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7:25 AM ET, September 15, 2008

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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.
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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
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  —  The venerable Wall Street Journal will activate a revamped version of its Web site, WSJ.com, early Tuesday morning.  —  The new site isn't a lot different from the old one, based on screenshots and other details Journal executives shared with me last week.
Discussion: 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).
Discussion: Mashable! and Startup Meme
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wan-press.org:
WAN Communiqué on the Proposed Google-Yahoo Deal  —  For over 60 years, the World Association of Newspapers [W.A.N.] has vigorously defended the freedom of the press.  From its beginning, W.A.N. has recognized that newspaper journalism can be truly free only if newspaper publishers are economically independent.
Discussion: ReveNews
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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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
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.
Discussion: textually.org
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
JuiceCaster brings picture messaging to the iPhone
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 …
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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, Crave and Engadget
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 …
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 …
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
 
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louisgray.com:
As Twitter Regains Footing, Competitors' Growth Stalls
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
VMware Adds Cloud, Desktop Infrastructure to its Virtualization Roadmap
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
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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
Discussion: Music 2.0
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
Spore #1 Game - on BitTorrent Indexers
Seeking Alpha:
CE Spending Looks Dismal - But Macs Set to Hit New All-Time High
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Chrome, a Shell for the Web