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7:15 PM ET, August 8, 2006

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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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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 …
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Is Bebo Next?  —  Last night's announcement that News Corp.'s …
Discussion: Mashable! and TechCrunch
CNET News.com:
Google pledges $900 million for MySpace honors
Discussion: TechSpot and The Kelsey Group Blog
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
Discussion: Forever Geek
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Sony Bets on WiFi With Mylo
BBC:
Sony taps instant message crowd
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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.
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 …
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Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Nokia to buy Loudeye
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
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
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
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 …
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
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
Jesse / cre.ations.net:
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
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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Virus reignites mobile malware squabble
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Marty Orgel / ClickZ:
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comscore.com:
Half of All U.S. Internet Users Visited News Sites in June 2006 …
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Jack Neff / AdAge:
New Book Reports 37% of All Advertising Is Wasted
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Paul Boutin / Slate:
The Myth of the Living-Room PC
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple OS X 10.5 "Leopard" officially debuts
Inside Higher Ed:
So Much for Good Intentions  —  If all had gone according to plan …
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