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9:40 AM ET, September 15, 2008

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Pallab Ghosh / BBC:
Web ‘must separate rumour’ from science  —  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.
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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
World Wide Web Foundation:
TIM BERNERS-LEE SPEECH BEFORE KNIGHT FOUNDATION
Discussion: Technology blog
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: Technology Live and Social Media
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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Vindu Goel / Bits:
New WSJ.com Builds on Its Community of Subscribers
Discussion: Romenesko and ClusterStock
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Social networking coming to revamped Journal site
Discussion: CNET News and Webmetricsguru
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).
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Yukari Iwatani Kane / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's Latest iPhone Sees Slow Japan Sales  —  Two months after its launch, the latest version of Apple Inc.'s iPhone is showing strong sales around the world — except in Japan.  —  Apple's partnership with Japan's third-largest mobile operator, Softbank Corp., to sell the iPhone 3G certainly created a buzz.
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:   JuiceCaster brings picture messaging to the iPhone
Erica Naone / Technology Review:
Turning Social Networks Against Users  —  Applications built on social networks may be the ideal way to distribute malicious code.  —  Ever since Facebook opened its doors to third-party applications a year and a half ago, millions of users have employed miniature applications to play games …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Facebook Isn't A Social Network.  And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
The Next Chapter: Best Buy To Acquire Napster For $121 Million  —  Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) has fallen into the arms of an unlikely buyer: Best Buy.  The big-box electronics giant will pay $121 million or $2.65 per share.  Shares of Napster closed at $1.36 on Friday, so this is nearly a double …
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Everyone but Apple joins new “buy once, play anywhere” group  —  Buying a movie online is simple; it's watching it on the device you want that's hard.  The movie studios have been reluctant to allow DVD burning from online stores (and when they do, it doesn't always work) …
louisgray.com:
As Twitter Regains Footing, Competitors' Growth Stalls  —  Over the last few months, Twitter's challenges have been well documented, here and elsewhere.  Between issues with uptime, occasional data loss, a reduced feature set, and a difficult relationship with its developer community …
Discussion: Mark Evans
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why MySpace Music is Likely to Fail  —  MySpace Music, a new music service plotted by MySpace and music labels, is likely to debut soon with much pomp and show.  And despite all the pre-buildup hype it is by no means a slam-dunk.  —  Earlier today it was reported that the company is looking …
Discussion: Portfolio
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace Music Already Has Revenue Locked, May Raise Outside Capital …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Seagate elbowing its way further into consumer backup market  —  Seagate is elbowing its way further into the consumer tech market with new backup products that it will launch with a broad consumer-oriented ad campaign.  —  The devices, being introduced today, fall under Seagate's FreeAgent brand.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista, Engadget and Crave
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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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Mobile device just does e-mail
Eric J. Savitz / Barron's Online:
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Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
VMware Adds Cloud, Desktop Infrastructure to Its Virtualization Road Map
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
How Dropbox ended my search for seamless sync on Linux
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
iPhone App Downloads to Hit 1 Billion Mark Faster Than Songs Did
Discussion: MediaFuturist and Digg
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Folks Who Brought You Slate Build a Business Site for the Facebook Set
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Kraus / The Official Google Blog:
The social web: All about the small stuff
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
China's nonstop music machine
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Spore #1 Game - on BitTorrent Indexers
Seeking Alpha:
CE Spending Looks Dismal - But Macs Set to Hit New All-Time High
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn To Launch Its Own Ad Network