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1:55 PM ET, August 14, 2006

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Microsoft:
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 …
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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 News.com:
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.
Black Voices:
AOL Acquires Userplane  —  Company's Industry-Leading Web-Based Chat & Instant Messaging Services Will Expand the AIM Network, Serve Social Networking Audiences and Emerging Online Communities  —  AOL LLC today announced that is has acquired Userplane (http://www.userplane.com) of Los Angeles …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Userplane purchased by AOL
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
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Writer
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 …
USA Today:
HSN to offer point and shop by TV remote  —  See something you like on Home Shopping Network?  Point your remote at the TV.  Hit "select."  And buy, buy, buy!  —  At least, that's what HSN (IACI) hopes its viewers will do.  —  On Monday, HSN is announcing the nation's first shop-by-remote system for digital TV customers.
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 …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Segway launches two new models: the i2 and x2  —  As rumored, Segway is launching two new versions of their still-looks-nerdy-as-ever two wheel Human Transporter.  The biggest update is the new "LeanSteer" system that does away the clunky grip-based control for turning …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
New Segway coming tomorrow?
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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 …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
DO WE NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT GOOGLE?  —  Damn, everytime I go through Valleywag, I say, "Surely, they've crossed the line this time!"  Amazingly, there is no anti-Valleywag campaign, no angry missives from Google, and no blogs spouting angry rhetoric against the Silicon Valley gossip king.
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
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Nokia handset doubles as a Bluetooth mouse  —  Even casual readers of this publication know that we're always seeking out ways to add more functionality to our existing gadgets, so when we heard about an innovative modder who was able to turn his Nokia cellphone into a fully-functioning Bluetooth mouse …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and 21talks
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
HP offers Debian Linux support  —  Debian is a steadfastly noncommercial version of Linux.  But Hewlett-Packard will give it a big corporate hug Monday with the announcement of a plan to provide support for the open-source operating system.  —  "We've had a number of customers continuing …
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Wireless Auction Heats Up In The 9th  —  The AWS spectrum auction really heated up in the ninth round of bidding, bringing the total amount of bids to $3.58 billion and net bids at $3.49 billion.  That's a jump of over a billion dollars from the eighth round, which brought in a total $2.43 billion and a net of $2.40 billion.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
 
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