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12:10 PM 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.
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
MSNBC:   Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries
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
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Gotts Milks: An interview with the man who bought
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Oracle to Announce Linux Distro Tomorrow
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Sees Content Deals As Key to Long-Term Growth
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Michael Ingram / Slyck:
Pirate Party Backs Speedy, Anonymizing Internet Service
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Yahoo Taps ComScore Exec to Head Market Research
Tina Gasperson / NewsForge:
Open source project adds "no military use" clause to the GPL