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9:45 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 …
Simon Fluendy / Daily Mail:
Apple to launch the iPhone ‘nano’ in time for Christmas  —  Apple is about to launch a ‘nano’ version of the hugely successful iPhone.  It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas.  —  The product will be launched in the UK at up to £150 for pay-as-you-go customers by O2 …
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
Luigi Lugmayr / I4U News:
Supermarket Scale detects Fruits and Vegetables automatically  —  Some supermarkets make you weigh the fruits or vegetables you buy and put the printed sticker with the final price on the bag.  A new scale developed by a German Fraunhofer institute contracted by Mettler-Toledo is automatically finding …
Discussion: OhGizmo! and Gizmodo
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 and Digg
Samantha Gross / Associated Press:
With automated tagging, Web links can surprise  —  NEW YORK - It wasn't what anyone expected to see while perusing a news article.  —  But there, in the final paragraph of an online story about the call girl involved in the Eliot Spitzer scandal, Yahoo's automated system was inviting readers to browse through photos of underage girls.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Launch of Private Rocket Fails; Three Satellites Were Onboard  —  A privately funded rocket was lost on its way to space Saturday night, bringing a third failure in a row to an Internet multimillionaire's effort to create a market for low-cost space-delivery.
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
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
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
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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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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AppleInsider:
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Divide and Conquer  —  The news that Apple has extended …
Discussion: Robert Seidman
Allen Salkin / New York Times:
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Discussion: Beet.TV and MAKE Magazine
Adam Tow / Voices:
iPhoneDevCamp2  —  This weekend in San Francisco …
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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