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9:20 PM ET, August 22, 2010

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Kevin Rose:
Why Apple's iTV Will Change Everything  —  The rumor: Apple will be releasing a revamped/renamed version of their ‘Apple TV’ set-top box, called ‘iTV’.  The box will run the Apple iOS (same as the iPhone/iPad), and be priced around $99.  —  Why will this change everything?
Jack McKenna / TechCrunch:
You Can Block Any Facebook User Except Mark Zuckerberg  —  The title of this post kind of says it all.  As pointed out by blockzuck.com, you can block anyone on Facebook except CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  If you try to do it (we did), you'll get a message saying “General Block failed error: Block failed.”
Discussion: Gawker
Jeff Rivera / GalleyCat:
New York Times Bestseller Seth Godin to No Longer Publish Books Traditionally  —  New York Times bestselling author and marketing guru, Seth Godin vows to never publish traditionally again.  After over 12 books with a legacy publisher, Godin says he's had enough.
Discussion: TeleRead
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
How to Almost Sabotage a Dinner Party With Facebook ‘Places’  —  I Thought My Group of Gen-Y Over-Sharing Friends Would Be Fine Being Checked In.  I Was Wrong.  —  Facebook Places went live last night and I decided to give it a whirl soon after being seated for Mediterranean food at a neighborhood restaurant.
Discussion: bijan sabet and Gawker
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
Forget Ads In Books, Lit-Lovers Face An Even More Hideous Prospect  —  It's a pity readers don't want to pay for stories about the death of traditional media, because otherwise journalists and commentators would be riding a big fat cash cow.  —  In recent months it's been impossible to open …
Sean Hollister / Engadget:
Motorola clamps down on Droid X's leaked Android 2.2 upgrade with cease and desist scare  —  Hoping to spoon-feed your Droid X some Froyo before the official OTA rollout?  You'd better do it now — Motorola's sending out cease and desist emails in an attempt to shut the leaked ROM down.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Chatroulette Taken Down.  Get Ready For Chatroulette V.2  —  Chatroulette, the service that lets strangers meet over video, has been taken down.  A message reads “The experiment #1 is over for now.  Thanks for participating - Redesigned and updated version of the website will be launched tomorrow.”
Discussion: Mashable! and The Next Web
Leo Laporte / LOL: The Life of Leo:
Buzz Kill  —  Something happened tonight that made me question everything I've done with social media since I first joined Twitter in late 2006.  —  You know me - I'm a complete web whore.  I sign up for every site, try every web app, use every service I can find.  It's my job, but I also love doing it.
Karl Ritter / Associated Press:
Swedish prosecutors defend WikiLeaks about-face  —  STOCKHOLM — Swedish prosecutors defended their handling of a rape allegation against the founder of WikiLeaks, saying Sunday that they had made no mistakes in issuing an arrest warrant and withdrawing it less than a day later.
Discussion: BBC and Associated Press
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J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested Over Anonymous Source  —  About four months ago, Ed Felten blogged about a research paper in which Hari Prasad, Rop Gonggrijp, and I detailed serious security flaws in India's electronic voting machines.  Indian election authorities have repeatedly claimed …
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
When you google, think Ben Gomes  —  Like few other people on the planet, Google's Ben Gomes knows what interests the world.  —  Gomes is the engineer in charge of improving what you see when you Google.  From one of the most important but little-known offices in the Googleplex in Mountain View …
Thanks:mattcutts
Fred / A VC:
The Expanding Birthrate Of Web Startups  —  There is a general consensus that web startups are being created at a faster rate than ever.  The impact of accelerator programs like Y Combinator, Techstars, Seedcamp, and dozens more are one factor.  The expanding pool of angel, seed, and super seed funds is another.
Thanks:atul
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Exclusive: Viacom Digital Boss Greg Clayman Headed to Rupert Murdoch's iPad Newspaper  —  Rupert Murdoch's iPad-friendly digital newspaper doesn't have a launch date or a name yet, but it is hiring.  News Corp. (NWS) has tapped Greg Clayman, who runs digital distribution for Viacom (VIA) …
Thanks:rawmeet
 
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 More Items: 
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Writing apps for your TV is cool but nothing compared to Your body API.
Thanks:loic
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Roommates Who Click  —  MADDI GILJE, who will soon leave home …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Skype Etiquette  —  Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Patent Office Back To Approving Pretty Much Anything
Adam Jackson / TheAppleBlog:
The New Yardstick: If You're Not Apple, You Lose
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Goldstein / FierceWireless:
Sprint begins offering EV-DO femtocells
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple eyes kill switch for jailbroken iPhones
Redeye VC:
Not a bad day...  If day's could have a “like” button, I definitely would push it today.
Discussion: WebProNews
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
RIM Must Switch To Android Now, Before It's Too Late
Discussion: Googling Google Blog