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11:55 PM ET, September 2, 2007

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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google and the wires torpedo newspapers  —  A fascinating announcement from Google about an arrangement with four of the world's major wire services that will see their content featured more prominently on Google News.  As far as I can tell, this deal has one major loser: namely …
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Google News Hosting Wire Service Stories Diminishes Value Of Duplicate Content  —  When each local newspaper was a self-contained, non-overlapping, monopoly distribution channel, the news wires made all of the sense in the world — why have each newspaper spend its own resources to cover the same national and international stories?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
What's Going On With PayPal?  Is eBay Communications Clueless?  —  Yesterday I logged into PayPal and attempted to "accept" a payment.  When I click accept, it goes to a page that has an html title of "page not found" and a link to "try again".  I waited 24 hours and then contacted support.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Multi-Day Paypal Subscription Outage  —  PayPal users are reporting the widespread failure of the PayPal subscription service.  —  According to user reports, the subscription service stopped working August 30 and remains down.  PayPal subscription payments are used widely by service providers …
Patrick Altoft / SEOptimise:
Google Patents SMS Payment System  —  A new patent application published by Google gives a unique insight into a possible mobile version of Google Checkout.  —  The Text Message Payment patent, filed on February 28th 2006, details how text messages could be used to pay for goods …
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William Slawski / SEO by the SEA:
Google Checkout Precursor GBuy More Ambitious Than Paypal?  —  In April of 2006, I wrote about a patent application from Google that described a micropayment system.  Since then, we've seen Google launch another payment program, Google Checkout, that differs in a number of significant ways from that micropayment system.
Discussion: Payments News
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Are You Getting Quechup Spammed?  —  One controversial issue among social networks is how hard they should push for user acquisition.  Most social networks these days let you to import your email address book in some way (Twitter is the latest), but most make it clear if they're about to mail your contacts.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Man & His 100 Mbps Fiber Connected Life  —  Swedish grannies are connecting to the net at 40 gigabits per second life; 100 megabit per seconds are becoming common place in Japan and Korea; and even French are dreaming of an ultra-fast fiber future.  And yet, in the US we are all stuck in the slow lane …
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
Another Sony rootkit worms its way to the surface  —  Sony can't catch a break after their infamous rootkit scandal back in 2005.  In fact, we know from talking to security researchers and black hats alike that Sony is under the careful eye of many as a result of that major screw-up.
Discussion: CrunchGear, ZDNet and Digg
Bloomberg:
NBC 'DISAPPOINTED' IN NOT NEGOTIATING NEW ITUNES PACT  —  We are also disappointed in not being able to successfully negotiate a new iTunes agreement with Apple.  We're hopeful that we can reach a resolution before the existing contract expires.  However, we felt it important to set the record straight.
NEWS.com.au:
Art of chatting face to face dying  —  Decrease Increase -  —  Submit comment:  —  THE introduction of e-mail, text messaging and iPods is causing a worldwide epidemic of shyness.  —  Psychologist, Harvard Business School researcher and etiquette columnist Robin Abrahams says societies have become filled with shrinking violets.
Discussion: /Message, Engadget and The Raw Feed
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Storm Worm Dwarfs World's Top Supercomputers  —  The network of compromised Microsoft Windows computers under the thumb of the criminals who control the Storm Worm has grown so huge that it now has more raw distributed computing power than all of the world's top supercomputers, security experts say.
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Nippon Airways working on wireless flight check-in  —  This could do wonders to reduce those aggravating waits at the airport.  Japanese airline Nippon Airways has announced that they will be allowing travelers to check in by way of a wireless microchip beginning next month.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Will O'Brien / Hack a Day:
nsa@home (diy shared fpga cracker)  —  [skylark] converted a pair of defective hdtv processing boards into his very own fpga sha-1 hash cracker.  after two months of evening work, he ended up with 15 virtex-ii pro fpgas and 5 spartan-ii fpgas to do his bidding.
Discussion: Light Blue Touchpaper
 
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Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Death of a Streamcaster: Web Radio Prepares for the Worst
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Michael Calore / Wired News:
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