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4:25 AM ET, August 8, 2006

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BBC:
Google signs $900m News Corp deal  —  Google is to provide search and advertising on MySpace.com and other websites owned by News Corporation's Fox International Media.  —  The deal will see Google pay Fox at least $900m (£472m) provided certain web traffic targets are met.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Fox: $1 billion Search Deal with Google  —  Fox Interactive Media has entered into a nearly $1 billion, 3+ year deal with Google to exclusively power search across most Fox online sites, including Myspace.  The partnership will begin in the fourth quarter of this year and extend though the second quarter of 2010.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google & MySpace In $900 Million Deal On Search & Contextual Ads  —  Just in, an announcement that Google and MySpace have reached a deal for Google to provide search and contextual ads to MySpace, in return for giving MySpace (well, the entire Fox Interactive Media network) $900 million in guaranteed payments through 2010.
Rafat / paidContent.org:   Fox Interactive's Call For A Search & Contextual Ad Vendor Answered …
Reuters:
Viacom, Google aim ad-backed videos at Web sites  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Viacom Inc.'s MTV Networks has agreed to distribute clips from its cable networks over Google Inc.'s advertising network, in a test of what could become a new economic model for Web-based video delivery, the companies said on Sunday.
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Abbey Klaassen / AdAge:
McKinsey Study Predicts Continuing Decline in TV Selling Power  —  Cites 50% Drop in Viewers, 40% Hike in Prime-Time Ad Spend Over Last Decade  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — A study is about to give Madison Avenue a fresh pummeling: McKinsey & Co. is telling a host of major marketers that by 2010 …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google and MTV team up for ad-supported video  —  Ad-supported video continues to gain momentum online.  Google has teamed up with Viacom to provide video clips to websites that are part of Google's AdSense Network.  Viacom is the parent company to MTV, VH1, CBS and a number of other premium networks.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from WWDC 2006: Steve Jobs keynote  —  8:23AM PST - Alright everybody, we're kicking off over here at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Be sure to book mark this URL, as even though we're doing a little pre-game coverage now, this is where it's all gonna go down when Steve takes the stage at 10:00AM.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Putting Leopard In The Broadband
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
OS X Leopard Server
Discussion: Riding Rails and GigaOM
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
AOL apologizes for release of user search data  —  AOL apologized on Monday for releasing search-log data on subscribers that had been intended for use with AOL's newly launched research site.  —  The randomly selected data, which focused on 658,000 subscribers and posted 10 days ago …
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PC Pro:
AMD to drop ATi brand  —  Chip guru AMD has announced that it's going to drop the ATi brand name following its takeover of the Canadian graphics underdog.  Gareth Cater from AMD told Custom PC that 'the new company will be called AMD,' meaning that we could shortly be seeing AMD-branded Radeon graphics chips.
Yahoo! Search blog:
Announcing Yahoo! Search Builder  —  Look Ma, My Own Search Engine!  —  It's always great to help a friend.  A friend of mine who is a diver wanted a specialized search engine for his website focused on diving.  At around the same time, an engineer at Yahoo! built a prototype that made building specialized search engines a snap.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Launches Personalized Search
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, August 2006  —  Three months have passed since my last State of the Blogosphere report, so time for an update on the numbers.  For those of you who just want the most interesting tidbits, I've tried something new this time sround - I've put in boldface the most significant information.
RuiCarmo / The Tao of Mac:
A Spotty Take On Leopard's Features  —  I'll be brief, since due to other folk's vacations I spent far too much time wading through a couple dozen million database records with the Swiss Army Knife of the Internet, had a most unfashionably late dinner, pretty much missed the WWDC online coverage …
Discussion: Lifehacker, MacMinute and digg
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Open Source: Architecture or Goodwill?  —  There are a lot of reasons why people make their code open source.  I believe that one of the strongest original motivations has often been overlooked.  Our hagiography tells the tale of how it all started with the quest for software freedom.
Apple:
Apple Introduces Xserve with Quad 64-bit Xeon Processors  —  New Xserve is Over Five Times Faster Than its Predecessor  —  Apple® today announced the new Xserve®, a quad Xeon, 64-bit server featuring Mac OS® X Server Tiger on two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz …
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Jeff / Idealog:
Microsoft Drops The Ball on Internet Explorer 7 Standards Compliance  —  Microsoft often says it's pro-standards - but typically, they'd rather own a proprietary interface or protocol than build a compatible system.  —  As I relaunched the new design of my site, NewsCloud …
Business 2.0:
Why we don't get the (text) message  —  Texting is insanely popular overseas, but practically nonexistent in the United States - for now.  That just means we'll have to import the best tech from abroad. … Consider this anomaly: Ecuador, with a per capita GDP of $4,300 …
Discussion: textually.org and MocoNews.net
Jeffrey McManus:
See the Future Again and Again and Again  —  Back when I worked at eBay I used to keep a poster up in my cubicle.  It was an ad for reruns of Futurama, and the tag line read:  —  See the future.  Again and again and again.  —  I put the ad up in my cubicle because I love Futurama …
 
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Andy McCue / CNET News.com:
Airlines to replace 'no smoking' with 'no mobile'
Los Angeles Times:
Underwhelmed by It All  —  For the 12-to-24 set, boredom is a recreational hazard.
Discussion: Rough Type and Ypulse
Eric A. Taub / New York Times:
Picture Tubes Are Fading Into the Past