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7:15 AM ET, August 11, 2007

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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.
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.
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.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo prez puts money where her mouth is  —  All too often execs are exercising options and making money by getting rid of shares of their company stock.  But Yahoo President Sue Decker is bucking that trend.  —  Decker paid about $1.1 million to buy roughly 47,000 shares of Yahoo stock …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumor Patrol: MySpace, Nope! Google? Maybe So.
Discussion: Techdirt and Mashable!
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.
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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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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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
RAZR 2 is on its way to Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Reuters
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: Coolfer and Bit Player
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   DRM: The hearse is right on schedule
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HealthPia's GlucoPhone gets FDA approval  —  While the idea of a diabetes phone is far from new, a company dubbed HealthPia is well on its way to actually delivering such a product.  Reportedly, the firm has "obtained FDA approval for its patent-pending technology that integrates a blood glucose meter with a standard-issue cellphone."
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
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.
John Borland / Threat Level:
Serving hacker camp with porta-data-potties  —  What does it take to wire an old airfield so it can support 2000 hackers with a voracious, simultaneous appetite for bandwidth?  —  Answer: Imagination.  That and cords enough to make a Radio Shack junkie drool.
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.
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
Mike Schramm / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW Hands On with the Apple Keyboard  —  Yesterday I took a little trip down to my local Apple Store (the Michigan Ave. store here in Chicago) to check out the Keyboard.  That's what Apple is calling their latest engineering marvel— not the iBoard or the MacBoard, just Keyboard.
Discussion: PC World and digg
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
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 …
 
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
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Geek To Live: Power replacements for built-in Windows utilities
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Pibb Launches Embeddable Chat
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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Spot the HDMI-enabled Xbox 360 Premium at retail
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Lights on Apple power adapters violate patent, claims new lawsuit
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Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Announces Predeparture Screening of International Passengers …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Slingbox Pro with built in component jacks hits the FCC …
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Google China partnership to bear fruit in 2008
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Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Three way Opteron server found
Discussion: The Tech Report
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile prepping VoIP service?
Peter / The Local Onliner:
Bill Day: 'My Role as Marchex's Chief Media Officer'
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Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Hey Google: When Can Matt Cutts Ditch Microsoft PowerPoint?
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Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search In The Year 2010  —  If I ever had to build a search engine …
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Verizon tech sets fire to home - accidentally
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