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8:35 AM ET, August 25, 2006

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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Office 2.0, elastic compute clouds, Sony batteries and more...  This week on The Dan & David Show, David is vacationing with family in Maine, so I fly solo, but with a special guest in studio.  Ismael Ghalimi is the co-founder and CEO of Intalio, an open source business process management company and the author of the IT Redux blog.
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Sergey Schetinin / Rich Web:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)  —  Amazon has started a rather limited beta of their new service Elastic Compute Cloud abbreviated EC2.  I am one of the developers who got the invitation to participate.  Here's the most important point: … It costs 10 cents per full hour of usage + usual S3 bandwidth fees.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Slashdot
David Galbraith:
Amazon EC2  —  Amazon's EC2 is the most exciting thing I've seen in a while - If it were Google that had launched this, I imagine there would have been more fuss.  —  EC2 allows you to put a disk image of a Linux machine onto Amazon S3 (their remote storage service) and create a virtual machine by installing from there onto EC2.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Amazon's Virtual Computer
Discussion: Oliver Thylmann
AdAge:
MySpace: The Magazine  —  Social-Networking Site in Talks With 'Nylon' to Create Title  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — 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 …
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   MySpace Magazine?  —  MySpace is in discussions to launch a magazine …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Windows Live testing video search  —  Windows Live.com is working on some interesting new features in their beta search service, most notably video search.  It's not on the front page yet, but on the section of the site ironically missing the word beta on its logo: beta.search.live.com.
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Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
Live's New Video Search and UI (Beta)  —  Last night I was alerted to a new Beta Video Search and UI for Live Search.  It's still definitely in beta, but it shows a lot of promises with loads of additional features.  I tested all of these sites with Firefox on both WinXP and OS X and to some extent on IE6 …
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
Firefox welcomes Microsoft's offer of help … Mozilla has accepted Microsoft's offer of help in porting Firefox to Vista, but some issues still need to be ironed out  —  Mozilla has accepted Microsoft's offer of help towards ensuring interoperability between Firefox and the upcoming Vista operating system.
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
CNET News.com:
Apple settles with Creative for $100 million  —  update Apple Computer and Creative Technology have agreed to settle their legal dispute over music player patents for $100 million, the companies announced Wednesday.  —  The $100 million, to be paid by Apple, grants Apple a license …
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
To Wong Hoo, thanks for everything, Steve Jobs
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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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Yahoo! inches Flickr into search
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AOL to offer video from all the big guys  —  that it has finalized deals to offer download to own deals with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.  Home Entertainment Group through Video.AOL.com.  AOL will now distribute content from all 6 …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
AOL Scores Movie Deals
Discussion: IP Democracy
Staci / paidContent.org:
Verizon, Cablevision: Shootout At The Suburban Corral  David Lieberman updates us on the Cablevision-Verizon "corporate gunfight" taking place in the suburbs of NYC.  Charter and Verizon are skirmishing in Keller, Tex., home of the telecom's first FiOs network and others are facing threats …
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Mass. to use Microsoft Office in ODF plan  —  Massachusetts will begin using OpenDocument as the default document format later this year as planned, but it will be sticking with Microsoft Office in the near term, the state's top technology executive said.  —  As expected, Louis Gutierrez …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Slashdot
Jeff / Digital Destiny:
PBS to Run Commercials Online, including at PBS Kids site.  Doesn't it know there soon won't be a real difference between the Web and TV?  —  PBS intends to run online advertising this fall at its PBS.org website.  The so-called non-commercial network says it seeks to benefit from the …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Newsome.Org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Tiny Towns Get MuniFied  —  With all the attention being lavished on large municipal wireless networks such as the one being built by the city of Philadelphia, or the one proposed by San Francisco, the fact of the matter is that it is small towns which are (and rightfully so) being more aggressive in embracing MuniFi.
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Unexpected Decline in Existing Home Sales?  Not Exactly.  —  On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their existing homes sales figures for July.  Headlines covering the release talked about the surprising drop in this economic indicator.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
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 …
BBC:
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, Gizmodo UK, Engadget and Slashdot
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Gmail adds .mp3 playback  —  So you're out and about when someone sends you an .mp3 file.  You log in to Gmail at your local coffee shop and see the attachment.  Lo and behold, there's a "Play" link next to the "Download" link.  Seems as though Google took some of the Google Video player capabilities …
Discussion: Anything But iPod and Ubergizmo
 
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