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2:30 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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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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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.
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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 …
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 …
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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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
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
More Verizon BlackBerry Storm Images...  The news keeps coming in fast and furious on the Verizon Storm.  If you haven't read the BlackBerry Storm Minute with Mike details, go ahead and check that out here.  We've just received some new internal photos of the device... Check them out after the jump >
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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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple: Citi Says Sept. Qtr Tracking Ahead Of Street Ests; Contends Shipments Have Begun On New MacBooks  —  Citigroup's Richard Gardner asserted in a research note this morning that Apple's September quarter is tracking in line with his above-consensus revenue estimate of $8.3 billion …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
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: Lefsetz Letter and Technology Live
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.
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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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wii ISO Loader demonstrated on video running “backup” copy of Zelda
Business Wire:
EA and Eidos Announce Strategic Mobile Relationship
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Apple Trying To Patent Not Letting You Use Your Nike+iPod With Non-Nike Shoes
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
Los Angeles Times:
AT & T buries customer rights in 2,500-page ‘guidebook’
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
Daimion Pinnock / PlayStation.Blog:
WipEout HD Officially Dated, Priced
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