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4:35 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: GigaOM, Lifehacker, VoIP Now and 21talks
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".
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube Hunting Music Videos
Discussion: TechCrunch and Reuters
CNET News.com:
Real to plug Windows media support into Linux  —  SAN FRANCISCO—RealNetworks will release open-source software this year that will let Linux computers play Windows Media files.  —  The media delivery software company and Novell made the announcement at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here.
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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.
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) …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   Del.icio.us Gets Contextual Ads, New Home Page
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.
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Can anything tame the battery flames?  —  Ross Dueber, CEO of Zinc Matrix Power, has two words for you: Think zinc.  —  The Camarillo, Calif.-based start-up is one of a number of companies that has been toiling away at a problem that's no longer obscure due to Dell's massive laptop battery recall …
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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.
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
What Are Web Surfers  —  Seeking?  Well, It's  —  Just What You'd Think  —  One thing about us Internet users: We like our music, we like our pictures, we like our sex — and we like them all free.  —  Last week, AOL released a trove of what it thought were anonymous Web-search data from 650,000 of its customers.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Kiko On the Block  —  Web calendar Kiko has put its domain and code up for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of just under $50,000.  —  Web 2.0 is not all launch parties and magazine covers and bubbly!  The online calendar space is one of the more crowded spots to be right now …
Discussion: Newsome.Org, pc4media and Mashable!
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
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
'Pen' Testing in the Palm of Your Hand  —  A portable hacking device equipped with hundreds of exploits and an automated exploitation system will go on sale in the United States in October.  —  The wireless handheld, called Silica, is the latest product to be developed by Immunity …
Discussion: Slashdot
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Kiko Flatlines  —  Online calendering company Kiko.com has decided to call it quits and put the site up for auction on eBay.  They are also offering to export or delete user accounts.  It looks like the Deadpool may gain another member.  —  The Massachusetts company was backed …
Discussion: ben barren and A Venture Forth
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Satellite TV groups fade in auction  —  WASHINGTON — A partnership of the two top satellite television companies that qualified as the top potential bidders in the federal government's airwaves auction had all but dropped out of the competition by the close of bidding Tuesday.
 
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Neil Kjeldsen / TechCrunch:
Startups Given The Floor At Digital Hollywood
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Citywide Wi-Fi equipment maker boosts speeds
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
PRM Wars  —  Today I want to wrap up the recap of my invited talk at Usenix Security.
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Crescendo's two strikes, and why it matters
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Time Machine and the future of the file system
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Blaze Away with Trailfire
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Cyworld Launches, Throws A Big Bash
Alison Murdock / Under the Radar:
Live from Under the Radar - Office 2.0 / Winners Announced
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple scores high in customer satisfaction survey, again
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AOL Acquires GameDaily From Gigex
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GameFest: Xbox 360 Camera To Ship With Free Game
 

 
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