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1:00 PM ET, August 14, 2006


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Microsoft Invites the World to Create Its Own Xbox 360 Console Games for the First Time  —  More than 10 esteemed universities to add XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 game development into their curricula starting this fall.  —  In the 30 years of video game development …
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Microsoft Has a Starter Kit for Aspiring Game Designers  —  During the last decade, the cost of recording and producing music and video has plummeted, giving amateur auteurs a chance at stardom.  But at the same time, the expense involved in making video games has gone up …
Discussion: B2Day and Jeffrey McManus
Ina Fried / CNET
Play your own Xbox game  —  Microsoft is trying to turn hard-core gamers into Xbox programmers.  —  The company plans to show off on Monday a new set of developer tools that will let college students, hobbyists and others create their own games for the Xbox 360 console, for a Windows PC or both.
Method ~ of:
enter windows live writer  —  it's official!  —  for the past few weeks i've been able to use a new tool just released, called windows live writer.  at it's core, writer is a blogging client (i'm sure there will be other uses for it in the future, but for now, this is what i use it for).
Discussion: MSTechToday
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Windows Live Writer, Write On!  —  Mac-happy bloggers often use either Ecto or by Mars Edit as their desktop blogging client.  Given that those two products are pretty close to perfection, we are unlikely to switch to another client.  Windows PC users, on the other hand have had to choose from w.Bloggar, Qumana or some similar tool.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Windows Live Writer ... Huh?
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Exclusive: Interview with J.J. Allaire, Architect for Windows Live Writer
Discussion: Software as services
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Netvibes secures a $15 million investment  —  NetVibes, a Paris/London based company, will announce a $15 million round of financing on Monday.  Index Venture (which is a prior investor) and Accel ventures lead the investment operation which certainly is one of the largest in European internet this year …
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Verizon Is Rewiring New York, Block by Block, in a Race for Survival  —  It's 9 in the morning, and a team from Verizon has been stringing fiber optic cable along a residential side street in the Bronx for three hours.  In a basket about 20 feet in the air, James DeMattia guides the cable …
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Getting Things Done Software Systems (Part 1 of 2)  —  Native Windows (offline-capable) software  —  Scope  —  While there are a great number of ways to put a Getting Things Done system into action on a Windows PC, I'd like to compare and contrast the benefits of using native Windows software like Outlook …
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn't Know Who to Ask  —  Many people ask me for advice about getting a job in Silicon Valley, so here's the inside scoop.  Not everyone will agree with this advice, and some will outright deny what I'm saying …
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Lists - Group Writing Project  —  It's time for another ProBlogger Group Writing Project - and this time we've got prizes worth around $1250 USD (see below for details)!  —  The Topic  —  This week's topic is 'LISTS' - something regular readers will know that I'm rather fond of.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Userplane purchased by AOL  —  Web messaging services company Userplane has been acquired by AOL, it was was announced this morning.  Terms remain undisclosed.  Founded in LA in 2001, Userplane uses Flash and Ajax to offer video, audio and text chat in the browser, in single or multiple chat rooms.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fox to sell video on demand on MySpace, across other sites  —  Fox Interactive Media (FIM) and Twentieth Century Fox announced this morning a partnership to offer video downloads of feature films and television shows across a wide swath of FIM properties online, beginning …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Browster 2.0 Makes MySpace Suck Less  —  Browster, the browser extension that lets you preview search results by hovering over them, launched a new version today (Sunday).  Browster 2.0 offers the same free add-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox, but they're also targeting MySpace users.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
CPA - The Holy Grail of Online Advertising?  —  Written by Ebrahim Ezzy and edited by Richard MacManus.  Ebrahim is lead developer of search product Qube and authored the Search 2.0 series, which featured recently on Read/WriteWeb.  —  This article explores the new online advertising model of CPA …
Electronic device batteries- the new threat to airlines?  —  You have probably seen several photos on the web recently that show both Dell laptops and Apple MacBook Pros that have spontaneously burst into flames due to problems with the batteries.  I was wondering when this was going to catch …
Discussion: Daggle and
John Naughton / Observer:
Websites that changed the world  —  Amazon used to be a large river in South America - but that was before the world wide web.  This month the web is 15 years old and in that short time it has revolutionised the way we live, from shopping to booking flights, writing blogs to listening to music.
Stephen Foley / Independent:
To google or not to google?  It's a legal question  —  Search engine's sense of humour crashes as it fires off warning letters over use of name as a verb  —  Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra "don't be evil", has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb.
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