Around the Web. 8.25.08: Facebook cuts out spam, Google cuts out dinner, AMD cuts out DTV chip business

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-- Facebook seems to be getting its wall-spam problem in check. CNet

-- Broadcom, the Irvine-based chip maker, plans to buy Advanced Micro Devices’ digital-TV business for $192.8 million. AP via

-- Commodore. AltaVista. Silicon Graphics. EToys. How about a blast from the past, with 25 forgotten tech brands? Silicon Alley Insider

-- Google is a monster when it comes to Web search. Everything else? Not so much. Columnist Chris O’Brien argues that some Google’s bets have to start paying off for it to stay on top of the Internet heap. Mercury News


-- Has Google soured on free employee dinners? Valleywag

-- The Olympics produced two big Web winners: Yahoo and NBC, the NYT says. NYT

-- Michael Arrington isn’t buying it. He says NBC’s decision to limit what people could watch online was an Olympic-sized mistake. TechCrunch

-- Microsoft is considering selling its Avenue A/Razorfish online ad agency to media giant WPP, according to this report. AdAge

-- is reportedly working on a version of the Kindle electronic book-reader for college students. Seattle PI

-- Declan McCullagh goes through Joe Biden’s mixed record on copyright, privacy and other tech-related issues. CNet

-- Swedish engineers test the new iPhone 3G’s reception and find that, despite popular opinion, it’s just fine. Engadget

-- So, if it’s not the handsets, maybe the problem lies with the iPhone’s wireless carriers. Wired

-- Chris Gaither

Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times