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5:40 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 …
Gizmodo:
Sony Mylo: Media Player With WiFi, Skype, Browser, and Messaging
Discussion: Forever Geek
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sony mylo wifi device packaged with Skype
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Sony Bets on WiFi With Mylo
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
News Corp, Google Deal Deconstructed
CNET News.com:
Google pledges $900 million for MySpace honors
Discussion: TechSpot and The Kelsey Group Blog
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to buy Loudeye
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 …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Leaving Microsoft  —  I am leaving Microsoft to start my own company.  My last day at Microsoft is next Friday, August 18.  It's uncertain whether Microsoft will continue the feed platform work I started, but it's some good stuff so I hope they do. … I joined Microsoft in April excited …
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.
Robert Manetta / Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Announces 4G Wireless Broadband Initiative with Intel, Motorola and Samsung  —  Media Contacts  —  Sprint: John Polivka - 972 405-5139  —  Intel: Amy Martin - 408 391-5194  —  Motorola: Jennifer Weyrauch - 847 435-5320  —  Samsung: Brett White - 817 992-6770  —  Investor Contact
David / Riding Rails:
Ruby on Rails will ship with OS X 10.5 (Leopard)  —  It's finally official: Ruby on Rails will ship with the next version of OS X (see "Internet and Web").  Both server and client (on the developer DVD).  We've been working with Apple for quite a while to make this happen and its great to finally be able to share it with the world.
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
(NON-FICTICIOUS) NEWS: GOOGLE PUBLISHES PAPER ON CLICK FRAUD  —  Here's the situation: on the one hand you have your customers, insisting that there is a problem and that you do something about it.  On the other hand, you have your engineers, insisting there is not a problem.
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
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Web 2.0: The 24 Minute Documentary  —  A couple of weeks ago Michael Arrington got together with a number of startup CEOs and executives to video a discussion about Web 2.0.  Participating in the discussion were Aaron Cohen (Bolt), Scott Milener and Steven Lurie (Browster), Keith Teare …
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.
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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