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1:55 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 a double …
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Best Buy Puzzles With Napster Acquisition
Discussion: VentureBeat and Coolfer
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Sold! Best Buy Swallows Napster For $121 Million (BBY)
Discussion: Download Squad, Minnov8 and AppScout
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 …
Discussion: AppleInsider and MacRumors
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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.
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Tom Steinert-Threlkeld / Between the Lines:
Gauging Your Own Risk, On This Black Monday
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.
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.
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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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:
Wallop Takes A Leap Into the Deadpool  —  Once the brainchild of Microsoft Research, Wallop joined the fray of social networks back in 2006 when the company's CEO told the world that it wanted to compete with the likes of Facebook and MySpace, but do so by providing users with an unlimited capacity …
Discussion: All about Microsoft
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Erica Naone / Technology Review:   Turning Social Networks Against Users
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 …
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
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
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
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Los Angeles Times:
AT & T buries customer rights in 2,500-page ‘guidebook’
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Chrome Q&A  —  Via email, I've asked Google group product …
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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