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10:00 AM ET, August 3, 2008

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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.”
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.
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  —  Tacoda, the well-known ad network company which offers relatively high rates to publishers to place advertisements automatically on their Web pages, is officially shutting down.  —  The entity, recently bought by AOL …
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
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: ben barren
Tom Corelis / DailyTech:
Porn Industry Learns from RIAA Tactics, Targets Web Sites Instead  —  Pornographers band together under The PAK Group to take on smut pirates  —  Apparently fed up with the lack of progress and high expense of attacking individual file sharers, porn industry leader Jason Tucker announced …
Zephoria / apophenia:
knol: content w/out context, collaboration, capital, or coruscation  —  Isaac Newton famously stated, “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”  This metaphor is commonly used to highlight the way that knowledge is not a single-author process.
Discussion: Beyond Search
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Personalized News Site Bites The Dust  —  When Thoof launched in July 2007 a lot of people gave it a good chance of success despite the fact that it was entering into the dreaded personalized news space.  Sure, the market was littered with failed startups, but Thoof was founded …
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Eric Goldman / CircleID:
June Court Decision Detrimental to Domaining Practices
Reuters:
UBS cuts ValueClick's price target to $13, shares fall
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Deborah Gage / San Francisco Chronicle:
Voting machine gets LinuxWorld tryout
J. Nicholas Hoover / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Calls Firefox Competitor To Windows
Steven Schwankert / IDG News Service:
Alibaba: ‘We Will Do Things Our Own Way’
Discussion: Startup Meme
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
iPhone Calendar Syncing
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Technovia
 Earlier Items: 
Lumo / The Reference Frame:
Fix: IE7 with Sitemeter: Operation aborted
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Mobile Web Wars Videos: Does Anybody Care About Android?
Rob Cottingham / ReadWriteWeb:
Tag Clouds R.I.P.?
Discussion: Network(ed)News and HighTouch
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What Should Exxon Do About Twitter? Absolutely Nothing
Discussion: TechBlog, Web Strategy and WinExtra
The Technium:
People Want To Pay  —  Yes, everything will be free …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Don't Want to Talk About It? Order a Missed Call