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11:50 PM ET, August 23, 2007

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
New York Times (NYT) Launches MyTimes.  Cool, But Ten Years Too Late  —  The New York Times continues to add to its impressive online site, rolling out a "MyTimes" feature today that has been behind a beta wall since last year.  The feature looks slick: Customizable widget boxes featuring …
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Business Wire:
My Times Launches On NYTimes.com
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
NY Times Launches No-Frills Start Page, My Times
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Sony Defeats Truman  —  This just in from video-game reporting headquarters: Sony may be a consumer electronics giant, but its public relations folks aren't so powerful when it comes to prognostication.  —  Yesterday, said spinsters made a bold prediction about sales figures for video game consoles that were due out today.
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Scott Hillis / Reuters:   Video game sales rise 37 percent in July
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:   With 60% sales boost, PS3 is hotter but still in "last place"
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
The Rise of JAVA - The Retirement of SUNW  —  I've spoken before about the value of brand - this post is a good example.  And I wanted to follow up with a few more thoughts, and an important shift in how Sun (NASDAQ:SUNW) presents itself to the world - and more importantly, how the world now presents itself to Sun.
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple to usher in era of Mac OS X-based iPods  —  Apple Inc. will use a media event next month to unveil a new breed of iPod digital music players that have been injected with the company's most vital asset — the Mac OS.  —  The move will culminate a multi-year effort on the part …
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Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:   More noise about Mac OS in redesigned iPods
Jeremy Kirk / InfoWorld:
Firefox ad-blocker extension causes angst  —  (InfoWorld) - A Web site owner has blocked Firefox users from accessing his site in protest of a popular browser extension that blocks text and display ads.  —  Firefox users who go to http://jacklewis.net/weblog/ are redirected to Why Firefox is Blocked …
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Mary Meeker's YouTube Math  —  Morgan Stanley's Internet analyst Mary Meeker was a good deal more optimistic than we were about the revenue impact of YouTube's new overlay ads.  Specifically, Mary concluded that the overlays could immediately add $4.8 billion of gross revenue and $720 million of net revenue to Google's annual results.
George Ou:
Can owning a Wi-Fi Skype phone land you in jail?  —  A man in London was arrested for using an open Wi-Fi network from someone's unsecured broadband link from a nearby house.  Similar arrests have happened in the US and this makes me wonder: Can owning a Wi-Fi Skype phone land you in jail?
The Official Palm Blog:
Thanks Engadget  —  Dear Peter, Ryan and Joshua:  —  Thank you for the very thoughtful post about Palm.  I really appreciate the fact that you guys and others care enough to take the time to write such a comprehensive list of actions.  I forwarded it to our entire executive staff and many others at Palm have read it.
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions  —  Traditional Journalism Job Cuts Countered by Digital Additions  —  If you follow the world of traditional journalism, you can't help but notice the seemingly constant stream of layoffs and buyouts at news organizations.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Facebook's Joe Hewitt, iPhone God  —  The Facebook iPhone application was a one-man job.  Joe Hewitt joined Facebook when the company he co-founded with Blake Ross, Parakey, was acquired last month.  He quickly got to work on the company's iPhone app, which was released just a month after he joined the company.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
SoundExchange drops DRM requirement, webcasters still oppose new deal  —  Small Internet broadcasters have the opportunity to stay around for another few years if they accept SoundExchange's official offer to pay a discounted royalty rate... with a few caveats.
Stephen Lawson / PC World:
IBM Buys Web Conferencing Vendor  —  IBM Corp. has acquired a Web conferencing service provider, it announced as part of a flurry of unified communications moves on Wednesday.IBM will make WebDialogs Inc. part of its Lotus division and add its service to the Sametime family of products …
Jon Brodkin / InfoWorld:
Google Apps no match for MS Office, report says  —  (InfoWorld) - Deploying Google Apps could be a "career-limiting move for enterprise architects" if they expect too much from the software-as-a-service collaboration suite and its "rudimentary" feature set, the Burton Group research and consulting firm says in a new report.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
U of Tennessee student says RIAA subpoena violates federal privacy law  —  A University of Tennessee student is attempting to quash an RIAA subpoena issued as part of the music industry's war against on-campus file-sharing.  Doe #28 is taking a different tack than other defendants have …
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Exclusive: What Microsoft's Falcon project is going to mean for when you should buy an Xbox 360  —  Falcon is coming your way this fall.  The first Xbox 360s with it are probably on ships coming from China.  —  Readers of this column will know that Falcon is the code name for a board …
 
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