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7:10 PM ET, August 18, 2006

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Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the washingtonpost.com homepage that promotes bloggers who are participating in a partnership with the advertising team of WPNI.  If you are a blogger or blog network looking to expand your readership and advertising …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Washington Post Launches Blogroll Ad Network  —  Jeff Burkett at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive blogs that the WashingtonPost has launched a brand new program that helps marketers find blogs to advertise on.  It's called the Sponsored Blogroll.  —  Basically, the way this works …
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Boeing to End Its Service for Using Internet Aloft  —  Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky or perhaps it was just that the business plan could not fly.  —  Boeing announced on Thursday that it planned to scrap its in-flight Internet service, saying there was not enough demand.
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Agence France Presse:
Boeing abandons in-flight Internet service  —  CHICAGO (AFP) - US aerospace giant Boeing Co. said it was abandoning its Connexion unit providing high-speed Internet service on planes after only a handful of airlines signed up.  —  "Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time …
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Alan / gedankengang:
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"  —  It seems Amazon might soon be launching their digital video download store, called "Amazon Unbox Video".  According to what I can find, it'll have purchase and rental capability, as well as support for devices other than your PC (Your TV and Creative Zen Vision at least).
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Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
First Look at Amazon's Movie Download Site?
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Paul Bond / Reuters:
EchoStar must disable DVRs, judge rules  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A judge has ordered EchoStar to disable the digital video recorders used by several million subscribers to its Dish satellite TV service because they infringe on patents held by TiVo.
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Matt Andrejczak / MarketWatch:
Dell adds AMD chips to desktop PC line  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Dell Inc., the world's No. 1 PC maker, will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in some of its consumer desktop computers, breaking its exclusive PC chip supply agreement with Intel Corp.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Report: Dell orders about 2 million AMD PCs
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Tech Report
Paul Graham / paulgraham.infogami.com:
The Kiko Affair  —  There's a lot of talk lately about Kiko's founders putting the site up for auction on eBay.  There's both less and more than meets the eye here.  —  I think Dharmesh Shah is overreacting, for example, when he implies this somehow signals the end of "Web 2.0:"
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer  —  Company expects to acquire 155 million shares at $24.75 per share; boosts ongoing share repurchase program by $16 billion.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer …
JoelGeek / geek.com:
Excalibur Smartphone exposed and Q to launch on Sprint soon  —  A very reliable source confirmed that a number of Microsoft Smartphones are hitting the streets soon.  My source was also kind enough to share some of the best pics I've seen of the Excalibur (see below).  —  The Excalibur
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi hack didn't use Apple drivers  —  In early August a senior researcher at SecureWorks said he had revealed a vulnerability in Apple's MacBook wireless software driver that would allow him to take control of the machine.  While the researcher did find a vulnerability …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:   Wi-Fi Exploit Not an Apple Problem, Company Says
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Apple releases iPod factory audit results  —  Apple has come out with its official report on the iPod factory conditions in China that were called into question just over two months ago by the UK newspaper Mail on Sunday.  Back in June of this year, the report questioned working conditions …
Discussion: Valleywag
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apple.com:
Report on iPod Manufacturing
Karen Brown / audiovideoproducer.com:
Internal CableLabs Report Sparks Stir  —  (Multichannel News) _ An internal CableLabs report leaked to the Wall Street Journal purportedly concluding that cable operators will have to shell out money for fiber-to-the-home upgrades is generating a firestorm of response from the industry today.
Discussion: GigaOM and broadbandreports.com
Business Week:
Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms  —  Businesses accused of helping the Bush Administration eavesdrop on customers could be in for a legal bruising  —  Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration's domestic eavesdropping program …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ready To Party?  —  The TechCrunch August Capital party is tonight, Friday, at August Capital in Menlo Park (map).  The fun starts at 6 pm.  Additional details are on the wiki.  —  There will be plenty to eat and drink, lots of companies will be demo'ing, and as always Pandora is piping in the music.
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Computers write news at Thomson  —  First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter.  Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories.  —  Thomson Financial, the business information group …
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
 
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Google AdSense Tries to Auto-Install Software
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SIN full.  —  The Maxfield MAX-SIN TOUCH MP3 Music Player.
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Washington Post:
The FBI's Upgrade That Wasn't  —  $170 Million Bought an Unusable Computer System
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Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Adobe, Linux and DRM
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Moo be gone! Apple releases MacBook SMC firmware update
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Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AOL to offer free personal email domains
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Ars Technica:
Quad-core race heats up
Discussion: Slashdot
Reuters:
ADP to buy Web services provider Employease
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Metcalfe's Law Really Wrong?
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Google Starts Tracking Music Trends
Discussion: Coolfer and Digital Music News
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
New features for YouTube  —  Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours …
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
MPAA push-polling the public to change copyright views
Darren Murph / Engadget:
DigiGear unveils EZ3D Photo Print picture frame
Discussion: MobileWhack.com