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7:40 AM ET, August 9, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Blockbuster Adds Film Downloading With Movielink Deal  —  Movie-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. secured a foothold in the small but potentially significant online movie downloading business by acquiring Movielink LLC, a downloading service owned by the major Hollywood studios.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Blockbuster Buys Movielink, As Expected  —  So the deal is done, after long and hard months of negotiation and trying to get the studios on board: Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) has an online strategy on the cheap: it has bought online movie service Movielink.  The price was not disclosed …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Blockbuster acquires Movielink
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google News Hypocrisy: Walled Off Content  —  TechMeme founder Gabe Rivera makes an interesting observation on the Google News story all over the blogosphere today. … Google crawls news sites and grabs their content for republishing on Google News.  They rely on the willingness of those news sites to get distribution on Google.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google News Announces Limited Comments.  Everyone Needs To Calm Down.  —  Google made an announcement of an "experimental new feature - they will soon be allowing comments on Google News stories.  Comments will only be accepted from a "special subset of readers," which includes people and organizations who are part of the story.
Greg Stolz / NEWS.com.au:
Microsoft spices up the IT image  —  Decrease Increase -  —  Submit comment:  —  SHE doesn't have any IT qualifications - in fact she's a university drop-out - but that hasn't stopped software giant Microsoft hiring former Miss Australia Erin McNaught to sex up the computer industry's geeky image.
Discussion: Valleywag and One Microsoft Way
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James Cornelius / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Microsoft: Erin McNought does not work for us
Discussion: Bink.nu and Microsoft News Tracker
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Equity Firm Invests in NBC Universal-News Corp. Online Venture  —  The joint venture between NBC Universal and the News Corporation to bring their television shows and movies onto the Internet still lacks a Web site.  It still has no name.  It also has yet to announce a clear mission …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys Photo/Video Sharing Service Pickle For $4.7 Million; Keyword Competition Hurting  —  Scripps Networks (NYSE: SSP) is serious about its online buys...last month it announced buying of Recipezaar for around $25 million.  Now it announced that it is buying audio …
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Business Wire:   Scripps Networks Deepens User-Generated Content Capabilities …
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BitTorrent Addresses Closed Source Issues  —  BitTorrent gained prominence in the file-sharing community largely due to its open source nature.  What began as an unknown file-sharing client quickly diversified into a vast collection of applications.  Developers were able …
Discussion: Inquirer, Slashdot and digg
David Cassel / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Schoolboards: net dangers over-rated; bring social networks to school  —  The internet isn't as dangerous as people think, and teachers should let students use social networks at school.  —  That's the surprising new recommendation from the National School Boards Association …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Study: Fears over kids' online safety overblown
Discussion: broadstuff, PC World and Mashable!
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did AT&T Censor Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza WebCast?  —  Ma Bell seems to be acting like the big brother.  Apparently, AT&T censored parts of Pearl Jam's performance over the weekend.  Rock band was performing as part of Lollapalooza.  On their website, Pearl Jam writes:
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google Mistakes Own Blog for Spam, Deletes it  —  Readers of Google Inc.'s Custom Search Blog were handed a bit of a surprise Tuesday when the Web site was temporarily removed from the blogosphere and hijacked by someone unaffiliated with the company.  —  The problem?
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
On treating your laptop, iPod, and iPhone batteries right  —  Although progress in battery capacity is snail-like compared to the progress in energy consumption of the devices powered by batteries, rechargeable batteries have come a long way the past decade or two.
Tyler / iPhoneology:
Widgets, Spotlight Coming to iPhone?  —  Browsing around my iPhone (AGAIN!) using the great iFuntastic, I came across a couple of very interesting images.  Check out the widget icon at right, which I found in the SpringBoard application directory (that's the main launcher screen …
Discussion: The Boy Genius Report and Gizmodo
James Bannan / APC:
Too much security can be overbearing: Microsoft  —  TECH.ED |  When does too much security become, well, too much?  According to Steve Riley, senior security strategist at Microsoft, it becomes too much when the cost of mitigating the risk outweighs the cost of that which you are trying to protect.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fake iPhone cut & paste demo loves you  —  Ok, we can officially and finally put this debate to rest: yes, Apple really could use its multi-touch input system to enable users to friggin' copy / paste text in the iPhone.  And to prove it, the usual random internet dude (lonelysandwich) …
Discussion: Tech Blog
 
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Valleywag:
Geek Love: Julia Allison finds her tech boy closer to home
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Rise audiophile CD player ships in three separate cases
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Nokia N95 with US 3G Support
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jennifer Donovan / Akamai:
August 7, 2007 - Akamai Study Uncovers Critical Link Between Video …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Gets A COO
Discussion: Ceosmack and GigaOM
Maha Atal / Business Week:
Facebook Faces Up  —  As the social networking behemoth meets …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and WinBeta
James Duncan Davidson:
iPhoto 7.0.1 and .Mac Gallery
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Judy / Inside AdWords:
Upcoming change to the top ad placement formula
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Wikipedia To Experiment With Color-Coded Warnings On Quality
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Getting high with Richard Branson: Virgin America's virgin flight
Brian Fonseca / PC World:
Coming to Your Laptop: 1.2TB Hard Drives
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Engadget
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Pop-up ads: Coming to a mobile phone near you?
DailyTech:
New Wii Firmware Upgrade Blocks Freeloader for GC Imports
Discussion: TechSpot News and Forever Geek
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Novell CEO calls for new Linux distro ISV standard, praises FSF
Discussion: The Register and TechSpot News
Carlos Bergfeld / Shacknews:
Microsoft Confirms HDMI Port on X360 Premium Model, Not Core (Updated)
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Fox Interactive turns annual profit; MySpace revenue to top $800 …