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1:05 AM ET, August 25, 2008


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Mark Franchetti / Times of London:
Russians dent Google's world domination  —  How a bunch of young upstarts humbled the search-engine giant  —  THE Russian mathematician was 24 years old when he first saw a personal computer, one of only a dozen in the whole Soviet Union.  That was in 1984.
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Google: “No Trespassing” signs won't stop Street View  —  Google has once again managed to stir up debate about the existence of privacy in our highly connected culture as it argues that the “No Trespassing” sign in your front yard is just for show.  —  Back in April, a Pittsburgh couple sued Google …
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Avenue A Deal Could Give WPP, Microsoft What They Really Want  —  But Estimated $800 Million Is a Far Cry From What Microsoft Paid  —  NEW YORK ( — Almost six months after the companies started talking, WPP and Microsoft have reopened talks that could have the software company unloading Avenue A/Razorfish.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Google's food perks on the chopping block  —  The image associated with this post is best viewed using a browser.There's no such thing as a free dinner.  A worker at Google tells us the company is taking evening meals off the menu: “Google has drastically cut back their budget on the culinary program.
Discussion: WebGuild
Fred / A VC:
Sometimes You Just Have To Walk Away  —  The title of this post is a line in a Damon Gough (aka Badly Drawn Boy) song that I heard on my bike ride this morning.  You can click on the black banner at the bottom of the screen and hear it play while you read this.
Ciaran / jaiku invites:
Jaiku is NOW on the Google App Engine  —  The long awaited move for Jaiku has finally begun.  Last night they took down the home page and took all services off-line and replaced them with this message ...  Now I can confirm that they have moved to the Google App Engine and will be hosted there when they come back up.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google finally ready to take Jaiku seriously?
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
Chris Cadelago / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wikimedia pegs future on education, not profit  —  Google has its Googleplex, Craigslist has a Victorian flat, and the seventh-most-popular Web site in the world has this: a 3,000-square-foot nondescript loft situated in San Francisco's South Park below Interstate 80.
Discussion: Infothought
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
An open-source approach to tracking stolen laptops  —  SEATTLE—Imagine your laptop is stolen.  —  Set aside for a second the likelihood that if it was you wouldn't be able to read this story and think instead about how you might go about tracking it down.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Post The Evidence Unless It Supports Your Case  —  For those of you not closely following the drama between social network platform Ning and a popular widget provider called WidgetLaboratory, you can read the background here.  On Friday Ning unceremoniously shut down their access to Ning, making all those widgets vanish.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI tech voting record  —  By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward …
Eric / Photography Bay:
Canon 50D Photos With 18-200mm IS Kit Lens  —  The Canon 50D has been revealed with an EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens option.  The image to the left is an official image from Canon, which appeared on this page from Canon Japan a third party site. … Below you will find more official images of the Canon 50D.
Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
Vudu Debunks Rumors of Demise  —  The developer of IP-based video on demand just laid off 15-20% of its work force and is changing some product strategies, but Vudu says it is ‘doing very well’  —  Rumors of Vudu's demise are greatly exaggerated ... if you believe Vudu.
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Uncovering The Dark Side of P4P
David OReilly:
iHologram update  —  *my hosts have taken down this site …
PC Pro:
NVISION: Larrabee “like a GPU from 2006”
Discussion: Speeds and feeds and Slashdot
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Zivity Removes User Age Verification; Aims To Increase Member Numbers?
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Rogers BlackBerry Bold 9000 Video Unboxing
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Stein / New York Times:
Connected, Yes, but Hermetically Sealed
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Shareholders Disgusted With Yahoo! Board
Michael Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Turning Point for Touch Screens
Aza Raskin / Aza's Thoughts:
Firefox 3.1 Proposal: Tabs in the Awesome Bar
Discussion: Mozilla Links and Labnotes
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Newegg Stops Collecting NY Sales Tax