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12:20 PM ET, August 8, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Sony mylo wifi device packaged with Skype  —  Two big, related announcements are coming out tomorrow - MobileCrunch has the scoop.  Sony announced its new mylo ("my life online") personal communicator, a wifi device that works in any 802.11b wireless network.
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Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Skype and Sony Team Up to Deliver the "mylo personal communicator"  —  Just in: Sony and Skype are teaming up to deliver a new next generation portable personal communications device the "mylo personal communicator" which will allow users to connect to mobile and wired phone lines at very low cost …
Discussion: Office Evolution
Sony:
NEW POCKET SIZED COMMUNICATOR FROM SONY IS ALL PLAY AND NO WORK  —  The mylo Personal Communication Device Enables Social Networking in the Wireless World  —  Sony is launching its first WiFi broadband communication and entertainment device to capitalize on the growth of wireless Internet access.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google Deal Will Give News Corp. Huge Payoff  —  Google has won a bidding war to provide search services and advertising to MySpace.com, the social networking phenomenon, and other Web sites owned by the News Corporation.  —  The deal promises to pay the News Corporation a minimum of $900 million …
Discussion: B2Day
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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
AOL Removes Search Data on Group of Web Users  —  AOL removed a list of the Web search inquiries of 658,000 unnamed users from a public Web site over the weekend, after bloggers complained that the information was so detailed and personal that it could compromise the users' privacy.
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USA Today:   AOL members' online searches made public
David / Riding Rails:
Ruby on Rails will ship with OS X 10.5 (Leopard)  —  It's finally official: Ruby on Rails will ship with the next version of OS X (see "Internet and Web").  Both server and client (on the developer DVD).  We've been working with Apple for quite a while to make this happen and its great to finally be able to share it with the world.
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Leander Kahney / Wired News:
Has Steve Jobs Lost His Magic?  —  Steve Jobs' keynote speech on Monday was the most uninspiring he's given in recent memory.  It hints at the trouble Apple will be in marketing-wise if he ever steps down.  —  Steve Jobs usually gives his keynote speeches solo, but at Apple's annual developers conference …
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Nu RL PR HQ in SL  —  Public relations agency Text 100 — who came number 9 among tech consultancies in PR Week's top 50 last year — has opened an office in the virtual world of Second Life, a project built out by the Electric Sheep Company (sponsors of this blog).
Paul Boutin / Slate:
The Myth of the Living-Room PC  —  WHY YOU DON'T HAVE AN APPLE ITV.  —  Moments before Steve Jobs took the wraps off his supercharged new Macs in San Francisco today, he took a minute to talk up the company's recent successes.  As numbers flashed on the big screen behind him, Jobs reviewed the latest stats on his retail stores.
Inside Higher Ed:
So Much for Good Intentions  —  If all had gone according to plan, Bowdoin College students and their Brunswick, Me., neighbors would have received free wireless Internet access in town coffee shops and restaurants this fall.  Instead, only students will be able to access the network covering the downtown area.
Discussion: Techdirt and broadbandreports.com
Aaron Rutkoff / Wall Street Journal:
The Internet: a Series of Spoofs  —  One Senator's Take  —  On Net Neutrality  —  Spawns Parodies  —  Ted Stevens, currently the Senate's longest-serving Republican, became the latest unlikely character to go viral online when the 82-year-old late in June tried to explain to his colleagues the inner workings of the Internet.
BBC:
Duran Duran to give virtual gigs  —  British band Duran Duran are to create a virtual island within online game Second Life, on which they will perform actual live concerts.  —  The band is the first major group to announce a virtual world presence in the game.
Discussion: Kotaku
sandhill.com:
Software's Sky is Not Falling  —  Last week's SandHill.com oped doomed the enterprise software industry to a future dominated by open source.  A collective rebuttal to the argument asserts that any obituary of enterprise software is premature indeed.  —  By The "Enterprise Irregulars"
Financial Times:
Viacom considers bid for Bebo  —  By Tom Braithwaite in London and Joshua Chaffin in New York  —  Viacom, the US media group, is considering a bid for Bebo, the social networking site.  —  The acquisition would represent the latest attempt by Viacom to regain ground lost …
Reuters:
Alltel to offer podcasts on cellphones  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Alltel Corp. (NYSE:AT - news) the No. 5 U.S. cellphone provider, said on Tuesday it will provide a service to download audio clips from the Internet to cellphones in a bid to expand its business beyond voice services.
PRWeb:
Vocus Acquires Online Press Release Newswire PRWeb  —  Acquisition Positions Vocus As Leader in Search Engine Optimized (SEO) and Direct-to-Consumer Press Release Distribution  —  Vocus, Inc. (NASDAQ:VOCS) , a leading provider of on-demand software for corporate communications and public relations …
 
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
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Mike / Techdirt:
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DesktopTwo offers a powerful web desktop for free
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Reuters:
Topix.net expands news archive
Discussion: paidContent.org
Jeffrey McManus:
See the Future Again and Again and Again
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Personalized Search
Jeff / Idealog:
Microsoft Drops The Ball on Internet Explorer 7 Standards Compliance
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source: Architecture or Goodwill?
PC Pro:
AMD to drop ATi brand