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7:35 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
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Google offers local coupons
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roughlydrafted.com:
Windows 5x More Expensive than Mac OS X  —  I found the first commercial version of Mac OS X fun to check out in 2001, but not very practical to use for real work.  It came included as an alternate boot install on my 400 MHz Titanium Powerbook.  —  Toward the end of 2001, Apple released the next major revision, 10.1.
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Fuzzy tactics aren't helping the Mac community
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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 …
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 …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Apple lays legal claim to the word 'Pod'  —  Apple has laid legal claim to the word "Pod," arguing that other companies that use the word as part of their product names risk infringing the trademark of its popular iPod music player.  —  The legal campaign, which in recent days has drawn challenges …
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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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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google Buys Photo Recognition Company  —  Google announced today on its blog it had acquired Neven Vision, a photo recognition firm whose background is in biometrics, for an undisclosed sum.  The technology is to be incorporated into Google's Picasa to improve search of personal photo collections.
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 …
Gizmodo:
First Look: Belkin Surge Protectors, Good for Cable Management Fiends  —  Belkin has unveiled three new surge protectors that will be able to make any cable management whore—like myself—jump with joy.  They will be releasing the Concealed Surge Protector, Compact Surge Protector and Clamp-On Surge Protector this October.
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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.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF Demands FTC Investigation and Privacy Reform After AOL Data Release  —  Internet Company's Publication of Search Logs Exposes Customers' Private Lives  —  Washington, D.C. - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate America Online …
Evan Hansen / Wired News:
TechTV Reborn as 'UndoTV'  —  TechTV is back.  Sort of.  —  Two former show hosts at the defunct cable and satellite channel, Chris Pirillo and Leo Laporte, recently floated the idea of a TechTV Reunion that would let alumni of the popular (to geeks anyway) station post new video clips at a centralized location.
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) :
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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Suprise of the month: Macs crash?  —  OK, I just purchased a Mac.  A 17-inch MacBook Pro.  I was forced into this by HD and wide-screen video formats.  Windows Movie Maker doesn't do it (it does on Windows Vista, but I can't use beta software to run my business).  Apple's software does do HD today.
Eric Auchard / Reuters Newsblogs:
UPDATE-YouTube confirms six-hour outage was no goof  —  August 15th, 2006, filed by Eric Auchard  —  Updates to show YouTube site restored after a roughly six-hour outage  —  For roughly six hours on Tuesday, YouTube.com suffered its first-ever "unplanned outage", depriving millions …
Discussion: IP Democracy and TechCrunch
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
RIAA's "abundance of sensitivity" ends harassment of grieving family  —  Last week, we posted about the family of a recently deceased defendant in a lawsuit by the RIAA being given 60 days to grieve before the RIAA went on to depose the dead man's children in a renewed suit against his estate.
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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Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries
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Google trademark lawyers protest Google being used as a verb
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