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8:50 PM ET, August 8, 2006

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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 …
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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Gizmodo:
Sony Mylo: Media Player With WiFi, Skype, Browser, and Messaging  —  Compared to most Sony gear we've seen over the past few years, the mylo is a breath of fresh air.  The media player does MPEG-4, digital audio, and pictures.  But it also has a WiFi connection and a QWERTY keyboard …
Discussion: Forever Geek
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Sony Bets on WiFi With Mylo
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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CNET News.com:
Google pledges $900 million for MySpace honors  —  Google has won a highly prized deal with MySpace.com to serve Web search and advertising listings to the nearly 100 million members of the News Corp.-owned social network, besting rival Yahoo in the bid.  —  On Monday, MySpace parent company …
Discussion: TechSpot and The Kelsey Group Blog
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nokia buying Loudeye and launching mobile music
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.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google calls click fraud estimates overblown  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—Google is fighting back against what it says are exaggerations in industry estimates of click fraud in its bread-and-butter pay-per-click advertising system.  —  In a report released Tuesday, the search giant disputes claims …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft: No Virtual PC for Intel-based Macs
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 …
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
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE LOOKS TO AVOID BECOMING A XEROX OF KLEENEX  —  Like the folks in the click fraud de-fictionalizing department, Google's trademark lawyers are only doing their job.  But as with so many things when your dorm-room inspired company gets huge, the Doing Of A Job runs entirely counter …
BBC:
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.
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.
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.
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
AOL's disturbing glimpse into users' lives
Nick / Rough Type:
Open source as metaphor
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High-priority media apps
Tom Espiner / ZDNet:
Virus reignites mobile malware squabble
Discussion: Techdirt and MocoNews.net
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Half of All U.S. Internet Users Visited News Sites in June 2006 …
Jesse / cre.ations.net:
The Time Fountain  —  All > Tech > Inventions > The Time Fountain by natetrue
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
New Book Reports 37% of All Advertising Is Wasted
Discussion: Frank Barnako and AdJab
Inside Higher Ed:
So Much for Good Intentions  —  If all had gone according to plan …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Deal Will Give News Corp. Huge Payoff
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Weighing High-Tech Bills in Analog
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