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12:25 AM ET, August 15, 2006

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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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Alex Gruzen / Direct2Dell:
Dell Details on Notebook Battery Recall  —  Alex Gruzen, Sr. VP - Mobility Product Group  —  Dell announced a recall today of lithium-ion batteries sold in many of our notebook computers over the past two years.  You may have seen the recent New York Times story or have seen other details in the blogosphere.
CNET News.com:
Dell to recall 4 million batteries  —  update Dell and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission plan to recall 4.1 million notebook batteries on Tuesday, a company representative confirmed Monday.  —  The recall affects certain Inspiron, Latitude and Precision mobile workstations …
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
AOL acquires Userplane to expand AIM network  —  A brief interruption of my holiday schedule to announce a great news: portfolio co Userplane has been acquired by AOL LLC a couple of weeks ago, and I just heard that the official press release is now up there.
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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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Userplane purchased by AOL
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Wiki.com partners with MindTouch, says $3 mill 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 a contract clause or that the purchase is a huge sign of a bubble …
Discussion: Dead2.0
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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 …
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
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Xbox offers do-it-yourself games  —  ONE OF THE HOTTEST online trends is to get people to create and contribute their own material — things like reviews, photos and videos.  —  But will user-generated content work for video games?  Microsoft plans to find out.
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Tina Gasperson / NewsForge:
Open source project adds "no military use" clause to the GPL  —  GPU is a Gnutella client that creates ad-hoc supercomputers by allowing individual PCs on the network to share CPU resources with each other.  That's intriguing enough, but the really interesting thing about GPU is the license its developers have given it.
Discussion: TechSpot, JD on EP and Slashdot
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Verizon adds multiroom DVR  —  Verizon Communications plans to offer a digital video recorder that allows its TV customers to watch recorded programs on multiple TVs in any room in the house, the company said Monday.  —  The new multiroom DVR, made by Motorola, lets customers view recorded programs on up to three televisions at once.
Jeremy Wright / b5media:
Call for Bloggers: All Ye Business Folk  —  It has been quite some time since we've put out a call for bloggers.  Especially for starting new blogs.  After a summer of relaxation, we're thinking that now is the time to look at the possibility of launching some new blogs.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Browster 2.0 makes MySpace easier to use  —  Browser plug in Browster released version 2.0 of its product this weekend and is aiming to make MySpace profiles easier to view.  A Windows download for IE and Firefox, Browster preloads pages from search results and provides a live minibrowser when inserted lightning bolts are hovered over.
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.
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 …
 
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Dean Pullen / Inquirer:
64-bit Leopard knocks spots off Vista
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The State of Search Marketing: Observations from Search Engine …
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Data Visualization of Web Stats: Logarithmic Charts and the Drooping Tail
Kotaku:
Dead Rising Killing Xbox 360s?
Discussion: Gizmodo and Joystiq
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Seagate hoping to get 60GB and 120GB drives into iPods
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Tech Report
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Another cease and desist letter from Apple regarding usage of "pod" turns up
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
MeeVee wants to be your TV Guide: Raises $8 million more
Nicole Girard / CNET News.com:
Second Lifers get first look at new hotel chain
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
NetVibes, the slick "homepage" company, raises $15 million
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
HP offers Debian Linux support
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fox to sell video on demand on MySpace, across other sites
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