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10:50 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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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.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Microsoft Storage News Falls Flat  —  Lots of storage news today from the big guys.  Microsoft launched its Live.com online storage solution, called SkyDrive (predicted earlier this week after a Japanese press conference).  And Google announced for-pay overflow storage on Gmail and Picasa.
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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Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
UMG Testing Sale of Unrestricted Tracks  —  Universal Music to Test Selling Downloads Without Copy-Protection  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Music Group said Thursday it will sell digital music from artists such as Sting, 50 Cent and Stevie Wonder without the customary copy-protection technology for a limited time.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Music DRM in critical condition: Universal tests DRM free music sales
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone "Dead Zone" Screens — More Trouble Ahead?  —  Apple (AAPL) has responded swiftly to scattered reports of "dead spots" on iPhone touchscreens — and received high marks from users for the speed and efficiency with which defective devices were replaced.
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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 …
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Latest Secunia Security Advisories:
Symantec Products NavComUI ActiveX Control Code Execution  —  Critical:  —  Highly critical  —  Impact:  —  System access  —  Where:  —  From remote  —  Solution Status:  —  Vendor Patch  —  Software:  —  Symantec Norton AntiVirus 2006  —  Symantec Norton Internet Security 2005
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Ian Harvey / businessedge.ca:
Company bloggers can help put out fires  —  Dell manager's quick reaction won industry accolades  —  When Dell Computers started getting reports of laptops exploding in flames last summer, Lionel Menchaca took the heat - from his own legal team.  —  As the Texas-based computer maker's chief blogger …
Discussion: WebProNews
Tkarr / Save the Internet Blog:
AT&T Plays Gatekeeper.  Censors Pearl Jam.  —  Over the weekend AT&T gave us a glimpse of their plans for the Web when they censored a Pearl Jam performance that didn't meet their standard of "Internet freedom."  —  During the live Lollapalooza Webcast of a concert by the Seattle-based super-group …
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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.
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: WebProNews and 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.
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
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Beyond Brickbreaker  —  As Smart Phones Gain  —  In Popularity, Game Makers  —  Roll Out New Diversions  —  While running his education-related start-up, Ryan Thompson keeps up on his email by staying glued to his BlackBerry.  Lately, the 29-year-old in Brooklyn, N.Y. …
Discussion: CrunchGear and MobileCrunch
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 …
 
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Dan Koeppel / Popular Science:
China's iClone  —  Cellphones, microchips, cars, even iPhones …
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John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Clipboard and Text Selection : iPhone ::  Arrow Keys : Original Macintosh
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Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Whitehat SEO tips for bloggers
Jeremy Cole / jcole's weblog:
MySQL Community split officially a failure
Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Firefox is a Public Asset
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Antivirus Tools Underperform When Tested in LinuxWorld 'Fight Club'
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MediaWhiz Latest Ad Network For Sale?
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Bill Weihl / Official Google Blog:
Is black the new green?  —  Reducing climate change by saving energy …
Mark Ward / BBC:
Mobile snaps reveal invisible art
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PR Newswire:
'Halo 3' Becomes Fastest-Selling Pre-Ordered Video Game in History …
Dana Cimilluca / Deal Journal:
Is Gannett Girding for a Sale?
Heather Havenstein / PC World:
Gartner Urges Caution on Virtual-World Business
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
A First Look at Numbers
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Police Blotter: Defendant wins breathalyzer source code
Cliff Edwards / Business Week:
When a Laptop Is Too Much to Lug  —  Samsung's Q1 Ultra …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun