ET, August 23, 2010

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New York Times:
The Sofa Wars: Plenty to Watch Online, but Viewers Prefer to Pay for Cable  —  It is a fantasy shared by many Americans: dropping cable television and its fat monthly bills and turning instead to the wide-open frontier of Internet video.  —  Some are finding that the reality is not that simple.
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Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Crowded Field for Bringing Web Video to TVs  —  If you want to watch Internet video on most televisions, you need a gadget that pulls it in.  And a growing number of technology companies want to sell it to you.  —  Start-ups and tech giants alike are offering what they say are easy ways …
Jack McKenna / TechCrunch:
You Can Block Any Facebook User Except Mark Zuckerberg  —  The title of this post kind of says it all.  As pointed out by blockzuck.com, you can block anyone on Facebook except CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  If you try to do it (we did), you'll get a message saying “General Block failed error: Block failed.”
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity  —  A little over a week ago, I closed down all of my social media accounts, with the exception of Twitter, which I locked.  The explanation I gave was that, in an age when everyone and their dog is sharing every aspect of their life …
Discussion: The Next Web
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Jeff Rivera / GalleyCat:
New York Times Bestseller Seth Godin to No Longer Publish Books Traditionally  —  New York Times bestselling author and marketing guru, Seth Godin vows to never publish traditionally again.  After over 12 books with a legacy publisher, Godin says he's had enough.
Discussion: Seth's Blog and TeleRead
Taylor Buley / Buleyean String:
Free of Freemium, Things Are Starting To Look Up At Ning  —  Ning, provider of on-demand social communities, has recently been one of Silicon Valley's most interesting companies.  Five months ago the company announced the sudden exit of chief executive Gina Bianchini, eventually gave …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Pay no attention to that playful UI behind the Google Maps curtain (video)  —  Thought the page-turning Macallan was nifty?  You ain't seen nothing yet — The Astonishing Tribe (the brains behind the look of Android) aims to give you billowing, rippling cloth-like curtains of clever interactive content with their concept Velvet UI.
Discussion: TAT and Fone Arena
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Taken Down.  Get Ready For Chatroulette V.2  —  Chatroulette, the service that lets strangers meet over video, has been taken down.  A message reads “The experiment #1 is over for now.  Thanks for participating - Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow.”
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Samsung Cetus i917 bows for AT&T, shows off its Windows Phone 7 ways  —  Does the almost Pre-esque shape of this beast look vaguely familiar?  It should, because it matches up nicely with the outline of the Samsung Cetus we saw in the FCC a little while back.
Chad Catacchio / The Next Web:
Apple rejecting apps that require user registration first?  —  iOS app Read it Later's latest update was rejected by Apple's App Store team for what is apparently a new (and confusing/troubling) reason: that, “Applications cannot require user registration prior to allowing access to app features and content”.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Kindle Outselling iBooks 60 To 1  —  If you follow the ebook market you were likely stunned this June when Steve Jobs claimed to have captured 22% of the electronic book market overnight with the release of iBooks and iPad.  Many of us who watch this market with careful eyes were leery …
Discussion: PC World and MSDN Blogs, Thanks:m4tt
JD Rucker / Soshable:
Tumblr's Biggest Strength is its Biggest Weakness to Google  —  If you haven't heard of Tumblr, you will.  The pace that it's currently growing is similar (if not greater than) the type of growth that Twitter experienced 2 years ago.  The blog/microblog/community hybrid social media site …
 
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Panayiotis Mavrommatis / SecBrowsing blog:
Chrome's bundled Flash results in much faster update
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:rawmeet
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Celebrating A Year Of Apple Pondering Google Voice
Discussion: TiPb
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Federated Media Acquires Semantic Technology From TextDigger
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Dish Network Is Joining Other Carriers in Offering Its Content for Online Viewing
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AngelPad: Seven Ex-Googlers Are About To Launch A New Incubator
Thanks:bobcaswell
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Most Popular Torrent Sites Of The Last Five Years
Jack Neff / AdAge:
Facebook, Apple's ‘Walled Gardens’ Make Analytics That Much Harder for Brands
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:steverubel
 Earlier Items: 
Fred / A VC:
The Expanding Birthrate Of Web Startups
Thanks:atul
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
When you google, think Ben Gomes
Thanks:mattcutts
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Forget Ads In Books, Lit-Lovers Face An Even More Hideous Prospect
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Writing apps for your TV is cool but nothing compared to Your body API.
Thanks:loic
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested Over Anonymous Source