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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?  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt is joining the board of Apple Computer.  Om Malik thinks this could lead to closer cooperation between the two, and headaches for Microsoft.  Maybe, but I don't think so.  Eric Schmidt is a great choice …
Discussion: Business Filter
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:   Apple snuggles up to Google with Schmidt joining BOD
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 …
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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, HDBlog.net and Slashdot
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Comcast blacklists e-mail from online group  —  A decade before Microsoft released the first version of its Internet Explorer browser and nearly a generation before MySpace, The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, otherwise known as The WELL, was the place to be on the Internet.
Discussion: IP Democracy and Jeffrey McManus
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
SpiralFrog inks music deal with Universal  —  update Music on the Internet has often been free or legal, but start-up SpiralFrog is looking to offer songs that are both.  —  The 20-person New York-based company has signed a deal with record label Universal Music Group to offer songs for free …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Universal to try ad driven music downloads through SpiralFrog - still with DRM
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Samsung BD-P1000 & 50GB Blu-ray incompatibility rumors continue  —  Ever since the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player launched there have been rumors that it did not ship with the ability to read 50GB discs based on a passage in the manual which only cited 25GB compatibility.. Over at The Digital Bits …
Discussion: Engadget, HDBlog.net and Neowin.net
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   LG's got Blu-ray fever: coughs-up media, player, desktop, and regurgitates writer
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.
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 …
CNET News.com:
AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities  —  AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of customers who used its online store.  —  The information that was illegally accessed includes credit card numbers, AT&T said in a statement.
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: MocoNews.net and Lost Remote
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
The mobile Internet: Are we there yet?  —  After years of hype, wireless users in the United States are waiting for all the technology pieces to come together to make surfing the Internet from their handsets as easy as it is on their PCs at home.  —  So how close are we to simple and robust Web surfing from a cell phone?
Discussion: The Wireless Report
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 rev2.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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Mike / Techdirt:
As MySpace Looks At Offering Magazines, Teen Magazines Ditch Paper For Online
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Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
"Building" Windows Vista: A Podcast Interview with Sven Hallauer …
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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
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