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1:15 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 …
Valleywag:   Biz 2 pretends Mike Arrington is fun
Description of Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta 2 … This article discusses a Beta release of a Microsoft product.  The information in this article is provided as-is and is subject to change without notice.  —  No formal product support is available from Microsoft for this Beta product.
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 …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Windows Vista Desktop Search Now Available for Windows XP
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 …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube's Ads Blur Lines
Michelle Quinn / Mercury News:
YouTube's new ad model
Discussion: SiliconBeat, adfreak and Andrew Lark
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 …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Declan McCullagh / CNET
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Anoop Gantayat / IGN:
Sword Controls For Zelda  —  Swing the Wiimote to control Link's sword.  —  Nintendo has made some major changes to the control scheme for the Wii version of Zelda: Twilight Princess.  Speaking to Japan's monthly Nintendo Dream publication, producer Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that the game …
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: MSTechToday and Shop Talk
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
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Kids Say the Darndest Things in Their Blogs  —  Like many 21-year-olds, Jared Watts gripes in his blog.  He rails against his boss, his job and the misery of dealing with customers at the Cingular Wireless store where he works.  —  "Enter Middle Aged Wench of Doom," Watts wrote …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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 …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Xbox 360 and the game market, nine months later
Eric Case / Google Code:
New GData API: Google Base
Think Secret:
Briefly: Leopard downloads prompt Apple retail firings
Discussion: Engadget and Infinite Loop
Anything But iPod:
Swivel-Screen Newman M790 MP3 Player
Dan Farber / Between the Lines: enters search engine marketing space
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The Engadget commercial contest!
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Fox's Digital Empire, Going Up Floor by Floor
 Earlier Items: 
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Chairman Addresses Issue of "Net Neutrality"
Jessi Hempel / Business Week:
Friendster: Poised for a Comeback
Discussion: Slashdot
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Web Call centre solution Sky-Click opens today
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
SEO Advice: Writing useful articles that readers will love
Ellie Gibson /
GCDC: Mobile games to outsell console titles during 2006 - I-play
Joris Evers / CNET
Kevin Mitnick Web site hacked
Matt Mondok / M-Dollar:
Microsoft invites Firefox development team to Redmond

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Playboy magazine, down from a circulation of 5.6M in 1975 to 800K today, will stop publishing images of naked women in March 2016

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New York alt-weekly The Village Voice sold to company controlled by investor Peter D. Barbey

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Twitter is laying off 336 employees or about 8% of its global workforce

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