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9:30 AM ET, August 14, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Chris Pirillo
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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: MSTechToday and Bink.nu
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Windows Live Writer ... Huh?  —  Microsoft's newly released Live Writer is getting oodles of praise, but I'm going to demur.  It's typical Microsoft eye candy: Pleasant to look at, but seemingly designed by people who have only seen photographs of real bloggers.  Some examples:
Discussion: The Post Money Value
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 …
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Exclusive: Interview with J.J. Allaire, Architect for Windows Live Writer
Coolz0r:   Windows Live Writer
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Play your own Xbox game  —  Microsoft is trying to turn hard-core gamers into Xbox programmers.  —  The company plans to show off on Monday a new set of developer tools that will let college students, hobbyists and others create their own games for the Xbox 360 console, for a Windows PC or both.
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Robert Levine / New York Times:
Microsoft Has a Starter Kit for Aspiring Game Designers  —  During the last decade, the cost of recording and producing music and video has plummeted, giving amateur auteurs a chance at stardom.  But at the same time, the expense involved in making video games has gone up …
Discussion: Jeffrey McManus
Microsoft:
Microsoft Invites the World to Create Its Own Xbox 360 Console Games for the First Time  —  More than 10 esteemed universities to add XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 game development into their curricula starting this fall.  —  In the 30 years of video game development …
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 …
Ouriel Ohayon / TechCrunch:
Netvibes secures a $15 million investment  —  NetVibes, a Paris/London based company, will announce a $15 million round of financing on Monday.  Index Venture (which is a prior investor) and Accel ventures lead the investment operation which certainly is one of the largest in European internet this year …
Discussion: Blake Ross on Firefox
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Browster 2.0 Makes MySpace Suck Less  —  Browster, the browser extension that lets you preview search results by hovering over them, launched a new version today (Sunday).  Browster 2.0 offers the same free add-on for Internet Explorer and Firefox, but they're also targeting MySpace users.
Ken Belson / New York Times:
Verizon Is Rewiring New York, Block by Block, in a Race for Survival  —  It's 9 in the morning, and a team from Verizon has been stringing fiber optic cable along a residential side street in the Bronx for three hours.  In a basket about 20 feet in the air, James DeMattia guides the cable …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google Video is the Future of Google  —  Google Video is the Future of Google  —  Last week Google took a step in their new direction by adding a link to Google Video above their main search box, and dropping their link to Froogle.  The change in search option choices on the main page …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
CPA - The Holy Grail of Online Advertising?  —  Written by Ebrahim Ezzy and edited by Richard MacManus.  Ebrahim is lead developer of search product Qube and authored the Search 2.0 series, which featured recently on Read/WriteWeb.  —  This article explores the new online advertising model of CPA …
 
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