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2:05 PM ET, August 8, 2006

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Sony:
NEW POCKET SIZED COMMUNICATOR FROM SONY IS ALL PLAY AND NO WORK  —  The mylo Personal Communication Device Enables Social Networking in the Wireless World  —  Sony is launching its first WiFi broadband communication and entertainment device to capitalize on the growth of wireless Internet access.
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Skype and Sony Team Up to Deliver the "mylo personal communicator"  —  Just in: Sony and Skype are teaming up to deliver a new next generation portable personal communications device the "mylo personal communicator" which will allow users to connect to mobile and wired phone lines at very low cost …
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.
BBC:
Sony taps instant message crowd
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Financial Times:
Viacom considers bid for Bebo  —  By Tom Braithwaite in London and Joshua Chaffin in New York  —  Viacom, the US media group, is considering a bid for Bebo, the social networking site.  —  The acquisition would represent the latest attempt by Viacom to regain ground lost …
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Is Bebo Next?  —  Last night's announcement that News Corp.'s …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
CNET News.com:
Google pledges $900 million for MySpace honors
Discussion: TechSpot and The Kelsey Group Blog
nokia.com:
Nokia to acquire Loudeye and launch a comprehensive mobile music experience  —  Espoo, Finland / Seattle, USA - Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Loudeye Corp. (Nasdaq: LOUD) today announced that they have signed an agreement for Nokia to acquire Loudeye for approximately USD 60 million.
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:   Nokia to buy Loudeye
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple OS X 10.5 "Leopard" officially debuts  —  We came for the Mac Pro, but we're staying for Leopard, Apple's long awaited followup to OS X 10.4, released April of last year.  Apple is promising a spring '07 release, and with all of those playground-style put downs of Vista they've …
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   The elephant in the room: Apple pulls a Microsoft, delays Leopard …
Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Has Steve Jobs Lost His Magic?  —  Steve Jobs' keynote speech on Monday was the most uninspiring he's given in recent memory.  It hints at the trouble Apple will be in marketing-wise if he ever steps down.  —  Steve Jobs usually gives his keynote speeches solo, but at Apple's annual developers conference …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Open source won't doom traditional enterprirse software  —  Last week's SandHill.com published a column by Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing, titled "Is Enterprise Software Doomed?," suggesting that open source will cause traditional enterprise software to become extinct.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft shelves its Virtual PC for Mac  —  Microsoft is putting a halt to a version of its Virtual PC software for Intel-based Macs.  —  The move comes after start-up Parallels introduced its own virtualization software for running Windows on a Mac, and VMware said Monday it plans to provide …
Discussion: Download Squad and 21talks
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Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet: a Series of Spoofs  —  One Senator's Take  —  On Net Neutrality  —  Spawns Parodies  —  Ted Stevens, currently the Senate's longest-serving Republican, became the latest unlikely character to go viral online when the 82-year-old late in June tried to explain to his colleagues the inner workings of the Internet.
Discussion: Valleywag and ReveNews
Quinn Norton / Wired News:
Giant Robot Imprisons Parked Cars  —  The robot that parks cars at the Garden Street Garage in Hoboken, New Jersey, trapped hundreds of its wards last week for several days.  But it wasn't the technology car owners had to curse, it was the terms of a software license.
Discussion: Dvorak Uncensored and Slashdot
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Deal Will Give News Corp. Huge Payoff  —  Google has won a bidding war to provide search services and advertising to MySpace.com, the social networking phenomenon, and other Web sites owned by the News Corporation.  —  The deal promises to pay the News Corporation a minimum of $900 million …
Paul Boutin / Slate:
The Myth of the Living-Room PC  —  WHY YOU DON'T HAVE AN APPLE ITV.  —  Moments before Steve Jobs took the wraps off his supercharged new Macs in San Francisco today, he took a minute to talk up the company's recent successes.  As numbers flashed on the big screen behind him, Jobs reviewed the latest stats on his retail stores.
Jesse / cre.ations.net:
The Time Fountain  —  All > Tech > Inventions > The Time Fountain by natetrue  —  I suppose it might be called a "Backwards in Time Fountain" or a "Time Manipulation Fountain" but I figured those titles would be a bit long.  —  Let's start with a video, shall we?
Discussion: OhGizmo! and digg
Inside Higher Ed:
So Much for Good Intentions  —  If all had gone according to plan, Bowdoin College students and their Brunswick, Me., neighbors would have received free wireless Internet access in town coffee shops and restaurants this fall.  Instead, only students will be able to access the network covering the downtown area.
Discussion: Techdirt and broadbandreports.com
 
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Half of All U.S. Internet Users Visited News Sites in June 2006 …
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