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4:30 PM ET, August 22, 2006

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Paul Bond / Reuters:
YouTube eyes ad money with Paris Hilton channel  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - YouTube, the online sensation that facilitates the viewing of 100 million amateur videos a day, is introducing a couple of new ways for advertisers to tap into the Web site's popularity while preserving its decidedly noncommercial attitude.
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Financial Times:
YouTube in push to link with advertisers  —  YouTube, the fast-growing internet video site, will on Tuesday unveil its most ambitious attempt yet to make money from advertisers by allowing them to promote their brands through customised channels on its site.
Michelle Quinn / Mercury News:
YouTube's new ad model  —  NO, IT'S NOT PARIS HILTON, BUT SHE'S PARTICIPATING IN THE NEW CONCEPT  —  People have wondered how YouTube, the Internet video phenomenon, would cash in on its explosive popularity.  —  Now we have an inkling — it's a first for Internet advertising, and comes with the help of Paris Hilton.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Can Paris Hilton boost YouTube?  —  YouTube will unveil a number of custom branded commercial channels tomorrow in its latest move to monetize the site.  The bizarre cultural icon Paris Hilton is already highlighted on the front page of the site with her own YouTube channel …
Discussion: Open Culture and Blogspotting
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Paris Hilton Videos Now on YouTube
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Los Angeles Times:   Video Site to Add to Ads
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft invites Firefox development team to Redmond  —  Microsoft wants to help aid in the development of Firefox.  It sounds pretty scary, doesn't it?  If you're still here, let me tell you that it's not as bad as it seems.  Sam Ramjii, Director of Microsoft's Open Source Software Lab …
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Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Microsoft Invites Mozilla Devs Over  —  The head of Microsoft's open source lab is inviting Mozilla developers up to Redmond for some help in making sure Firefox and Thunderbird run on Windows Vista.  The offer is part of a weekly lab Microsoft is holding for developers in order to reduce application compatibility problems.
Business 2.0:
Blogging for Dollars  —  It's not just a hobby — some small sites are making big money.  Here's how to turn your passion into an online empire.  —  (Business 2.0) — Michael Arrington is a partying kind of guy.  While showing off his home in Atherton, Calif., he boasts about how he crammed 500 people …
CNET News.com:
VCs see opportunity in blogosphere  —  Venture investors normally cite the strength of a company's management team as a key reason for investing in new technologies and ideas.  But two new venture investments in widely read blogs have taken this concept to a new level: investing directly in people for the content they produce.
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
VC funding for individual blogs?  —  Several high profile blogs have taken VC money recently.  Om Malik, formerly of Business 2.0 and writer of Giga Om, has struck off on his own with VC money from a startup VC, True Ventures.  SoftBank Capital invested $5 million in HuffingtonPost.com, a blog written by Arianna Huffington.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and Scobleizer
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds blog-like notes feature  —  A week after winning applause across the blogosphere for taking the big step of opening up its API, social networking site Facebook today launched a new feature called notes - essentially a blogging tool.  —  The best thing about the new notes tool …
Discussion: Download Squad and E-consultancy
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siliconvalley.com:
Verizon imposes new DSL surcharge as government fees removed  —  WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) — Verizon Communications Inc. is imposing a new surcharge on high-speed Internet service just as customers were set to receive lower bills thanks to a decision last year to deregulate the service.
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google MP3 Player found in GMail  —  A new GMail feature lets you play MP3 files right inside the GMail interface without having to download the MP3 or open an external media player.  —  When you receive an audio file as an email attachment, click the play button and Google will play the audio file for you in a popup window.
Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
Marketing Reality Check: Blogs, Pods, RSS  —  The Reach Most Marketers Crave Still Comes From TV, Print and Internet Ads  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Digital properties may be VC darlings, hot on Wall Street and coveted by advertisers.  But try telling that to Dave and Jean Bretzlauf …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Microsoft in buying mood  —  Spending spree takes aim at smaller companies  —  Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer was quick to reply when recently asked why the company wasn't pursuing acquisitions more aggressively.  —  "We are buying more companies than we have ever bought …
Alec / Alec Saunders .LOG:
Hello hullo!  —  Over the last few weeks I've been playing with the beta of a promising new free service called hullo.  Now you can try it too.  —  hullo bills itself as a personal call manager.  The promise is that it will help you stay in touch better than ever before.
Discussion: TechCrunch, 21talks and GigaOM
Rory Reid / Crave at CNET.co.uk:
Samsung launches disk-free Q1/Q30 portables  —  It's official — Samsung has gone off hard disk drives.  Not only has the company announced two new portables that use solid state disk (SSD, aka flash) technology, but it recently told Crave that it'll no longer make MP3 players with traditional hard disks, a la iPod.
 
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China Martens / InfoWorld:
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Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
AOL Moves to Increase Privacy on Search Queries
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Brian Smith / ComparisonEngines.com:
Google Checkout - The OTA of eCommerce : August 21st, 2006
Discussion: Screenwerk and E-consultancy
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
Top 10 Cameras Used On Flickr
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Cecile Daurat / Bloomberg:
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