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9:35 AM ET, August 23, 2006


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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.
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.  —, which is the second largest …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Sony in Deal to Acquire a Video Site  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment plans to announce on Wednesday that it has acquired Grouper, a Web site featuring videos contributed by users, for $65 million.  —  The deal marries one of the biggest and most powerful movie studios …
Discussion: BGSL
Rafat /
Sony Pictures Buys Video Sharing Site Grouper For $65 Million [by Rafat]  —  The rumors were true: Sony Pictures has made its first Internet acquisition in a long long time, and officially enters into the social media arena: it has bought video sharing site Grouper, for $65 million.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Does Ad Deal, But Not With Google  —  Facebook signed an advertising deal (update: also in NY Times) with Microsoft that will put Microsoft adCenter sponsored links and other ads on the Facebook site.  There are no financial terms available for the deal, which runs through 2009.
SONY MERGES QUALITY LCD TV WITH DESKTOP PC FOR A SLEEK COMBO  —  Combining the power of a PC with a quality LCD and stylish design, Sony today unveiled the new VAIO® LS1 TV/PC Combo.  —  Sleek, yet highly-functional, this new device compliments any room in the house where space is at a premium …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony's iMac-like Vaio VGC-LS1 announced, reviewed
Discussion: I4U News
Microsoft Security Advisory (923762)  —  Microsoft Security Advisory (923762): Long URLs to sites using HTTP 1.1 and compression Could Cause Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 to Unexpectedly Exit  —  On August 15, 2006 Microsoft announced that it would be re-releasing MS06-042 Tuesday …
Discussion: InfoWorld Tech Watch and IEBlog
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 …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks  —  When I made the switch to Ubuntu Linux on my desktop computer (that is, if you can call triple-booting Windows XP, Vista, and Ubuntu a "switch"), I was a little worried about finding the applications and tools that would make me as productive working in Ubuntu as I am working on Windows.
Declan Kennedy / apc:
How Vista screws dual-booting nirvana
Mark Glaser /
Mark Cuban's Sharesleuth Takes Business Reporting to Ethical Edge  —  Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban has one of the best named weblogs, Blog Maverick, because he is nothing if not a maverick in the technology, sports and online worlds.  He shepherded his streaming multimedia company through …
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
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 …
Game On!  Microsoft and Razer Team Up to Rejuvenate PC Gaming Experience With New Peripherals  —  Microsoft Hardware and Razer meet growing demand for PC gaming devices.  —  Today at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany, Microsoft Hardware and Razer USA Ltd. are turning up the heat …
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
SanDisk Sansa graduates, iPod Nano left behind or soon to skip a grade?  —  It's not often I make predictions here, but yesterday I had an "aha" moment spurred by sites abuzz with Reuters report that SanDisk is launching the Sansa e280, an 8GB version of their e2xxx series for $249.99.
Discussion: Shop Talk and MSTechToday
Details on our CSS changes for IE7  —  We are currently locking down IE7 for shipping and I wanted to give an update on the CSS work that went into IE7.  Chris originally outlined our plans for IE7, and we listened to a lot of feedback (blog, connect database, conferences, our WASP partnership etc.) …
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
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 …
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Seán Captain / Wired News:
3-D TV That Actually Works
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TiVo Series 3 beta box snapped in the wild!
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Federal Trade Commission:
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Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Kids Say the Darndest Things in Their Blogs
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