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12:25 AM ET, August 14, 2006

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Writer Zone:
Introducing Windows Live Writer  —  Welcome to the Windows Live Writer team blog!  —  Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service.  —  Blogging has turned the web into a two-way communications medium.
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Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Windows Live changes the way you write your blog  —  Whether you are a full time blogger or you are just blogging as a hobby, we all have a need for the same thing: an easy to use blog editor to publish our entries from.  Luckily, Microsoft recognized this need for a What You See is What You Get …
Chron.Com / TechBlog:
Just testing: Windows Live Writer  —  Well, what have we here?  Looks like Microsoft has released a beta version of a very slick blogging editor called Windows Live Writer.  I'm using it to write this post now, and so far I'm pretty impressed.  —  Let's see how it handles inserting images, such as a screenshot:
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Om Malik / software.gigaom.com:
Windows Live Writer, Write On!  —  Mac-happy bloggers often use either Ecto or by Mars Edit as their desktop blogging client.  Given that those two products are pretty close to perfection, we are unlikely to switch to another client.  Windows PC users, on the other hand have had to choose from w.Bloggar, Qumana or some similar tool.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Windows Live Writer  —  Microsoft launched Windows Live Writer today.  This is a free, downloadable application that runs on your Windows PC and allows you to write blog posts.  Don't bother clicking the link if you have a Mac, this is Windows PC software only.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
WINDOWS LIVE WRITER: FIRST IMPRESSIONS  —  Got my hand on the latest Windows Live Beta, called Writer, that just left embargo this very minute.  In this post, we'll be walking through the product.  Afterwards, I'll give my early review, and take a look at some problems I have with the software.
Discussion: Coolz0r
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Windows Expertise:
This is why I still love Microsoft  —  Microsoft has had me pulling my hair out over the past month or two with some truly boneheaded moves.  But then they release something like Windows Live Writer and I remember that there is an upside for all the frustration.
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Exclusive: Interview with J.J. Allaire, Architect for Windows Live Writer  —  Now that the word on Windows Live Writer is out, LiveSide has the exclusive interview with  —  J.J. Allaire, the founder of Onfolio and Architect of the Writer team.  You may remember that Onfolio was acquired by Microsoft back in March of this year.
Stephen Foley / Independent:
To google or not to google?  It's a legal question  —  Search engine's sense of humour crashes as it fires off warning letters over use of name as a verb  —  Search engine giant Google, known for its mantra "don't be evil", has fired off a series of legal letters to media organisations, warning them against using its name as a verb.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Google Warns Media on Using Its Name as a Verb  —  The Independent Online reports that Google has fired off a series of legal letters to the media, asking them not to use the name of the company as a verb.  This despite the fact that the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's include …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Porn?  —  People watching Google Video closely noticed a change this week in the upload area - the restrictions on uploading "pornographic or obscene" material is now just a restriction on "obscene" material.  They've also added a "mature and adult" category to the genres and removed …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To See the New Google Video Interface  —  We mentioned that Google is testing out a new interface for watching videos in a post yesterday.  Razvan Antonescu, emailed me with a tip on how to see the new interface for yourself.  Google Blogoscoped also wrote about this.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Broadband In The Boonies  —  Nearly two years ago, I wrote a piece about how broadband was helping folks work on their technology start-ups away from Silicon valley.  I had noticed many companies such as PMachine and Zoto. … That trend is now accelerating.
PC World:
The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time  —  The IBM PC is 25.  And here are the top PCs ever, from machines you owned and loved to systems you've never heard of.  —  The Editors of PC World  —  Greatest PCs: 25-23  —  25. Non-Linear Systems Kaypro II (1982)  —  Non-Linear Systems' Kaypro II …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
J. D. Biersdorfer / New York Times:
How to Digitally Hide (Somewhat) in Plain Sight  —  "Searching illustrates the very nature of our lives online," says Lillie Coney of the Electronic Privacy Information Center.  If AOL's recent mishap with user search requests has you worried about who may be keeping track of your own Internet trail, you are probably not alone.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
Google Ice Cream  —  One day, Google shareholders will stop putting up with stuff like this.  It's one thing to do it, and another to rub it in everyone's faces.  —  They'll argue internally that these perks make people want to come and work for them.  But every study I've ever read …
Discussion: InsideGoogle
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Nick / Rough Type:
Cold treats  —  TechCrunch's Mike Arrington takes a break …
Discussion: Dead2.0
 
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