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12:45 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 …
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity
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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 …
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.
Discussion: IP Democracy, Engadget and TechBlog
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Business Wire:
EchoStar Asks Federal Court to Stay Texas Injunction  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 18, 2006—EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) issued the following statement regarding recent developments in the Tivo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. lawsuit:
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Wins Permanent Injunction Against EchoStar (And Cash)  —  The ruling is in: Within 30 days, all infringing Dish DVR functionality must be disabled and TiVo's initial award comes to about ninety million big ones.  The market should be interesting tomorrow AM and EchoStar is sure to appeal.
apple.com:
Report on iPod Manufacturing  —  Like many of you, we were concerned by reports in the press a few weeks ago alleging poor working and living conditions at a manufacturing facility in China where iPods are assembled.  Our Supplier Code of Conduct mandates that suppliers of Apple products …
BBC:
Boeing exits in-flight broadband  —  Boeing is scrapping its in-flight high speed broadband service because of lack of interest from leading airlines.  —  The discontinuation of its Connexion service will cost the plane maker $320m (£169m) in one-off charges.
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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.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and Slashdot
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Viral Marketing: Gaming Hardware?  —  Another day, another sad attempt by Microsoft for a viral marketing campaigh.  Yeah, that I Love Bees campaign worked really well for them, but since then they have a new gig every damn week.  This one can be found at www.notfornoobs.com.
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Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
What is NotforNoobs.com?
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Metcalfe's Law Really Wrong?  —  IEEE Spectrum magazine in a recent cover story by Bob Briscoe, Andrew Odlyzko, and Benjamin Tilly, three respected academics argued that the Metcalfe's Law - which states that the value of the network is proportional to the square of the number of users of the system …
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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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google's Writely released; will another sector be squashed?  —  Online ajax-rich word processor Writely began accepting new accounts today after closing registration when the company was acquired by Google in March.  A number of startups who used to compete with Writely will now have to challenge Google.
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Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details  —  After lots of quality time groping the Zune like blind man on his wedding night, our people give us the lowdown on the player's functionality.  Get the scoop after the jump!  —  First off, that scroll wheel you see?  That's not a wheel.
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Ars Technica:
Quad-core race heats up  —  The past few days have seen a burst of quad-core-related news items from both AMD and Intel.  In this post, I'll take a look at announcements from both companies and try to put them in the larger context of the Intel-AMD rivalry.  —  Intel's Kentsfield to face off against AMD's 4x4
Discussion: Slashdot
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
MPAA push-polling the public to change copyright views  —  The MPAA seems to be employing tried-and-true political campaign tactics to sway public opinion of piracy and file sharing toward its own worldview.  A few weeks ago, the association announced MyMovieMuse.com, a research forum …
Discussion: Techdirt
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
New features for YouTube  —  Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours for scheduled maintenance and came back up with a few new features.  First is customized URLs, which allows you to "choose a customized URL for your channel, to make sharing your videos and favorites with friends easier."
Discussion: Mashable! and Bloggers Blog
Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
The Cablecos are Waking Up to Reality  —  The WSJ today has an exclusive look (free version of article here) at a report to be released by CableLabs that outlines the potential need for cablecos to undertake a massive infrastructure upgrade in order to stay competitive.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate
Discussion: Mark Evans, VoIP Blog and VCMike's Blog
Darren Murph / Engadget:
DigiGear unveils EZ3D Photo Print picture frame  —  While anything remotely related to 3D always has to be inspected further before taking it seriously, the gimmicky optical illusion that adds depth to an otherwise flat object has suckered people in for years.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
anandtech.com:
Search AnandTech  —  Apple's Mac Pro - A True PowerMac Successor  —  It's here, it's quiet and it's fast; we got our Mac Pro on Friday and spent every day since taking it apart, using it and benchmarking it.  There's far too much to include in one review, so we're breaking it up into three parts.
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Hardware Announcements at WWDC 2006
Discussion: MacUser, digg and TechSpot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I don't write about video games  —  My brother, Alex, writes for Computer World.  Now, you'd think that his obscure little blog would be safe from 14-year-olds everywhere.  But, he posted his thoughts about Xbox vs. Play Station 3 and the kiddies show up and start bashing him.
 
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