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5:55 PM ET, August 14, 2006

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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.
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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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Userplane purchased by AOL  —  Web messaging services company Userplane has been acquired by AOL, it was was announced this morning.  This company powers the interactive features (chat, video chat, video profiles, etc.) on most online dating and many social networking sites.
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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Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Software Notebook: Xbox offers do-it-yourself games  —  ONE OF THE HOTTEST online trends is to get people to create and contribute their own material — things like reviews, photos and videos.  —  But will user-generated content work for video games?  Microsoft plans to find out.
Robert Levine / New York Times:
Microsoft Has a Starter Kit for Aspiring Game Designers
Discussion: B2Day and Jeffrey McManus
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Microsoft blogging software available in beta  —  Microsoft has released a beta version of Windows Live Writer, a new blogging software designed for users with no HTML skills.  —  Most blog-authoring services—including Blogger, LiveJournal and WordPress—assume a bit of HTML knowledge on the part of users.
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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 …
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
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Verizon adds multiroom DVR  —  Verizon Communications plans to offer a digital video recorder that allows its TV customers to watch recorded programs on multiple TVs in any room in the house, the company said Monday.  —  The new multiroom DVR, made by Motorola, lets customers view recorded programs on up to three televisions at once.
Sara Ivry / New York Times:
Segway Plans 2 New Models of Transporter  —  The Segway Human Transporter was introduced in late 2001 after a flood of anticipation, a barrelful of venture capital and a promise from its inventor, Dean Kamen, to revolutionize the way cities worked.  Since then, the two-wheeled vehicle …
Discussion: Valleywag
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Segway launches two new models: the i2 and x2
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and I4U News
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.
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
10 Tips on Maximizing Laptop Battery Performance  —  I am on the planes a decent amount of the time (100,000 miles by late May) and tend to spend a chunk of my flights using my laptop.  Most of the time it's productive, but it can also include a DVD or the occasional game …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile.com
Ionut Alex. Chitu / Google Operating System:
The New Blogger  —  As noted by Tony Ruscoe, Blogger migrates to Google Accounts.  You can add Blogger to your Google Account, but you'll create a new Blogger account.  —  If you already use Blogger, there's a migration page that doesn't work yet, but says something very interesting:
Nicole Girard / CNET News.com:
Second Lifers get first look at new hotel chain  —  Avatars looking for a stylish place to mingle and get a cocktail will soon be able to check out a trendy new hotel—months before their fleshy counterparts.  —  Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, which oversees such well-known hotel brands as Sheraton …
Discussion: Techdirt and Kevin Maney
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 …
 
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