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1:15 AM ET, August 23, 2010

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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: iGeneration Blog and 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
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Samsung Cetus i917 bows for AT&T, shows off its Windows Phone 7 ways  —  Does the almost Pre-esque shape of this beast look vaguely familiar?  It should, because it matches up nicely with the outline of the Samsung Cetus we saw in the FCC a little while back.
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Kindle Outselling iBooks 60 To 1  —  If you follow the ebook market you were likely stunned this June when Steve Jobs claimed to have captured 22% of the electronic book market overnight with the release of iBooks and iPad.  Many of us who watch this market with careful eyes were leery …
Discussion: MSDN Blogs, Thanks:m4tt
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: VentureBeat, Mashable! and The Next Web
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Most Popular Torrent Sites Of The Last Five Years  —  In a few months TorrentFreak turns five, and leading up to that milestone we will occasionally look back at how the BitTorrent landscape has changed over the years.  Although there is no doubt that BitTorrent has more than quintupled …
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) …
Discussion: Electronista and The Digital Reader, Thanks:rawmeet
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
AngelPad: Seven Ex-Googlers Are About To Launch A New Incubator  —  The problem is obvious: it's hard to launch a startup.  But one potential solution, great mentorship and support, isn't so easy to come by.  With their own startup of sorts, seven ex-Googlers are going to attempt to solve that.
Thanks:bobcaswell
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?
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 …
JD Rucker / Soshable:
Tumblr's Biggest Strength is its Biggest Weakness to Google  —  If you haven't heard of Tumblr, you will.  The pace that it's currently growing is similar (if not greater than) the type of growth that Twitter experienced 2 years ago.  The blog/microblog/community hybrid social media site …
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: Fast Company and BBC
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
Facebook, Apple's ‘Walled Gardens’ Make Analytics That Much Harder for Brands
Thanks:steverubel
Fred / A VC:
The Expanding Birthrate Of Web Startups
Thanks:atul
Mike Swift / Mercury News:
When you google, think Ben Gomes
Thanks:mattcutts
Loïc Le Meur / Loic Le Meur Blog:
Writing apps for your TV is cool but nothing compared to Your body API.
Thanks:loic
J. Alex Halderman / Freedom to Tinker:
Electronic Voting Researcher Arrested Over Anonymous Source
 Earlier Items: 
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
 

 
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Anthony Crupi / Sportico:
Diamond Sports files its bankruptcy reorg plan, which includes ending its Bally naming rights deal for RSNs, and says cord-cutting led to 22M fewer subscribers

David Bauder / Associated Press:
A look at the decline of cable TV networks like USA Network, Discovery Channel, and MTV; MTV's 2023 average prime-time audience was 256K, down from 807K in 2014

Mark Harris / New York Times:
An analysis of Hollywood's grim status in 2024, recovering from a year of downsizing and strikes; supply lines will take at least a year to flow at capacity

 
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