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4:11 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 …
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.
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  —  Word at the Second Life Community Convention is that virtual world services company Rivers Run Red is about to bring yet another big-name brand into the virtual world of Second Life.  This time it's sneaker maker Adidas Reebok (the two companies merged a year ago) …
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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: GigaOM, Newsome.Org and Slashdot
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Google launches free, kick-ass word-processor  —  Google has re-lauched Writely, the online word-processor they recently bought, in public beta.  Writely does everything Word does, for free — and saves its output as PDFs and even RSS feeds (subscribe to a word-processor doc!).
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
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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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
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.
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Mike Rundle / 9rules Network Official Blog:
Niche Blogs and The Long Tail of Content  —  Just like with every business, the ultimate goal of what you're trying to achieve becomes clearer 1) the longer you're in business and 2) the longer you're thinking about your business.  We've been running 9rules in its current state since Summer 2005 …
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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Kent / Newsome.Org:
Jeff Jarvis: His Blog and the Street Choir  —  Before we get started, please recall my position statement from the other day: "I'm not so much interested in having the blogosphere operate differently as I am in calling bulls**t when people try to say it operates differently than it actually does."
David Watanabe / DWBlog:
buy newsfire, get inquisitor free  —  This weekend only, if you buy NewsFire, the most beautiful RSS newsreader on the Mac, you will get a free license for Inquisitor, the instant search extension for Safari that makes searching the web just like using Spotlight.
Discussion: The Apple Blog and digg
 
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