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8:15 AM ET, August 8, 2006


 Top Items: 
Google signs $900m News Corp deal  —  Google is to provide search and advertising on and other websites owned by News Corporation's Fox International Media.  —  The deal will see Google pay Fox at least $900m (£472m) provided certain web traffic targets are met.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fox: $1 billion Search Deal with Google  —  Fox Interactive Media has entered into a nearly $1 billion, 3+ year deal with Google to exclusively power search across most Fox online sites, including Myspace.  The partnership will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and extend though the second quarter of 2010.
Rafat /   Fox Interactive's Call For A Search & Contextual Ad Vendor Answered …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Google Will Power MySpace Search
Michael Gartenberg:
Leopard Pounces  —  Well, the rumors were wrong again and there were no new iPods much less an iPhone (but remember, this is a developer conference), but Apple did unveil to developers and the world the latest release of OS X, called Leopard, scheduled to ship next spring …
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Engadget
Viacom, Google aim ad-backed videos at Web sites  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks has agreed to distribute clips from its cable networks over Google Inc.'s advertising network, in a test of what could become a new economic model for Web-based video delivery, the companies said on Sunday.
PC Pro:
AMD to drop ATi brand  —  Chip guru AMD has announced that it's going to drop the ATi brand name following its takeover of the Canadian graphics underdog.  Gareth Cater from AMD told Custom PC that 'the new company will be called AMD,' meaning that we could shortly be seeing AMD-branded Radeon graphics chips.
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source: Architecture or Goodwill?  —  There are a lot of reasons why people make their code open source.  I believe that one of the strongest original motivations has often been overlooked.  Our hagiography tells the tale of how it all started with the quest for software freedom.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Personalized Search  —  Yahoo made a strong competitive move against personal search startups like Eurekster and Rollyo today with the announcement of Yahoo Search Builder, a customizable search engine tool.  —  A custom search engine can be created that searches just a few defined sites …
Jeff / Idealog:
Microsoft Drops The Ball on Internet Explorer 7 Standards Compliance  —  Microsoft often says it's pro-standards - but typically, they'd rather own a proprietary interface or protocol than build a compatible system.  —  As I relaunched the new design of my site, NewsCloud …
RuiCarmo / The Tao of Mac:
A Spotty Take On Leopard's Features  —  I'll be brief, since due to other folk's vacations I spent far too much time wading through a couple dozen million database records with the Swiss Army Knife of the Internet, had a most unfashionably late dinner, pretty much missed the WWDC online coverage …
Alltel to offer podcasts on cellphones  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT - news) the No. 5 U.S. cellphone provider, said on Tuesday it will provide a service to download audio clips from the Internet to cellphones in a bid to expand its business beyond voice services.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
AOL apologizes for release of user search data  —  AOL apologized on Monday for releasing search-log data on subscribers that had been intended for use with AOL's newly launched research site.  —  The randomly selected data, which focused on 658,000 subscribers and posted 10 days ago …
Jeffrey McManus:
See the Future Again and Again and Again  —  Back when I worked at eBay I used to keep a poster up in my cubicle.  It was an ad for reruns of Futurama, and the tag line read:  —  See the future.  Again and again and again.  —  I put the ad up in my cubicle because I love Futurama …
Vocus Acquires Online Press Release Newswire PRWeb  —  Acquisition Positions Vocus As Leader in Search Engine Optimized (SEO) and Direct-to-Consumer Press Release Distribution  —  Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:VOCS) , a leading provider of on-demand software for corporate communications and public relations …
Software's Sky is Not Falling  —  Last week's oped doomed the enterprise software industry to a future dominated by open source.  A collective rebuttal to the argument asserts that any obituary of enterprise software is premature indeed.  —  By The "Enterprise Irregulars"
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sony mylo wifi device packaged with Skype  —  Two big, related announcements are coming out tomorrow - MobileCrunch has the scoop.  Sony announced its new mylo ("my life online") personal communicator, a wifi device that works in any 802.11b wireless network.
Discussion: MobileCrunch and SMS Text News
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