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11:20 AM ET, September 13, 2008

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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The App Store's Exclusionary Policies  —  Fraser Speirs, developer of Exposure, the excellent Flickr client for the iPhone, has written an insightful piece regarding today's news that Apple rejected the iPhone podcast client Podcaster on the grounds that “since Podcaster assists in the distribution …
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Almerica Blog:
Podcaster rejeceted because it duplicates iTunes functionality  —  Today I finally got a reply from Apple about the status of Podcaster.  —  Apple Rep says: Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of podcasts, it duplicates the functionality of the Podcast section of iTunes.
Dan Moren / Macworld:
First Look: iPhone 2.1  —  Latest update to the iPhone software brings lots of fixes and a few new features  —  iPhone 2.0 brought a lot of cool features with it, but it also brought a lot of bugs.  Performance was slow, calls dropped often, and the battery life was less than impressive—and that's just off the top of my head.
Discussion: Engadget
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: iPhone OS loses beta feel with 2.1 update
Ki Mae Heussner / ABCNEWS:
Paper's Decision to Twitter 3-Year-Old's Funeral Sparks Outrage  —  Critics Question Value of Giving a Play-by-Play of a Tragedy  —  A Colorado newspaper's decision to live blog the funeral of a 3-year-old boy with Twitter has prompted a flurry of criticism from the local media, bloggers and media ethicists.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Digital Entertainment Industry Announces One DRM To Rule Them All  —  A consortium of digital entertainment companies including movie studios, digital device manufacturers, and electronics retailers are trying to take on Apple by standardizing their DRM practices.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Is Hollywood forming DECE to wage a digital content war against Apple?
Gina Keating / Reuters:   Media Group to Create Digital Video ‘Ecosystem’
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Leica trots out D-LUX 4, C-LUX 3 and M8.2 digital cameras  —  We'll be straight with you — we're still struggling to wade through Google's machine translation of a few Polish releases, but the long of short of it is that Leica has finally announced the long-expected M8.2, D-LUX 4 and C-LUX 3.
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft fires game test contractor who talked to VentureBeat  —  Robert Delaware was the only named Microsoft worker (a contract employee) who talked — without permission — to VentureBeat for our story last week on the Xbox 360 defects.  —  Microsoft had him fired on Wednesday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Verisign Selling Moreover, Weblogs Assets  —  Verisign is exploring the sale of its Moreover and Weblogs assets, we've confirmed from a source with knowledge of the sale process.  Both businesses were acquired in October 2005 - Moreover for an estimated $25 million and Weblogs for an undisclosed but significantly smaller amount.
Erica Ogg / CNET News:
Report: HP trying for ‘end-run’ around Windows  —  Is the biggest PC vendor in the world looking to give customers an option besides Windows?  —  An article appearing in BusinessWeek this week cites anonymous sources who say Hewlett-Packard is at least looking into it.
Joshua-Michéle Ross / O'Reilly Radar:
Podcast: Tim O'Reilly and John Battelle discuss the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit  —  Beginning on November 5th, 2008 a wide array of thought leaders and practitioners of Web 2.0 are converging on San Francisco to attend the 5th annual Web 2.0 Summit.  This year's theme, “Web Meets World” …
Discussion: metarand
Forbes:
Spore's Piracy Problem  —  How do you measure the failure of the copy protections that software companies place on their media products?  In the case of Electronic Arts' highly-anticipated game “Spore,” just count the pirates.  —  As of Thursday afternoon, “Spore” had been illegally downloaded …
Roger Highfield / Telegraph:
Hackers attack Large Hadron Collider  —  Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.  —  The scientists behind the £4.4bn atom smasher …
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
Cisco to Support VMware?  —  Cisco Systems will support VMware virtual machines on their networking hardware?  There's buzz around Silicon Valley that there will be a big announcement made at VMworld next week in Las Vegas, and that's my prediction as to what it will be.
Discussion: PC World
 
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Joanne Laucius / canada.com:
Carleton student charged in computer hack
Sonia Verma / Times of London:
‘Hacker network’ targets UAE banks in ATM cash fraud
Discussion: The Register
Sean Captain / Popular Science:
3M Launches first Pocket Projector
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Digital Age, Federal Files Blip Into Oblivion
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Kirk / Medialoper:
The Digital TV Transition: A Disaster in the Making
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Track coming back to Twitter
Discussion: The Web Life
David Filo / Yodel Anecdotal:
The hackers are back  —  Two years ago, we opened our doors …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Humanize Microsoft? That's impossible!
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Nostalgia for a More Innovative Era? Not From This Bunch
Discussion: Coop's Corner
Frank Caron / Ars Technica:
Amazon temporarily gags Spore critics, deletes and restores all customer reviews
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
SanDisk Unveils Its Highest Capacity CompactFlash Card
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
YouTube Bans Videos That Incite Violence
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Analyst trims Apple estimates, says Air seeing decreased demand
Catherine Lee / Facebook Developers:
fbFund - Identifying Talent: The Search Is On
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Make Your Linux Desktop More Productive
Discussion: Digg