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4:05 AM ET, August 27, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Mail Out of Beta; New Features  —  The new Yahoo Mail interface went into public beta in September 2006, although Yahoo was testing it long before that.  Tonight Yahoo takes the "beta" label off of the product and makes it the default interface for all new Yahoo mail accounts.
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USA Today:
Yahoo gives e-mail texting capability  —  Yahoo Mail thinks there's more to life than just sending e-mail.  —  On Monday, Yahoo (YHOO) expands the Web mail service into a "social communication" tool — adding the ability to send text messages to cellphones directly from e-mail.
Juan Carlos Perez / PC World:
Yahoo Updates Mail  —  Even after a long beta, revised Web mail service offers some surprises.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Yahoo Inc. will close an almost two-year public test for its new version of Yahoo Mail on Monday with several new enhancements, as the Sunnyvale, California …
Elinor Mills / Webware.com:
YAHOO MAIL ADDS SMS, DROPS BETA TAG  —  The new version of Yahoo Mail comes out of beta on Monday, and it sports some spiffy new features, like the ability to send text messages to a cell phone—the first free Web-based mail provider to offer that function.  —  A button at the top …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Agence France Presse:
Yahoo rolls out enhanced e-mail service  —  US Internet titan Yahoo on Monday is introducing an upgraded free e-mail service with enhancements that include letting people send text messages from computers to mobile telephones.  —  The improved Yahoo! Mail being rolled out around the world …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are going to kick Google's butt in four years  —  The only reason you'll watch these two videos is because you trust me to add value to your lives and not sell links.  —  I explain how SEO-resistant technologies like Mahalo, TechMeme, and Facebook are about to upend the search industry.
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Bloglines Launches Beta Re-design and Start Page  —  Tonight Bloglines is launching a new design at beta.bloglines.com, which includes a new personalizable Start Page, more views, and drag and drop Ajax functionality.  I spoke to new Bloglines GM Eric Engleman about the makeover and tested the Beta Bloglines myself.
Nick / Rough Type:
Should the Net forget?  —  The New York Times recently got some search-engine-optimization religion, and as a result its articles, including old stories from its vast archives, are now more likely to appear at or near the top of web searches.  But the tactic has had an unintended consequence …
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Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
When Bad News Follows You
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Fred / A VC:
Twitter's Big Week  —  In addition to hosting the first board meeting since we invested, Twitter did two really big things this past week that I think are going to make the service a lot more useful to me (and hopefully you).  —  They are both in the area of finding other people you know on Twitter.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
'South Park' Creators Win Ad Sharing in Deal  —  In March, the season premiere of "South Park" began by barging into typically risqué territory, with a squirm-inducing bit about the taboo of using a certain racial epithet.  —  To Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators and executive producers of …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Lost Remote
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
The Web is Alive and Well (But on a Stable and Boring Platform)  —  Mark Cuban says the Internet is dead and boring, but Fred Wilson says it isn't for him!  Who's right?  Well, both of them.  Let me quickly explain (before you get bored with what is actually a fairly pointless argument).
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Play It Again, Nokia.  For the 3rd Time.  —  Apple had the Newton.  Sony struck out with the Betamax.  I.B.M. blew it with the PCJr.  —  Every technology giant has one or two failed products it would rather the world forget.  But Nokia, the world's largest cellphone manufacturer …
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
Business big shot: Vint Cerf  —  Vint Cerf is vice-president and "chief internet evangelist" at Google.  If the internet needs proselytisers, Mr Cerf, 64, is more than qualified - he is considered one of the architects of the worldwide web, having developed the protocols that govern it.
Dan Mitchell / New York Times:
In Online World, Pocket Change Is Not Easily Spent  —  The idea of micropayments — charging Web users tiny amounts of money for single pieces of online content — was essentially put to sleep toward the end of the dot-com boom.  In December 2000, Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor …
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Paul Ruppert / Mobile Messaging 2.0:
Is Text Messaging Terminal ?
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Ernesto Londono / Washington Post:
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Clearing the air: Bioshock does not contain a rootkit
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Caroline McCarthy / ZDNet:
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Dapper to Launch Instant Facebook AppMaker
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