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3:10 PM ET, August 10, 2006

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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Get Your Fix at Auction 66  —  Telcos, cable and satellite TV, and intrepid speculators battle for pieces of the FCC's largest auction of wireless spectrum  —  Imagine Cablevision's chairman Charles Dolan, News Corp.'s (NWS) Rupert Murdoch, and Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK) Warren Buffett duking it out.
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Satellite, cable battle wireless in US FCC auction  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. wireless carriers battled with satellite and cable operators on Wednesday for valuable licenses for advanced wireless services — like high-speed Internet access — on the first day of an auction that so far has raised $933.5 million.
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
T-Mobile USA dominates first round of AWS auction  —  WASHINGTON—T-Mobile USA Inc. led the first round of bidding in the Federal Communications Commission's auction of advanced wireless services spectrum, placing bids for spectrum that would substantially expand its national footprint.
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Skype Goes Mobile With iSkoot  —  Application will allow use of Skype's contact list, voice service, and chat features on high-end mobile phones.  —  Skype will help market an application that will put its contact list and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) and instant messaging services on high-end mobile phones.
Discussion: Shop Talk
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Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
iSkoot: The New Mobile Face of Skype?
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iSkoot Allows Skype Calling On Regular Cellphones
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Gartner Names Hot Technologies With Greatest Potential Impact  —  Gartner says hot technologies include social-network analysis, collective intelligence, location-aware applications and event-driven architectures.  —  TechWeb  —  Researcher Gartner Inc. on Wednesday identified the technologies …
Discussion: Weblogsky
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Christy Pettey / gartner.com:
Gartner's 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle Highlights Key Technology Themes  —  Web 2.0 technologies and business models dominate emerging technologies together with Real World Web and Applications Architecture  —  Gartner, Inc., today announced its 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle …
Wired News:
Wired News Writer Faked Info  —  Wired News has removed three articles from its website after an internal investigation failed to confirm the authenticity of a source used in the stories.  —  "Tribal Curse Haunts Launch Pad" (June 27, 2006), "NASA Boosts Heart-Monitoring Tech" (July 7 …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to continue storing search requests despite AOL gaffe  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Although he was alarmed by AOL's haphazard release of its subscribers' online search requests, Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday the privacy concerns raised by that breach won't change …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and TechSpot
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Sony Mylo suffers from Sidekick syndrome  —  Skype did a great job packaging Skype into the new Mylo.  And I'm desparate for a device like this that lets me carry Skype around.  But Sony's Mylo doesn't deserve this moment of love.  Like the T-Mobile Sidekick, Mylo:
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Gizmodo:
Real-Time Airport Plane Visualization  —  Reader Michael sent in this link to some web-based Java airport monitoring app.  Just go to the site, pick an airport, and see a real-time display on planes flying in and out of your local hub.  So far only major airports like Boston Logan International …
Discussion: Lifehacker and JD on EP
Gaming Nexus:
Could the Wii fail?  —  Iwata stated that Wii will embrace more creative game concepts that haven't been tried before, focusing on fresh gameplay instead of graphics.  This seems like a good idea in principle, but a firm balance must be maintained.  We need a healthy, diverse collection of software …
Discussion: Kotaku, Cathode Tan and Joystiq
SeekingAlpha Media Stocks:
Viacom Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (VIAB)  —  Executives  —  Jim Bombassei - SVP, Investor Relations  —  Analysts  —  Doug Mitchelson - Deutsche Bank Securities  —  Douglas Shapiro - Banc of America Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator
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Staci / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Viacom 2Q06 Digital Revenues Up 58 Percent; Digital Ad …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Lost Remote
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM Satellite Radio Teams Up With Alltel  —  XM Satellite Radio has inked a deal with Alltel Wireless that will give Alltel customers access to a wide range of XM Satellite Radio programming via their wireless phones.  —  The XM Radio Mobile service will be offered to Alltel Wireless customers for $7.99 per month.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Added to Google Homepage  —  Google got rid of the Froogle and Google Groups link on top of their search box, and introduced a link to Google Video instead.  From what we know, only the most successful Google services get spotlighted on the homepage... in the past, services like Google Directory had to go.
Discussion: ComparisonEngines.com and JD on EP
CNET News.com:
What Vista can learn from Leopard  —  Apple Computer let developers know this week that its next Mac OS X version, Leopard, should spring onto store shelves next spring.  It also lifted the veil somewhat on features planned for the operating system, but held back on some details.
Discussion: Teching It Easy
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage  —  Intel has released open-source software to give Linux full-fledged support for 3D graphics, a move that could give its graphics chips a leg up over rivals.  —  Right now, Linux users typically rely on proprietary driver software …
Discussion: Open Source, TechSpot and digg
Reuters:
UC joins Google book project  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers.
Discussion: GigaOM and Official Google Blog
George Ou:
AOL AIM Phoneline gives you a free phone number  —  Following on the heels of Skype offering free (free for now because Skype is only doing it to mess with the Vonage IPO) Skype-out service, AOL has begun offering free inbound calling along with your own phone number with its AIM Phoneline service.
Mike / Techdirt:
WiMax, Net Neutrality And Basic Fact Checking  —  from the need-to-support-your-argument-a- little-better dept  —  With yesterday's announcement that Sprint was going to offer WiMax over their 2.5 GHz spectrum, it was only a matter of time until someone tied the topic to net neutrality.
George Ou:
Intel sells off DSP division Dialogic  —  August 9, 2006, Intel announced that it would sell off its DSP (Digital Signal Processing) media and signal processing business known as the Dialogic division to Eicon Networks which Intel had originally acquired Dialogic back in 1999.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
 
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