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5:30 PM ET, August 3, 2008

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Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:
Warning Sign: Metered Broadband Already a Hassle  —  We've talked before that metered access is a boneheaded idea that is bad for innovation, bad for Microsoft and Google, and ultimately bad for you.  Until today, the idea seemed like an eventuality, not an immediate reality.
Fred / A VC:
Venture Fund Economics: Gross and Net Returns  —  The comments on my initial post on this topic went right at the VC's compensation - management fees and carry - and their impact on returns.  So at Ken Berger's suggestion, I will change my planned post for today and address the issue head on.
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Steve Johnson / E-Commerce Times:
Television's Future Could Be ‘Horrible’ … Song, Dance and Destruction  —  Made by Whedon and many of his regulars during his frustration with the writers strike, the tale of a hapless villain/song-and-dance man sparkles with all the knowing pop culture glory of “Buffy.”
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
Startups bring Web 2.0 to Chinese masses  —  Two summers ago, Tudou CEO Gary Wang handed cans of spray paint to his workers and told them to go wild.  —  They coated the office's white walls with bold colors, doodling happy faces, hearts, paw prints and high-tech terms like “Java” and “Ajax.”
Discussion: Sean Percival's Blog
Adam B. Kushner / Newsweek:
This Bug Man Is a Pest  —  George Ledin teaches students how to write viruses, and it makes computer-security software firms sick.  —  The Virus Professor … In a windowless underground computer lab in California, young men are busy cooking up viruses, spam and other plagues of the computer age.
Discussion: Digg
David Rothman / TeleRead:
Lesson for Kindle fans and other e-bookers?  ‘What if Apple stopped issuing DRM keys?’  Same danger?  —  Paul Biba, a valued TeleBlog contributor, was spot on when he praised the Kindle's easy of use.  —  No need for geekdom.  No transfers from your PC.  You use the Kindle to shop for books and download them, not just read 'em.
Discussion: Technovia and CNET News.com
Serkan Toto / TechCrunch:
Taking social networks abroad - Why MySpace and Facebook are failing in Japan  —  Sized at an estimated $5.6 billion in 2007, Japan boasts one of the biggest online advertising markets in the world - a huge potential just waiting to be tapped by foreign social networks.
Discussion: New York Times
Adam Tow / Voices:
iPhoneDevCamp2  —  This weekend in San Francisco, the second annual iPhoneDevCamp2 is underway.  Whereas the first confab focused primarily on Web applications, this one has a definite native application flavor, thanks in large part to the fact that the iPhone software development kit (SDK) …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Sites to Replace Google Page Creator  —  Google Pages is still a part of Google Labs but this web page creator software will never get a chance to graduate from labs as it is getting replaced by Google Sites - a new product similar to Google Pages but with a wiki.
Discussion: Download Squad
AppleInsider:
Ten step guide to sharing your iPhone's connection with NetShare  —  A tiny company called Nullriver today released what is arguably one of the most useful iPhone applications to date: NetShare.  With a tiny bit of configuring, the $10 software allows you to share your iPhone's EDGE …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL's Tacoda To Terminate Inventory Contracts With Publishers; Clarizio: ‘Expanding, Not Shuttering’  —  AOL (NYSE: TWX) behavioral targeting unit Tacoda will terminate the existing inventory contracts with web publishers within 30 days, the company said in e-mail to clients last week.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AOL shutters Tacoda, forces customers into low-end Ad.com
Discussion: CenterNetworks
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
End of the Blog  —  I have decided to end the blog, after doing around 800 postings over about 4 years.  I regret closing the blog and I owe readers an explanation.  There are two reasons.  —  1. The Inability or Refusal to Accept the Blog for What it is: A Personal Blog
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
How to Get Out of a Cell Contract Without Paying an ETF in Many Not-So-Easy Steps  —  If you try to get out of your cellphone contract without paying one of those blasted (and newly illegal in California) early termination fees, you're going to need a meticulously planned and researched counterargument for everything they throw at you.
 
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Divide and Conquer  —  The news that Apple has extended …
Discussion: Robert Seidman
Matthew Paul Thomas:
Why Free Software has poor usability, and how to improve it
Discussion: Slashdot
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Night Life Reprogrammed
Discussion: Beet.TV and MAKE Magazine
Eric Goldman / CircleID:
June Court Decision Detrimental to Domaining Practices
 Earlier Items: 
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Calls Firefox Competitor To Windows
Discussion: Between the Lines
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Still Searching for, Well, Yahoo
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Porn Industry Learns from RIAA Tactics, Targets Web Sites Instead
Discussion: DSLreports and TECH.BLORGE.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust
Discussion: paidContent.org