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10:00 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
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Gartner Names Hot Technologies With Greatest Potential Impact  —  Gartner says hot technologies include social-network analysis, collective intelligence, location-aware applications and event-driven architectures.  —  TechWeb  —  Researcher Gartner Inc. on Wednesday identified the technologies …
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Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Skype Goes Mobile With iSkoot  —  Application will allow use of Skype's contact list, voice service, and chat features on high-end mobile phones.  —  Skype will help market an application that will put its contact list and VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) and instant messaging services on high-end mobile phones.
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Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
iSkoot: The New Mobile Face of Skype?
Thomas J. Fitzgerald / New York Times:
Weighing a Switch to a Mac  —  Ten years ago, if you were a Windows user, the idea of switching to a Macintosh might not have seemed enticing.  An abundance of new Windows software was arriving on store shelves, while the selection available to Mac users seemed to be falling behind, often relegated to a back corner of the same store.
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CNET News.com:
What Vista can learn from Leopard
Discussion: Teching It Easy
BBC:
Young drive 'radical media shift'  —  The "networked generation" is driving a radical shift in media consumption, says UK telecoms regulator Ofcom.  —  Sixteen to 24 year olds are spurning television, radio and newspapers in favour of online services, says the regulator's study.
Globe and Mail:
Social media and the London terrorist plot  —  Anyone who remembers the London subway[amp]nbsp;bombings probably recalls the dozens of cellphone-camera photos of[amp]nbsp;disheveled victims[amp]nbsp;and twisted metal[amp]nbsp;in the chaos of the London underground — pictures that became …
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits and rexblog
adobe.com:
Viacom to Leverage Adobe's Engagement Platform for Creating and Delivering Digital Experiences Online and On the Go  —  Viacom, Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) and Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced a strategic alliance to develop and deliver Viacom's exclusive branded content using the Adobe® Engagement Platform.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
AOL gaffe draws Capitol Hill rebuke  —  AOL's recent privacy gaffe that exposed user search histories may breathe new life into a proposal to slap strict rules on what data Internet companies may collect.  —  Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said Wednesday that AOL's disclosure …
Amy Gilroy / twice.com:
Microsoft Zune Will Hit Stores at $299  —  Redmond, Wash. - Microsoft is in the process of unveiling to select retailers the first of its line of Zune wearable digital audio players and informed retailers it will offer a single unit this fall, available in three colors at a suggested retail price of $299.
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Del.icio.us Traffic More Than Doubled Since January  —  Traffic to del.icio.us has more than doubled since Yahoo! acquired it in December 2005.  According to Hitwise data from its sample of 10 million US Internet users, the market share of visits to del.icio.us was up 122% from January 2006 to July 2006.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Micro Persuasion
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Webshots to relaunch with a Web 2.0 look  —  There won't be tagging, but CNet's photosharing site Webshots is adding a number of features reminiscent of Flickr and getting a whole new look.  The relaunch will occur some time in late August, but an alpha site is up here.
Nick / Rough Type:
Our new Delphic oracle  —  In a pithy post-Wikimania post, Dave Winer notes the "disconnect" between Wikipedia's "promoters and the people who do the work."  The disconnect, he points out, complicates assessments of the motley encyclopedia's attempts to enhance its quality.
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.
Gizmodo:
Real-Time Airport Plane Visualization  —  Reader Michael sent in this link to some web-based Java airport monitoring app.  Just go to the site, pick an airport, and see a real-time display on planes flying in and out of your local hub.  So far only major airports like Boston Logan International …
Discussion: Lifehacker and JD on EP
TDavid / Things That:
Today only some green from your wallet for a Google Checkout T-shirt  —  Want to jumpstart your checkout service, just kick in a free t-shirt, or so that's Google's plan: … The first time I mentioned Google Checkout Jeremy Wright tried buying something and only met with frustration.
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Web stats are broken — so you'd better have brass knuckles  —  Statistics on the Internet is like water for a flower.  You need them for much of the Web to survive.  —  But independent third-party tracking of traffic to Web sites, and of user clicks on Web page links, is deeply flawed …
Discussion: digg
Valleywag:
Why Jason Calacanis matters: He could be the new Ted Leonsis — and more  —  Steve Case was not the soul of AOL.  The founding chairman was squeezed out because, frankly, he didn't fit the culture.  The real man running AOL was vice chairman Ted Leonsis.  Dot-com scribe Michael Wolff writes …
 
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google Partner Page on the way?
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
AOL gives away free phone numbers with AIM Phoneline
Carlo / Techdirt:
Cheap Calls Lead To International Phone Spam
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Undistinguished Identity and Your Reputation
Nick / Rough Type:
Ongoing  —  A hundred years or so ago, our foremothers seemed …
USA Today:
Ad campaigns for your tiny cellphone screen get bigger
Discussion: AdJab and MocoNews.net
George Ou:
Intel sells off DSP division Dialogic
Discussion: VoIP Blog
vnunet:
Judge attacks 'Wild West' blogosphere
Discussion: Techdirt
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Saghir / Orbitcast:
XM Satellite Radio Teams Up With Alltel
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Intel aims for open-source graphics advantage
Reuters:
UC joins Google book project
Gaming Nexus:
Could the Wii fail?  —  Iwata stated that Wii will embrace …
Discussion: Kotaku, Cathode Tan and Joystiq
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Tellme Tries a New Trick
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google to continue storing search requests despite AOL gaffe
Wired News:
Wired News Writer Faked Info