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11:45 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 …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Amazon's Virtual Computer
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 …
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
No Suit Required  —  Terry McBride has an idea.  Another idea.  A good - no, a great idea.  McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, is sitting in his Vancouver, British Columbia, office with his local marketing staff discussing strategy for the release of a new album by Barenaked Ladies.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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Gordon Finlayson / The Digital Music Weblog:   Interview: Gerd Leonard of Sonific
Software News:
Microsoft winds back Office ribbon  —  Microsoft has modified its new interface for Office 2007 after complaints from beta testers that the 'ribbon' system took up too much space on screen.  —  Office 2007 has ditched the traditional drop-down menu approach of most Windows applications …
Discussion: Things That and Slashdot
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.
Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Riparian Rights  —  There's been a torrent of discussion about Dave Winer's introduction of a new way to bring news and blogs to mobile devices.  PaidContent's Staci Kramer has the best description I've seen of why the approach is unique and compelling, involving as it does:
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
Google Seeks Fund Rule Exemption to Increase Investment Returns  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most widely used Internet search engine, is facing a hurdle other companies would love to confront: how to get better returns from investing its cash hoard without being regulated as a mutual fund.
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)
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
IEBlog:
A Quick Reference Sheet for Internet Explorer 7  —  My name is Seth McLaughlin and I have been working as a Program Manager intern on the User Experience team for the past few months.  The summer is coming to an end and I will soon be returning to school at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
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
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony claims battery recalls will cost them $200m  —  In a brief but pointed statement by Sony, hygienically entitled "Statement Regarding Sony's Support of Apple's Recall of Lithium Ion Battery Packs Used in Apple Notebook Computers," the mass manufacturer of defective batteries announced …
Discussion: PSP Fanboy and Blogging Stocks
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple to recall 1.8 million Sony-made batteries
Discussion: Gizmodo
Craig Silverman / New York Times:
Public Domain Books, Ready for Your iPod  —  Kara Shallenberg and her 10-year-old son, Henry, exhausted the audiobook collection at their library in Oceanside, Calif., five years ago.  With Henry's appetite for listening still strong, Ms. Shallenberg began to record herself reading his favorite books.
Discussion: Fast Company Now
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune revealed by FCC as "Toshiba 1089"  —  Well, here's a bit of a surprise: a wireless PMP just showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a strangely familiar 3-inch screen.  And it ain't being manufactured by Microsoft.  Instead it looks like Microsoft got their good pal Toshiba …
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 …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
OLPC gets a name: the CM1, or Children's Machine  —  So, it's official: the hundred-plus-dollar laptop spearheaded by Nicholas Negroponte — and called the OLPC up to this point for lack of better terminology — can now be definitively referred to as the CM1, or The Children's Machine.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Clarifying Windows Vista Support of Protected HD Content in 32-bit Systems  —  The community is buzzing with reactions to APC Magazine's article regarding playback of protected High Definition content in 32-bit versions of Windows Vista.  However, the information shared was incorrect …
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 …
Discussion: TechBlog, MacSlash and digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Qualcomm Fighting Intel, The World  —  Reports are starting to pick up on the fact that Qualcomm, the San Diego-based wireless company that has thus far dominated the key cellular standards, is staring an uncertain future in the eye.  It seemed like the company would make an easy sweep of the wireless world.
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
HL2: Episode Two delayed till 2007  —  Valve Software has been one of the main proponents in the push for episodic gaming, a fact which quickly comes to mind in light of Half-Life 2: Episode Two getting its own push into the future.  Releasing Half-Life 2 expansion episodes in lieu of Half-Life 3 …
ericsink.com:
How to get people talking about your product  —  Scene: A Marketing Meeting in the Conference Room  —  Mickey the Product Manager has called Daisy and Goofy into a meeting to discuss promotional plans for their upcoming new product.  —  Mickey: Welcome, Team!  Time is growing short.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion and Scobleizer
 
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