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1:15 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  —  Long outplayed by two Indian brothers, Hasbro finally delivers a massive counter blow to Scrabulous, one of the most loved games on Facebook.  Scrabulous fans in North America will see the following message when they try to play the game:
Discussion: Know It All
Don Reisinger / Mashable!:
Facebook Kills Scrabulous, Makes Hasbro Look Stupid  —  According to the NY Times, Facebook has officially killed Scrabulous, the world's most popular Scrabble look-a-like and one of the most popular applications on the entire service.  —  When you click on the Scrabulous link …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Scrabulous’ disappears from Facebook after Hasbro suit  —  Facebook users in the U.S. and Canada can no longer access Scrabulous, the faux-Scrabble game that quickly became one of the most popular applications on its developer platform.  —  This was done independently on behalf of the Scrabulous creators …
Discussion: All Facebook and Raph's Website
Om Malik / GigaOM:
British Telecom Buys Ribbit  —  British Telecom has acquired Silicon Valley-based Ribbit for roughly $105 million, according to various news outlets.  Rumors of the deal first emerged on Venturebeat, though company officials vociferously denied any deal.  Our sources say that the delays were mostly due to internal issues at Ribbit.
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
BT guns for Android and Skype with Ribbit buy  —  BT has bought Internet telephony company Ribbit, in a move that will bring the communications giant up against competitors ranging from Skype to Google's Android platform.  —  In the deal, announced Tuesday, BT has agreed to pay $105 million …
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Communications …
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
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
BT Acquires Ribbit For $105 Million
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BTplc.com:
BT acquires Ribbit
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and broadstuff
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pickens rips Yahoo management, says he dumped shares at a loss
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   T. Boone Pickens dumps Yahoo stake
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.
Discussion: Computerworld and deal architect
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alcatel-lucent.com:
Second quarter 2008 revenue in line with guidance - Full year 2008 outlook confirmed
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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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 …
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, OhGizmo! and Electronista
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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
 
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