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10:30 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.
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.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Dell recalls 4.1 million batteries
Discussion: Tech Digest
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch: unveils new beta version  —  Google's, 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 …
Discussion: Changing Way and Mark Evans
John / Freshblog:
Significant Blogger Upgrade
Discussion: Slashdot
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Updates Blogger
Business Wire:
MindTouch Powers  —  Accelerates Mainstream Wiki Adoption  —  MindTouch today announced it has partnered with Entrepreneur John Gotts to launch, the premier online destination for consumers to learn about, create and share wiki sites.  MindTouch is the only vendor …
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
Gotts Milks: An interview with the man who bought
Discussion: ben barren
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Scarlett Susi / Shiny Shiny:
Review: Oregon Scientific Smart Globe: not just for geographers.  —  There was a time when I didn't care about what the capital of Tunisia was (it's Tunis).  That time was about 11 am yesterday morning, at which time I discovered the Smart Globe from Oregon Scientific.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Tech Digest
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Yahoo Taps ComScore Exec to Head Market Research  —  Yahoo has added a new senior-level executive to beef up its global market research team.  —  Peter Daboll, formerly the president and CEO of comScore Media Metrix, has been named Yahoo's chief of insights and head of global market research.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Maps Gets Coupons
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to offer "Home Media DVR" to FiOS customers
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Microsoft Live Writer Review
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Found Footage: Leopard GUI in action
Discussion: digg
One-terabyte drive to debut later this year
Discussion: I4U News
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Leopard first looks: Spaces
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BOSS: FX57 by TechDaddy
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Up next: 'YouTube' of video games?
Discussion: SiliconBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Key Linux programmer moves to Google
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Yahoo vs. Google, round two
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Clearstone's David Stern: "Will MySpace eat its young?"
Candace Lombardi / CNET
Logitech keys in to Vista
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
SEO Mistakes: Matt Friendship
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

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