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3:00 PM ET, July 29, 2008

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Vindu Goel / Bits:
Game Over: Scrabulous Shut Down on Facebook  —  Facebook says the decision to block Scrabulous for U.S. and Canadian users was made by the Scrabulous developers, not Facebook.  —  Scrabulous has been shut down on Facebook.  —  If you try to pull up the popular Scrabble-like game …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Endgame: Scrabulous Gets Wiped Off Facebook
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Know It All
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sorry, Scrabulous Fans, I'm Only Mildly Sympathetic
Discussion: MarketingShift
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Facebook Kills Scrabulous, Makes Hasbro Look Stupid
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and Bloggers Blog
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Was Hasbro right to kill Scrabulous?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows ‘Mojave’ Video Posts  —  Last week we showed a video of the Mojave Experiment to a small group of folks here on campus.  Today we are excited to share the results with the public.  —  For those new to the Mojave Experiment, it's a focus group effort we initiated a few weeks ago.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
BT Buys Ribbit for $105 Million  —  Will BT Make Ribbit Work?  — Yes.  Better To Look For Help Outside  — Not a chance, $105 million wasted  — BT, Ribbit... what? who?  —  BT (British Telecom) has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.
Discussion: CNET News.com, eWeek and OStatic blogs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million
Business Wire:
HP, Intel and Yahoo! Create Global Cloud Computing Research Test Bed  —  Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Lead the Way as Global Centers of Excellence  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. & SANTA CLARA …
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
HP, Yahoo and Intel Create Compute Cloud  —  Updated at the bottom: At long last, Hewlett-Packard is stepping up with an answer to cloud computing by inking a partnership with two other big technology vendors and three universities to create a cloud computing testbed.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
MSN Direct API “Send to GPS” released  —  Just getting the urge to regurgitate press releases out of our system today - but here's just one more (hey, we read press releases so you don't have to!).  Today Microsoft has announced an API for MSN Direct, to allow websites to send location information …
Discussion: Mashable! and WebProNews
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Microsoft:
MSN Direct Enables Web Sites to Deliver Location Information …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Neal Kanodia / Google LatLong:
New, blue, and better than ever  —  Less is more.  —  Before  —  After  —  With the new look for Google Maps, you can do all of the same things, but without the extra clutter.  Find businesses (creamery near palo alto), addresses (6605 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO), and more (root beer in sf) from one search box.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting  —  The number of offerings on the App Store — the venue for independently produced programs that helps distinguish Apple's smartphone from all others — hit 1,001 on Monday night.  —  That's roughly double the number that were available when the store opened …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Gizmodo
CNN:
Sprint Loses Early Termination Fee Case, May Pay $73 Million  —  NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) was dealt a major blow in its early-termination-fee case when a California judge ruled it would have to pay $ 73 million.  —  The decision could bode poorly for the various trials …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Yahoo Offers Refunds Or DRM-Free Music In Exchange For Shutting Down DRM Servers  —  We were a bit surprised last week when Yahoo decided to shut down its DRM servers, rendering all sorts of “purchased” music close to worthless.  After all, when Microsoft had done the same thing …
Discussion: p2pnet and TeleRead
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss  —  Billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens excoriated Yahoo's management for failing to reach an agreement to sell all or part of the Web portal to Microsoft Corp. Pickens, who bought 10 million Yahoo shares in May in hopes that an acquisition was imminent, said...
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Upcoming iPhone application MagicPad includes copy/paste  —  After having been on the list for inclusion into the iPhone 2.0 firmware and then supposedly getting dropped, cut and paste functionality for the device is becoming a bit infamous by now.  We've heard from an Apple executive …
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Bebo's latest expansion - into space  —  Now here's something you don't get to write about every day: an interstellar radio telescope normally used to detect asteroids that could hit Earth is being taken off duty on October 9 so that messages from Bebo users can be transmitted into space.
Discussion: Guardian, WebProNews and The Register
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
Illegal filesharing: A suicide note from the music industry  —  The deal between record companies and ISPs will drive music-swapping underground and erode their profits still further  —  This month's announcement of a back-room deal between ISPs (internet service providers) …
Discussion: The Open Road
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Facing Server Troubles and Downtime  —  Many people have noticed that the Pirate Bay has had quite a lot of downtime lately.  Some rumors say that the site may have been raided again, but in reality, The Pirate Bay simply has trouble keeping up with the ever increasing traffic.
Discussion: Slyck and Ars Technica
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Sirius And XM Now Sirius XM Radio Inc.; New Share Offering Priced  —  Now comes the really hard part... XM (NSDQ: XMSR) and Sirius (NSDQ: SIRI) have just announced the completion of the merger.  The new company, SIRIUS XM Radio Inc. will now trade under Sirius' old ticker ("SIRI") starting today.
 
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Joel Santo Domingo / PC Magazine:
Dell Studio Hybrid
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and SlashGear
Ledyard King Gannett / USA Today:
Bill would ban kids from Facebook, MySpace in libraries
Discussion: Techdirt and p2pnet
Dion Almaer / Ajaxian:
PushUpTheWeb.com: Browser detection and Upgrading
Microsoft:
Microsoft Extends Award-Winning Automotive Platform
The Official Palm Blog:
Over 2 million Centros sold!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Woman Admits File Sharing; Challenges Constitutionality Of Copyright Act
Discussion: Threat Level
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Tracking Facebook's 2008 International Growth By Country
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mobile web standards announced today
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Almost Ready for High Fives?
Discussion: CrunchGear and PalmAddicts
PC Magazine:
The Best (and Worst) Tech Support in America: VoIP
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceVoIP
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
IBM mobile software helps ‘senior moments’
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPhone gains MMS, sorta
Discussion: Gizmodo and Boy Genius Report
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Is Apple Revamping Its Laptop Line?
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
DNS cache poisoning attacks exploited in the wild
Discussion: BroadDev and webmonkey