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11:40 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: WebProNews, Beyond Search and Mashable!
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Business Wire:
GraphOn Files Lawsuit against Google for Patent Infringement  —  SANTA CRUZ, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—GraphOn Corporation (OTCBB: GOJO - News), a leading worldwide developer of server-based application publishing and Web-enabling software solutions, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit …
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
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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Richard Wray / Guardian:   Web networking: MySpace invader does business
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 …
Discussion: Datamation and Know It All
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Pushes White Space, Says Free The AirWaves  —  Today, Google is launching a new advocacy campaign, Free The Airwaves, an effort by the company to get some traction around white spaces, the tiny slivers of spectrum that resides in the 700 MHz band vacated by analog television's switch to digital transmissions.
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Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
FCC to Decide in Battle for TV Spectrum  —  As Google, Others Push for Sharing, Broadcasters Fret  —  Landover, Md. — After eight months of testing, a plan to employ unused TV channels to provide cheap, high-speed wireless Internet networks still faces determined opposition and an uncertain future.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC Dream FCC approved, Android clear for launch?  —  The long rumored HTC Dream handset — once referred to as “The Googlephone” — just received FCC approval.  The handset is listed as type, “Dream' with a model of “DREA100.  ” The same model also appears with a WiFi Interoperability Certificate touting 802.11b/g WiFi.
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
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.
Discussion: JasonKolb.com
Randall Kennedy / Windows Sentinel:
Bursting the Vista sales bubble  —  Our Windows Sentinel tracking data shows that 35 percent of mainly enterprise-class users “downgrade” their Vista systems to XP  —  For weeks now there've been rumors that major PC makers, like Hewlett-Packard, have been quietly selling PCs with a Vista license …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
‘Subtle but noticeable’: Toshiba XD-E500 upconverting DVD player  —  Toshiba may be out of the high definition disc war altogether (not that many people are participating anyway), but it knows there's plenty of life left in plain ol' DVD.  To that end the company has been showing off its $150 XD-E500 …
Discussion: TG Daily and Electronista
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Evolution of DRM: streaming services use unencrypted MP3s  —  For the music industry, DRM might have started out being an antipiracy measure, but these days, it's becoming increasingly clear that it's used by the labels as a way of manipulating the market.  The labels have largely prevented Apple …
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
AC/DC to Sell New Album Only Through Wal-Mart  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said rock band AC/DC will sell its new album exclusively at namesake and Sam's Club locations in the U.S.  —  The move — which makes the veteran rockers the latest artist to sell a new album only through Wal-Mart …
 
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New York Times:
A Surprise Winner at the Olympic Games in Beijing: NBC
Dan Woods / Forbes:
Open Source Goes Mainstream
Discussion: Open Source
Bill Gaffney / Gaffney3.com:
Wordle as an online marketing and seo tool
BBC:
Clipboards hijacked in web attack
Discussion: Technology Live
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Pandora can't make money, may pull the plug
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
Findability is a Legitimate Concern for Bloggers
Christopher MacManus / Sony Insider:
NWZ-E435, NWZ-E436, NWZ-E438 Appears On Sony's New Zealand Website
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
EA revises Take-Two acquisition offer, again
 Earlier Items: 
Scott Thill / Listening Post:
Happy Birthday, Compact Disc. Now Go Away
Steve Johnson / Chicago Tribune:
Cyberstar  —  Adrian Holovaty is as red-hot as a techie can get.
TechCrunch UK:
Aiming your startup at the US - without leaving the UK
Discussion: PDA
BBC:
Archives aided by anti-spam tools
Discussion: CrunchGear
Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
Opinion: How RIM can stop the iPhone onslaught
Ethan / ...My heart's in Accra:
Misunderstanding cyberwar  —  There's nothing like the term …
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