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10:30 PM ET, August 29, 2008

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Hakon Lie / The Register:
Microsoft breaks IE8 interoperability promise  —  Microsoft said the right things, then blew it  —  Comment In March, Microsoft announced that their upcoming Internet Explorer 8 would: “use its most standards compliant mode, IE8 Standards, as the default.”  —  Note the last word: default.
Discussion: webmonkey and Brandon Live!
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Opera grasps at straws with latest IE criticism  —  Let me say from the outset that I was not a fan of Opera Software's antitrust sabre-rattling a few months back over Microsoft's lack of standards compliancy with its browser.  But Opera's latest complaints about Internet Explorer (IE) …
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Inside India's CAPTCHA solving economy  —  No CAPTCHA can survive a human that's receiving financial incentives for solving it, and with an army of low-waged human CAPTCHA solvers officially in the business of “data processing” while earning a mere $2 for solving a thousand CAPTCHA's …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Memo To Comcast: Show Us the Meter for Metered Broadband  —  Comcast is out defending its bandwidth caps and how they are not bad.  And how 250 GB transfer is plenty and enough to do whatever we want to do.  Of course, in today's terms that is more than enough, but what happens in the future?
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Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
More tidbits on the new Comcast cap (updated)  —  Thursday's news about the upcoming 250 GB monthly cap for Comcast data subscribers left some questions unanswered.  I shot a few of my own, as well as some from readers over to Comcast to get them answered.  These are mostly items …
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Goodbye, BitTorrent. Hello, Streaming.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
8+ Hour iPhone Sync Timelapse Video (AKA Be Thankful For Your “Short” Two Hour Sync)  —  When I complained on Twitter about a 2 hour iPhone sync, Giz reader Brandon Lusk told me I was lucky.  He had a much longer sync, sometimes over 6 hours.  I called bulls**t.
Discussion: PalmAddicts and Tech Blog
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google to buy GeoEye satellite imagery  —  Google has signed a deal under which GeoEye will supply the search giant with imagery from a satellite due to launch in coming days, the companies said.  —  Under the deal, Google is the exclusive online mapping site that may use the imagery …
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Rumor: Apple and AT&T Developing iPhone Tethering Plan  —  According to a pretty legitimate-looking email thread from one of our readers, Steve Jobs may have responded to complaints that, since the pulling of NetShare from the App Store, iPhone-to-laptop tethering is impossible without jailbreaking one's phone.
Paul Boutin / Valleywag:
VPILF.com is already live  —  The Internet can agree on this much: John McCain's new running mate, former Miss Alaska runner-up Sarah Palin, sure is purty, as documented on freshly launched website VPILF.com.  If you don't get what the “ILF” after “VP” stands for, go watch American Pie again.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Study: spammers mind their Ps, forget about the Qs  —  E-mail addresses with common names—and addresses that begin with common letters—are much more likely to receive spam than those with uncommon names and letters.  That's what Cambridge University researcher Richard Clayton has detailed in his new paper …
Discussion: WebProNews
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Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
An A to Z of confusion  —  A few days ago I blogged about my paper …
Discussion: The Register and Macworld
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google's Android Market: cathedral or bazaar?  —  After months of silence, Google is rapidly pushing its Linux-based Android mobile platform towards the finish line in preparation for a big fourth quarter launch.  The recent SDK beta release offers a compelling look into what users can expect …
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Greg Atwan / 02138mag.com:
Aaron Sorkin and Ben Mezrich Are Now Friends.  —  It turns out the Aaron Sorkin Facebook movie is also the Ben Mezrich Facebook movie.  —  The Sorkin project (with producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures Entertainment) has created a media buzz since its recent disclosure on Facebook.
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Report: Facebook screenplay based on book
Discussion: Valleywag and Texas Startup Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ashton Kutcher Is Pretty Excited To Launch Blah Girls At TechCrunch50  —  TechCrunch50 is just a week and a half away.  The list of presenting companies is kept strictly confidential until the day of the event to ensure maximum audience attention.  But we're making one exception this year.
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Gavin Shearer / Mac Mojo:
Solver For Excel 2008 Is Available!  —  What's that?  —  What's that you say?  —  You said you want to spend your Labor Day weekend creating exotic, elaborate optimization models with Excel 2008?  —  You said, “If only Solver was available for Excel 2008, I could get the jump …
Lewis Page / The Register:
Psychologist invents new uber-wiki  —  ‘Mememoir’ tech to make Wikipedia obsolete?  —  An American psychologist has invented a new form of wiki in which every word is directly linked to its author.  He believes the so-called “mememoir"* project will “revolutionize publishing in all of science”.
Discussion: Valleywag
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
The death of the album  —  Good thoughts from Mashable's Steven Hodson, who describes the decline of album tracks as the industry has moved from vinyl to tape and then to CD.  What used to be one or two not-so great tracks has reversed, and it seems these days there are only two of three decent tracks on each album.
Discussion: WinExtra and Mashable!
 
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PopularMechanics.com:
Beyond Nano Breakthrough, MIT Team Quietly Builds Virus-Based Batteries
Discussion: GMSV and Slashdot
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Psystar: Apple Illegally ‘Destroys’ Competition, Bricks Mac Clones
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and MacDailyNews
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Live Search Tricks You May Not Know About
Reuters:
Qualcomm found in contempt on Broadcom patent fight
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
EFF: Veoh Decision Could Save Muxtape and Friends
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copyright Office, EFF wrestle with Kafkaesque royalty issue
Robert Hodges / The Scale-Out Blog:
Answering Monty's Challenge: Advanced Replication for MySQL
Joe Guy Collier / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Coke testing fountain that dispenses 100 beverages
Discussion: Engadget, MarketingShift and PSFK
 Earlier Items: 
Amar / Mash Blog:
Yahoo! Mash is shutting down
Cade Metz / The Register:
Engineer accidentally deletes cloud
Josh Silverman / Skype Blogs:
Five Years of Wow
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
With ‘followers,’ Blogger gets—surprise!—more social
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold set to be released on AT&T on October 2nd?
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Napster: 'We're Open To A Sale'; Vote No On The Ice Cream Franchisee
Agence France Presse:
Millions of young Chinese addicted to ‘unhealthy’ Internet games: report
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Does Silicon Valley Face an Innovation Crisis?
 

 
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post

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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time

 
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