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11:50 AM ET, August 8, 2006


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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.
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
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
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 …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Putting Leopard In The Broadband  —  The Steve Jobs Show at WWDC'06 is finally over.  All the name calling, new gear and fancy stuff aside, the big takeaway is that Mac OS X's next version, Leopard is going to be one of the most complete OSes to leverage broadband connections, and even higher speed pipes available inside our home.
Apple shows Leopard's spots
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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"
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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
OS X Leopard Server  —  The next version of Apple's server software, codenamed Leopard Server, includes a few new features for the early adopter web crowd and their organizations.  Ruby on Rails, podcast production, wikis, blogs, and grid computing are just some of the features built-in to the new server OS.
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Weighing High-Tech Bills in Analog  —  Political issues pile up in the fast-evolving sector, but Congress' expertise isn't up to date.  —  WASHINGTON — Halfway through a recent House hearing on MySpace and other online social networks, lawmakers had to switch gears to deal with another technology issue: a vote on Internet gambling.
Discussion: The 463 and IP Democracy
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 …
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 …
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