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4:30 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.
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.”
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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Fred / A VC:
Venture Fund Economics  —  When I write about venture fund returns, there are always comments and questions that lead me to believe that the economics of a venture fund are not well understood.  And since most of the readers and commenters on this blog are people who work in the startup ecosystem …
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 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) …
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
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
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.
Kaiser Kuo / Ogilvy China Digital Watch:
Guest Post from Podcaster Steven Lin  —  Steven Lin is a senior editor at Sohu.com and one of the founders of the excellent Chinese podcast Antiwave.  The other day, at a BCG conference, I got to talking with Veronica Wu from Apple Asia, and one of the topics of our discussion …
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Is Still Searching for, Well, Yahoo  —  JERRY YANG, the soft-spoken chief executive of Yahoo, rarely becomes animated, at least in public.  But ask him about his company's lackluster performance over the past year, and he will begin to pound the table — albeit ever so lightly — punctuating his answer with a dose of impatience.
 
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Divide and Conquer  —  The news that Apple has extended …
Discussion: Robert Seidman and Dembot
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
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Calls Firefox Competitor To Windows
Discussion: Between the Lines
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Alibaba: ‘We Will Do Things Our Own Way’
Discussion: Startup Meme
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
Zephoria / apophenia:
knol: content w/out context, collaboration, capital, or coruscation
Discussion: Beyond Search
Rob Cottingham / ReadWriteWeb:
Tag Clouds R.I.P.?
Discussion: Network(ed)News and HighTouch