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10:10 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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Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google Maps offers discount coupons for US stores
comScore:
Online Video Officially Goes Mainstream as YouTube.com Breaks Into the comScore Media Metrix Top 50  —  Traffic to Myspace Video Doubles in July; Yahoo! Video Leads the Pack with a 28-Percent Increase in Visitation versus June  —  Sweepstakes from McDonalds, Pepsi, Oprah …
Discussion: Daggle, B2Day and IP Democracy
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Eric Auchard / Reuters Newsblogs:
UPDATE 2-YouTube confirms six-hour outage was no goof
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Discussion: B2Day and Tech_Space
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Jo Best / CNET News.com:
Apple: iPod means our pod  —  Following Google's insistence that media outlets shouldn't be using the term "Googling," Apple Computer has become similarly protective over the word "pod."  —  The Cupertino, Calif.-based company has sent cease-and-desist letters to at least two companies that include the word …
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.
Discussion: digg
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Fuzzy tactics aren't helping the Mac community
Discussion: Technovia
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 …
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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 …
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.
Caitlyn Martin / O'Reilly Linux DevCenter Blog:
Ahmadenijad Blog Contains A Little Surprise For Israeli Readers Using Windows and Internet Explorer  —  Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad now has his very own blog.  That's fine.  The content is entirely what you might expect with one notable exception.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Ian Burrell / Independent:
Ashley Highfield: '99 per cent of the BBC archives is on the shelves.  We ought to liberate it'  —  So says Ashley Highfield, the decidedly ungeeky head of the Corporation's web operation.  But how is he going to deliver it?  And is the power at his disposal skewing the market?
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
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Sharpcast is Synchronization 2.0  —  Sharpcast, currently in public beta as Sharpcast Photos, stands to be the "ultimate mobilizer of any kind of data".  A big claim, I know, but having tested Sharpcast Photos and having had numerous conversations with Gibu Thomas, CEO of Sharpcast …
Discussion: SMS Text News and TechCrunch
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 …
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.
 
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You Tube - Me Watch  —  Is the rapidly growing video hosting site …
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Monday Update on Graweg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Finally (Almost): AllPeers
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Just How Many Windows Live Services Are There?
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Oracle to Announce Linux Distro Tomorrow
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