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11:15 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.
Blockbuster Acquires Movielink  —  The video rental chain Blockbuster said yesterday that it had acquired the Internet movie provider Movielink to offer video downloading services to customers.  —  Blockbuster is also acquiring rights to show the films of Movie- link's owners …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Todd Watson
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.
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone service, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey, Maybe Vonage Isn't Dead Yet  —  Vonage released its second quarter financial results today (I've embedded the release below with the new Zoho Viewer that launched last night).  And while the stock continues to slide, revenues are way up and losses are slowing.
Discussion: Epicenter
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 …
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Nokia N95 with US 3G Support  —  After a long morning at Cupertino on Tuesday, I spent much of the afternoon taping The GigaOM Show for this week.  We invited Blake Krikorian, CEO and co-founder of Sling Media, to come on and talk about all things newteevee.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
PCI-SIG announces 8GT/s transfer rate for PCIe 3.0  —  The PCI-SIG (Special Interest Group), which controls the PCI spec, announced the finalization of the transfer rate for the upcoming PCI-Express 3.0 specification, currently expected to debut in late 2009 or 2010.
Judy / Inside AdWords:
Upcoming change to the top ad placement formula  —  Advertisers often aim for top placement because they find that their ads perform the best when they appear above Google search results.  Since these ads must meet or exceed a top placement quality threshold, our users receive high quality ad results …
Caroline McCarthy /
DESKTOPTOPIA IS A CURE FOR THE COMMON DESKTOP BACKGROUND  —  For about the longest time, the background on my Mac had been fairly dull—a Manhattan cityscape plucked from the selection at DesktopNexus.  I want my desktop patterns to look good, but I'm not one to put a whole lot of thinking power into it …
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) …
Seth Kugel / New York Times:
A House That's Just Unreal  —  FROM the roof deck of Sherman Ochs's Mexican-style villa atop a breezy bluff, the entire island of Jalisco, population about 20, spreads out below.  It is a picturesque place of palm trees, lush lawns and near-cloudless skies.
Cisco PR / The Platform:
FINAL UPDATE: Outage  —  Service to has been restored and all applications are now fully operational.  The issue occurred during preventative maintenance of one of our data centers when a human error caused an electrical overload on the systems.  This caused and other applications to go down.
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Peter Fleischer / Official Google Blog:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
New Traffic Quality Center Launches
The Register:
Ban texting while driving, say Americans
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
T-Mobile planning VoIP service?
Discussion: Engadget
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 Earlier Items: 
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
Tyler / iPhoneology:
Widgets, Spotlight Coming to iPhone?
James Bannan / APC:
Too much security can be overbearing: Microsoft
Mark Ward / BBC:
Shadow lamps to connect friends
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
On treating your laptop, iPod, and iPhone batteries right
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google Mistakes Own Blog for Spam, Deletes it
Greg Stolz /
Microsoft spices up the IT image