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1:40 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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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 …
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
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
‘Scrabulous’ disappears from Facebook after Hasbro suit
Discussion: All Facebook and Raph's Website
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.
BTplc.com:
BT acquires Ribbit
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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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 …
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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...
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:   T. Boone Pickens dumps Yahoo stake
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 …
PR Newswire:
Alcatel-Lucent Announces Chairman Serge Tchuruk and CEO Pat Russo to Step Down  —  Board to Commence Search for New CEO  —  CEO Russo to Remain at Helm Until Successor is Named to Ensure Business Continuity  —  Board of Directors Announces Plans to Reorganize and Change Composition
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alcatel-lucent.com:
Second quarter 2008 revenue in line with guidance - Full year 2008 outlook confirmed
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 …
Discussion: p2pnet, TeleRead, TechSpot and ReadWriteWeb
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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Adobe:
Adobe Releases Photoshop Lightroom 2
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The Official Palm Blog:
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone apps: 1,001 and counting
Discussion: Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Microsoft:
MSN Direct Enables Web Sites to Deliver Location Information …
Discussion: LiveSide and jkOnTheRun
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Tracking Facebook's 2008 International Growth By Country
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
No Longer Young, Nick at Nite Plans to Show It Can Be Nimble
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Upcoming iPhone application MagicPad includes copy/paste
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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Discussion: Ars Technica and Digg
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: Boy Genius Report
John Ribeiro / IDG News Service:
India Developing US$10 Laptop
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
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