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2:40 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
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Universal to try ad driven music downloads through SpiralFrog - still with DRM  —  If you're familiar with this story, see the updated details at the end.  Universal Music, the corporate parent behind labels like MoTown, Geffen Records and many more, announced this morning that they will be making …
Red Herring:
Universal Offers Free Music
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
Red Herring:
Blogs Start Job Boards  —  Sites like GigaOm and TechCrunch are rushing to list help-wanted ads, but is there room for all?  —  The next wave after blogs targeted at particular interest may be niche job sites.  —  On Friday, GigaOm, the blogging network started by former Business 2.0 writer Om Malik, launched its own job board.
These three bloggers want to get you a job
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.
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.
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, and Slashdot
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 …
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:
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!
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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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valley VCs are on fire: Lots of deals, including bloated Force10 …
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
On YouTube, Charges of Security Flaws
Discussion: Slashdot
Scott Hanselman / Scott Hanselman's Computer Zen:
Scott Hanselman's 2006 Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List for Windows
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Melanson, lead engineer on the Linux Flash Player team
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Podango to Create Podcast Channels
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
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