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1:55 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 …
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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.
Reuters:
Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries  —  But founder says Sony will continue as battery supplier even though it made batteries that could overheat and catch fire.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — Dell Inc. said Monday it will recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries …
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Louise Lee / Business Week:
Dell's Untimely Recall
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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Techdirt and Aswath Weblog
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.
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.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Google Sees Content Deals As Key to Long-Term Growth  —  Google Inc. drew the ire of media and entertainment companies last year with audacious moves to search new information such as video and books.  Now, in a reversal of those missteps, the Internet giant is bringing some of the biggest …
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.
Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
Dave Kearns takes on anonymity  —  What is "the system" in a multi-centered world with an interpenetrating mesh of domains?  —  Posted on Monday 14 August 2006  —  Dave Kearns of The Virtual Quill (and many other venues) has joined the anonymity scrum (even though he was already in it) :
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Comcast's Online Goal?  Become Another Yahoo  —  Web Buyers, Expect a Call as Company Bulks Up Net Presence and Adds Video  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Still think of Comcast as a last-miler, not a content aggregator?  Think again.  —  The cable operator has bulked up its online-sales team …
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hosting.mansellgroup.net:
Crescendo Ventures: To Raise or Not To Raise  —  Last month, there were some online rumors that Crescendo Ventures was planning to follow Worldview Technology Partners and Mobius Venture Capital into the dustbin of VC history.  Such speculation was likely based on Crescendo's dismal track record …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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, Engadget and CrunchGear
iac.com:
IAC Acquires Controlling Interest in Connected Ventures, LLC, Parent of Leading Comedy Site CollegeHumor.com  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI) announced today that it has acquired a 51% stake and full voting control of Connected Ventures, LLC, parent of leading comedy site CollegeHumor.com.
Dan Frakes / Macworld:
Leopard first looks: Spaces  —  Apple brings decades-old virtual desktops to the masses … One of the benefits of Mac OS X is that it lets you open—and keep open—many applications simultaneously.  (As I type this sentence, I'm running 17 applications, not to mention dozens of background processes.)
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 …
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, Gearlog 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.
 
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