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12:25 AM ET, August 20, 2007

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Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits  —  Last year a Wikipedia visitor edited the entry for the SeaWorld theme parks to change all mentions of "orcas" to "killer whales," insisting that this was a more accurate name for the species.  —  There was another, unexplained edit …
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GamePolitics.com:
ESA Altered Wikipedia Entries on Mod Chips, Abandonware  —  Using a publicly available software tool, GamePolitics has learned that the ESA, the trade organization which represents U.S. video game publishers, altered the Wikipedia entry pertaining to mod chips in August, 2006 and again in April, 2007.
Discussion: istartedsomething and digg
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Rumor: Was the Gdrive Release Canceled?  —  Just in case you missed the latest rumors revolving around the YouTube video "Googley Blues": The video, apparently created and sung by a Google employee, was showing the Gdrive aka Platypus icon overlaid with the lyrics, "I've been ready to launch …
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LinusTorvalds: I Have Never Really Talked To Microsoft!  —  The father of Linux has replied to the questions you always wanted to ask.  —  Swapnil Bhartiya, EFY News Network  —  Sunday, August 19, 2007: Did Microsoft's Men In Black ever met Linus Torvalds?  But why is he so critical of GPLv3?
Discussion: What's That Noise?!
Evan Blass / Engadget:
How would you change Windows Vista?  —  What do you get when you take a product used by hundreds of millions of people every day, add a few new features / polish up the interface, and then try to get everyone to shell out a grip of money for this delay- and bug- plagued upgrade?
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
The Worldwide Lexicon Project wants people to translate the web  —  We have a fairly long way to go before computers comprehend human language well enough to translate it elegantly, and until that day comes, the language barrier on the internet seems hard to breach.
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
HandBrake v0.9.0 for Mac OS X  —  Back in April, HandBrake and MediaFork were merged into one terrific program for the legitimate transference of DVD video to other formats, and other things.  Now, just 121 days after HandBrake V08.5b1 was released, a new decimal-point release has arrived.
Discussion: The Open Road
Briansolis / bub.blicio.us:
BarcampBlock Shows the True Promise of Web 2.0  —  words and pictures by Brian Solis  —  The second anniversary of Barcamp was nothing short of extraordinary.  Dubbed BarCampBlock (aka Barcamp Block), the adhoc conference redefined unconferences, and with over 950 people registered …
Chope / the blip.tv blog:
Loren Feldman, 1938 Media, and blip.tv  —  Yesterday, Loren Feldman, the author of a controversial video, decided to use blip as his host.  A few hours later we received a letter warning us of potential damage to our brand.  I responded that speech should be countered with speech, not censorship.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Crisis: Where was the eBay Management?  —  It has been an interesting 30 hours for Skype, its community and its engineers.  The outage that caused anxiety amongst millions who depend on Skype for communications exposed the fragility of our digital lives.
Discussion: Skype-watch.com …
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Linux.com:
OSI email group gets catty over Microsoft's Permissive License request  —  The OSI License-Discuss mailing list has been ablaze for the past few days since Microsoft submitted its Permissive License (MS-PL) to the OSI [Open Source Initiative] for official open source license approval.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Mediadefender Moves into P2P Marketing  —  You're trying to download the latest Madonna album, only to find the pop queen calling you...a thief?  Welcome to the odd and oftentimes annoying war against piracy.  The entertainment industry has been hiring companies to pollute P2P networks …
comScore:
comScore Media Metrix Releases Top 50 Web Ranking for July The Simpsons Movie Promotion Sparks Growth to Burger King Site making it the Top Gaining Property for July  —  Summer Vacation Season Continues to Spur Traffic to  —  Travel Sites for the Third Consecutive Month
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Thirteen Blog Clichés  —  I started out in early 2004 as a blog skeptic.  But over the last four years, I've become a born-again believer.  In that time, I've written almost a thousand blog entries, and I've read thousands upon thousands of blog entries.
 
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Nick Knupffer / Technology@Intel:
Gaming on Integrated Graphics: No Longer Crazy Talk
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Yogis Are Now Hi-Tech  —  Imagine a yoga mat you unfurl …
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
FCC Commissioner: Pearl Jam censorship linked to net neutrality fight
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
Police Target 'Pirate Cinema' Fuelled by Downloaded Movies
Discussion: HS.fi
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Episode #4: Chat with Real Networks CEO, Rob Glaser
Kim Hart / Washington Post:
Cellphone Contracts: Hard to Get off the Hook
Houston Chronicle:
Earthlink's Wi-Fi delays put project in question
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
Update at midnight GMT
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Jim Louderback / PC Magazine:
Passing the Torch  —  Our fearless leader is handing over the reigns of PC Mag.