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8:25 AM ET, August 25, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Can You Guess Which Facebook App Is Making A Million Dollars A Month?  —  Facebook is a famously difficult place to make money.  Despite the popularity of the social network, most ads go for pennies per thousand impressions (CPMs).  Even Social Media, a Facebook ad network that is able …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Sarah Halzack / Washington Post:
Marketing Moves to the Blogosphere  —  Business Model Shifts to Engage Customers Online  —  Jason Calacanis, who got into blogging early and big, has quit.  —  He co-founded a network of blogs called Weblogs in 2003, before the medium cracked the mainstream, and then sold it to AOL in 2005, working there until 2007.
Discussion: The Blog Herald
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Wired.com's iPhone 3G Survey Reveals Network Weaknesses  —  Wired.com's survey of iPhone 3G users' suggests that widespread data speed problems have more to do with carriers' networks than with Apple's handsets.  —  Recently Wired.com asked iPhone 3G users all around the world to participate in a study …
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.
Brian McConnell / GigaOM:
What Obama's Text Message Campaign Reveals  —  Barack Obama's now-famous text-message announcement of his VP pick reveals something about the candidate that should really worry the Republicans.  What it reveals is not that he's a smart technologist.  If he was, he would have known …
Discussion: Between the Lines
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Whoops!  L.A. Times' 2008 ‘Dewey Defeats Truman’ moment  —  Excerpt from the Los Angeles Times' Web site on Saturday showing multiple stories prepared in advance, analyzing different Democratic vice-presidential picks.  —  News flash!  Barack Obama has actually chosen his former arch-rival …
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 (AdAge.com) — Almost six months after the companies started talking, WPP and Microsoft have reopened talks that could have the software company unloading Avenue A/Razorfish.
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 …
Discussion: CNET News.com, TECH.BLORGE.com and Digg
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Howard Lindzon
Iain S Bruce / Scotland Sunday Herald:
Revealed: 8 million victims in the world's biggest cyber heist  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sunday Herald uncovers theft of data from every guest in 1300 Best Western Hotels in past 12 months  —  AN INTERNATIONAL criminal gang has pulled off one of the most audacious cyber-crimes ever and stolen …
Discussion: DailyTech and Slashdot
Business Week:
Computer Hardware: Recession-Proof?  —  Demand for PCs is holding up even as the U.S. economy slumps, says S&P analyst Tom Smith  —  When the U.S. economy slumps, computer and other hardware sales usually follow suit.  That's not happening this year.  “It's surprising that PC sales have held up …
Maths / Music 2.0:
Will the Real Apple Please Stand Up in China?  —  Recent actions by Apple in and related to China have highlighted a conflicted approach especially with regards to the music business namely that of Apple's retail push of its iPod, and its Songs for Tibet album promotion initiative.  —  Songs for Tibet on iTunes
 
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Web Audience for Games Soars for NBC and Yahoo
Discussion: Gawker and Beet.TV
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Trulia Upgrades Make Real Estate Personal with News Feed Features
Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
Vudu Debunks Rumors of Demise
Chris Cadelago / San Francisco Chronicle:
Wikimedia pegs future on education, not profit
Discussion: Infothought
Eric / Photography Bay:
Canon 50D Photos With 18-200mm IS Kit Lens
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google finally ready to take Jaiku seriously?
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
An open-source approach to tracking stolen laptops
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Uncovering The Dark Side of P4P
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
PC Pro:
NVISION: Larrabee “like a GPU from 2006”
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Post The Evidence Unless It Supports Your Case
Mark Franchetti / Times of London:
Russians dent Google's world domination
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI tech voting record