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2:10 PM ET, September 15, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Isn't A Social Network.  And Stop Trying to Make New Friends There  —  A controversy is brewing over a popular Facebook application called PackRat, where users collect sets of illustrated cards for points and levels.  The company behind the application, Alamofire …
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Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
Facebook: no social networking here  —  One of the delightful things about creating a new web application or service is the way in which end users find unintended ways of utilizing said service.  That's a common story we hear from those who've created cutting-edge and disruptive products …
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) …
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Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
Digital Content Wherever You Want It  —  A digital entertainment consortium plans to develop a new standard so consumers can play purchased content on any type of device and stream it freely  —  How do you make digital entertainment more entertaining?  A sprawling consortium …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
The Next Chapter: Best Buy To Acquire Napster For $121 Million  —  Napster (NSDQ: NAPS) has fallen into the arms of a surprise 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 double …
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Best Buy Puzzles With Napster Acquisition
Discussion: VentureBeat and Coolfer
Josh Pigford / The Apple Blog:
Giga Omni Media Acquires The Apple Blog  —  In November of 2004, a few months after I got my first Mac (a PowerMac G5), I registered theappleblog.com not really having any big plans of what I'd do with the site.  I was a senior design student in college and just wanted a new site to design and something to write about.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Giga Omni Media Acquires TheAppleBlog  —  Good morning and time to share some great news with our community of readers: We have acquired TheAppleBlog, making it the seventh member of our growing network of blogs.  The terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
New iPhone Chip Will Cost an ARM and a Missile  —  Given Apple's super-secretive ways, it's quite a shock to find a company engineer disclosing something about the iPhone's future innards on a public social networking site.  —  Wei-han Lien, the senior manager of Apple's chip team …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Wall Street's meltdown and the potential technology hit  —  Folks are waking up Monday to a Wall Street meltdown as Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch and companies ranging from Washington Mutual to AIG are on the ropes.
Discussion: BoomTown, Valleywag and The Inquisitr
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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Gauging Your Own Risk, On This Black Monday
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC's Touch HD unveiled in very much official glory  —  We're still sans a press release, but a friendly tipster found this quite official page at HTC's very own site, depicting the sexy Touch HD from every angle, with every spec exposed.  The rumors were naturally spot on …
Fred / A VC:
Zemanta  —  I wrote this post for the Union Square Ventures blog and it will go up there today, but in the meantime I'll post the news here.  —  Union Square Ventures has invested in a number of blogging related applications and services; Adaptive Blue, Delicious, Disqus, FeedBurner, Outside.in, Twitter, and Tumblr.
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.
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 …
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: Romenesko
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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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Trying To Patent Not Letting You Use Your Nike+iPod With Non-Nike Shoes
Discussion: Ars Technica
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Says Sept. Qtr Tracking Ahead Of Street Ests …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
The Significance of Google Chrome
Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Wallop Takes A Leap Into the Deadpool
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Outshouts launches video site for personalized video
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
EA, Take-Two Deal Killed in Liberty City Hit-And-Run
Discussion: Ars Technica
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Los Angeles Times:
AT & T buries customer rights in 2,500-page ‘guidebook’
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Chrome Q&A  —  Via email, I've asked Google group product …
Comforteagle / OSDir.com:
Mozilla Demands EULA on First Lanuch: Linux
cellular-news:
T-Mobile Wins Court Injunction Blocking iPhone VoIP Application
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware (and Citrix) get cloud friendly
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why MySpace Music Is Likely to Fail
louisgray.com:
SiteMeter's Attempted Challenge to Google Analytics Falls Flat
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: Don't Buy That Textbook, Download It Free
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Podcaster Developer Uses Little-Known “Ad Hoc” Mode To Distribute Banned iPhone App