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6:45 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!  —  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.
Business 2.0:
The secret to Yahoo Answers' success
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Windows Live QnA open for use
Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Vista Priced at $100 to $399 on (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 Inc.'s Web site.
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
Associated Press:
Google to allow free downloads of books  —  AUG. 29 8:28 P.M. ET Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain.  —  Using Google's Book Search service …
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 …
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, Joystiq, and Slashdot
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.
Red Herring:
Blogs Start Job Boards
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.
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 …
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 …
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: and Lost Remote
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 …
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!
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Municipal Round-Up: Springfield (Ill.), Minneapolis (Minn.), Singapore  —  AT&T has signed Springfield: Of course, SBC can now pretend to have never lobbied against municipally funded, authorized, or glanced-at wireless.  That's not entirely fair.  SBC-cum-AT&T and other telcos and cable firms …
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Mike / Techdirt:
As MySpace Looks At Offering Magazines, Teen Magazines Ditch Paper For Online
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
YapTA! says welcome to "Web 3.0"
Discussion: Labnotes and Valleywag
Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Goes To School To Promote Football Drama
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 …
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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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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Universal to try ad driven music downloads through SpiralFrog - still with DRM
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Ricoh's WiFi/Bluetooth Caplios
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Fujitsu drops a quartet of new notebooks

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