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12:45 AM ET, August 27, 2006

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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Yahoo! Removes Blog Search from Yahoo! News Homepage  —  It's been almost an year since Yahoo! integrated Blog posts with Yahoo! News search results hinting the marriage of MSM and Blogosphere.  But the marriage has been secretly called off as you would notice in the before and after screenshots of the Yahoo News/[Blog Search page].
Discussion: Bloggers Blog
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Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Yahoo Blog Search - Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated  —  It looks like Yahoo might have killed blog search.  —  Yet if you do a search it returns results from blogs:  —  Isn't Lifehacker a blog?  I think its even a blog by Scoble's definition!  Scoble blog == sclob?
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Yahoo Kills Blog Search, New Feed Platform May Be Coming  —  Yahoo has quietly killed its blog search engine, according to one report.  I took a quick look at the Yahoo News site and have confirmed they did indeed remove the blog results from the right hand side of the page that had been there until recently.
Joe Beaulaurier / Download Squad:   Blogs missing from Yahoo! News search results
Gregory Galant / Venture Voice:
Startup Sold on eBay for $258,100 (or: eBay turns iBanker)  —  A web-based calendar startup called Kiko put all of its assets up on eBay a little over a week ago as its founder explained on his blog.  As far as I know, this is the first time a technology company has essentially sold itself on eBay for a six-figure amount.
Discussion: GigaOM and Entrepreneurship Blog
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Digg sends C&D to DiggGames?  —  We learned tonight from James Yu's blog that Utah software engineer and professional genealogist Matt Misbach has posted a letter online that appears to be from an Indianapolis law firm representing Digg.com.  The letter demands that Misbach immediately stop using …
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James Yu / ShoutBlog:
Digg sends cease and desist to digggames  —  One of my favorite places to find addicting games is at digggames, which aggregates flash games that have made it to the front page of Digg.  With Digg's current interface, it can be difficult to distill these kinds of genres from previous posts.
Discussion: Things That and John Furrier
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Learning to Love a Cable Guy  —  When workers from AT&T and Verizon visit homes to install their new television services, they come with blue hospital booties that they slip over their shoes before going inside.  —  The sight of burly installers in dainty slip-ons might induce snickers.
Discussion: IP Democracy, VoIP Watch and digg
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
[foocamp06] First life in Second Life  —  Julian Bleeker is interested in how first life and second life (with SecondLife.com as a good example) overlap.  —  E.g., he designed a game in which players got a word square (jumbled letters that contain words) that they had to track physically in a field, wired with GPS.
Discussion: Preoccupations and 3pointD.com
BBC:
PlayStation 3 tackles world ills  —  The spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be harnessed by scientists trying to understand the cause of diseases like Alzheimer's.  —  Sony has teamed up with US biologists who already run the distributed computing project, folding@home (FAH).
greenpeace.org:
Your guide to green electronics  — The biggest names in electronics have just sat their first global exam on their green credentials.  Ranked on their use of toxic chemicals and electronic waste (e-waste) policies only Dell and Nokia scraped a barely respectable score while Apple …
Discussion: Download Squad, CrunchGear and MacSlash
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Jay Savage / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple not big on trees?  Greenpeace releases "green electronics" report
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Verizon gaffe lets customer details slip  —  Verizon Wireless this week accidentally distributed a file with limited details on more than 5,000 customers outside the company, potentially giving identity thieves a toehold.  —  The Microsoft Excel spreadsheet file was e-mailed on Monday and includes names …
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
New toys - USB Skype phone  —  I've been testing an evaluation unit of the SkyTone USB Phone (RST102) from Radian Technologies, a conventional looking telephony handset with a USB cord designed to be used with Skype.  It works very well and, based on feedback from dozens of people I spoke to using it …
Discussion: digg
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
An Eye for Cool, and Cash  —  In the Hunt to Fill 'Social News' Web Sites, Contributors Now Compete  —  Corey Spring has a college student's dream job: He gets paid to surf the Internet.  —  Every morning, the 22-year-old Ohio State University senior spends at least an hour wading through 100 …
Discussion: PostBubble
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Will at&t Voicemail Work in an Emergency?  —  According to a survey of Gulf Coast residents commissioned by at&t, the most desired technology during a natural disaster is a voice mailbox (54% of respondents).  However, at&t apparently doesn't have confidence in its own ability to keep existing voicemail working in a catastrophe.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ZohoProjects challenges Basecamp on project management  —  AdventNet's online productivity suite Zoho has added a project management system to its already long list of offerings.  ZohoProjects is now accepting new signups and there's a demo account you can use from the front page.
Rafat / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Acquisitions In The Last Fiscal Year: Total $689 Million [by Rafat]  —  This is from its latest 10-K, filed Friday:  —  During the fiscal year 2006, we acquired the following entities for a total consideration of $689 million, which was primarily paid in cash:
 
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