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5:55 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.
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 …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube's Ads Blur Lines
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Paris Hilton Videos Now on YouTube
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Los Angeles Times:   Video Site to Add to Ads
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 …
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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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
WINDOWS VISTA'S SPEED BUMPS
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?
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
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 …
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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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.
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.
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.
Brian Smith / ComparisonEngines.com:
Google Checkout - The OTA of eCommerce : August 21st, 2006  —  Safa Rashtchy's note today on Google reads like analyst notes I've read for the last couple years about the contentious relationship between travel supplers and online travel agents (OTAs)/Global Distribution Systems (GDSs).
Discussion: Screenwerk and E-consultancy
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.
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nimbuzz Could Change the Face of Mobile Communications: a MobileCrunch Exclusive!  —  I've had the good fortune to have been given access to Nimbuzz for the last few weeks.  My testing has convinced me that once widely deployed, this application has the potential to shake mobile communication service providers to their very core.
Discussion: TechCrunch and alarm:clock euro
Red Herring:
Guba's On-Demand Experiment  —  Video sharing, downloading startup tests how to get people to buy movies and TV online.  —  In an effort to jump-start their video pay-per-download service, Guba said Monday it has slashed the prices for buying or renting premium television shows and movies from their site.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Kevin Mitnick Web site hacked  —  Instead of the usual description of Kevin Mitnick, his consulting services and books, the famed hacker's Web site on Sunday displayed a vulgar message.  —  Online vandals, apparently operating from Pakistan, broke into the computer hosting Mitnick's Web site …
 
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