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6:35 AM ET, August 21, 2006

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Windows Live Contacts Beta Launched  —  Today George Moore, GM of Windows Live, announced the Windows Live Contacts Gadget beta at the Microsoft TechEd 2006 conference, in Auckland New Zealand (I'm here at the conference courtesy of Microsoft NZ).  Live Contacts provides programmatic access …
Discussion: Scobleizer, Dead2.0 and Skype Journal
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Microsoft really the largest blog vendor?  —  Microsofties take it on face value that they host the most blogs.  They even love shoving it in your face.  Yesterday someone who works on the Windows Live team was taunting me with "influentials don't matter, we got to be #1 and we don't care …
Dthorpe / Momentary Gouts of Reason:
Windows Live Contacts Gadget Beta Release  —  I'm pleased to announced the beta release of a new kind of web component: the Windows Live Contacts Gadget!  —  What's it for?  —  The contacts gadget is client-side JavaScript that enables end users to use their Windows Live contacts …
Windows Live Dev:
New!  Windows Live Contacts Gadget (beta)  —  Learn how, with nothing more than a little JavaScript, you can allow customers to use their Windows Live Contacts (Hotmail/Windows Live Mail and Messenger contacts) directly from your Web site.  —  To get started check out all of our developer info …
Discussion: TechBlog
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Pausing The Panic  —  DVRs Were Expected to Turn TV Upside Down, But We've Stayed Tuned  —  Prime-time television and its mighty 30-second commercial were supposed to be in trouble when a new, cutting-edge technology arrived on the scene several years ago, giving viewers a tool to zip past the traditional, on-screen ads.
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google CEO wants $74 billion TV ad market  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes television viewers should not have to stand for tv commercials that are "a waste of your time."  —  Schmidt is frustrated that "When you watch the television you see ads that are clearly not targeted for you."
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Slashdot
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google's $7.4 Billion Booty  —  Top Google executives have sold $7.4 billion in stock in the last 18 months, says Bloomberg.  That might have played a role in the stock's recent decline, suggests Mark Gilbert, especially considering no insider has bought a single share of the company in the same period.
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
TechCrunch 7 Party Photoblog  —  Last night at the Techcrunch party (Event Wiki) was amazing, the food, drinks, and swanky Sand Hill location was an event to remember.  Mike Arrington has really positioned himself as the center of Web 2.0, pretty impressive.
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Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Dead Rising Raises Capcom Prospects  —  Japanese analysts have noted the strong initial shipments of Capcom's Dead Rising for the Xbox 360, and believe that the game's performance is indicative of recent reforms at Capcom USA.  —  NikkoCitiGroup raised its forecasts for Capcom due in large part …
Discussion: Kotaku
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Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Vision Camera Facial Mapping Demo  —  Speaking of The Xbox Live Vision Camera, the upcoming Xbox 360 peripheral was demoed at Gamefest this week, showing off some great upcoming features.  Among them, video chat, using your picture as your gamer pic (with various image processing effects) …
Discussion: 21talks and Gamerscore Blog
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Adidas, Toyota come to Second Life  —  The biggest business news from the Second Life Community Convention here in San Francisco this weekend comes in the form of two reputed brands entering the 3D online world as immersive, interactive objects.  —  First out the gate was an announcement …
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Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Adidas Reebok Runs to Second Life
Discussion: POP! PR Jots and AccMan Pro
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Round 2: The Internet As Network of Networks  —  The other day, I was explaining to a reporter how I could be lumping in cellphones and the next generation of sensor networks into Web 2.0. "Well, Web 2.0 is really not just about the web.  It's really about the next generation of internet applications …
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and JD on EP
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
FeedCrier, another way to act fast with RSS and IM  —  Adam Kalsey, a founder and former CTO of RSS vendor Pheedo, released a new service last night called FeedCrier that makes it easy to receive rapid notification of new items in an RSS feed by IM.  The service currently supports only AIM but Kalsey says that will change soon.
Discussion: CrunchNotes and Adam Kalsey
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Archos officially announces all five Generation 4 devices  —  Not too many surprises here — after all, we've already seen a full review of one of these new models — but now PMP pioneer Archos has officially taken the wraps off of all the so-called Generation 4 devices we initially spotted over two months ago.
Discussion: Anything But iPod
Evan / Popgadget:
MP3 toilet  —  Boy, this just shows how far we are behind the Japanese.  —  For years now they've had toilets that raise automatically; the seats are heated and I don't even need to mention that they come with bidets....  So it's no surprise to discover that the Japanese manufacturer Toto …
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Things That
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
RocketDock-a Mac Dock clone for Windows  —  RocketDock by Punk Software is a great Mac OS X dock clone for Windows.  It is bouncy when you mouseover, allows you to drag and drop new shortcuts to the bar, and lets you customize all the settings, including the icon height, opacity, and even edge offset.
Discussion: Things That
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
djay - a "groundbreaking" audio application  —  djay, as you can see, is a "groundbreaking" new audio app that offers a slew DJ-oriented features to get your party started, including:  — Real-time audio mix transmission over Bonjour network  — Real-time audio mix recording  — iTunes Integration
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