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4:20 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
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Sorry, Scrabulous Fans, I'm Only Mildly Sympathetic
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and MarketingShift
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.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Maps Redesign Rolled Out  —  Back in May this year, Google OS and others noticed a Google Maps redesign experiment showing to a portion of users.  Apparently, the results of the experiment are satisfying to Google, as the design was now made live for everyone (or if you can't see it yet …
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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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Viral Vista: The ‘Mojave Experiment’
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   What if Apple had conducted the ‘Mojave Experiment’?
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Mojave Experiment goes live, doesn't fail to annoy
Discussion: sarahintampa and Neowin.net
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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.
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.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million
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 …
Marco Chiappetta / HotHardware.com News:
VIA Nano L2100 vs. Intel Atom 230: Head to Head  —  VIA caused quite a stir a few months ago when the company first revealed initial details regarding their low-power Nano processor.  At the time, the product was referred to by its internal codename of Isaiah.
Discussion: DailyTech and jkOnTheRun
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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 …
James Kendrick / jkOnTheRun:
Mobile web standards announced today  —  No question the mobile web is booming no matter who you ask.  Consumers are accessing the web from phones in droves and the World Wide Web Consortium wants to make sure that everyone plays on the same 3-inch field.  Today the WWWC announced …
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Charles McCathieNevile / w3.org:
Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0
Discussion: SitePoint Blogs
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: One Microsoft Way and jkOnTheRun
Dell:
Look Beyond the Rack for Style this Fall - Dell's New Studio and Inspiron Systems Redefine PC Design  — Puts the PC back on the desktop, or the countertop, or the bookshelf, or the entertainment center  —  Dell's smallest, most personalized and most environmentally responsible consumer PC, the Studio Hybrid, launches today.
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Joel Santo Domingo / PC Magazine:
Dell Studio Hybrid
Discussion: DailyTech and Engadget
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
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
SoCal earthquake a powerful reminder of Twitter's potential  —  This morning a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California near Los Angeles.  Well before the information was anywhere on the major news outlets, tweets (Twitter messages) were flowing in at a rapid clip.
Discussion: RexBlog.com
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...
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
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
India developing $10 laptop, Gartner says $100 laptop “at least three years away.”
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Cooler than Cuil, True Knowledge takes a sniper's approach to search
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Doug Ramsey / ucsdnews.ucsd.edu:
UC San Diego's GreenLight Project to Improve Energy Efficiency of Computing
The Official Palm Blog:
Over 2 million Centros sold!
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Woman Admits File Sharing; Challenges Constitutionality Of Copyright Act
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Tracking Facebook's 2008 International Growth By Country
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Almost Ready for High Fives?
Discussion: CrunchGear
PC Magazine:
The Best (and Worst) Tech Support in America: VoIP
Discussion: DSLreports and FierceVoIP
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Facing Server Troubles and Downtime
Discussion: Ars Technica and Slyck
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download
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?
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Sirius And XM Now Sirius XM Radio Inc.; New Share Offering Priced
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
DNS cache poisoning attacks exploited in the wild
Discussion: webmonkey and BroadDev