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12:20 PM 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:   Sony Hooks Up With Grouper
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.
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 …
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Base API Released
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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Sony's iMac-like Vaio VGC-LS1 announced, reviewed
Discussion: I4U News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
TiVo Series 3 beta box snapped in the wild!  —  It wasn't exactly a well kept secret that TiVo was beta testing its Series 3 boxes in select markets, but up until now there wasn't a man or woman brassy enough to break the NDA and snap some shots of the damned thing.  Behold, the Series 3 in the wild!
Ben Drawbaugh / HD Beat:
Series 3 TiVo in the wild
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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 …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Xbox 360 and the game market, nine months later  —  Today is the nine-month anniversary of the Xbox 360's U.S. launch.  So how is Microsoft doing so far?  The simplest and most common measure is the number of consoles sold — about 5 million Xbox 360s worldwide as of June 30 …
Tim Berners-Lee /
developerWorks Interviews:  —  Originator of the Web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium talks about how far we've come, and about the challenges and opportunities ahead  —  Tim Berners-Lee (, Director, World Wide Web Consortium  —  Tim Berners-Lee is the originator …
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.) …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
ATI releases TV Wonder 650 OTA HDTV tuner card
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Mike / Techdirt:
The RIAA's Last Profitable Business Model: Automated Extortion?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web Platform Primer - what's available via API?
Tara Yingst /
Synaptics and Pilotfish Collaborate to Develop Next Generation Mobile Phone Concept
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Microsoft Security Advisory (923762)
Seán Captain / Wired News:
3-D TV That Actually Works
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Top 10 Ubuntu apps and tweaks
Alex Bosworth / Alex Bosworth's Weblog:
How To Provide A Web API
Discussion: ProgrammableWeb
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
SanDisk Sansa graduates, iPod Nano left behind or soon to skip a grade?
Discussion: Shop Talk and MSTechToday
Think Secret:
Briefly: Leopard downloads prompt Apple retail firings
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Should Apple Buy YouTube?
Anything But iPod:
Swivel-Screen Newman M790 MP3 Player
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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