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3:30 AM ET, August 11, 2007

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Kent German / CNET News.com:
Razr2 carriers announced  —  Motorola announced today that its second-generation Razr phone will be arriving at most major U.S. carriers by the end of the summer.  The GSM Razr2 V9 will come to AT&T while the CDMA Razr2 V9m will come to Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumor Patrol: MySpace, Nope!  Google?  Maybe So.  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Things have quieted down at Yahoo of late-thankfully for new CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang, who seems to be doing a good job at calming the waters at the company …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Yahoo prez puts money where her mouth is
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Would Yahoo Hand Over Its Paid Search Business To Google?
Discussion: Mashable!
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Google Shutting Down Paid Video  —  Google today emailed customers who had purchased videos from Google Video to let them know that the company will be discontinuing paid rentals and downloads five days from now.  Not only will videos no longer be available for rental or download …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo Follow: Toolbar Gives You Human-Powered Alternatives To Searching, Surfing  —  Mahalo Follow is a new toolbar that allows you to view Mahalo's human-powered search results next to the results from the major search engine of your choice or have them appear in response to pages you view on the web.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
edgeio Launches Paid Content System  —  Online classifieds startup edgeio has just launched a new paid content product, which will be of particular interest to online publishers and media producers.  They're calling it "transactional classifieds", which is an awkward name for a potentially very useful e-commerce service.
Discussion: VentureBeat, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Antony Bruno / Billboard.Biz:
UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing  —  Digital and Mobile  —  Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters.  The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale.
Discussion: Bit Player and Coolfer
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   DRM: The hearse is right on schedule
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Are You Ready To Bar Camp?  —  Bar Camp, an open multi-day event where people can share ideas and talk about just about anything they like, is a very important event for me.  Two years ago I attended the first Bar Camp, which was held at Social Text's offices in Palo alto.
CPSC Home Page:
Toshiba Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The $200 Billion Rip-Off  —  This is part three of my explanation of how America went from having the fastest and cheapest Internet service in the world to what we have today — not very fast, not very cheap Internet service that is hurting our ability to compete economically with the rest of the world.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Man has thumbs altered to improve iPhone dexterity  —  This story isn't for the faint of heart.  In fact, we wouldn't really recommend it for anybody, but we'll soldier on regardless.  Thomas Martel hails from Colorado, and after upgrading to an iPhone, he decided his big hands were just too much of a burden to bear.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Texty: Dead Simple Content Creation And Editing  —  Texty is a dead simple but useful new internet service that you can use to quickly create and edit content on a web page with zero HTML or programming skills.  —  Go to the site, start typing text in a WYSIWYG editor, format it and add images.
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search In The Year 2010  —  If I ever had to build a search engine, or more precisely, the interface of a search engine, this would be the team I would want to bring together.  When I came up with the idea of looking forward three years and speculating on what the search results page may look like in 2010 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Partial Freakonomics feed = bad idea  —  I'm a huge fan of the Freakonomics guys, and a subscriber to their RSS feed, but I didn't realize until I saw a MediaPost item on Techmeme that they had been "acquired" by the New York Times.  I also didn't realize until I read through the item …
Discussion: RSS Marketing Blog
Jon Udell:
Excel geocoding adventures  —  As mentioned here, I've been working with a spreadsheet containing addresses that want to be geocoded.  I've had lots of experience running batches of addresses through geocoding services, but in the case of the police department I've been working with …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Investigator ridicules UK visa site  —  Security on websites used to apply for UK visas is utter crap, an independent investigator looking into the matter has concluded - in so many words.  They should remain shuttered until a list of improvements are completed by the governmental agency responsible …
Discussion: Computerworld
PC World:
Novell Wins Right to Unix Copyrights  —  Novell today won a significant ruling in its lengthy battle with The SCO Group over ownership of the Unix and UnixWare copyrights.  10-Aug-2007  —  Top Value Business Desktop PCs  —  These inexpensive, brand-name business systems run Windows Vista …
Discussion: The Register
snarfed.org:
facebook data store api thoughts  —  On Monday, Facebook employee Haiping Zhao quietly published a Data Store API on the Facebook developer wiki.  —  It's preliminary, and still in closed beta, but it marks a milestone in the evolution of the Facebook platform.
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog
 
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Not Cheap: Circuit City Subpoenas CheapAssGamer
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Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek To Live: Power replacements for built-in Windows utilities
Discussion: digg
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Pibb Launches Embeddable Chat
Discussion: Mashable!
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Spot the HDMI-enabled Xbox 360 Premium at retail
Discussion: CrunchGear, Kotaku and digg
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Lights on Apple power adapters violate patent, claims new lawsuit
Discussion: Techdirt
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Announces Predeparture Screening of International Passengers …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Slingbox Pro with built in component jacks hits the FCC …
vnunet:
Google China partnership to bear fruit in 2008
Discussion: WebProNews
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile prepping VoIP service?
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Bill Day: 'My Role as Marchex's Chief Media Officer'
Discussion: WebProNews
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Hey Google: When Can Matt Cutts Ditch Microsoft PowerPoint?
Discussion: Joe Duck
Reuters:
Wanted: Cyberbandits, dead or alive
Discussion: PC World
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
DVD formats square off for holidays
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Firefox Needs To Go To School
Discussion: Asa Dotzler, Gadgetell and Slashdot
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Verizon tech sets fire to home - accidentally
Discussion: GigaOM and Techdirt
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Case for Freeing the WSJ Online
 

 
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British Pathé Uploads Entire 85,000-Film Archive to YouTube in HD

 
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