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6:10 AM ET, August 15, 2006

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Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Dell Recalls Batteries Because of Fire Threat  —  Dell is recalling 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they could erupt in flames, the company said today.  This will be the largest safety recall in the history of the consumer electronics industry, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
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Alex Gruzen / Direct2Dell:
Dell Details on Notebook Battery Recall  —  Alex Gruzen, Sr. VP - Mobility Product Group  —  Dell announced a recall today of lithium-ion batteries sold in many of our notebook computers over the past two years.  You may have seen the recent New York Times story or have seen other details in the blogosphere.
CNET News.com:
Dell to recall 4 million batteries  —  update Dell and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission plan to recall 4.1 million notebook batteries on Tuesday, a company representative confirmed Monday.  —  The recall affects certain Inspiron, Latitude and Precision mobile workstations …
MSNBC:
Dell to recall 4.1 million laptop batteries  —  Devices' lithium-ion batteries could overheat and possibly catch fire … SAN FRANCISCO - Dell Inc., the world's largest personal computer maker, said Monday it would recall 4.1 million notebook computer batteries with cells made by Sony Corp., the largest recall in Dell's history.
Business Wire:
MindTouch Powers Wiki.com  —  Accelerates Mainstream Wiki Adoption  —  MindTouch today announced it has partnered with Entrepreneur John Gotts to launch Wiki.com, the premier online destination for consumers to learn about, create and share wiki sites.  MindTouch is the only vendor …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Wiki.com partners with MindTouch, says $3 mill domain is a deal  —  Entrepreneur John Gotts has agreed to pay almost $3 million to purchase the domain wiki.com.  With skeptics saying that he'll back out of the deal through a contract clause or that the purchase is a huge sign of a bubble …
Discussion: Dead2.0 and The Blog Herald
Valleywag:
Gotts Milks: An interview with the man who bought Wiki.com
Discussion: ben barren
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Blogger.com unveils new beta version  —  Google's Blogger.com, one of the trailblazers of the whole medium, is about to undergo a substantial upgrade that will improve its usability and help it catch up to the state of the art.  You can preview the beta version at beta.blogger.com …
Discussion: Changing Way
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Private Blogger Blogs Not So Secret  —  Google's Blogger, the grand daddy of the modern weblog publishing platform, today unveiled a new beta version that among other things touts enhanced privacy settings.  For the first time on Blogger you can specify if a blog is public, private or by invitation only.
BBC:
UK bank details sold in Nigeria  —  Bank account details belonging to thousands of Britons are being sold in West Africa for less than £20 each, the BBC's Real Story programme has found.  —  It discovered that fraudsters in Nigeria were able to find internet banking data stored on recycled PCs sent from the UK to Africa.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Advertisers Trace Paths Users Leave on Internet  —  If you use Yahoo's Web search engine to learn about hybrid cars, the site will quietly note that you fit into a group of users it calls "Consciously Cruising."  —  If you click on ads for moving van companies, you will join the "Home Hopping" group.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Tina Gasperson / NewsForge:
Open source project adds "no military use" clause to the GPL  —  GPU is a Gnutella client that creates ad-hoc supercomputers by allowing individual PCs on the network to share CPU resources with each other.  That's intriguing enough, but the really interesting thing about GPU is the license its developers have given it.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
T-Mobile's Trial Balloon  —  The wireless provider is testing routers that will allow users to make calls from home via cell phone for a flat monthly rate  —  On Aug. 10, T-Mobile USA started a hush-hush trial of a service that could turn telecom on its head.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Windows Live Writer for blogs and more  —  Windows Live Writer is a new web authoring tool from Microsoft developed by JJ Allaire and his team from Onfolio.  You might remember that Microsoft acquired Onfolio in March of this year.  I am a Microsoft employee so I get early versions of software to test before the external beta test.
Michael Ingram / Slyck:
Pirate Party Backs Speedy, Anonymizing Internet Service  —  As part of an ongoing campaign for privacy, PiratPartiet, the Swedish Pirate Party, are giving their backing to a new anonymizing service called Relakks, which, unlike proxies, promises no loss of speed on any internet service - including P2P.
Discussion: Techdirt and eHomeUpgrade
Josh / Bokardo:
Apple Making Huge Social Software Push?  —  Update Added several points about upcoming Leopard features.  —  Several recent Apple developments suggest that the company is ramping up for a huge push of social features in its software:  —  Wiki Server  —  A wiki server?  Yes, a wiki server.
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Yahoo Taps ComScore Exec to Head Market Research  —  Yahoo has added a new senior-level executive to beef up its global market research team.  —  Peter Daboll, formerly the president and CEO of comScore Media Metrix, has been named Yahoo's chief of insights and head of global market research.
 
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David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Another cease and desist letter from Apple regarding usage of "pod" turns up
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
MeeVee wants to be your TV Guide: Raises $8 million more
Marguerite Reardon / ZDNet:
Verizon adds multiroom DVR
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
NetVibes, the slick "homepage" company, raises $15 million
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
AOL acquires Userplane to expand AIM network
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Browster 2.0 makes MySpace easier to use
USA Today:
HSN to offer point and shop by TV remote