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11:20 AM ET, August 15, 2006

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Private Blogger Blogs Not So Secret  —  Google's Blogger, the grand daddy of the modern weblog publishing platform, today unveiled a new beta version that among other things touts enhanced privacy settings.  For the first time on Blogger you can specify if a blog is public, private or by invitation only.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blogger.com unveils new beta version  —  Google's Blogger.com, one of the trailblazers of the whole medium, is about to undergo a substantial upgrade that will improve its usability and help it catch up to the state of the art.  You can preview the beta version at beta.blogger.com …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Updates Blogger
John / Freshblog:
Significant Blogger Upgrade
Discussion: Slashdot
Business Wire:
MindTouch Powers Wiki.com  —  Accelerates Mainstream Wiki Adoption  —  MindTouch today announced it has partnered with Entrepreneur John Gotts to launch Wiki.com, the premier online destination for consumers to learn about, create and share wiki sites.  MindTouch is the only vendor …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Wiki.com partners with MindTouch, says $3 mill domain is a deal  —  Wiki.com partners with MindTouch, says $3m domain is a deal  —  Entrepreneur John Gotts has agreed to pay almost $3 million to purchase the domain wiki.com.  With skeptics saying that he'll back out of the deal through …
Discussion: Dead2.0 and The Blog Herald
Valleywag:
Gotts Milks: An interview with the man who bought Wiki.com
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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell Recalls Batteries Because of Fire Threat  —  Dell is recalling 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they could erupt in flames, the company said today.  This will be the largest safety recall in the history of the consumer electronics industry, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Three Years On, Google's Trademark Usage Letters Become News Again  —  How long does it take the wheel to spin full circle on the internet?  Apparently three years, judging from the outcry over Google's "new" move to send out trademark protection letters asking people to be careful about how they use the word Google.
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, Engadget and CrunchGear
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.
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
CNET News.com:
One-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 …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and I4U News
Michael Ingram / Slyck:
Pirate Party Backs Speedy, Anonymizing Internet Service  —  As part of an ongoing campaign for privacy, PiratPartiet, the Swedish Pirate Party, are giving their backing to a new anonymizing service called Relakks, which, unlike proxies, promises no loss of speed on any internet service - including P2P.
Discussion: Techdirt and eHomeUpgrade
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Up next: 'YouTube' of video games?  —  MICROSOFT RELEASES TOOLS TO ENCOURAGE HOME CREATORS OF GAMES FOR XBOX 360 CONSOLE  —  Microsoft hopes to recruit future video game developers by making it possible for just about anybody, working from their home PC, to create games for the Xbox 360 video game console.
Discussion: TechCrunch, CrunchGear and SiliconBeat
 
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Oracle to Announce Linux Distro Tomorrow
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Sees Content Deals As Key to Long-Term Growth
Discussion: Slashdot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Maps Gets Coupons
TDavid / Things That:
Google trademark lawyers protest Google being used as a verb
Scarlett Susi / Shiny Shiny:
Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe: not just for geographers.
Discussion: Tech Digest and CrunchGear
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to offer "Home Media DVR" to FiOS customers
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Microsoft Live Writer Review
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Leopard first looks: Spaces
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Logitech keys in to Vista
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