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2:10 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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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Was Hasbro right to kill Scrabulous?
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Endgame: Scrabulous Gets Wiped Off Facebook
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and Know It All
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Facebook Kills Scrabulous, Makes Hasbro Look Stupid
Discussion: LIVEdigitally and Technologizer
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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft goes live with Mojave videos
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: OStatic blogs
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million  —  BT announced that it has acquired Silicon Valley based Ribbit for $105 million in cash.  On July 9 we reported that Ribbit executives were telling friends the deal was done while simultaneously denying it to the press.  One thing we got wrong was the price, though.
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  —  At long last Hewlett-Packard is stepping up with an answer to cloud computing by creating a partnership with two other big technology vendors and three universities to create a cloud computing testbed.  Through its R&D unit, HP Labs …
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...
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
T. Boone Pickens dumps Yahoo stake
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Video: Microsoft's Sphere display in action  —  In the video above, Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Research demonstrates Sphere.  Here's an advance look at the story I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper. — tb  —  Flat-panel displays might be all the rage, but at least in some situations …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Microsoft Multi-touch Sphere Plays 360-Degree Video, Trippiest Pong Game Ever
Discussion: DVICE, Electronista and OhGizmo!
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.
Discussion: Techland, Electronista and jkOnTheRun
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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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wanted: New Alcatel-Lucent leaders to fix merger debacle  —  Alcatel-Lucent said chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO Patricia Russo-the architects of the 2006 merger that formed the company-are out.  —  The Alcatel-Lucent merger hasn't gone so hot and both Tchuruk and Russo get the blame.
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alcatel-lucent.com:
Second quarter 2008 revenue in line with guidance - Full year 2008 outlook confirmed
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Woman Admits File Sharing; Challenges Constitutionality Of Copyright Act  —  A few years back, there was a research paper released that posited that the fines sought by the RIAA for copyright infringement were unconstitutional.  While this argument has been brought up in some court cases …
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, TeleRead and TechSpot
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 …
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Is Apple Revamping Its Laptop Line?  —  It's time to take a new look at MacBooks.  A step-up to multitouch screens starting at a nifty price would thrill consumers  —  Enough already about the health of Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs.  It's time to turn our attention to something more interesting …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
DNS cache poisoning attacks exploited in the wild  —  Numerous independent sources are starting to see evidence of DNS cache poisoning attempts on their local networks, in what appears to be an attempt to take advantage of the “recent” DNS cache poisoning vulnerability : … Surprised?
Discussion: webmonkey and Slashdot
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Palm Almost Ready for High Fives?  —  Palm  —  [PALM Loading...  () ] aims to change all that.  A tall order to be sure, but consider—as Palm CEO Ed Colligan does—that well over a billion handsets will sell globally this year, but only a small percentage of them are web-enabled …
Discussion: CrunchGear and PalmAddicts
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 now available for download  —  The first developer milestone of the next release of Firefox - code named Shiretoko Alpha 1 - is now available for download.  Shiretoko is built on pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.1 platform, which forms the core of rich internet applications such as Firefox.
 
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Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
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