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5:55 AM ET, September 15, 2008

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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
WSJ.Com's Redesign Sneak Peek: See Tuesday's Paper Today  —  We don't know what Tuesday's Wall Street Journal will tell us (we're guessing there may be some Wall Street news) but we do know Tuesday's WSJ.com will look like: A lot like Monday's WSJ.com, but easier to look at.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Social networking coming to revamped Journal site  —  NEW YORK - The Wall Street Journal is borrowing elements from popular Internet hangouts like Facebook as it seeks to boost usage.  —  WSJ.com, one of the few news sites to restrict many of its stories to paying subscribers …
Discussion: Bits, CNET News and Webmetricsguru
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Podcaster Developer Uses Little-Known “Ad Hoc” Mode To Distribute Banned iPhone App  —  Over the weekend, a debate raged across the tech blogosphere concerning the risks involved in developing for the iPhone platform.  —  What prompted the debate in the first place was Apple's decision …
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Pallab Ghosh / BBC:
Warning sounded on web's future  —  The internet needs a way to help people separate rumour from real science, says the creator of the World Wide Web.  —  Talking to BBC News Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was increasingly worried about the way the web has been used to spread disinformation.
Discussion: broadstuff, WebGuild and The Inquisitr
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Steve Bratt / World Wide Web Foundation:
Welcome to the World Wide Web Foundation  —  Dear Friends of the Web ...  Tonight, 14 September 2008, I joined Tim Berners-Lee in Washington, DC, USA at the incredible Newseum for his announcement of the formation of the new World Wide Web Foundation.  Tim's speech is online, as well as video and photos and a press release.
Discussion: eWeek and molly.com
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How Dropbox ended my search for seamless sync on Linux  —  A few months ago, our own Jon Stokes bemoaned the frustration of managing and accessing data strewn across a multitude of personal computing devices.  His description of the challenges of syncing and saving resonated with many of us …
louisgray.com:
SiteMeter's Attempted Challenge to Google Analytics Falls Flat  —  SiteMeter, one of the most widely-used Web log statistics trackers, has seen itself fall well behind the long, dark, shadow of Google Analytics.  And while I've been a happy SiteMeter user for almost three years …
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
SiteMeter gets a facelift - and a few other nips and tucks too
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Downloads to Hit 1 Billion Mark Faster Than Songs Did  —  There may only be over 12 million iPhones in the wild, but that hasn't stopped iTunes users from downloading more than twice as many apps as songs during the store's first two months of availability, according to a report.
Discussion: MediaFuturist and Digg
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Newspapers Around World Oppose Yahoo-Google Ad Deal  —  The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) this morning asked the US Department of Justice, the European Commission and the Competition Bureau of Canada to block the deal under which Google will supply some advertising to Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO).
Discussion: Mashable!
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Don't Buy That Textbook, Download It Free  —  SQUINT hard, and textbook publishers can look a lot like drug makers.  They both make money from doing obvious good — healing, educating — and they both have customers who may be willing to sacrifice their last pennies to buy what these companies are selling.
Discussion: Social Media
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
JuiceCaster brings picture messaging to the iPhone  —  JuiceCaster is doing what Apple didn't.  It's giving iPhone 3G users some picture messaging love.  —  JuiceCaster is announcing the availability of Flutter, a free new application for the iPhone that allows people to take a picture and send it to another cell phone.
Discussion: GigaOM, Mashable! and Startup Meme
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
VMware Adds Cloud, Desktop Infrastructure to its Virtualization Roadmap  —  As the 2008 VMworld conference kicks off, VMware is detailing a new roadmap that will take the company beyond virtualization as a server and data center infrastructure consolidation tool and into the world of cloud computing.
Discussion: PC World and Virtualization.com
Eric J. Savitz / Barron's Online:
Low Bid: Why eBay Shares Trade Near Their Five-Year Low  —  IS THERE FRESH TROUBLE BREWING AT EBAY?  —  The company already faces a variety of headwinds: Many sellers are irritated about recent changes eBay (ticker: EBAY) made in its fee structures.  The softening consumer economy is not helping matters.
Discussion: WebGuild
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Ina Steiner / AuctionBytes Blog:
Possible Layoffs at eBay, Golden Parachutes for Execs
Discussion: Reuters and Richi Jennings
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn To Launch Its Own Ad Network  —  At a time when most social networks are still trying to figure out how to make money from advertising, one social network is bucking the trend.  LinkedIn, the social network for business professionals, has so much demand from advertisers that it will be launching its own ad network on Monday.
Discussion: Startup Meme
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Content Partnerships Set, Linkedin Now Readies Ad Network
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Spore #1 Game - on BitTorrent Indexers  —  In a DRM firestorm not seen since the Sony rootkit fiasco, EA Games finds itself in the middle of public relations hell.  Since the release of the highly anticipated PC game Spore on Wednesday, fans of the game have derided the cumbersome DRM …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Spore And The Great DRM Backlash
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate elbowing its way further into consumer backup market
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Crave
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Folks Who Brought You Slate Build a Business Site for the Facebook Set
Joe Kraus / The Official Google Blog:
The social web: All about the small stuff
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China's nonstop music machine
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