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9:50 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:
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 platform.  —  As Microsoft phases out the MSN brand in favor of, they've moved services over one at a time to the new platform.
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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonaged  —  Vonage reported results for the second quarter of 2006, and they were not pretty.  In its first earnings report since going public (May 2006), Vonage reported a loss of $74.1 million ($1.16 a share) versus $63.6 million a year ago.  —  Sales came in at $143 million, versus $59.4 million in the second quarter of 2005.
Discussion: Mark Evans
Paul Taylor / MSNBC:
Vonage earnings hit by loss of customers  —  Vonage Holdings, the VoIP group that went public in May, on Tuesday posted a wider second-quarter loss as revenue missed analysts' estimates because of customer defections.  —  The company's net loss increased to $74.1m, or $1.16 a share, from $63.6m a year earlier.
Preston Gralla / Networking Pipeline Blog:
More Lies From Vonage?  —  The Vonage earnings report is out …
Discussion: Digital Life
Mike / Techdirt:
Vonage's Troubles Keep Piling Higher And Higher
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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: michael parekh on IT and FuzzyBlog
Alexbarn / Alex Barnett blog:
Discussion: Raw
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.
Discussion: Cathode Tan
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!
Nicki Dugan / Yodel Anecdotal:
Yet another self-serving corporate blog!  —  Oh, yes, we're going corporate.  But please don't hold that against us.  It's a good thing, really.  After the successful launch of a dozen or so Yahoo! product blogs, we thought it was time to create an überblog of sorts so we can cover …
Discussion: PodTech Comments …
Paul Stamatiou /
Introducing Yodel Anecdotal
Discussion: theory.isthereason and TechCrunch
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 …
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Postal Service Finds a Friend in the Internet  —  At a recent conference that attracted 15,000 eBay fanatics to Las Vegas, the main sponsor was a big advocate of online shopping: none other than the United States Postal Service.  —  "I have one message today for the entire eBay community …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
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 and Web Strategy
PR Newswire:
Gannett, McClatchy and Tribune Reach Ownership Agreement on CareerBuilder, and  —  Gannett, Tribune Increase Stakes in CareerBuilder to 42.5%; McClatchy Retains 15% Stake; McClatchy Affiliates Newspapers with CareerBuilder, and
Official Google Video Blog:
New Feature: Embed videos with a specific start point  —  We've always tried to make embedding a video as easy as possible.  Recently, we added the ability to link to a specific point in a video, but it wasn't clear how to embed with a specific start point.
Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music:
Microsoft Not Turning Back on PlaysForSure with Zune Player  —  As musicians, it matters to us, I think, how music is consumed and distributed.  Dave McLauchlan of the Windows Media Devices Group at Microsoft had plenty to say about the technologies that drive their devices.
Discussion: unmediated and Gizmodo
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