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4:35 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 …
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 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
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.
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: Loic Le Meur Blog
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.
Discussion: Digg
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Fox News Joins a Social Network, but Not Its Parent's Site  —  Fox News Channel wants more friends.  But instead of reaching out on the News Corporation's own social network, MySpace, the cable news channel is choosing to network on the site's chief rival, Facebook.
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Forget HD DVD: Toshiba focuses on plain old DVD  —  NEW YORK - After losing out in the battle to define the high-definition successor of the DVD, Toshiba Corp. has turned its attention to the next best thing: the DVD.  —  On Monday, the Japanese electronics company is releasing a new DVD player …
Discussion: Engadget
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.
David Einstein / San Francisco Chronicle:
ID-theft protection programs a waste of money  —  Q: I'm concerned about potential identity theft, especially because I shop and do my banking online.  Would you recommend signing up for an identity-theft protection program such as LifeLock?  —  A: As the cartoon character Betty Boop once sang, “No, no, a thousand times no!”
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 …
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David / Signal vs. Noise:
Trust customers over VCs
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
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Serving 3 Brands: Burger King, Google and Seth MacFarlane
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Usniff, Torrent Search Made Easy
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
David Hasselhoff Creates His Own Myspace for Fans
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
At School, Technology Starts to Turn a Corner
 Earlier Items: 
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Let a hundred Facebooks bloom
David / TmoNews:
Samsung fans unite!
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
CNN Doesn't Include Spoiler Alert In Tweets, Twitter Users Say It Ruined Olympics
Michiko Kakutani / New York Times:
Is Jon Stewart the Most Trusted Man in America?
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