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5:15 AM ET, August 23, 2006

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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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wow - Grouper Sells for $65 million  —  Sony Pictures is announcing the acquisition of online video startup Grouper tonight, Tuesday, at midnight EST.  The acquisition price, confirmed by Grouper, was $65 million in cash.  Our previous coverage of Grouper is here.
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grouper.com:
Sony Pictures Entertainment Acquires Grouper  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has acquired Grouper, the fast growing user-generated video site on the Internet, it was announced today by Michael Lynton, SPE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  —  Grouper.com, which is the second largest …
Discussion: GigaOM and Torrentfreak
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Sony Pictures Buys Video Sharing Site Grouper For $65 Million [by Rafat]
Discussion: B2Day and VC Ratings
DealBook:
Should Apple Buy YouTube?  —  Mergers & Acquisitions, Apple Computer, YouTube  —  Like a video of exploding Coke and Mentos candies, YouTube just seems to demand attention.  —  And, in a different way, so does Paris Hilton.  —  So Tuesday's news that Ms. Hilton is using YouTube …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube's Ads Blur Lines  —  YouTube today introduced a new campaign that casts a "pro" as one of its users.  Paris Hilton, famous for being famous, has a pop album.  YouTube is giving her a "brand channel," where Hilton appears in a choppy video welcoming visitors and asking them to leave a comment.
SecurityFocus:
Microsoft patch opens users to attack  —  Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus 2006-08-22  —  UPDATE: Microsoft continued to work on a fix on Tuesday for an exploitable flaw introduced by the company's latest security update to Internet Explorer.  —  The flaw, initially thought to only crash Internet Explorer …
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (923762)
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch and IEBlog
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
SEO Advice: Writing useful articles that readers will love  —  Okay SEOs, what can you learn from my previous post about changing the default printer for Firefox on Linux?  In the last week someone wrote and said "I want you to talk about SEO, and don't give me any of that crap about good content."
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Microsoft to Provide and Sell Ads on Facebook, the Web Site  —  Microsoft said yesterday that it would provide advertising for Facebook, a Web site aimed primarily at college students, over the next three years.  —  The two did not disclose the terms of the deal, in which Microsoft …
Discussion: GigaOM
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Qwest calls for mandatory data retention laws  —  ASPEN, Colo.—Broadband company Qwest Communications International on Tuesday strongly endorsed federal legislation requiring Internet providers to keep records of their customers' behavior, a move that could accelerate efforts in Congress to enact new laws.
Alex Bosworth / Alex Bosworth's Weblog:
How To Provide A Web API  —  In a world where people are making interdependent webservices, API design and maintenance is pretty important.  Unfortunately despite rising use and availability of APIs, there are significant problems with the way even big API vendors are deploying and maintaining their APIs.
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
What's new for your Blackberry  —  When I got my Blackberry, at first it was culture shock, I wanted my Plain Jane Nokia back, but after a while I got used to using it as a phone, then fell in love with it because it did email so well, but I wanted more, I wanted news.
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
Viacom's Redstone argues for flexible pricing  —  Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom and CBS, on Tuesday called for Hollywood to take a more flexible approach to pricing as it seeks to combat piracy and protect its intellectual property.  —  In a speech on Tuesday night …
Declan Kennedy / apc:
How Vista screws dual-booting nirvana  —  The other day I found myself staring out the window next to my desk.  It was around 6.30 in the evening, and the lights had just gone on over Hyde Park.  —  The whole scene was one of winter serenity, aided considerably by the window sill …
Eric Case / Google Code:
New GData API: Google Base  —  Post by Matthias Zenger, Software Engineer  —  We're excited to announce the availability of the Google Base data API, which lets you write applications that dynamically interact with Google Base.  You can insert, edit, or delete items programmatically …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Is your blog one in a million?  If so VCs may want to talk to you  —  Paul Kedrosky nailed it!  This is exactly the point I was trying to make about VC investment in individual blogs.  See Dr. Kedrosky's comment in my previous post.  Bloggers are like Open Source projects in that there are millions …
Think Secret:
Briefly: Leopard downloads prompt Apple retail firings  —  At least five employees of Apple's retail stores have been fired after downloading copies of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard from the Internet that were distributed to developers at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference two weeks ago.
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Platform Primer - what's available via API?
Tara Yingst / synaptics.com:
Synaptics and Pilotfish Collaborate to Develop Next Generation Mobile Phone Concept
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Sony:
SONY MERGES QUALITY LCD TV WITH DESKTOP PC FOR A SLEEK COMBO
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Seán Captain / Wired News:
3-D TV That Actually Works
Discussion: Gadgetell
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo Series 3 beta box snapped in the wild!
Discussion: HD Beat
IEBlog:
Details on our CSS changes for IE7
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
SanDisk Sansa graduates, iPod Nano left behind or soon to skip a grade?
Discussion: Shop Talk and MSTechToday
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Fox's Digital Empire, Going Up Floor by Floor
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Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Spamigation: automated litigation
Jessi Hempel / Business Week:
Friendster: Poised for a Comeback
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Kids Say the Darndest Things in Their Blogs
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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Nimbuzz Could Change the Face of Mobile Communications: a MobileCrunch Exclusive!
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