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6:50 AM ET, August 2, 2006

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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.
Discussion: Bink.nu
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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:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Windows Live Spaces Launches, Replaces MSN Spaces
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!
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 and Raw
Paul Stamatiou / PaulStamatiou.com:
Introducing Yodel Anecdotal  —  Today is a great day.  I get to open my mouth and let you in on the project I've been working on ever since I arrived at Yahoo! earlier this summer.  I present to you Yodel Anecdotal, the corporate blog for Yahoo!.  So I bet you've got flashes …
Discussion: theory.isthereason and TechCrunch
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Nicki Dugan / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yet another self-serving corporate blog!
Discussion: PodTech Comments …
Reuters:
Study: Tech Replaces Diamonds As Girl's Best Friend  —  Women, on average, own nearly as much technology as their male counterparts and would appreciate a digital video camera more than a pair of designer shoes.  —  NEW YORK - Diamonds are no longer a girl's best friend …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration, Slashdot and digg
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.
Plesstv / Beet.TV:
A Millions Miles from Press Releases: PR Lives in a New Virtual World, Says Top PR BloggerSteve Rubel  —  It was wonderful to see Steve Rubel, the authority on all things public relations who has created the astonishingly influential and valuable Micropersuasion blog.  (Get the RSS feed on this one.)
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 …
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
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
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
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Sony GPS-CS1: Tags Photos With Location  —  This little GPS clips onto your digital camera to tag your photos with latitude and longitude.  How?  By synching the clock in the GPS with the timestamp on your photos, on your PC.  Clever, clever, Sony!  The included software handles the sync …
Josh Jones / DreamHost Blog:
Anatomy of a(n ongoing) Disaster..  —  What a three weeks...  As I'm sure most of you already know, we've had nothing but troubles, large troubles, for pretty much the last three weeks.  A lot of these troubles were our fault, a couple of them were at least ostensibly beyond our control, and they all compounded each other.
Discussion: Geek News Central
PR Newswire:
Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune Reach Ownership Agreement on CareerBuilder, ShopLocal.com and Topix.net  —  Gannett, Tribune Increase Stakes in CareerBuilder to 42.5%; McClatchy Retains 15% Stake; McClatchy Affiliates Newspapers with CareerBuilder, ShopLocal.com and Topix.net
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Coke, Apple join in huge European iTunes giveaway
Dennis Rice / GottaBeMobile.com:
The NEW TabletKiosk "i7200" series Ultra-Mobile PC is Official!
Official Google Video Blog:
New Feature: Embed videos with a specific start point
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Microsoft Not Turning Back on PlaysForSure with Zune Player
Discussion: unmediated and Gizmodo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonaged  —  Vonage reported results for the second quarter of 2006 …
Tom Sanders / pcw.co.uk:
Virus writers target Windows Powershell scripting language
Discussion: M-Dollar
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline Blog:
More Lies From Vonage?  —  The Vonage earnings report is out …
Discussion: Techdirt and Digital Life
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Can Your Programming Language Do This?
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Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Convergence Redux  —  Now things are getting interesting.
Jennifer Slegg / Search Engine Watch Blog:
AdSense Testing New Ad Unit Styles
aaronland.info:
Ladies and gentlemen : filtr
Discussion: Download Squad
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
YouRubes  —  Here's a metric to chew on: YouTube accounts …
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Oracle 'Losing Patience' with XenSource, VMware
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Gesture Firestorm Hits
Dan Bell / CD Freaks.com:
IP address not legal evidence identifying file sharers
Ozymandias:
The Problem with Modchips  —  I received an email from "HcC" …
Discussion: Kotaku and Opposable Thumbs
 

 
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Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

 
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