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8:15 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.
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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.
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 …
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.
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Windows Live Writer ... Huh?
Harrison Hoffman / LiveSide:
Exclusive: Interview with J.J. Allaire, Architect for Windows Live Writer
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Editorial  —  1. I think it's great that Microsoft is making a wizzy editor for bloggers.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
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
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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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: GigaOM and Virtual Economics
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and IP Democracy
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
Give Mikey A Break!!!  —  Oh how we love to hate 'winners' in this country.  Small coffee company from Seattle manages to get great expansion, we all go rah-rah-rah.  They become the biggest coffee chain in America, they are evil.  Small search engine takes on Microsoft, Yahoo, and everyone cheers them on.
Discussion: Blog Republic and Rough Type
Om Malik / GigaOM:
30Boxes On Your Mobile, On Your Mac  —  30Boxes, the web calendar that totally rocks, just keeps getting better.  They just introduced a mobile version of the site, so now you can get your calendar apps right on your favorite mobile phone, something we can all appreciate when we are late …
Discussion: MobileCrunch and Office Evolution
Evan Blass / Engadget:
New Segway coming tomorrow?  —  Wouldn't you know it, just when we've finally perfected riding our Segway HT180i without falling off every five seconds and skinning our knees, multiple reports are claiming that the company is poised to release a brand new version of the self-stabilizing human transporter as soon as tomorrow.
Discussion: I4U News and OhGizmo!
 
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