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5:50 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.
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.
Mr. Besilly / iPhone Savior:
TomTom iPhone Navigation Makes U.S. App Store Debut for $100  —  TomTom has officially launched their turn-by-turn GPS navigation system for both U.S. and Canada in the App Store for $99.99.  On Sunday, four regional versions of TomTom's app popped up in the New Zealand App Store via iTunes …
Discussion: Macworld and Gizmodo
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
TomTom for iPhone Appears in New Zealand App Store [Updated …
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Veterans Launch Rocket Fuel, A “Hybrid” Ad Network  —  A team of Yahoo veterans who built its behavioral targeting advertising technology are publicly launching a hybrid ad network today called Rocket Fuel, which they've tested over the past year with major brands including Nike, Dell, Microsoft, and American Express.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Huffington Post and Facebook Go “Social News,” With Connect on Steroids  —  In an unusually robust collaboration using Facebook Connect, the Huffington Post is launching a feature on Monday called “HuffPost Social News,” which lets readers create a personalized social networking-like news page on the Huffington Post itself.
Thanks:atul
canada.com:
Facebook must satisfy Canada's privacy commissioner by Monday  —  PHOTOS ( 1 )  —  OTTAWA — Time is up for Facebook to find a way to live up to Canada's privacy law after this country's privacy watchdog gave the social-networking website one month to close its “serious privacy gaps.”
Discussion: Slashdot
Tom Watson MP:
Filesharing: Why the government should proceed with caution and what you can do to influence the debate.  —  UPDATE: Richard has set up a wiki for people who are considering responding to the proposals raised in this post.  —  In 1906, composer John Phillip Sousa testified before the US Congress …
Discussion: blogs.ft.com, Thanks:kevinmarks
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.
 
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Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
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Clare Baldwin / Reuters:
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Apple and its iPhone get fleeced in China, but will Google fare any better?
Discussion: Associated Press
Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Retailer's Photo Confirms Nokia N97 Mini and Reveals Other Phones
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