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4:05 AM ET, August 20, 2007

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John Markoff / New York Times:
Hewlett Introduces a Web Feature to Make Document Printing Mobile  —  Hoping to alleviate a frustration of mobile computing, Hewlett-Packard has quietly introduced a free service designed to make it possible to print documents on any printer almost anywhere in the world.
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Ad Growth for AOL Called Vital to a Remake  —  Just over a year ago, AOL unveiled a radical plan to remake itself into a business built on advertising from one driven by Internet access subscriptions.  —  To a great extent, AOL had little choice in the matter.
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
iPod Nano Colors  —  Just a little tidbit for the weekend to munch on...  Our sources in China have just confirmed an earlier inside Apple report that the new Nano colors will be:  —  The screen takes up about 1/2 the surface area.... They look almost exactly like our mockup except the Nano won't be available in white.
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Building B Builds A God Box For Internet Video  —  Building B became the latest startup to join the Internet video set-top box sweepstakes today with the Belmont, Calif.-based company's announcement that it has developed a video god box capable of marrying traditional television with video-on-demand and Web video.
Discussion: VentureBeat, GigaOM and paidContent.org
Evan Blass / Engadget:
How would you change Windows Vista?  —  What do you get when you take a product used by hundreds of millions of people every day, add a few new features / polish up the interface, and then try to get everyone to shell out a grip of money for this delay- and bug- plagued upgrade?
Katie Hafner / New York Times:
Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits  —  Last year a Wikipedia visitor edited the entry for the SeaWorld theme parks to change all mentions of "orcas" to "killer whales," insisting that this was a more accurate name for the species.  —  There was another, unexplained edit …
Charles Jade / Ars Technica:
HandBrake v0.9.0 for Mac OS X  —  Back in April, HandBrake and MediaFork were merged into one terrific program for the legitimate transference of DVD video to other formats, and other things.  Now, just 121 days after HandBrake V08.5b1 was released, a new decimal-point release has arrived.
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
The Worldwide Lexicon Project wants people to translate the web  —  We have a fairly long way to go before computers comprehend human language well enough to translate it elegantly, and until that day comes, the language barrier on the internet seems hard to breach.
Efytimes:
LinusTorvalds: I Have Never Really Talked To Microsoft!  —  The father of Linux has replied to the questions you always wanted to ask.  —  Swapnil Bhartiya, EFY News Network  —  Sunday, August 19, 2007: Did Microsoft's Men In Black ever met Linus Torvalds?  But why is he so critical of GPLv3?
Discussion: What's That Noise?!
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Waiting for Zuckerberg  —  Much has been written lately about open standards and APIs for social networks, allowing users to sprinkled and manage their social graphs (circle of friends and business associates) across disparate services-a kind of decentralized and more accessible, rather than siloed, social graph.
Discussion: andrewmager.com
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Rumor: Was the Gdrive Release Canceled?  —  Just in case you missed the latest rumors revolving around the YouTube video "Googley Blues": The video, apparently created and sung by a Google employee, was showing the Gdrive aka Platypus icon overlaid with the lyrics, "I've been ready to launch …
Chope / the blip.tv blog:
Loren Feldman, 1938 Media, and blip.tv  —  Yesterday, Loren Feldman, the author of a controversial video, decided to use blip as his host.  A few hours later we received a letter warning us of potential damage to our brand.  I responded that speech should be countered with speech, not censorship.
Discussion: chartreuse and Reel Pop
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Identity attack spreads; 1.6M records stolen from Monster.com  —  Convincing phishing mail seeds bank account-stealing Trojan and 'ransomware'  —  The 46,000 people reportedly infected by ads on job sites may be only a fraction of the victims of an ambitious, multi-stage attack that's stolen data belonging …
Discussion: Security Fix
John McBride / Ars Technica:
Microsoft deal may lead to free, but "watermarked" music  —  Microsoft has agreed to license its audio watermarking technology to Activated Content Corp. of Seattle.  We all know watermarking's place as a part of the music industry's DRM toolbox, but Activated—already a DRM watermarking player …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Meet Copowi, the world's first ISP to guarantee network neutrality  —  Copowi!  Kablooey!  An ISP dons superhero tights  —  How much would you pay for an Internet connection from an ISP that guarantees a neutral network, bills itself as a "social enterprise" instead of a traditional business …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Crisis: Where was the eBay Management?  —  It has been an interesting 30 hours for Skype, its community and its engineers.  The outage that caused anxiety amongst millions who depend on Skype for communications exposed the fragility of our digital lives.
Discussion: Skype-watch.com …
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