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10:36 PM ET, August 17, 2008

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amid Conference Halls and Keynote Speakers, a Rivalry Forms  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A frequent ritual of Silicon Valley is the money-making gathering known as the technology conference, where investors, entrepreneurs and industry executives come together to strike deals, catch up on trends and engage in some nonvirtual networking.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SportsFanLive: It's Like Netvibes For Sports  —  If you go to any of the major sports sites on the Web—ESPN.com, Yahoo Sports,, Sports Illustrated—you'll find pretty much the same thing: a picture of Michael Phelps, Olympics coverage, and maybe some fantasy baseball.
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
New Web Site Aims to Be Facebook for Sports Fans  —  David Katz is heading into a Web site battle against Internet sports powerhouses like the ones run by ESPN, Yahoo, Fox Sports, Major League Baseball and AOL.  —  At least he knows the enemy.  —  By the time Mr. Katz left Yahoo at the end …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Don Day / Lost Remote:
The battle for local: The players  —  With LR's new focus, I wanted to lay out the landscape in “the battle for local” - and look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of each.  —  Local TV  —  In most markets, four to eight television stations compete for on-air revenue.
Fred / A VC:
Constraints and Rules  —  I believe web services benefit from doing less, not more.  I believe that allowing the users to stitch web apps together to get increased functionality is better than a web service trying to do everything for everyone.  The Facebook app ecosystem is one proof point of this approach.
Discussion: Tom Hume
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Perhaps Pandora Must Be Our Sacrificial Lamb
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CNN Doesn't Include Spoiler Alert In Tweets, Twitter Users Say It Ruined Olympics  —  The American media has been obsessively covering Michael Phelps on his quest to win eight gold medals this Olympiad - a feat that has never been accomplished.  Up until now he has been perfect …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Serving 3 Brands: Burger King, Google and Seth MacFarlane  —  The creative types whose minds give birth to television shows and movies typically disdain the overt blending of advertising messages with their work.  But Burger King found one who doesn't seem to mind.  In fact, he even agreed to create the ads.
Vint Cerf / Guardian:
If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age  —  A founding father of the web says it's come a long way, but its potential for worldwide change can and will be greater still  —  The internet is still very young.  It was only November 1977 when a group …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
David Hasselhoff Creates His Own Myspace for Fans  —  People are definitely beginning to understand just how crazy social networks are getting.  Facebook, Myspace, Bebo and many more are taking off and taking the world by storm.  With plenty of tools to create your own social network …
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
David / TmoNews:
Samsung fans unite!  —  Usually when Samsung announces a T-mobile launch the world hardly takes notice.  T-mobile fans yawn and hope for something better in the future, you know something that doesn't have a VGA camera.  Well sports fans, here we go, Samsung actually has something good in store for us.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Explaining REST to Damien Katz  —  Damien Katz recently caused a stir on a bunch of the blogs I read with his post entitled REST, I just don't get it where he wrote … His post made the rounds on the expected social news sites like programming.reddit and Hacker News, where I was amused …
Discussion: Scripting News
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Let a hundred Facebooks bloom  —  Om Malik posted recently on something I've been thinking about a lot: namely, the tension between one-size-fits-all social networks such as Facebook and a more personalized approach using blogs and tools such as Moveable Type and Wordpress …
Discussion: bijan sabet
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Usniff, Torrent Search Made Easy  —  BitTorrent's popularity is increasing with new sites seemingly launched every day.  Usniff is one such site, offering a fast real-time torrent search engine where users can search four of the most popular BitTorrent sites.
 
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