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12:55 AM ET, August 18, 2008

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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 …
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.
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
A crumbling tower: Sony lays siege to the 360's weak spots  —  It wouldn't be accurate to say that the sky is falling for Microsoft's one and only gaming console, the 360, but it may be time to look at what the company is doing right... and where it's going wrong.
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.
Smashing Magazine:
10 Futuristic User Interfaces  —  Good user interfaces are crucial for good user experience.  It doesn't matter how good a technology is — if we, designers, don't manage to make user interface as intuitive and attractive as possible, the technology will hardly reach a breakthrough.
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Limelight Networks: Why the Olympics didn't ‘Melt’ the Internet  —  I admit it, even I was skeptical.  When I received the first demonstration of the Silverlight plugin and the NBCOlympics.com web site back in March of this year at the 2008 Microsoft Technology Summit, where a group …
Discussion: Slashdot
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Topic Pages to Be Hub of New BusinessWeek Site  —  With advertising revenue sliding, publications try a lot of things online to get noticed, like — pardon the jargon — verticals, aggregation, user-generated content, popularity rankings and even something resembling social networks.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft Money to be sold online only  —  The tradition of walking into a store and picking software from the shelf already seems to some PC users as old-fashioned as sitting down and ordering a drink from a drug store soda fountain.  —  In this era of high-speed Internet access …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
We're running out of IPv4 addresses.  Time for IPv6.  Really.  —  A little over a year ago, I wrote an article about the IPv4 address consumption with the subtitle IPv4 Address Space: 2.46 Billion Down, 1.25 Billion to Go.  A week ago, we reached the magic number of 2.7 billion IPv4 addresses used.
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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Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
David Hasselhoff Creates His Own Myspace for Fans
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Verizon:
Verizon Again Delivers One-of-a-Kind NFL Network Experience …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At School, Technology Starts to Turn a Corner
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Let a hundred Facebooks bloom
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 Earlier Items: 
David / TmoNews:
Samsung fans unite!
Vint Cerf / Guardian:
If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Explaining REST to Damien Katz
Discussion: Scripting News
G. Pascal Zachary / New York Times:
Digital Designers Rediscover Their Hands
Discussion: Slashdot and Imaging Insider
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
LA Times Names Former DirecTV Head Hartenstein As Publisher …