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1:10 PM ET, August 15, 2006

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MSNBC:
Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries  —  Devices' lithium-ion batteries could overheat and possibly catch fire … SAN FRANCISCO - Dell Inc., the world's largest personal computer maker, said Monday it would recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries with cells made by Sony Corp., the largest recall in Dell's history.
Discussion: New York Times and Gizmodo
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
New at Google: Local Coupons  —  Google is expanding its local directory business using the same sort of disruptive tactics it has used in other areas: giving away something for which others charge.  —  Starting today, Google will let any business offer discount coupons to people who use …
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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google Maps offers discount coupons for US stores  —  Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) will offer printable discount coupons to local shoppers, in a promotional bid that aims to drive U.S. online shoppers using its Google Maps service to visit stores, the company said on Monday.
evhead:
New Blogger Embarking  —  As of today, Blogger is starting to roll out a new platform, which has been in the works for a while.  The emphasis will probably be on new features, which include:  —  * WYSIWYG template customizer with "elements"  —  * Labels (aka, "tags") for each post for categorizing and sorting
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Michael Kanellos / ZDNet:
Terabyte drive to debut later this year  —  If there's a storage fanatic in your family, a perfect gift could be coming for her or him toward the end of the year: 1-terabyte hard drives.  —  Desktop hard drives holding 1 terabyte, or 1,000 gigabytes, of storage will likely debut in 2006 …
Josh / Bokardo:
Apple Making Huge Social Software Push?  —  Update Added several points about upcoming Leopard features.  —  Several recent Apple developments suggest that the company is ramping up for a huge push of social features in its software:  —  Wiki Server  —  A wiki server?  Yes, a wiki server.
Ben / Links:
Identity Isn't Just Identity Management, Anonymity Isn't Privacy  —  There's been more comment on identity management and anonymity.  It seems there's two points that are commonly being overlooked or ignored.  —  Firstly, when I say anonymity should be the substrate I am not just talking …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Advertisers Trace Paths Users Leave on Internet  —  If you use Yahoo's Web search engine to learn about hybrid cars, the site will quietly note that you fit into a group of users it calls "Consciously Cruising."  —  If you click on ads for moving van companies, you will join the "Home Hopping" group.
BBC:
UK bank details sold in Nigeria  —  Bank account details belonging to thousands of Britons are being sold in West Africa for less than £20 each, the BBC's Real Story programme has found.  —  It discovered that fraudsters in Nigeria were able to find internet banking data stored on recycled PCs sent from the UK to Africa.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who Will Really Make Money in VoIP?  —  In the early days of WiFi, it was common wisdom to bet on service providers and aggregators to make money as the technology became popular.  Somehow that did not work out as planned.  Who even remembers names like Cometa that burnt through millions …
Discussion: Aswath Weblog
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Leopard first looks: Spaces  —  Apple brings decades-old virtual desktops to the masses … One of the benefits of Mac OS X is that it lets you open—and keep open—many applications simultaneously.  (As I type this sentence, I'm running 17 applications, not to mention dozens of background processes.)
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Yahoo vs. Google, round two  —  The company took a beating last month, but CEO Terry Semel tells Fortune's Adam Lashinsky that he likes its chances against Google, YouTube, and MySpace.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — The year since Yahoo topped Fortune's list of the 100 Fastest-Growing companies has been a rough one for CEO Terry Semel.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
T-Mobile's Trial Balloon  —  The wireless provider is testing routers that will allow users to make calls from home via cell phone for a flat monthly rate  —  On Aug. 10, T-Mobile USA started a hush-hush trial of a service that could turn telecom on its head.
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
Sirius Stiletto 100 - FOUND  —  The eagle eyes over at Sirius Backstage spotted the Sirius Stiletto 100 in Crutchfield's catalog.  —  This is the first time that we get an actual look into what Sirius' first fully-portable satellite radio receiver form-factor will be (as well as debunk some of the rumors out there).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Gearlog, Engadget and CrunchGear
Anything But iPod:
Mysterious Samsung YP-K5 DAP  —  There's no evidence of it now, but a press release about the IFA 2006 (a huge consumer electronics show in Berlin) on Samsung's German site used to include pictures and information about the company's new YP-K5 digital audio player.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo, CrunchGear and Engadget
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Just How Many Windows Live Services Are There?  —  Microsoft officials say there are 20 Windows Live services available in beta and/or final versions.  But it looks like the real count is in excess of 40.  And that's not including a number of Live services which Microsoft has yet to acknowledge, but sources say are in the pipeline.
TDavid / Things That:
Google trademark lawyers protest Google being used as a verb  —  I'm not a trademark lawyer and don't pretend to understand the intracies of trademark law.  I also own Google stock.  Neither of these truths should prevent me from exercising common sense which the following story seems to be lacking …
Peter Burrows / Business Week:
"Witch Hunt" in the Silicon Valley  —  Network Appliance CEO Daniel Warmenhoven says the government's search for backdated options among tech companies is going too far  —  At the start of this year, word began to spread around Silicon Valley that the Securities & Exchange Commission …
Discussion: DealBook
iac.com:
IAC Acquires Controlling Interest in Connected Ventures, LLC, Parent of Leading Comedy Site CollegeHumor.com  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI) announced today that it has acquired a 51% stake and full voting control of Connected Ventures, LLC, parent of leading comedy site CollegeHumor.com.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Sees Content Deals As Key to Long-Term Growth  —  Google Inc. drew the ire of media and entertainment companies last year with audacious moves to search new information such as video and books.  Now, in a reversal of those missteps, the Internet giant is bringing some of the biggest …
 
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