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7:50 PM ET, August 17, 2006

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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The skinny on desktop Linux pros, cons and adoption  —  There are all sorts of stories whirling around the Internet regarding the pros and cons of desktop Linux as well as its chances of adoption (or track record so far) that I thought I'd try to connect the dots to form a more coherent picture (well, perhaps a confusing picture).
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Linux' achilles heel: fonts  —  I was just reading David Berlind talking about Tim Bray's use of Linux over the past couple of weeks (he's going back to the Mac).  I know what keeps me on Apple and Microsoft OS's, though, and it might not be what you expect.  —  What keeps me from using Linux?
Discussion: StrayPackets
ongoing:
Back to the Mac  —  It took nearly two weeks to get the PowerBook fixed, but for now I'm a Macboy again.  On balance, the Mac experience is better.  But Ubuntu is not that far behind, and it's catching up.  I'm thinking about the endgame.  —  Where OS X Wins
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Open source guru advocates ideological shift
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
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 …
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Fred / A VC:
Business Development 2.0  —  It used to be that web companies needed to hire one or more smart networkers and set them loose on all the other web companies in search of deals that bring traffic, users, additional functionality, revenue, and a host of other good things.
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Zune interface, features detailed  —  If you've been wondering how the Zune's user interface will compare with the iPod's, we have some real answers for you this morning: the similarities are significant, but Microsoft has made a number of changes that range from cool to not so cool.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims  —  Apple has denied claims that the company is getting ready to offer a wireless iPod - an unusual move for a firm that usually refuses to comment on unannounced products.  —  According to a report at DigiTimes, Apple Taiwan dismissed the claims of …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Will Cable Have to Spend Big to Compete with Verizon?  —  The Wall Street Journal's Peter Grant got a hold of a leaked CableLabs report and the result is a page one article that no doubt has cable chieftains sputtering with rage this morning.  The industry's R&D arm prepared a paper …
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Pradeep Sethi
Joe / Techdirt:
Nyah Nyah, My Broadband Network's Better Than Yours
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
David Pogue / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Picture - Zune In The Wild!  —  Thanks to our awesome tipsters, we scored this exclusive picture of the Microsoft Zune.  Yes, it looks almost exactly like the images we've shown you before on Gizmodo.  The player also comes with a pair of magnetic headphones …
Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator  —  German phone maker Road has announced its answer to Nokia's Communicator.  Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI.  It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too.
Juan Carlos Perez / InfoWorld:
Yahoo Photos and Flickr may grow closer  —  Yahoo may build links between Yahoo Photos and Flickr, though it has no plans to consolidate the photo-sharing services.  —  "There are no plans to merge Yahoo Photos and Flickr," said Will Aldrich, Yahoo Photos director.  "But there are exciting integration opportunities."
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Yahoo! Photos to leave beta today
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Roundup: The VC Carwash, Popsugar, Khosla's latest, Facebook opens, Decentral.TV, Blotter  —  Siteler Wash, a high-end car wash start-up, get's $1.5 million — Dave Whorton, a former protege of Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr, and partner at TPG Ventures, is now at his own firm Tugboat Ventures …
Discussion: alarm:clock
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Create an API for any site with Dapper
Discussion: David Galbraith
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boeing Boeing .... Gone  —  Is it a case of don't trust the early adopters?  Boeing's Connexion "broadband in the sky" service received rave reviews from most of the early adopters who wrote long paeans about the service, and how they could Skype and work in the sky.  —  The mass market thought otherwise.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:   Boeing disconnecting Connexion
Dharmesh Shah / OnStartups.com:
Hindsight 2.0: Lessons From A Failed Web 2.0 Startup  —  Certain circles are buzzing with the news that Kiko is on sale on eBay.  I first heard the news last week, but it wasn't public until today so I didn't want to write about it.  —  For those that don't know who/what Kiko was …
Zack / SnapStream Blog:
Project Hoover: Suck up every TV show in the new fall season, be your own TV critic  —  Each fall, the avid television watcher faces the daunting task of sorting through all of the new shows to decide what to watch.  The traditional method would be to trust a reviewer to suggest a few new shows …
Xeni Jardin / Wired News:
Wireless Works Wonders in Tibet  —  DHARAMSALA, India — Across the border from Chinese-occupied Tibet, the tech infrastructure in this high mountain village is a mess.  —  But a former Silicon Valley dot-commer and members of the underground security group Cult of the Dead Cow are working …
Discussion: Slashdot
David Pogue / New York Times:
Old Records Go In, CD's Come Out  —  ARE you over 30?  Sorry to hear it.  That makes you part of the Transition Generation, those who have witnessed the world's shift from analog to digital recordings.  You therefore probably have a collection of phonograph records, audiocassettes …
Anthony Mitchell / CRM Buyer:
Unsinkable Data Center Crashes in Seattle  —  Public discussion of private failures can be a painful process, but it is an essential process if public confidence is to be maintained, and if a facility's tenants and their clients are to be convinced that premium prices translate into premium service.
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Jo Best / silicon.com:
dotMobi to auction top-drawer names
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Robert L. Mitchell / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Oracle's future: What's a yacht got to do with it?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Dell, AMD expected to expand chip pact
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
Create an Email Blacklist in Gmail
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Apple retains huge lead in music player market
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AOL Search Queries Open Window Onto Users' Worlds
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Red Hat a no-show at LinuxWorld
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Live Motion 3D Video Camera
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Back to School, With Cellphone and Laptop
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YouTube aims to show music videos
 

 
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