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2:30 PM ET, August 29, 2006


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Danny Sullivan / Daggle:
Leaving Search Engine Watch  —  After ten years, I'm leaving Search Engine Watch and almost certainly leaving the Search Engine Strategies conference series as well.  My contracts with their owners Incisive Media are expiring, and we've not been able to agree on new ones.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
EBay Gambles on Google Partnership for Success of Skype, the Internet Phone Service  —  EBay is hoping its new partnership with Google will help it find new ways to make money from Skype, its Internet calling service.  But experts wonder if enough people are willing to make the switch …
Wired Wiki  —  Attachments:  —  In an experiment in collaborative journalism, Wired News is putting reporter Ryan Singel at your service.  —  This wiki began as an unedited 1,059 word article on the wiki phenomenon, exactly as Ryan filed it.  Your mission, should you choose to accept it …
Financial Times:
Universal backs free music rival to iTunes  —  Universal Music, the world's largest music company, is backing a start-up that will allow consumers to download songs for free.  It will rely on advertising for its revenues, offering a different business model from that of Apple Computer's popular iTunes music store.
Revamped AOL unveils Web-based music store  —Text+NEW YORK (Reuters) - AOL on Tuesday unveiled a revamped music product with a Web-based store and subscription service offering audio and video streaming, programmed radio and downloads that can be transferred to compatible digital media players.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   Ad-Supported Music Downloads?
Sprint Launches First EV-DO Revision A-Capable Mobile Broadband Card in the Nation  —  Sprint Media Contact:  —  Amy Schiska-Lombard, 913-794-2947  —  Novatel Media Contact:  —  Carolyn McCartney, 858-320-8822 (phone), 858-812-3401 (fax)  —  —  Novatel Investor Relations:
Internet, TV are no rivals: Google  —  The rise of the internet is as revolutionary as the invention of the printing press, a senior Google Inc. executive said on Saturday - but old media like television should not fear it.  —  Marissa Mayer, Google's vice president of search products and user experience …
Discussion: Dead2.0 and digg
Yahoo! Search blog:
Searching for Mortgage Rates and Real Estate  —  Hi folks, we just launched a redesign of Yahoo! Real Estate.  As part of this you can now find up-to-date local mortgage rate information directly within web search.  Go to Yahoo! and search for '[your city] mortgage rates' (ex: Santa Clara mortgage rates).
Jeff / The Jeff Pulver Blog:
Jeff's Guide to "TV Shows Only Available on the Internet"  —  Somewhere between the world of professionally "produced" TV shows and personal video blogs lies the world of what can be best described as "TV Shows Only Available on the Internet."  —  This summer the team at set …
Discussion: IP Democracy and Scobleizer
New York Times:
Wireless Providers Poised to Win Spectrum Licenses  —  When the government's multibillion-dollar auction of radio spectrum licenses began two weeks ago, it looked as if newcomers might get the chance to buy their way into the mobile phone business, leading to more choices for consumers.
Frank Rose / Wired News:
Can the PS3 Save Sony … Never try to introduce the same product twice.  That was the lesson from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May.  A year earlier, at E3 2005 in Los Angeles, Sony had wowed the videogame industry with demonstrations of the upcoming PlayStation 3's unprecedented graphical muscle.
Light Reading:
FCC's Martin 'Furious' Over New DSL Fees  —  A Washington-based source says Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Kevin Martin was "furious" upon hearing news that Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ - message board) and BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS - message board) had imposed new "cost recovery" fees on DSL customers.
Discussion: Techdirt
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Singapore: One nation under Wi-Fi  —  By the end of the year, it will be possible to roam almost anywhere in Singapore and get a wireless signal.  —  As part of its Intelligent Nation 2015 program, the island nation will be able to boast of countrywide Wi-Fi coverage in a few months …
Windows Live QnA:
Welcome to the public beta for!  —  It's with great pleasure, a lot of late nights, and barrels of caffeine, that our team launches the public Windows Live QnA beta.  —  For all you thousands of beta testers who took a chance on us, nagged us, mocked us, and made us better - we thank you.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Spotback news site gets even better
Discussion: digg
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Next Google Apps targets: Intuit QuickBooks, MS Money?
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Calgoo lets you take Google Calendar offline
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
David S. Hilzenrath / Washington Post:
Cyber Security Specialist Named to Lead In-Q-Tel
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Intel fights back with high-end Xeon
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Site Mail comes to Netscape (or "on the 'death'of IM and MySpace page view goosing")
Discussion: A VC and WebMetricsGuru
Tom Krazit / CNET
Newsmaker: Can Linux save the Palm OS?
Discussion: PalmAddicts, Open Sources and AC/OS
Sampling Gawker's New Music Blog
Discussion: Om Daily
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Block / Engadget:
QTFairUse6: is Hymn finally back to strip FairPlay on iTunes 6?
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and digg
Philips READUS E-Reader Scroll Prototype
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, SlashGear and TeleRead
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Personalized Homepage coming for new hosting service
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
Times Withholds Web Article in Britain
Brett Thomas /
Parallel Worlds  —  "But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minneapolis picks Wi-Fi firm
Alfredo Padilla / the::unwired:
UNVEILED: O2 Germany to release the HTC Excalibur Smartphone …
Remote Shoppe Remote Control Magazine:
In Living Color: Photo of Philips Pronto Professional