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10:05 AM ET, August 18, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Maintain an automated networked database?  GraphOn wants to sue you  —  GraphOn is suing Google for patent infringement and the company appears to be doing a nice imitation of NTP, the company that made its name by suing Research in Motion.  GraphOn is going for gold in the patent troll Olympics.
Discussion: Mashable! and Beyond Search
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CNET News.com:
GraphOn files patent suit against Google  —  The suit alleges that Google's Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites, and YouTube services infringe on database-related patents.  —  (Posted in Digital Media by Margaret Kane)  —  Site aims to be Facebook for sports fans
Discussion: Webware.com
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
Discussion: The Blog Herald
TechCrunch50:   TechCrunch50. It's like TechCrunch40, but better!
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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Sam Johnston:
Dell Denied: ‘Cloud Computing’ both desciptive and generic  —  USPTO have already denied Dell's cloud computing trademark application: … This all sounds fairly harmless but the argument presented is solid - its no wonder it's taken them a few days to put together.
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.
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 3G Connectivity Affecting 2% of Customers?  Software Fix Soon?  —  One MacRumors reader claims to have received a response from Steve Jobs after emailing in a complaint about the current iPhone 3G connectivity issues that have been widely reported.  —  According to the email response …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and I4U News
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
EA revises Take-Two acquisition offer, again  —  Spore isn't the only thing on Electronic Arts' mind.  It still wants Take-Two Interactive.  —  On Monday, CEO John Riccitiello sent an open letter to Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick saying that the company's existing offer to acquire …
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 …
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
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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Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
Findability is a Legitimate Concern for Bloggers
Wall Street Journal:
AC/DC to Sell New Album Only Through Wal-Mart
Scott Thill / Listening Post:
Happy Birthday, Compact Disc. Now Go Away
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Web networking: MySpace invader does business
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Cyberstar  —  Adrian Holovaty is as red-hot as a techie can get.
BBC:
Archives aided by anti-spam tools
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Joins a Social Network, but Not Its Parent's Site
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
A crumbling tower: Sony lays siege to the 360's weak spots
Discussion: Digg
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
We're running out of IPv4 addresses. Time for IPv6. Really.
Discussion: TechBlog and 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
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Serving 3 Brands: Burger King, Google and Seth MacFarlane
Don Day / Lost Remote:
The battle for local: The players