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1:45 AM ET, May 24, 2009

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Anne Eisenberg / New York Times:
New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines  —  ROGUE programs try their best to register at Web sites and then wreak havoc, but a clever puzzle often bars them from entry: a set of distorted, squiggly letters and numbers that people can decipher and type correctly for admission, but that machines still can't.
Keith Rabois / TechCrunch:
How Facebook, MySpace and YouTube Killed eBay  —  Editor's note: This is a guest post by Keith Rabois, vice president of strategy and business development for Slide, the social entertainment company.  Prior to Slide, Keith was a VP at LinkedIn and an EVP at PayPal in charge of among other things …
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and digg.com, Thanks:shankargan
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Russ / last.fm:
CBS handed over USER DATA (including IP addresses) to the RIAA  —  Nothing I can say will convince you that this didn't happen, because allegedly CBS did the deed and not us.  I hope that CBS will issue their own denial soon, but the wheels of large companies run slowly.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Ross Miller / Engadget:
Dell dumps Della, just wants to be friends  —  Looks like someone's gonna have to explain why there's a “no longer in a relationship” status update on her Facebook profile.  Just ten or so days after Dell officially hooked up with its female counterpart Della, helping real womenfolk find computers …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Ouch!  HBO's Vampire Show Bites Business Blog.  —  Here's a scoop from Silicon Alley Insider, published Saturday morning: “Gawker Media announced last night that it acquired BloodCopy.com.  It's a blog about vampires.  Really.”  —  No, not really.  —  While an earlier version …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Agence France Presse:
Facebook decries Iranian ban  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) — US social networking site Facebook on Saturday said it had received reports its wesbite had been blocked in Iran, lamenting the apparent government bar as “a shame.”  —  “We are disappointed to learn of reports that users in Iran …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
TwitVid.io strikes back — lets you tweet directly from webcam  —  The combination of Twitter and real-time video is nirvana for the socialite.  —  What more would you want than to be able to sit there and tweet videos of yourself in rapid fire, all day long?
Philip Lam / Pre News:
ISP is back with some Pre goodies!  Battery Life, Service Plans, Accessories.  —  We haven't heard from the crew at InsideSprintNow for a quite a while now, but they're back, and with some Pre goodness to share.  They didn't say much this time around about the Pre, instead …
Discussion: Inside Sprint Now
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Six Small Conferences About Twitter, And Counting  —  It's no surprise that Twitter, the current darling of social media and one of the fastest growing web sites, is now becoming the subject matter of entire conferences.  There is a tremendous opportunity for businesses and brands to use Twitter …
Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft won't let Windows Marketplace users share apps after all  —  It plans to use its Live ID authentication system to prevent piracy  —  Computerworld - Contrary to an earlier report, Microsoft Corp. said that purchasers of applications from its upcoming Windows Marketplace …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Lia Nicholls / The Sun:
Hey!  You've got to hide my house away..  —  SIR PAUL McCARTNEY's London pad has been removed from Google Street View after he made a complaint.  —  Macca was furious when he discovered fans could goggle at his multi-million-pound home online.  —  It was photographed along with others …
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Why Don't You Love Flock?  —  A few days ago, the social web browser Flock released version 2.5 of their software, integrating Facebook Chat, improving Twitter functionality, and adding a new broadcasting feature called “Flockcast.”  As we evaluated the upgrade, a thought occurred to us …
 
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Eric Engleman / TechFlash:
A look at Amazon's evolving government cloud strategy
Discussion: Slashdot
Kwang-Tae Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea allows limited Internet cellphone service
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Will Park / IntoMobile:
Japanese university using free iPhones to track students
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Josh Young / Networked News:
Not by Links Alone  —  At this unthinkably late hour …
Discussion: BuzzMachine and The Noisy Channel
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
4 South Korean bloggers face click fraud charges
Rose Hanson / Associated Press:
Parents turn to cellphones as high-tech rattles
Discussion: mocoNews
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Should Facebook ‘Just Buy Yelp’?
Discussion: MediaPost
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD says Intel-only deal struck at Apple in 2005
Discussion: Bits
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Secret of Googlenomics: Data-Fueled Recipe Brews Profitability
Emery P. Dalesio / Associated Press:
Official: NC considers Apple for massive tax break
Discussion: MacRumors and AppleInsider