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4:15 AM ET, August 17, 2009

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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Download a Copy of The Pirate Bay Before It's Gone  —  In common with music and movies, it's not that hard to copy a website.  It might take some serious server power to serve torrents to millions of people every day, but all the torrent files and site code don't take up that much space.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TomTom for iPhone Appears in New Zealand App Store [Updated: Also Australia, Western Europe, U.S., Canada]  —  iPhoneclub.nl reports [Google translation] that four regional versions of TomTom's much-anticipated iPhone GPS application have appeared in Apple's New Zealand App Store: U.S. & Canada …
Paul Graham / Hacker News:
A New Experiment: The RFS  —  Every funding cycle we try to do something new.  For the upcoming winter 2010 cycle we're introducing the RFS (Request for Startups).  —  There are a lot of startup ideas we've been waiting for people to apply with, sometimes for years.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Starts Seeding Ideas To Startups  —  Y Combinator sees no shortage of startups that apply to be a part of their funding cycles.  But they don't always see all the ideas they'd like to see come out of the classes.  So starting with the upcoming Winter 2010 cycle, they have a new idea called RFS, Requests For Startups.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Gmail Nudges Past AOL Email In The U.S. To Take No. 3 Spot.  —  Good thing Gmail is out of beta.  It is now the third largest Web mail service in the U.S. In July, Gmail nudged past AOL Email with 37 million unique visitors compared to 36.4 million for AOL, according to comScore estimates.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sites Ask Users to Spend to Save  —  Some people will stop at nothing to snap up a bargain — even if it means paying too much.  —  That is the paradoxical principle behind Swoopo, a Web site that offers a seductive and controversial proposition to online shoppers.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
All Programming is Web Programming  —  Michael Braude decries the popularity of web programming: … Let's put aside, for the moment, the absurd argument that web development is not challenging, and that it attracts sub-par software developers.  Even if that was true, it's irrelevant.
John Burke / Download Squad:
Five apps for the stoner and stoner at heart  —  There's no shortage of what you can find on the app store.  Sure, applications like Google Voice have been pulled, but Apple is totally okay with customers using their iPhones for...other hobbies.  Come on, free phone calls or the nearest marijuana dispensaries - it's a no-brainer!
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Hackers Stole IDs for Attacks  —  WASHINGTON — Russian hackers hijacked American identities and U.S. software tools and used them in an attack on Georgian government Web sites during the war between Russia and Georgia last year, according to new research to be released Monday by a nonprofit U.S. group.
Clare Baldwin / Reuters:
IBM uses DNA to make next-gen microchips  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp is looking to the building blocks of our bodies — DNA — to be the structure of next-generation microchips.  —  As chipmakers compete to develop ever-smaller chips at cheaper prices, designers are struggling to cut costs.
Discussion: Gizmodo
VentureBeat:
Apple and its iPhone get fleeced in China, but will Google fare any better?  —  China presents a conundrum for U.S. companies.  It's the largest market in the world, by population, and it's consistently the fastest growing economy.  There's a huge amount of money to be made there.
Discussion: Associated Press
Brooke Crothers / Crave: The gadget blog:
The rise of the $299 Wal-Mart laptop  —  Updated at 4:30 p.m. PDT: adding Windows 7 and Celeron processor information.  —  There's a new $299 laptop in vogue at stores—and it's not a Netbook.  —  These laptops sport big screens, optical drives, plenty of memory, and reasonable graphics horsepower.
 
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Retailer's Photo Confirms Nokia N97 Mini and Reveals Other Phones
Discussion: CellPassion and Gizmodo
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iPhone 3G Owners Griping About 3.0 Wi-Fi Glitch
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Building a Media Empire Around I Can Has Cheezburger
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
To Microsoft, Basic Research Is Good Insurance
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