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7:20 PM ET, August 23, 2006


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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 …
Microsoft and Facebook Team Up for Advertising Syndication  —  Combination of Microsoft's and Facebook's consumer assets provides potent offering for advertisers.  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 22, 2006 — Facebook and Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic alliance …
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Microsoft lands Facebook ad deal
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and TechEffect
How Google can make - or break - your company  —  Smart entrepreneurs are learning the best ways to deal with the online Goliath.  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. (FSB Magazine) — Allan Keiter awoke one recent morning to the scary news that his Atlanta company's website was nearly impossible to find on a Google search.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor:
Writely Rightly  —  For anyone that missed it, Google reopened the Writely beta late last week.  I signed up for the service over the weekend.  —  Google acquired Writely, which had never left beta, back in March, raising speculation—among news sites, anyway—that Google would release its own productivity suite.
Steve Dowling / Apple:
Apple & Creative Announce Broad Settlement Ending Legal Disputes Between the Companies  —  Apple® and Creative Technology, Ltd. today announced a broad settlement ending all legal disputes between the two companies.  Apple will pay Creative $100 million for a paid-up license …
Discussion: and Technovia
LA Muni-Fi Filters Smut, P2P  —  Audible Magic gear at the MPAA's request...  Culver City, California was the first Los Angeles municipality to offer the public a free all-access Wi-Fi network.  They're also the first to ban all porn and p2p from that network, according to an announcement made yesterday.
Carlo / Techdirt:   When Muni-WiFi Becomes Vehicle For Muni-Censorship
Cedric / Peer Pressure:
5...4...3...2...  In a few hours AllPeers is going to be released in the wild after 5 months of private testing.  We did not invite all the testers during that phase but rest assured the remaining one will receive an email when the application is available.  —  We know some people …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GigaOM and Torrentfreak
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 …
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My Wiki is your wiki  —  I got this email this afternoon …
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 …
Louisa Hearn / Sydney Morning Herald:
Safety first for carry-on Dells  —  Qantas is issuing an advisory to all passengers on its flights on the safe use of Dell notebooks following the recall of 4.1 million batteries announced by the PC manufacturer last week.  —  The airline said that although passengers would be allowed …
Dan Warne / apc:
Unlock work internet or risk losing staff: Microsoft  —  Jobseekers will think twice about employers who lock down work internet access, a senior Microsoft executive said today.  —  "These kids are saying: forget it!  I don't want to work with you.  I don't want to work at a place …
Tom Yager / InfoWorld:
Is Windows inherently more vulnerable to malware attacks than OS X?  —  [the only trolling here is being perpetrated by those sending people here to be outraged]  —  It took an attack on a Windows production server, not devotion to Apple, to put that provocative title on this entry.
Discussion: Gadgetopia and Slashdot
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Pinger, a pretty cool vmail service  —  Have you ever been in a rush, and wanted to call someone, but just to leave them a message without actually talking with them?  The big problem: If you call them, they might pick up.  Joe Sipher and Greg Woock, former executives at the personal digital … Off the Top:
Net Neutrality Faces Biased FTC  —  FTC to the Rescue?  —  Monday the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC Chairman, Deborah Platt Majoras, stated the FTC was going to look into the Net Neutrality issue.  Her statement already shows the outcome based on her language and the tools they are going to use to investigate.
Scott Duke Harris /
Quattrone makes deal of lifetime  —  WELCOME BACK TO VALLEY LIKELY WITH CASE DISMISSED  —  Silicon Valley's storied financier, Frank Quattrone, stepped out of a federal courthouse in Manhattan on Tuesday with a broad smile and a deal that will allow him to rebuild a career that once made him a technology power broker.
Ina Fried / CNET
Has iPod's hit parade stalled?  —  news analysis After years of cranking out hit iPod models, has Apple Computer hit a wall?  —  The company hasn't had a significant update to its product line this year, with the only change being the addition of a smaller-capacity 1GB iPod Nano in February.
IBM to buy ISS for $1.3 billion  —  update IBM made a resounding move into security on Wednesday, acquiring Internet Security Systems for $1.3 billion.  —  The all-cash transaction of about $28 per share is meant to bolster IBM's ability to deliver security services to corporations, the company said.
Scott Carney / Wired News:
IPod Gray Market Booms in India  —  CHENNAI, India — It's the same ritual every month.  On the first, my wife sends the rent check to our landlord, a Punjabi cloth merchant with an enormous mustache.  Five days later, he knocks on the door and tells us he never received it.
Larry Angell / iLounge:
Dell quietly exits digital music player market  —  Several iLoungers note that Dell's last remaining digital music player, the DJ Ditty, has quietly disappeared from the company's online store.  The DJ Ditty, a flash memory-based player that competed with the iPod shuffle …
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Political Dollars Moving Online; Newspaper Sites Up There
Doc Searls Weblog:
Prodded by Dave and Frank, I just tried looking at NYTimesriver …
Discussion: ALLIED, Technovia and Know It All
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HiPAD II: Korea's 10.4-inch answer to the cPC
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