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3:40 AM ET, July 30, 2007

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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
NowPublic Gets $10.6 Million For Crowd Sourced News  —  "Crowd sourced" news network NowPublic.com has closed a $10.6 milion series A round of financing led by Rho Ventures with seed investors Brightspark and the Working Opportunity Fund participating.  —  Crowd sourcing is part of the widely expanding …
Halvar Flake / ADD / XOR / ROL:
I've been denied entry to the US essentially for carrying my trainings material.  Wow.  —  It appears I can't attend Blackhat this year.  I was denied entry to the US for carrying trainings materials for the Blackhat trainings, and intending to hold these trainings as a private citizen instead of as a company.
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Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:   German hacker denied entry into U.S. for Black Hat training
Rebecca MacKinnon / RConversation:
Shi Tao's case: Yahoo! knew more than they claimed  —  Yahoo! executives say one thing in public, an official Chinese document says something else.  Oops.  —  I just discovered today that the Dui Hua Foundation, which does excellent, low-key work on Chinese human rights issues, has a blog.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why do we have Facebook Fatigue?  —  Facebook, one has to admit is a great time sink.  Given how much you have to do to just manage your Facebook life, it is hardly a surprise; some organizations are taking a draconian approach to them.  Jason Calacanis has declared Facebook bankruptcy.
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Andrew Adam Newman / New York Times:
New Life on the Web for a Killed Newspaper Column  —  "The bug at the bottom of the Calendar front in today's Los Angeles Times says columnist Patrick Goldstein is on assignment," began a July 24 item on the Web site L.A. Observed.  "Not true.  His The Big Picture column for Tuesday was killed."
Discussion: Lost Remote
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
What Web Conferences to Attend  —  Alex Iskold wrote a great post on his company's blog, outlining conference tips for startups.  It is written from a vendor or sponsor's point of view and makes for interesting reading.  Alex definitely recommends ETech, SXSW.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Alex / BlueBlog:   Conference Tips for Startups: Where to go and what to do once you get there
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Battlemodo: Microsoft's Local SUV Armada vs Google's Streetview Fleet  —  Microsoft's Windows Live Local armada is striking back against Google's Streetview fleet with all the technological terror they can find.  Check this Chevy Tahoe's intimidating top: six huge cameras …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Court says "no" to changing terms of service without notification  —  Many of us have seen service agreements that specify that the terms could be changed at any time without notifying the user.  Well, a recent court decision could change all that.  Service providers should not be able …
John Markoff / New York Times:
Gates Plans His Leave Amid Great Change  —  Microsoft is beset with competition from all sides, unlike any it has seen in decades, and Bill Gates, who co-founded the company 32 years ago, still intends to step away next year as planned.  —  But so far, Mr. Gates, Microsoft's 51-year-old chairman, shows no sign of fading away.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Buzzwire streams mobile media, no downloads attached  —  Buzzwire lets you stream video, audio, and live internet radio to your mobile phone — something other companies do.  —  But Buzzwire does this without requiring a download — setting it apart from the crowd.
Discussion: Mashable!
Robin Marantz Henig / New York Times:
The Real Transformers  —  I was introduced to my first sociable robot on a sunny afternoon in June.  The robot, developed by graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was named Mertz.  It had camera sensors behind its eyes, which were programmed to detect faces …
Discussion: digg
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Business plan obfuscation: Twitter style  —  Charles Hudson says it: "why the 'you don't need a business plan' meme is crazy talk.  —  Where did that come from?  Well, there's this little theory that was reported on a bunch of blogs that Twitter and other companies don't have business plans.
Garett Rogers / ZDNet:
Google set to simultaneously create and dominate a new market?  —  Adam Bosworth, Google's brains behind a Google service called "Google Health" that is still in development, has made several presentations about the healthcare industry and how Google may be working to improve it.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
TheFunded embraces VCs still further, but Sequoia still hazed  —  TheFunded.com, a forum that lets entrepreneurs dish dirt publicly about venture capitalists, has taken another step toward accommodating the VCs.  —  The site now lets VCs provide feedback on any public comment made about their firm.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch 9 At August Capital: Thank You for Coming  —  Well, it's over.  TechCrunch 9 At August Capital last night was a blast, with 900 or so people demo'ing products, drinking wine and, if the video above is any indication, looking for the man of their dreams.
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:   The TechCrunch MeetUp party: Tonight we're going to party like it's 1999
 
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Jeremy / KernelTrap:
Linux: Linus On CFS vs SD
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Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone "Hello World" binary released
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Luck / Apple TV Hacks:
USB patch released. HALLELUJAH!
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Sean Cooper / Engadget Mobile:
AT&T Treo 750 gets Windows Mobile 6 treatment on the sly
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Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
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Discussion: OakLeaf Systems
Sean P. Aune / Mashable!:
ONLINE STORAGE: 80+ File Hosting and Sharing Sites
Discussion: Web Strategy and digg