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11:30 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 …
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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo (Still) For Sale
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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.
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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 …
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nokia buying Loudeye and launching mobile music
Discussion: MobileTracker and David Card
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Sony Bets on WiFi With Mylo
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
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Sprint Details Mobile WiMAX Plans
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 …
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft: No Virtual PC for Intel-based Macs  —  Microsoft has decided not to move forward with a version of Virtual PC for the Intel-based Macintosh, and will also be discontinuing support of Visual Basic scripting in the next version of Office for Mac, the company said.
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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 …
Cshields / OSU Open Source Lab:
Rackathon 2006  —  Greetings!  We are looking for individuals to help sponsor the OSL in our new fundraising campaign.  However, this is a campaign like no other.  When you make a donation to the OSL, we will stick your name on one of our racks as our own way of saying "Thanks!".
Discussion: Niall Kennedy's Weblog and digg
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
AOL Search Log Profiles  —  Following are excerpts of what can be found in the search logs AOL decided to release to the world some days ago (they retracted the data after the story escalated on Digg and blogs, at a time when the data was already available on different places online; now …
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Actors seek new scale for new media  —  As advertisers shift their television focus to include more Internet and mobile forms of video advertising, what's an actor worth?  —  That's exactly what actors and advertisers are trying to determine.  —  The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists …
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Virus reignites mobile malware squabble
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The Time Fountain  —  All > Tech > Inventions > The Time Fountain by natetrue
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CNET News.com:
Google pledges $900 million for MySpace honors
Paul Boutin / Slate:
The Myth of the Living-Room PC
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The Internet: a Series of Spoofs
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Google Deal Will Give News Corp. Huge Payoff
 

 
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