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12:05 PM ET, August 25, 2007

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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
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  —  [Updated: We've corrected the article below, based on further reporting.  Regulatory filings about venture capital financings are tricky, because they're often late, and misleading.  That's why the proposal to bring more transparency is a good one.]
NEWS.com.au:
Student cracks $84m porn filter  —  A MELBOURNE schoolboy has cracked the Federal Government's new $84 million internet porn filter in minutes.  —  Tom Wood, 16, said it took him just over 30 minutes to bypass the Government's filter, released on Tuesday.  —  Tom, a year 10 student …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Gizmodo
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Researchers Crack KeeLoq Code for Car Keys  —  Slashdot had a small post about this yesterday but I've spoken with one of the researchers about it so thought I'd add a little more detail.  —  A group of Israeli and Belgian researchers found a vulnerability in the algorithm that is used …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon, Forever Geek and Hightouch
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 …
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
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: NewTeeVee and Bloggers Blog
Google / orkut Blog:
Redesign Preview: True Blue Simplicity  —  When you think Google, you picture primary colors; when you think orkut, you see blue.  And though we're updating the look, we're staying true to blue.  We've added some rounded corners and new icons that make orkut look a little more sleek and modern.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Googling Google
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
Darla Mack:
Special Edition Nokia N73 to Celebrate Ramadan  —  Nokia has launched a special edition Nokia N73 in honor of the Holy month of Ramadan.  The special edition N73 will be available exclusively to Middle East and North Africa markets.  —  The Special edition will feature a beautiful …
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
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Is Orkut A Social Networking Heavyweight? Comscore Says Yes.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Yahoo!, Microsoft ink web pact with Chinese government
Greg Howlett / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Six reasons NOT to try to be an online retailer
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Court orders movie pirate to switch to Windows
Portfolio.com:
Mark Cuban  —  Much like Friedrich Nietzsche, who scandalized …
Discussion: dslreports.com and digg
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John Leyden / The Register:
Internet ramraiders rear-end domain parking service
Discussion: NameDrive Blog
The Boy Genius Report:
Sprint BlackBerry Pearl 2 to launch Thanksgiving Day weekend?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The credit crunch could help venture capitalists
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple iPhone (AAPL): Flaky Device Overrated, Expectations Out of Hand