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10:55 AM ET, August 8, 2006


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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.
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
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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Google Will Power MySpace Search
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.
Discussion: TechBlog, Shop Talk and SMS Text News
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.
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
Apple shows Leopard's spots  —  update SAN FRANCISCO—Apple Computer on Monday introduced the Mac Pro, the company's first Intel-based professional desktop, and also gave developers a preview of Leopard, the next version of Mac OS X.  —  CEO Steve Jobs showed off the shiny metal desktop …
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.
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"
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.
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
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 …
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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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Secret pics of BlackBerry camera phone turn up
Jeffrey McManus:
See the Future Again and Again and Again
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Google warns on 'unsafe' websites
Jeff / Idealog:
Microsoft Drops The Ball on Internet Explorer 7 Standards Compliance
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
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