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4:54 AM ET, August 2, 2006

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The Space Craft:
Windows Live Spaces - It's Here!  —  Hey Spaces Fans!  —  We're thrilled to announce that Windows Live Spaces has just released and we hope you're loving it!  We've talked about some of the cool new features of Windows Live Spaces, but if you're not sure where to start, here are a couple of tips:
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Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Windows Live Spaces launches  —  Windows Live Spaces has just launched, tying new social networking features into the blogging service.  The new release features an integrated friends module tied into your contacts defined in Messenger and elsewhere, and adds new customization options using Microsoft Gadgets.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Spaces Launches, Replaces MSN Spaces  —  Tonight at 9 pm PST Microsoft will announce the launch of Windows Live Spaces, a blogging and social networking site on the Live.com platform.  —  As Microsoft phases out the MSN brand in favor of Live.com, they've moved services over one at a time to the new platform.
Corey Spring / Newsvine:
Stephen Colbert Causes Chaos on Wikipedia, Gets Blocked from Site  —  odd-news, humor, wikipedia, citizen-journalism, comedy-central, stephen-colbert, vandalism, wikiality  —  On Monday night's episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert addressed the online resource Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that anyone can read or edit.
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Andrew / tawkerblog:
I blocked Stephen Colbert on Wikipedia  —  Yes, that's right.  I blocked the defender of truth, Stephen Colbert (or at least an impostor... people are arguing if it was him or not) tonight on Wikipedia.  Yes, I am Wikipedia Tawker and yes, I blocked.  That "joke" used way too much of my bandwidth, my poor Tawkerbot4 couldn't keep up!
Mike / Techdirt:
How Truthiness And Wikiality Helped Colbert Take Down Wikipedia  —  from the the-revolution-will-not-be-verified dept  —  Since The Daily Show has been getting so much love from the tech crowd lately, with their recent discussions on net neutrality, spinoff show The Colbert Report had to really step things up to top its parent show.
Discussion: Business Filter and tawkerblog
Dina Bass / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Businesses in no hurry to buy Vista  —  'Let somebody else work out the bugs' in Windows update  —  Microsoft Corp. may have to wait at least a year for most U.S. companies to switch to the new version of its Windows operating system, according to a survey by JupiterResearch.
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Sirius Satellite Radio Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (SIRI)  —  Executives  —  Jim Meyer - President, Sales and Operations  —  Analysts  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Good day, everyone, and welcome to the Sirius Satellite Radio second quarter 2006 earnings conference call.
Discussion: Digital Music News and Orbitcast
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Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
Web Start-Ups Lure Executives At eBay, Yahoo  —  After six years at Yahoo Inc., including a stint as vice president of the company's successful online-shopping business, Rob Solomon wanted a new challenge.  —  Last year, he was offered the job of chief executive at Internet travel start …
Tor Thorsen / GameSpot:
Confirmed: No Unreal Tournament 2007 till 2007  —  Midway says the PC edition of its much-awaited shooter won't ship until "first half" of next year; PS3 version still TBA, more Xbox 360 hints dropped.  —  In October 2003, Atari announced that Unreal Tournament 2004 had been delayed...until 2004.
Discussion: Kotaku, Xbox 360 Fanboy and Blue's News
Manfred Dworschak / Spiegel Online:
How Google Earth Is Changing Science  —  Biologists, epidemiologists and disaster control experts are discovering Google Earth as a powerful tool in their work.  The success of the digital globe has reawakened interest in computer mapping models.  —  Erik Born constantly keeps tabs …
Discussion: Techdirt
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Bloglines wants to block private feeds from search  —  "Everything you blog goes on your permanent record!"  How many times have we heard that lately?  From employment to family situations, many people have been frustrated to find out that things they intended to write for a personal audience …
Discussion: Alex Barnett blog
Tony Smith / The Register:
Nvidia unwraps 64x SLI monster GPU rig  —  What do you get for the graphics buff who has everything?  How about Nvidia's Quadro Plex 1000, a racked collection of GPUs in their own box, together capable of rendering 80bn pixels every second and powering monitors with a combined resolution of up to 148 megapixels.
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
investor.verizon.com:
Verizon Reports Continued Strong Quarterly Results  —  440,000 net new broadband connections, including 111,000 FiOS Internet customers; 6.1 million total broadband connections, up 47.9 percent from second quarter 2005  —  Data revenues of $4.0 billion, up 89.8 percent from second quarter 2005 …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iTunes + Coke = happy Apple, happy users  —  Coca-Cola, which one ran its own music download service in the UK, recently closed down mycokemusic.com because of sharp decline in its marketshare due to, undoubtedly, much stronger competitors such as Napster and iTMS pushing them out of the market.
Yahoo! Publisher Network:
A Thousand Hall Monitors  —  Now anyone can provide feedback on our network  —  Like a cross librarian "shushing" noisy students in the book stacks, YahooSarah last week showed how good publishers have gone bad by folding, spindling and even ignoring our Terms and Conditions and our Guidelines, as well as our ad code.
Discussion: Feld Thoughts and JenSense
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Can Your Programming Language Do This?  —  One day, you're browsing through your code, and you notice two big blocks that look almost exactly the same.  In fact, they're exactly the same, except that one block refers to "Spaghetti" and one block refers to "Chocolate Moose."  —  // A trivial example:
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
YouRubes  —  Here's a metric to chew on: YouTube accounts for 60 percent of all online video viewing.  That's an astonishing achievement for a site just 17 months old, but one that's not without its problems — two in particular: copyright and artist compensation.
Discussion: Cloudy Thinking
 
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Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Microsoft Not Turning Back on PlaysForSure with Zune Player
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonaged  —  Vonage reported results for the second quarter of 2006 …
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Virus writers target Windows Powershell scripting language
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Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
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Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
AdSense Testing New Ad Unit Styles
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube Vs MySpace
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Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Oracle 'Losing Patience' with XenSource, VMware
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