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2:15 PM ET, August 14, 2006

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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 …
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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: B2Day and Jeffrey McManus
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.
Black Voices:
AOL Acquires Userplane  —  Company's Industry-Leading Web-Based Chat & Instant Messaging Services Will Expand the AIM Network, Serve Social Networking Audiences and Emerging Online Communities  —  AOL LLC today announced that is has acquired Userplane (http://www.userplane.com) of Los Angeles …
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Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
AOL acquires Userplane to expand AIM network  —  A brief interruption of my holiday schedule to announce a great news: portfolio co Userplane has been acquired by AOL LLC a couple of weeks ago, and I just heard that the official press release is now up there.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Userplane purchased by AOL
Discussion: SiliconBeat and AMCP Tech Blog
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 …
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Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
NetVibes, the slick "homepage" company, raises $15 million  —  NetVibes, the Paris based company that lets you personalize your home page with cool little modules that you can drag across the screen, has raised $15 million in more financing.  —  If you go there and play …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Method ~ of:
enter windows live writer  —  it's official!  —  for the past few weeks i've been able to use a new tool just released, called windows live writer.  at it's core, writer is a blogging client (i'm sure there will be other uses for it in the future, but for now, this is what i use it for).
Discussion: MSTechToday
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Windows Live Writer, Write On!
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Browster 2.0 makes MySpace easier to use  —  Browser plug in Browster released version 2.0 of its product this weekend and is aiming to make MySpace profiles easier to view.  A Windows download for IE and Firefox, Browster preloads pages from search results and provides a live minibrowser when inserted lightning bolts are hovered over.
Discussion: SiliconBeat
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Browster 2.0 Makes MySpace Suck Less
USA Today:
HSN to offer point and shop by TV remote  —  See something you like on Home Shopping Network?  Point your remote at the TV.  Hit "select."  And buy, buy, buy!  —  At least, that's what HSN (IACI) hopes its viewers will do.  —  On Monday, HSN is announcing the nation's first shop-by-remote system for digital TV customers.
Guy Kawasaki / Signum sine tinnitu:
Everything You Wanted to Know About Getting a Job in Silicon Valley But Didn't Know Who to Ask  —  Many people ask me for advice about getting a job in Silicon Valley, so here's the inside scoop.  Not everyone will agree with this advice, and some will outright deny what I'm saying …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Segway launches two new models: the i2 and x2  —  As rumored, Segway is launching two new versions of their still-looks-nerdy-as-ever two wheel Human Transporter.  The biggest update is the new "LeanSteer" system that does away the clunky grip-based control for turning …
Discussion: CNNMoney.com
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
New Segway coming tomorrow?
Discussion: I4U News and OhGizmo!
Jason Clarke / Download Squad:
Getting Things Done Software Systems (Part 1 of 2)  —  Native Windows (offline-capable) software  —  Scope  —  While there are a great number of ways to put a Getting Things Done system into action on a Windows PC, I'd like to compare and contrast the benefits of using native Windows software like Outlook …
Ben Werdmuller / The Internet is People:
Youtube: the Napster of video or the shape of things to come?  —  John C. Dvorak thinks we're all missing the point about Youtube.  There certainly have been a lot of naysayers in the industry, and it's been observed that there's a lot of copyright material on the site, leading it to be dubbed the napster of video.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
DO WE NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT GOOGLE?  —  Damn, everytime I go through Valleywag, I say, "Surely, they've crossed the line this time!"  Amazingly, there is no anti-Valleywag campaign, no angry missives from Google, and no blogs spouting angry rhetoric against the Silicon Valley gossip king.
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
Lists - Group Writing Project  —  It's time for another ProBlogger Group Writing Project - and this time we've got prizes worth around $1250 USD (see below for details)!  —  The Topic  —  This week's topic is 'LISTS' - something regular readers will know that I'm rather fond of.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
HP offers Debian Linux support  —  Debian is a steadfastly noncommercial version of Linux.  But Hewlett-Packard will give it a big corporate hug Monday with the announcement of a plan to provide support for the open-source operating system.  —  "We've had a number of customers continuing …
 
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