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5:15 AM ET, August 30, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple + Google = Worries For Everyone  —  A few days ago when Google announced what is a precursor to Google Office, many saw it as a big move against the long term nemesis, Microsoft.  We read things differently, and don't really believe that it is going to have much of an impact.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Google CEO joins Apple board - is there more to this?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Apple snuggles up to Google with Schmidt joining BOD
Windows Live QnA:
Welcome to the public beta for Qna.live.com!  —  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.
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Business 2.0:
The secret to Yahoo Answers' success
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Windows Live QnA open for use
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.
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Universal Offers Free Music
Discussion: paidContent.org
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Vista Priced at $100 to $399 on Amazon.com (Update1)  —  Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp. is selling its new Windows Vista operating system for $100 to $399 and will make the program available on Jan. 30, according to Amazon.com Inc.'s Web site.
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Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
"Building" Windows Vista: A Podcast Interview with Sven Hallauer …
Discussion: Techlog
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Microsoft already on their way to patching FairUse4WM
Jimmy Hsu / DigiTimes:
Blu-ray and HD-DVD to freeze competition until 2007 due to laser diode shortage  —  Since manufacturers of blue laser diodes are still unable to improve yield rates, the shortage may result in pushing back the competition between Blu-ray Disc (BD) and HD-DVD optical disc drives in the market …
Discussion: HD Beat, HDBlog.net and Slashdot
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Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Geotagging - one day later  —  The First Day  —  When we were doing our projections for how many photos Flickr members would geotag, we though that we'd hit a million in the first month, maybe even as fast as two weeks.  Instead, 24 hours in, there were 1,234,384 geotagged photos …
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Valleywag:
These three bloggers want to get you a job  —  Takeaway: Several big tech bloggers recently launched job boards.  Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has the best board, but his competitors rejected his partnership offers, fearing he'd take over the partnership.  —  It feels good to get someone a job.
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Blogs Start Job Boards
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Reaction from the Search Community on Danny Sullivan's Departure  —  This morning I wrote that Danny Sullivan To Leave Search Engine Watch ::  Search Industry Shocked (someone dug the story), I promised to let the search community digest this information and then summarizing that buzz.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Microsoft adCenter inviting selected advertisers into ContentAds pilot  —  Interested in the Microsoft ContentAds beta?  Selected advertisers just received invitations to participate in the new ContentAds pilot, which begins running this fall.  —  The email invited advertisers received mentioned …
Tom Zeller Jr / New York Times:
A Watchdog Group Warns Against AOL's Free Software  —  Dealing yet another blow to AOL, a leading software watchdog group warned users away from AOL's free client software yesterday on the ground that it displayed characteristics consistent with "badware."  —  The term badware describes …
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
No End to Features to Win Over Sports Fans  —  ESPN Mobile plans to announce today that it will broadcast full-length college football games on its wireless phones.  —  ESPN, which this year launched its brand of phones on the Sprint Nextel network, plans to carry as many as 25 games a month in the 2006 season.
Discussion: Lost Remote and MocoNews.net
Brian Gorman / Motley Fool:
An Odd Buy for New York Times  —  Headlines about the newspaper business have been nothing to cheer about lately, and the news at New York Times (NYSE: NYT) is no exception.  Rising newsprint costs remain a drag on profitability, and revenue growth hasn't exactly been robust …
Discussion: ContentBlogger
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Webshots Redesign Launches, Video Coming  —  CNET owned Webshots, a massive property with 420 million photos, relaunched moments ago with a new interface and a number of feature changes.  —  The most notable changes are to the limits on photo uploading.  Free accounts are now able …
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable!
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail  —  The following is also my column in this week's Advertising Age.  —  Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail  —  What Marketers Should Know About Reach, Niches and Big Media in the New Landscape  —  One of this summer's hottest beach reads is "The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson.
Discussion: Socialtwister 2.0
 
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
YapTA! says welcome to "Web 3.0"
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Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Goes To School To Promote Football Drama
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Municipal Round-Up: Springfield (Ill.), Minneapolis (Minn.), Singapore
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
LG's got Blu-ray fever: coughs-up media, player, desktop, and regurgitates writer
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valley VCs are on fire: Lots of deals, including bloated Force10 …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Melanson, lead engineer on the Linux Flash Player team
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Podango to Create Podcast Channels
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ATI TV Wonder 650 Total Recall
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Next Google Apps targets: Intuit QuickBooks, MS Money?
 

 
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