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12:50 PM ET, August 15, 2006


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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 …
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.
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Updates Blogger  — is migrating accounts to Google Accounts.  Also, Blogger introduces some interface changes on a domain.  (So someone's still working on Blogger after all!)  Not all users are allowed to migrate their old blogs to the new platform just yet - I got the following message:
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Private Blogger Blogs Not So Secret
evhead:   New Blogger Embarking
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: partners with MindTouch, says $3 mill domain is a deal  — partners with MindTouch, says $3m domain is a deal  —  Entrepreneur John Gotts has agreed to pay almost $3 million to purchase the domain  With skeptics saying that he'll back out of the deal through …
Discussion: Dead2.0 and The Blog Herald
Business Wire:   MindTouch Powers
Gotts Milks: An interview with the man who bought
Discussion: ben barren
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 …
Louise Lee / Business Week:
Dell's Untimely Recall  —  The computer maker's efforts to improve customer service will be put to the test with a recall of 4 million laptop batteries  —  As if Dell (DELL) didn't have enough customer satisfaction issues to worry about.  Now, the leading PC maker has disclosed that it will recall …
Discussion: Techdirt and Direct2Dell
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Logitech keys in to Vista  —  Logitech announced three new sets of computer peripherals for your desktop on Monday.  —  The Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 3200 Laser is a wireless keyboard/mouse combo that will be available for $99.99 in the U.S. in October, and in Europe in December.
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Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Monday Update on Graweg
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Sharpcast is Synchronization 2.0
Discussion: SMS Text News and TechCrunch
Chris Marlowe / Reuters:
Casual gaming taking places of daily activities
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Finally (Almost): AllPeers
Discussion: Peer Pressure
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Sees Content Deals As Key to Long-Term Growth
Discussion: Slashdot
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Three Years On, Google's Trademark Usage Letters Become News Again
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to offer "Home Media DVR" to FiOS customers
Michael Ingram / Slyck:
Pirate Party Backs Speedy, Anonymizing Internet Service
Discussion: Techdirt and eHomeUpgrade
Craig Tate /
BOSS: FX57 by TechDaddy
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Up next: 'YouTube' of video games?
Data Visualization of Web Stats: Logarithmic Charts and the Drooping Tail
Tina Gasperson / NewsForge:
Open source project adds "no military use" clause to the GPL