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4:10 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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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 …
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.
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google offers local coupons
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Google Teams With Valpak
Discussion: Techdirt and The Kelsey Group Blog
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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Techdirt and Direct2Dell
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Lost Remote
USA Today:
Nintendo hopes Wii spells wiinner  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Nintendo's soon-to-be-released Wii video game console is getting raves from reviewers and others who have gotten an early peek.  —  The Wii (pronounced wee) sports an innovative controller: To hit a tennis ball, you swing it like a racket …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon to offer "Home Media DVR" to FiOS customers  —  If you're tired of waiting for DirecTV's continually-delayed HD DVR, or just one of the lucky few who actually have access to FiOS service (and want to extract every ounce of greatness from it), Verizon is looking to hook you up.
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.
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) :
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.
Jeff / Venture Chronicles:
Oracle to Announce Linux Distro Tomorrow  —  It's a rumor, and in all fairness my track record on the last couple has not been good, but according to a number of open source industry insiders, Oracle is going to announce at LinuxWorld tomorrow their own branded version of Linux based on the Red Hat distro.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Finally (Almost): AllPeers  —  UK/Prague-based AllPeers is a Firefox extension that will allow for group P2P file sharing using the browser.  A persistent buddy list in a sidebar is created.  Files can be shared with those buddies by dragging a file, folder or URL into their name.
Discussion: Peer Pressure
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
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).
 
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Ylan Q. Mui / Washington Post:
Wired, Aglow and Ready For Class
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
TechTV Reborn as 'UndoTV'
Discussion: Chris Pirillo and Lost Remote
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple lays legal claim to the word 'Pod'
Tom Foremski / IMHO:
AOL reveals the secret unguarded human condition
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Demands FTC Investigation and Privacy Reform After AOL Data Release
Ian Burrell / Independent:
Ashley Highfield: '99 per cent of the BBC archives is on the shelves.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Msrcteam / the Microsoft Security Response Center Blog:
Monday Update on Graweg
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Sharpcast is Synchronization 2.0
Discussion: SMS Text News and TechCrunch
 Earlier Items: 
Chris Marlowe / Reuters:
Casual gaming taking places of daily activities
evhead:
New Blogger Embarking
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
John / Freshblog:
Significant Blogger Upgrade
TDavid / Things That:
Google trademark lawyers protest Google being used as a verb
Craig Tate / bit-tech.net:
BOSS: FX57 by TechDaddy
BBC:
UK bank details sold in Nigeria
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Yahoo vs. Google, round two
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Advertisers Trace Paths Users Leave on Internet