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8:05 AM ET, August 18, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pouring Our Heart Into TechCrunch50  —  TechCrunch50, where fifty new startups (give or take) will launch, is less than a month away.  The conference team is fried after reviewing over 1,000 applications from companies preparing to launch.  We've been interviewing these startups for weeks …
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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.
Discussion: uLiken Media
TechCrunch UK:
Aiming your startup at the US - without leaving the UK  —  Four guys in Edinburgh now run a site aimed entirely at the US.  Even the UK section of the site appears under “International”.  What have they learnt?  The following is a guest post by Nigel Eccles, co-founder and CEO of Hubdub, the prediction trading game.
Discussion: PDA
TechCrunch50:
TechCrunch50. It's like TechCrunch40, but better!
Discussion: TheRealBennyLava
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.
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
cloud computing - lowercase, please.  hold the (TM)  —  Feel free to approach a co-worker at the Red Bull station this morning and casually ask: “So, did you do any cloud computing over the weekend?”  OK, maybe that ice-breaker won't get you invited to happy hour with the cool crew from HR …
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Ben Kunz / Business Week:
The Trouble with Twitter  —  Don't be surprised to see advertising on Twitter soon.  It's about the only way the service can generate revenue.  But will it be enough?  —  Twitter's business model is starting to show.  An early sign came in April, when the popular microblogging service launched …
Discussion: broadstuff and Loic Le Meur Blog
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
BBC:
Archives aided by anti-spam tools  —  Crumbling texts and books are being digitised thanks to anti-spam tools.  —  To thwart spammers many websites force visitors to transcribe obscured words or characters before they get access.  —  Now instead of random words many sites are taking text …
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Misunderstanding cyberwar  —  There's nothing like the term “cyberwar” to capture a reader's attention.  For those who grew up on “Wargames”, “Sneakers” or William Gibson novels, the term conjures up images of heroic hackers in shadowy basements, frantically tapping on keyboards in a life …
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.
Discussion: Digg
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: How RIM can stop the iPhone onslaught  —  Since the iPhone was first released last year, analysts and consumers alike wondered how long it would take before RIM was forced to react.  But it wasn't until Apple announced 3G connectivity, and third-party apps, along with push email …
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Cyberstar  —  Adrian Holovaty is as red-hot as a techie can get.  His EveryBlock.com tells you all about your neighborhood-including who's taking bribes.  —  In its day-to-day workings, EveryBlock.com, Adrian Holovaty's Web 2.0 startup, is about as far from colorful as a business can get.
 
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David Einstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
ID-theft protection programs a waste of money
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Forget HD DVD: Toshiba focuses on plain old DVD
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Joins a Social Network, but Not Its Parent's Site
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
We're running out of IPv4 addresses. Time for IPv6. Really.
Discussion: Digg
Todd Bishop / San Francisco Chronicle:
Microsoft Money to be sold online only
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Topic Pages to Be Hub of New BusinessWeek Site
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jason Perlow / Tech Broiler:
Limelight Networks: Why the Olympics didn't ‘Melt’ the Internet
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
 Earlier Items: 
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Serving 3 Brands: Burger King, Google and Seth MacFarlane
Don Day / Lost Remote:
The battle for local: The players
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Usniff, Torrent Search Made Easy
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
David Hasselhoff Creates His Own Myspace for Fans
Discussion: The Next Web and Pulse 2.0
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At School, Technology Starts to Turn a Corner
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CNN Doesn't Include Spoiler Alert In Tweets, Twitter Users Say It Ruined Olympics
Vint Cerf / Guardian:
If you thought the internet was cool, wait until it goes space age
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Slashdot