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3:35 PM ET, August 27, 2007


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John Kremer / Yodel Anecdotal:
Introducing the all-new Yahoo! Mail  —  My kids, like most, love text messaging.  But while their nimble fingers can easily navigate cell phone keypads at lightening speeds, I definitely prefer a full keyboard, and am much more inclined to use email than text messaging.
Terrence Russell / Epicenter:
Yahoo Increases People-Focused Shift With Webmail Facelift  —  After chatting with a Yahoo spokesperson about today's Yahoo Mail revamp, it seems like the web portal is executing its people-centered game plan by the numbers.  We reported on the switch in Yahoo's focus from the cold arms …
All-New Yahoo! Mail Gives People Worldwide More Ways To Connect
Discussion: Computerworld and Compiler
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Acer to acquire Gateway: so long cow spots?  —  Acer — the third largest PC company globally — just announced a definitive agreement to acquire Gateway.  The acquisition has been approved unanimously by both boards and is expected to close by December 2007.  You know, following the usual international, anti-trust approvals.
Jason Dean / Wall Street Journal:
Taiwan's Acer Agrees to Acquire Gateway for About $710 Million  —  Combined Entity Also Seeks  —  To Buy Packard Bell,  —  Thwarting Lenovo Bid  —  BEIJING — Taiwan's Acer Inc. said it had reached an agreement to acquire Gateway Inc. in a deal that values the U.S. company at about $710 million …
InfoWorld:   Lenovo's plan for Packard Bell hit by Acer-Gateway deal
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Acquisition Could Push Apple into Distant Fourth Place
Discussion: InfoWorld
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Fotolog Acquired by Hi Media, French Ad Network  —  EXCLUSIVE: We had previously speculated that New York-based Fotolog would be the next one to get acquired.  And we were right.  It has been acquired by Hi Media, a Paris-based interactive media company for roughly $90 million …
Business Wire:
Hi-Media Group Enters into Agreement to Acquire Fotolog, Creating One of Europe's Largest Publicly-Traded ''Pure-Play'' Internet Companies  —  Would Combine One of the World's Largest Global Social Networks and a Leading Online Publisher with Hi-Media's Extensive Ad Network
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
I Want This In Photoshop Immediately  —  This image resizing and manipulation demonstration is sort of jaw dropping, particularly as the video goes on.  The related paper, written by Dr. Ariel Shamir and Dr. Shai Avidan is available here.  — Sphere It -
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's friend-to-friend ad network  —  If Google has its way, web advertising is about to get a whole lot friendlier - and the definition of spam a whole lot fuzzier.  —  Recently, the search giant has, as noted by Bill Slawski, filed a series of patent applications that point to a new …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FotoFlexer Raises The Bar On Online Photo Editing  —  Online photo editors keep getting better and better.  For hardcore image manipulation, desktop software like Photoshop or Gimp will always have its place, but online editors are free, easy to use and a lot of fun.
Josh Lowensohn /
Fotoflexer: a free, easy, and powerful Web photo editor
Discussion: Mashable!
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
TorrentSpy Blocks Searches From US Visitors  —  This service denial seems to be a preventative measure to protect their users, when US users try to search on TorrentSpy they now get this message: … The search redirect will be permanent, TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnell told TorrentFreak …
Bloglines Version 3.0 Beta Now Available to the Public  —  Bloglines* has just gone public a new beta release (available for Firefox and IE 7 browsers) with a bunch of new features, with more to come.  —  To access the beta simply go to this url:  —  Don't like the beta?
Discussion: David Dalka
New York Times:
Unauthorized Enjoyment of Song Irks Law Firm  —  It sounds like the setup for a joke: a law firm picks a fight with a legal blogger over the leak of an internal song celebrating — well, itself.  —  First, the song: after the law firm Nixon Peabody was named to Fortune magazine's 2007 list …
Discussion: and Connected
New Intel® vPro™ Processor Technology Fortifies Security for Business PCs  —  Next Generation Product Offers New Features and Broader Vendor Support  —  Intel Corporation today further reinforced desktop PC security by unveiling the newest generation of Intel® vPro™ processor technology …
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian:
Vint Cerf, aka the godfather of the net, predicts the end of TV as we know it  —  Web guru foresees download revolution  —  Thirty years ago he helped create a technology that has revolutionised millions of lives around the world.  But yesterday the man known as the "godfather of the net" …
Discussion:, Daily Feed and digg
MySpace reportedly may allow member ads  —  Social networking site is looking at ways to lift ban on sales, ads by members on their pages  —  NEW YORK ( — MySpace is considering lifting a ban on commerce on the popular social networking site as a way to increase its own profits, according to a published report. v11.1:
GPhone - It's Confirmed  —  I'm going to talk about this on the show today, so don't miss Episode 116 of RizWords.  —  I talked to one of my inside sources at Google today.  He spoke on conditions of anonymity, but the guy is someone I trust implicitly.  He said that he was baffled …
Discussion: GigaOM
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Jen the Weird Hunter / Gearlog:
PodBrix to Sell Wozniak and Jobs Playset Aug. 29
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
NFL to stream live games over the Internet
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and digg
Nokia Nseries decks out in a hot new range of enhancements
Greg Sandoval / ZDNet:
TorrentSpy shuts down in the U.S.
Discussion: CNET
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Skype Outage Dials Up Conspiracy Theories
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Martin LaMonica / CNET
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Australian Internet Porn Filter Cracked By Kid; Politicians Get The Wrong Message
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
AllOfMP3 set to stage a comeback
Discussion: TechCrunch
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Cellphone-Only Homes Hit a Milestone
Discussion: Gearlog
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
AT&T legal hits the brakes on (commercial) iPhone unlocks
Discussion: Inquirer
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhone double header: First native IM client AND first native IRC released
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Bookstores Begin Slow Descent Into Obsolescence
PC World:
University students don't question Google