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9:10 AM ET, August 25, 2007

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Dan Primack / PE HUB:
VC Roundup: FM Publishing, New Leaf & Nixon Peabody  —  Some scattered VC notes as we head into the weekend:  —  * FM Publishing, the online ad network run by John Battelle, has raised $4.5 million in Series B funding, according to a regulatory filing.  Return backers include New Enterprise Associates and Omidyar Network.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Federated Media blog ad network raises $4.5 million  —  Federated Media, a popular but sometimes controversial ad network for blogs, has raised another $4.5 million in funding, according to PE Hub's read of the company's recent regulatory filing.  —  Returning backers include New Enterprise Associates …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Attack Of The Fake Bloggers  —  Whilst Fake Steve Jobs has gained the most attention in the fake personal blog scene, a number of other fake blogs have been launched this year.  Here's a quick run down of a few that might be worthy of adding to your feed reader...or maybe not.  —  The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: Major Apple event coming Sept. 5  —  With rumors of new iPods heating up, fresh news comes of a trademarked Apple "special event" to be held in two weeks.  —  Ars Technica's Infinite Loop is reporting that unidentified Apple sources have brought word of an upcoming Apple event scheduled for September 5.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The credit crunch could help venture capitalists  —  The current credit crunch caused by the subprime loaning crisis may help venture capital returns, and therefore start-ups.  —  That's the argument of venture capitalist Keith Benjamin, of San Francisco's Levensohn Venture Partners …
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Keith Benjamin / VentureBeat:
Technology stocks swinging back into favor
Discussion: A VC
Truman Lewis / ConsumerAffairs.com:
Ohio Man's Dell Laptop Bursts into Flames  —  A computer network administrator at a Columbus, Ohio, hospital is the latest consumer to encounter the flaming laptop syndrome.  —  Douglas Brown said his Dell 9200 wide-screen laptop's batteries exploded into flames, it "looked like fireworks …
Discussion: Gizmodo and WinBeta
Sam Diaz / Washington Post:
Consumer Innovations to Inform Web Site for Spies  —  Government agents may soon find valuable information through an online-recommendation system like the one on Amazon.com: Spies who read this report, it might say, also found these reports useful.  —  That is one of several features …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Check This Guy Out  —  Bill Snitzer, one of the tech guys at BitGravity, is driving to Los Angeles and showing it live on the Internet.  He's got a webcam up showing the drive and a Google Map mashup with a GPS device showing his progress.  —  Bitgravity, located in Burlingame, California, hasn't officially launched.
Discussion: Mark Evans and flashpoint
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Google's Blogger fixes bug, adds video uploading  —  (InfoWorld) - Google's Blogger team solved a technical problem with the blog publishing and hosting service this week and introduced a new feature that gives publishers the ability to upload videos to their sites.
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
Associated Press:
Teen untethers iPhone from AT&T  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A teenager in New Jersey has broken the lock that ties Apple's iPhone to AT&T's wireless network, freeing the most hyped cell phone ever for use on the networks of other carriers, including overseas ones.  —  George Hotz, 17 …
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
It's the Facebook Platform's 3 Month Anniversary  —  Today marks the 3-month anniversary of the Facebook Platform since it launched May 24 at F8 in San Francisco.  Suffice it to say, the pace of innovation surrounding the Facebook Platform so far is faster than that for any platform ever before.
Discussion: VentureBeat and ben barren
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government  —  Microsoft and Yahoo! have signed a pact with the Chinese government that "encourages" the big name web players to record the identities of bloggers and censor content.  So says Reporters Without Borders, an organization that fights for journalistic rights across the globe.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Identity Through Online Lifestreams  —  Over the last few months I have really changed how and where I create content.  For a long time all of the action was here, on my blog.  Today I am posting to Flickr, del.icio.us, Twitter and Facebook.  I also have tons of other less active accounts too …
Discussion: WinExtra
Greg Howlett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Six reasons NOT to try to be an online retailer  —  The internet retailing landscape has changed dramatically over the past eight years.  In a summary, it used to be very easy but now it is hard and getting harder every year.  The gold rush is over, and if you are someone without much money …
John Leyden / The Register:
Internet ramraiders rear-end domain parking service  —  Domain name parking service NameDrive restored its services on Friday after coming under a concerted and ferocious denial of service attack from unidentified hackers.  —  The motives for the attack remain unclear but NameDrive reckons …
Discussion: NameDrive Blog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Big webcasters agree to royalty cap deal, DRM to be "discussed" later  —  The Digital Media Association (DiMA) and SoundExchange announced an agreement yesterday to cap the $500 per-channel webcasting fees at $50,000—a victory for large webcasters that stream thousands of stations.
Discussion: Epicenter
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NEWSFACTOR:
Nokia Strengthens Its Position as No. 1
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone (AAPL): Flaky Device Overrated, Expectations Out of Hand
John Markoff / New York Times:
Why Can't We Compute in the Cloud? Part 2
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Linux felon forced to install Windows
Discussion: Engadget and Inquirer
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Spam fighters hit criminals' weak spot
 Earlier Items: 
Russ / Russell Beattie's Weblog:
Java needs an overhaul
Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Wireless transfers targeted by RIM
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
NY Subway System To Get Mapped By Google
Discussion: The Gong Show and The Raw Feed
Om Malik / GigaOM:
MySpace Has What Facebook Will: Ad Targeting
Discussion: Webware.com
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Five Suggestions to Improve Viddler
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mary Meeker Fixes YouTube Math—Then Changes Assumptions to Back Into New Estimate
Chris Baker / Wired News:
The Dorks Behind Penny Arcade, an Obscure Webcomic Turned Vidgame Empire
Discussion: Blue's News and digg
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Sergio iSpin iPod Sound Effect Mixer
Discussion: Gizmodo and Macsimum News