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10:00 AM ET, August 17, 2006

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Brian / Google Talkabout:
It's Finally Here!  —  Hooray!  The new Google Talk features (file sharing, voicemail, and music status) have completed testing and are now available to everyone.  Just use Google Talk normally, and it will auto-update to the new version over the next few days.  If you just can't wait, you can download the new version directly.
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CNET News.com:
Google Talk marks first year with upgrade  —  Google Talk, which is celebrating its first birthday with an upgrade, will let people easily transfer files and leave other people voice mail beginning Wednesday.  —  Now people who use the instant messaging and voice chat service will be able to click a …
Discussion: Lifehacker, VoIP Now and 21talks
Ben / Ben Metcalfe Blog:   Boring update to GTalk ships
Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Del.icio.us Redesigns, Again.  Plus Contextual Ads  —  Del.icio.us has redesigned yet again, and just when I was starting to get used to the last change!  Only the main page of del.icio.us has had significant changes made, now including screenshots, hot stuff (popular bookmarks at the moment) …
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Del.icio.us Gets Contextual Ads, New Home Page  —  After years of going ad-free, del.icio.us has quietly started to integrate contextual search ads from Yahoo Search Marketing.  For now, ads only show up when users search the entire index of bookmarks.  Note the ads to the right of this search for Apple.
BBC:
YouTube aims to show music videos  —  Video sharing website YouTube is in talks with record labels about offering current and archive music videos.  —  YouTube co-founder Steve Chen told Reuters news agency it was hoped that within 18 months the site would "have every music video ever created".
Mobile Phone Industry News from mad4mobilephones.com:
Revealed: The top 50 mobile & cell phone websites  —  When China Mobile overtook Vodafone as the biggest mobile phone company in the world last week we started thinking about which companies had the biggest websites.  There are a variety of mobile & cell phone sites on the web from handset manufacturers …
qa.mandriva.com:
Mandriva Linux 2007 Beta version "Odin"  —  Odin release notes  —  Release note for the second Mandriva Linux 2007 beta version  —  Linux 2007 Odin is the second beta version for the Mandriva Linux 2007 release.  —  You can see the technical details at DistroChangelog.  —  Availability
Discussion: Neowin.net and digg
Dennis Howlett / AccMan Pro:
ODE TO A (FELLOW) CURMUDGEON - NICK CARR  —  Before anyone goes off on one about an ode being poetic, it doesn't have to be.  And this isn't.  —  I was going to give this a miss but then I know not many people who come here read Nick Carr.  Many more should.  In his latest post, Nick takes a swipe at so-called A-list bloggers.
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Embeds Windows Live Links in New Vista Builds  —  Microsoft is poised to release a new pre-RC1 test build of Windows Vista any day now to a select group of testers.  The latest builds include links to Windows Live Messenger, Toolbar, OneCare and Desktop Mail.
Caterina / Caterina.net:
BizDev 2.0  —  When another blogger notices something you said, and points out its blogworthiness, the temptation is strong to scoop them.  And so I'm scooping Fred, who contacted me about a small startup that wanted an introduction, but I said we (that is, Flickr) probably didn't have the space …
Discussion: A VC and ben barren
Matthew Rand / Forbes:
How To Mix Business And Friendship  —  One luxury of being your own boss is choosing the people you work with.  Just ask the folks at Google, Yahoo! and Boston Scientific.  These are but a few large companies launched by friends who took a chance on working together.
Seth Schoen / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
How To Keep Your Search History Private  —  How can you help prevent damaging privacy invasions like AOL's data leak?  Along with spreading the word about this debacle, you can take steps to protect yourself online.  Beneath the fold, we've listed some tips and tools that will help keep your search history private.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
IBM takes potshots at OpenSolaris  —  SAN FRANCISCO—OpenSolaris isn't a true open-source project, but rather a "facade," because Sun Microsystems doesn't share control of it with outsiders, executives from rival IBM say.  —  "Sun holds it all behind the firewall.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Drive Info: Deleted Post From Team Member  —  We've speculated that Windows Live Drive, Microsoft's upcoming online storage service, may be launching very soon.  New information today suggests that the internal Live Drive team formed around the end of last year, and contains some additional information as well.
Discussion: LiveSide, Scobleizer and MSTechToday
Ellen Lee / San Francisco Chronicle:
YouTube gets its close-up  —  Just about everyone these days seems to be talking about the video-sharing phenomenon that is YouTube.  —  That was definitely the case at a digital media conference in San Jose on Tuesday.  In the hallways, in panels, in casual conversation, YouTube came up constantly …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Valleywag
Jeffrey Selingo / New York Times:
Back to School, With Cellphone and Laptop  —  It used to be that getting ready for another school year meant buying a few new No. 2 pencils, spiral notebooks and a lunchbox.  Not anymore.  Young children and teenagers, as well as college students, are going to school with more electronic gadgets than ever.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Startups Given The Floor At Digital Hollywood  —  I was Digital Hollywood today rubbing elbows with content creators and distributors in San Jose.  On the agenda were several entrepreneurial forums where local startups pitched their companies to an audience of competitors, peers and venture capitalists.
Discussion: Between the Lines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hear About PopSugar Yet?  —  If you haven't heard of San Francisco-based PopSugar yet, prepare yourself.  You are going to start hearing about them a lot in the mainstream press.  They are a blog network, and more recently a social network, targeting young, hip women (as well as a few guys that want to hang out with young, hip women).
 
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Kiko On the Block  —  Web calendar Kiko has put its domain …
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