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1:10 PM ET, August 10, 2006

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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Get Your Fix at Auction 66  —  Telcos, cable and satellite TV, and intrepid speculators battle for pieces of the FCC's largest auction of wireless spectrum  —  Imagine Cablevision's chairman Charles Dolan, News Corp.'s (NWS) Rupert Murdoch, and Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK) Warren Buffett duking it out.
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Jeremy Pelofsky / Reuters:
Satellite, cable battle wireless in US FCC auction  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. wireless carriers battled with satellite and cable operators on Wednesday for valuable licenses for advanced wireless services — like high-speed Internet access — on the first day of an auction that so far has raised $933.5 million.
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
T-Mobile USA dominates first round of AWS auction  —  WASHINGTON—T-Mobile USA Inc. led the first round of bidding in the Federal Communications Commission's auction of advanced wireless services spectrum, placing bids for spectrum that would substantially expand its national footprint.
Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
iSkoot: The New Mobile Face of Skype?  —  iSkoot today announced a deal with Skype, where it will certify iSkoot and offer it for download from its site, then later the two companies will co-market iSkoot and Skype to mobile handset vendors and operators.  It sounds like iSkoot could become …
Discussion: VoIP Watch, Webtown and VoIP Lowdown
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iSkoot Allows Skype Calling On Regular Cellphones
Wired News:
Wired News Writer Faked Info  —  Wired News has removed three articles from its website after an internal investigation failed to confirm the authenticity of a source used in the stories.  —  "Tribal Curse Haunts Launch Pad" (June 27, 2006), "NASA Boosts Heart-Monitoring Tech" (July 7 …
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
Sony Mylo suffers from Sidekick syndrome  —  Skype did a great job packaging Skype into the new Mylo.  And I'm desparate for a device like this that lets me carry Skype around.  But Sony's Mylo doesn't deserve this moment of love.  Like the T-Mobile Sidekick, Mylo:
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gizmodo
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Gaming Nexus:
Could the Wii fail?  —  Iwata stated that Wii will embrace more creative game concepts that haven't been tried before, focusing on fresh gameplay instead of graphics.  This seems like a good idea in principle, but a firm balance must be maintained.  We need a healthy, diverse collection of software …
Discussion: Kotaku, Cathode Tan and Joystiq
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM Satellite Radio Teams Up With Alltel  —  XM Satellite Radio has inked a deal with Alltel Wireless that will give Alltel customers access to a wide range of XM Satellite Radio programming via their wireless phones.  —  The XM Radio Mobile service will be offered to Alltel Wireless customers for $7.99 per month.
Discussion: Gizmodo, ringtonia.com and Gearlog
CNET News.com:
What Vista can learn from Leopard  —  Apple Computer let developers know this week that its next Mac OS X version, Leopard, should spring onto store shelves next spring.  It also lifted the veil somewhat on features planned for the operating system, but held back on some details.
Discussion: Teching It Easy
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage  —  Intel has released open-source software to give Linux full-fledged support for 3D graphics, a move that could give its graphics chips a leg up over rivals.  —  Right now, Linux users typically rely on proprietary driver software …
Discussion: Open Source, TechSpot and digg
J Mark Lytle / Digital World Tokyo:
Microsoft patch sparks Homeland Security alert  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned Wednesday that a recently patched Microsoft Windows vulnerability could put the nation's critical infrastructure at risk.  —  The patch, described in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-040, relates to Windows Server services.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to continue storing search requests despite AOL gaffe  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Although he was alarmed by AOL's haphazard release of its subscribers' online search requests, Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt said Wednesday the privacy concerns raised by that breach won't change …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and TechSpot
Mike / Techdirt:
WiMax, Net Neutrality And Basic Fact Checking  —  from the need-to-support-your-argument-a- little-better dept  —  With yesterday's announcement that Sprint was going to offer WiMax over their 2.5 GHz spectrum, it was only a matter of time until someone tied the topic to net neutrality.
George Ou:
AOL AIM Phoneline gives you a free phone number  —  Following on the heels of Skype offering free (free for now because Skype is only doing it to mess with the Vonage IPO) Skype-out service, AOL has begun offering free inbound calling along with your own phone number with its AIM Phoneline service.
Reuters:
UC joins Google book project  —  SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) — The University of California has joined Google Inc.'s bid to scan the book collections of the world's great libraries, the organizations said Tuesday, marking renewed momentum for a project nearly derailed by stiff resistance from publishers.
Discussion: GigaOM and Official Google Blog
Doug Berger / Gadgetell:
Peep Show: Dell's first retail store - Dallas, TX  —  This week, we were lucky enough to make it over to the brand spankin' new Dell store located at NorthPark Center in Dallas, TX to snap some pictures for you.  If you missed the news a little over a month ago, Dell announced …
Google Blogoscoped:
Google Video Added to Google Homepage  —  Google got rid of the Froogle and Google Groups link on top of their search box, and introduced a link to Google Video instead.  From what we know, only the most successful Google services get spotlighted on the homepage... in the past, services like Google Directory had to go.
Discussion: ComparisonEngines.com
Christy Pettey / gartner.com:
Gartner's 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle Highlights Key Technology Themes  —  Web 2.0 technologies and business models dominate emerging technologies together with Real World Web and Applications Architecture  —  Gartner, Inc., today announced its 2006 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle …
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Tellme Tries a New Trick  —  The company is showing off its products to Microsoft and other corporations, hoping to boost the popularity of voice-driven Web information  —  Before Mike McCue co-founded Tellme Networks in 1999, the former vice-president for technology at browser pioneer …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Symantec picks away at Vista's core  —  In a third and final report on Windows Vista, Symantec examined the security of the operating system core and found some vulnerabilities.  —  Vista includes several barriers designed to prevent malicious code from gaining access to the operating system core or kernel.
Discussion: M-Dollar and Teching It Easy
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Yahoo's Lost Bid Doesn't Spell Doom  —  Although Google won the deal to handle search for News Corp., Yahoo's focus and prospects are different.  Even so, it can't stand still  —  Conventional wisdom holds that wherever there's a winner, a loser can't be too far behind.
 
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Ross Miller / Joystiq:
Capcom asks: how about Dead Rising 2?
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Andy Merrett / Tech Digest:
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Google Blogoscoped:
The Story of Google, The Musical
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Flash Turns 10  —  Flash, the premiere platform for presenting audio …
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 Earlier Items: 
Melanie Colburn / John Battelle's Searchblog:
BLOGGING FOR THE SEARCH ENGINES
Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
DRM Wars: The Next Generation
Discussion: Techdirt
Kevin / Juxtaviews:
Reddit Interview - Social news bookmarking never looked so easy.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Viddler to make moments in video searchable
Discussion: Gizmodo and Lost Remote
Alissa Vasilevskis / digium.com:
Digium Secures First Round of Funding with Matrix Partners
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Hard times at AOL right now.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Update, Reload & Party