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1:40 AM ET, July 31, 2008

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YouTube Blog:
YouTube and Omnisio Join Forces  —  As you probably guessed, we're big fans of anything that lets people interact with online video and gives the YouTube community the chance to express themselves in creative ways.  New features such as Video Annotations, which allow you to insert comments …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Acquires Omnisio To Spice Up YouTube  —  Google has acquired Atherton, CA based startup Omnisio, the companies are announcing this afternoon.  Omnisio, which is a Y Combinator company, first demo'd to us in early March 2008, and it launched later that month.
Christopher / Chris Sacca's ‘What is left?’:   Couldn't be happier for Omnisio
Live Search:
New home page helps you explore more on the Web  —  Today we're releasing an update to the Live Search home page that received positive feedback from customers in trials last month.  The new design features background images that will change frequently, augmented with what we call “hotspots.”
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft launches new search home page; refreshes Live Mesh preview  —  On July 30, Microsoft began rolling out a new home page for Live Search and is making available another update to the test version of its Live Mesh collaboration/synchronization service.
Discussion: Technologizer
Sunshine / LiveSide:
Live Mesh: Next Update Announced
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and P2P Blog
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Live Search redesign adds programmed content
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Apple warns resellers of Mac and iPod drought, says load up now  —  With the first phase of the iPhone 3G launch in the rear view, Apple Inc. is now shifting much of its focus towards product refreshes targeting its two other revenue drivers and is advising resellers to be prepared for product shortages in the interim.
Pete Kazanjy / Team Fusion:
Safer, Stronger, and More Seamless: VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2 Now Available  —  The VMware Fusion team is proud to announce VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 2.  —  This latest public beta, a free download, builds on VMware Fusion 2.0 Beta 1, adding the Unity 2.0 suite of Mac-Windows integration features …
Amit Chowdhry / Pulse 2.0:
Scrabulous Relaunches Under A New Facebook App Name Called Wordscraper  —  Pulse 2.0 commenter, Adam Rinkleff pointed out that Scrabulous has relaunched into a new game called Wordscraper.  This news comes one day after the blogosphere reported that Scrabulous, an application created …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Scrabulous is Back! Its New Name is Wordscraper
Discussion: Webware.com and The Social
Doc Searls Weblog:
Why newspapers shouldn't die  —  Dan Gillmor: … Those aren't just opportunities.  They're advantages that papers still have.  Even if they're not using them.
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google testing “AdSense for Games” in bid to shake up in-game advertising  —  Google is the sleeping giant when it comes to advertising in video games.  While the company dominates search advertising, it has yet to make a big splash in video games.  That could change soon …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google to Extend Reach With Venture-Capital Arm  —  Ex-Entrepreneur Hired To Assist in Setup; Brand-Name Advantage  —  Google Inc. is working on plans to start a venture-capital arm, according to several people briefed on the discussions.  —  The group will be lead by David Drummond …
Discussion: CNET News.com and paidContent.org
Rachel Garb / The Official Google Blog:
More transparency in customized search results  —  As we continue to refine our search algorithms to deliver more relevant results, we strive to be as open as possible about how we use data to improve your search experience.  Today, we're rolling out a new feature in Google Web Search …
Java Rants:
Yahoo! BOSS is easy — meet Yuil  —  Updated Again: Yuil is dead.  However, you can always get the same great search results here.  —  Updated: Using Glue I was able to add some simple category functionality.  —  I'm sure everyone saw the recent announcement of a new search engine, Cuil.
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
Does your house need a tail?  Sizing up customer-owned fiber  —  The really long tail  —  Last month, construction was completed on a pilot project that ran fiber optic cables to 400 homes in Ottawa.  Stringing fiber optic cables isn't a big deal by itself—Verizon has been running fiber …
DarkJedi / TmoNews:
T-mobile 3G launching on October 1st  —  Earlier this month we posted an article about some information that had come to us regarding an October 1 launch date for nationwide 3G.  We wrote it with a grain of salt but we definitely had high hopes for this to be true.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com, Engadget and Gizmodo
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
China to Limit Web Access During Olympic Games  —  BEIJING — The International Olympic Committee failed to press China to allow fully unfettered access to the Internet for the thousands of journalists arriving here to cover the Olympics, despite promising repeatedly that the foreign news media could …
Christopher Null:
PC sales on the rise across the globe; Apple #3 in U.S.  —  Global recession?  Don't tell PC makers.  According to a variety of reports, computer sales “grew at a healthy clip” last quarter, with worldwide sales climbing a whopping 15 to 16 percent.  In the U.S. alone, sales were up 3.6 to 4.2 percent …
 
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