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7:55 AM ET, August 10, 2007

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Official Google Blog:
A simple way to get more storage  —  As someone who tests Google products daily, I know that the simplest solution is often the one that works best.  In the case of online storage, whether it's a picture, a video or an email, you should just, well, be able to store it without having to worry …
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Pay for More Gmail Storage  —  Google will start to use a model similar to Picasa Web's premium plans to let you buy more storage for different Google services, including Gmail.  So for $20 a year, you'll get 6 GB that can be used to store photos in Picasa Web Albums and to send or receive messages in Gmail.
Windows Live SkyDrive Team Blog:
Introducing Windows Live SkyDrive!  —  Thanks for your help testing Windows Live Folders.  It's been a month and a half since our first release, and today we're making three major announcements!  —  First, we're happy to announce our new name:  —  Second, we've been listening intently …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Windows Live SkyDrive Launched - Enters a Crowded Online Storage Market  —  Today Microsoft announced Windows Live SkyDrive, the final product name for its online storage solution - previously known as Windows Live Folders.  Windows Live SkyDrive has a few new features and enhanced UI …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Inquirer
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Shared Storage Program Released  —  To wrap up the mystery of the increased Gmail storage many of you saw today: Google just released a shared storage program.  This new offer merges the storage of different Google products into a single storage back-end.
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal Music Will Sell Songs Without Copy Protection  —  Signaling another departure from the music industry's tenuous belief in its longtime antipiracy strategy, the Universal Music Group plans to sell a significant portion of its catalog without the customary copy protection software …
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Music DRM in critical condition: Universal tests DRM free music sales  —  Universal Music Group has announced that the company is going to test selling DRM-free music to consumers in order to assess the market.  It's a strange test, however: the company won't be hawking DRM-free music at Apple's iTunes Store, at least at first.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Pearl Jam censored by AT&T, calls for a neutral 'Net  —  A bit of heavy-handed censorship of a Pearl Jam concert by AT&T this weekend led the band to fire off an open letter to fans—a letter in which Pearl Jam railed against media and ISP consolidation and called for readers to support network neutrality.
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Business Wire:
Marchex Adds Call-Based Advertising Services to Local Advertising Platform with VoiceStar Acquisition  —  SEATTLE—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Marchex, Inc. (NASDAQ:MCHX - News; NASDAQ:MCHXP - News), a local online advertising company and leading publisher of local content, today announced that it has entered …
Discussion: alarm:clock and Search Engine Land
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Broken Windows … Not since Windows ME or Mac OS X 10.0 have I observed a more troubled consumer operating system.  This is a difficult post to write, because I really don't want to beat on Microsoft about Vista yet again.  But yesterday's continuation of the Windows Vista Capable lawsuit …
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Judge Says 'Windows Vista Capable' Lawsuit Can Proceed
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Veoh Sues Universal Music  —  Perhaps new Veoh CEO Steve Mitgang is the kind of guy you don't want to try to intimidate.  He just called me to say that Universal Music made one too many threats to sue his company.  To protect themselves, they are suing Universal Music in federal court …
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Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
In Reversal of Roles, Veoh Sues Universal
Discussion: Bits
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL May Kill Their Netscape Digg Clone  —  AOL is considering killing off the "Digg Clone" social news site that they launched a little over a year ago at Netscape.com, and redirecting traffic to the Netscape portal instead.  One source says it's a done deal.  Another says no final decisions have been made.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal and digg
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Comcast Launches Beta Version Of Its Fancast  —  Comcast (Nasdaq:CMCSK) has quietly launched a slow and slightly buggy version of its Fancast site, in beta.  This site is supposed to be its ambitious online video guide and portal, marking its first major product open-Web project outside of its still-limited Comcast.net portal.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
QlipMedia: Slide Shows Go To Work  —  Web slide shows where you remix personal photos, music and videos are interesting, but I have often wondered if there was way to make money off them beyond the usual advertising model.  Qlip Media, a Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up seems to have figured out a way …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police Blotter: Defendant wins breathalyzer source code  —  What: Drunk driving defendant says he needs the source code to the Intoxilyzer 5000EN to fight the charges in court.  —  When: Minnesota Supreme Court rules in his favor on July 26.  —  Outcome: Source code will be turned over to defense attorneys.
Dana Cimilluca / Deal Journal:
Is Gannett Girding for a Sale?  —  Gannett may be hearing the footsteps of a potential acquirer approaching.  —  Tuesday, the newspaper publisher amended several of its employee compensation plans with an eye toward a possible acquisition of the company.  As the filing details …
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Microsoft Plans Nine Security Updates for Next Week  —  Security Patches include six critical updates for Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, and the company's Visual Basic development software.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Microsoft Corp. will release nine sets of security patches next week …
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Richard Clayton / Light Blue Touchpaper:
House of Lords Inquiry: Personal Internet Security
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Bill Weihl / Official Google Blog:
Is black the new green?  —  Reducing climate change by saving energy …
Discussion: InfoWorld and WebProNews
Mark Ward / BBC:
Mobile snaps reveal invisible art
Discussion: MobHappy and mocoNews.net
PR Newswire:
'Halo 3' Becomes Fastest-Selling Pre-Ordered Video Game in History …
Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Gartner Urges Caution on Virtual-World Business
Discussion: Mashable! and eWEEK.com
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple addressing dead spots on iPhone touchscreens
Jon Oltsik / CNET News.com:
RSA and Tablus focus on data security
Discussion: eWEEK.com
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Breaking: AT&T Tilt Price And Launch Date Leaked
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nintendo DS slide controller add-on revealed in Japan
Discussion: Tech Blog and GayGamer.net
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
When a Laptop Is Too Much to Lug  —  Samsung's Q1 Ultra …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
BBC:
Go ahead for digital home signal
Discussion: Engadget and The Register
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Report: Gamers largely clueless about next-gen console media capabilities
Nik Fletcher / Download Squad:
iPhone set to get games?
Susan Landau / Washington Post:
A Gateway for Hackers  —  The Security Threat in the New Wiretapping Law
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