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1:05 PM ET, August 8, 2006


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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.
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 …
Discussion: Office Evolution
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.
Sony taps instant message crowd
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Sony Mylo: Media Player With WiFi, Skype, Browser, and Messaging
Discussion: 21talks
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 …
Discussion: E-consultancy and
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Is Bebo Next?  —  Last night's announcement that News Corp.'s …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Google signs $900m News Corp deal
Google pledges $900 million for MySpace honors
Discussion: TechSpot and The Kelsey Group Blog
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 …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   The elephant in the room: Apple pulls a Microsoft, delays Leopard …
Apple shows Leopard's spots
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 …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Removes Search Data on Group of Web Users  —  AOL removed a list of the Web search inquiries of 658,000 unnamed users from a public Web site over the weekend, after bloggers complained that the information was so detailed and personal that it could compromise the users' privacy.
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
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 /
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
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, 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 …
Discussion: B2Day
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
Mark Wallace /
Nu RL PR HQ in SL  —  Public relations agency Text 100 — who came number 9 among tech consultancies in PR Week's top 50 last year — has opened an office in the virtual world of Second Life, a project built out by the Electric Sheep Company (sponsors of this blog).
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.
Duran Duran to give virtual gigs  —  British band Duran Duran are to create a virtual island within online game Second Life, on which they will perform actual live concerts.  —  The band is the first major group to announce a virtual world presence in the game.
Discussion: Kotaku
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"
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 …
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
New Book Reports 37% of All Advertising Is Wasted
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David Battino / O'Reilly Network:
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Jeff / Idealog:
Microsoft Drops The Ball on Internet Explorer 7 Standards Compliance
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source: Architecture or Goodwill?