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6:00 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.
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Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Net Neutrality and Metered Broadband  —  Yesterday Chris Albrecht writing on GigaOM pointed out that NBC is warning users that it's Olympic download service is “not recommended for people with dialup or metered broadband Internet access (emphasis mine).”  Chris predicts “That is just a taste …
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
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
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) …
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
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
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
 
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Divide and Conquer  —  The news that Apple has extended …
Discussion: Robert Seidman
Matthew Paul Thomas:
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Discussion: Slashdot
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
Night Life Reprogrammed
Discussion: Beet.TV and MAKE Magazine
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
How to Get Out of a Cell Contract Without Paying an ETF in Many Not-So-Easy Steps
 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: TECH.BLORGE.com and DSLreports
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust
Discussion: paidContent.org