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6:40 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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Trulia Upgrades Make Real Estate Personal with News Feed Features  —  While Trulia began as an online resource for home buyers and others interested in the ever-changing real estate market, its recent developments have starte to drill down heavily into personalization capabilities.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat and ben barren
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Google finally ready to take Jaiku seriously?  —  When Google bought Jaiku in October of last year, there was some thought that it would overtake Twitter as the go-to lifestreaming/status update site of choice on the Internet.  Instead, Google completely and utterly neglected the service …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
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AppleInsider:
Apple developers get new builds of Safari 4, Mac OS X 10.5.5
Discussion: MacRumors and Digg
Julie Jacobson / CE Pro:
Vudu Debunks Rumors of Demise
Fred / A VC:
Sometimes You Just Have To Walk Away
Discussion: Howard Lindzon
Eric / Photography Bay:
Canon 50D Photos With 18-200mm IS Kit Lens
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
An open-source approach to tracking stolen laptops
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Uncovering The Dark Side of P4P
 Earlier Items: 
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?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Post The Evidence Unless It Supports Your Case
Ben Stein / New York Times:
Connected, Yes, but Hermetically Sealed
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
Joe Biden's pro-RIAA, pro-FBI tech voting record