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3:30 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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Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Popular Scrabulous Game Vanishes From Facebook  —  It's game over for Scrabulous; the popular Scrabble knockoff game on Facebook is no longer available as of this morning.  —  Facebook users who logged on to play the word puzzle game this morning instead got a message that it has been …
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
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  —  One of the Mojave participants talks about her Vista experience on the Mojave Experiment Web site, which went live on Tuesday.  —  (Credit: CNET News)  —  So I told you about Microsoft's Mojave Experiment last week.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Mojave Experiment goes live, doesn't fail to annoy
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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.
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
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 …
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
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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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
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
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
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 …
 
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Doug Ramsey / ucsdnews.ucsd.edu:
UC San Diego's GreenLight Project to Improve Energy Efficiency of Computing
Grant Gross / IDG News Service:
Most Sensitive Data on Government Laptops Unencrypted
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Jemima Kiss / PDA:
Bebo's latest expansion - into space
Joel Santo Domingo / PC Magazine:
Dell Studio Hybrid
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and SlashGear
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
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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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Facing Server Troubles and Downtime
Discussion: Slyck and Ars Technica
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: BroadDev and webmonkey