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2:40 PM ET, August 18, 2006


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Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the 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 …
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.
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)
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire, digg and Slashdot
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.
Discussion: Rough Type and TeleRead
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
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 …
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 …
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple issues Report on iPod Manufacturing
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
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Report: Dell orders about 2 million AMD PCs
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does Kiko predict more Web 2.0 failures?  —  I was reading Don Dodge, former executive from Alta Vista.  He's seen his share of failure so I always learn something from him.  Anyway, he links to an interesting analysis of why Kiko (a Web-based calendar) failed.
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).
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
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
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Round 2: Dial Tone  —  In a conversation yesterday, John Fandel, the general manager of The O'Reilly Network, made an interesting point: he wants to build our web publishing tools around the model of delivering "dial tone."  —  As we talked, the idea took hold.
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, a research forum …
Discussion: Techdirt
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Adobe, Linux and DRM
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Anne Broache / CNET
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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