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8:10 PM ET, August 24, 2006


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Business Wire:
AOL Video Launches Digital Movie Downloads  —  New Partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home  —  Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.  Home Entertainment  —  Group Bring Full-Length Movies to All-In-One Online Video Destination  —  New On-Demand Channels Featuring Television Content Will
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   AOL Scores Movie Deals
Associated Press:
Apple to recall 1.8 million notebook batteries  —  Recall is second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers … SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday recalled 1.8 million Sony-built laptop batteries that could overheat and catch fire.
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Apple recalls 1.8 million Sony batteries
Discussion: Techdirt
Internet Explorer 7 Release Candidate Now Available  —  This morning we released our first public release candidate, IE7 RC1, for Windows XP.  You can download it at  —  The RC1 build includes improvements in performance, stability, security, and application compatibility.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Internet Explorer 7.0 Release Candidate 1 Review  —  On Thursday, August 24, 2006, Microsoft released the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) milestone of Internet Explorer (IE) 7 for Windows XP, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003.  This release follows the Beta 3 milestone (see my review) by almost exactly two months.
Dan Warne / apc:
Microsoft cuts ANOTHER feature: full HD playback in 32bit Vista goes  —  Microsoft revealed today that no 32-bit versions of Windows Vista will be able to play back "next generation high definition protected content" (translation - studio-released BluRay and HD-DVD movies).
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Online Video: Tasty Takeover Targets?  —  Sony's deal for Grouper signals that big outfits are looking to buy in.  Which video-sharing sites might be next?  —  Online video sites are a bit like fish in the sea.  Though they are plentiful, the tastiest ones are difficult to catch.
YouTube could be a steal at $1 billion  —  news analysis By agreeing to pay $65 million for Grouper—a profitless video-sharing company with negligible market share—Sony has helped establish a benchmark for other companies in the space and sent industry insiders speculating wildly about what market leader YouTube may be worth.
Mark Goldberg / Telecom Trends:
Blocking content  —  The news will be breaking shortly, so you might as well read about it here first.  Late in the day on Tuesday afternoon, I helped in filing the first application requesting the CRTC to authorize Canadian carriers to block internet content.
Sean Patrick Sullivan / Yahoo! News:
Ottawa lawyer asks CRTC to block access to US-based hate websites  —  TORONTO (CP) - One of two U.S.-based hate websites was taken offline Wednesday as an Ottawa lawyer and a Jewish lobby group asked Canada's telecommunications regulator to take the unprecedented step of blocking access to the sites from north of the border.
Discussion: MediaShift and Telecom Trends
Yahoo! Search blog:
It's a Flickr Moment!  —  We've all had moments in our lives when we wished we had our cameras around to capture a perfect sunset, an amusing cloud shape in the sky, or a candid shot of our friends, family or pets.  That's why Flickr is so great.  It is full of these moments - as seen through the eyes of the world.
MySpace: The Magazine  —  Social-Networking Site in Talks With 'Nylon' to Create Title  —  NEW YORK ( — Hey MySpace kids: Want to read a magazine?  If you answered yes, you may be in luck.  MySpace is actively considering whether to launch an ink-on-paper magazine to complement …
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK:
Welcome to TechCrunch UK!  —  Tom Coates famously wrote last July, what many of us in the UK were thinking and discussing.  "Where are all of the UK start-ups?"  Besides the tenuous UK links to the success of Skype and the deservedly and often quoted rising star of the UK start-up scene LastFM …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing TechCrunch UK
Discussion: cruel to be kind and AccMan Pro
Ryan Block /
Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP working on battery manufacturing standards  —  If there's one thing this summer's taught us, it's that pleather is never a good idea during a heat wave.  But if there's two things this summer's taught us, it's that batteries are extremely combustible …
Discussion: digg
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Amazon Readies Utility Computing Service  —  Amazon Web Services are readying their latest service called EC2 which will allow users to setup and run servers and computing capacity in the cloud.  Users of the service can setup a server instance which is hosted with Amazon …
ATI Radeon X1950 XTX / CrossFire Evaluation  —  ATI is today launching new video cards into several market segments along with the world's first video card using GDDR4 memory.  We cover real world gameplay with the high-end single- and multiple-GPU video cards from ATI.  —  Introduction
Discussion: Gear Live, digg and Slashdot
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Better mousetrap or a new form of lock-in?  —  An important issue of "what the hell is Google's strategy" is starting to unfold.  —  Up until now it appeared that Google's strategy has been "throw a bunch of s**t at the wall, and see what sticks."  But I believe that a much more onerous …
Experts make robotic welly wanger  —  The eccentric British sport of hurling wellington boots has been given a mechanical makeover by scientists at Aberystwyth University.  —  More commonly known as welly wanging, experts have built a machine capable of propelling a welly up to 262ft (80m).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Slashdot
Marc Weber Tobias / Engadget:
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)  —  Noted security expert Marc Weber Tobias contributes a new column, The Lockdown, exposing the shoddy security you may depend on.  —  The Bump Key: A new old threat to the security of mechanical locks  —  The most popular locking mechanism …
Discussion: Slashdot
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PR Newswire:
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Call users from inside your Gmail
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
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