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2:05 AM ET, August 17, 2006

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Brian / Google Talkabout:
It's Finally Here!  —  Hooray!  The new Google Talk features (file sharing, voicemail, and music status) have completed testing and are now available to everyone.  Just use Google Talk normally, and it will auto-update to the new version over the next few days.  If you just can't wait, you can download the new version directly.
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CNET News.com:
Google Talk marks first year with upgrade  —  Google Talk, which is celebrating its first birthday with an upgrade, will let people easily transfer files and leave other people voice mail beginning Wednesday.  —  Now people who use the instant messaging and voice chat service will be able to click a …
Discussion: GigaOM, Lifehacker, VoIP Now and 21talks
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Satellite TV groups fade in auction  —  WASHINGTON — A partnership of the two top satellite television companies that qualified as the top potential bidders in the federal government's airwaves auction had all but dropped out of the competition by the close of bidding Tuesday.
Discussion: Engadget
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Carlo / Techdirt:   Satellite TV Companies First Wireless Auction Casualties
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Can anything tame the battery flames?  —  Ross Dueber, CEO of Zinc Matrix Power, has two words for you: Think zinc.  —  The Camarillo, Calif.-based start-up is one of a number of companies that has been toiling away at a problem that's no longer obscure due to Dell's massive laptop battery recall …
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
'Pen' Testing in the Palm of Your Hand  —  A portable hacking device equipped with hundreds of exploits and an automated exploitation system will go on sale in the United States in October.  —  The wireless handheld, called Silica, is the latest product to be developed by Immunity …
Discussion: Slashdot
CNET News.com:
Real to plug Windows media support into Linux  —  SAN FRANCISCO—RealNetworks will release open-source software this year that will let Linux computers play Windows Media files.  —  The media delivery software company and Novell made the announcement at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here.
Matthew Rand / Forbes:
How To Mix Business And Friendship  —  One luxury of being your own boss is choosing the people you work with.  Just ask the folks at Google, Yahoo! and Boston Scientific.  These are but a few large companies launched by friends who took a chance on working together.
Mary Jo Foley / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Embeds Windows Live Links in New Vista Builds  —  Microsoft is poised to release a new pre-RC1 test build of Windows Vista any day now to a select group of testers.  The latest builds include links to Windows Live Messenger, Toolbar, OneCare and Desktop Mail.
Discussion: Microsoft News Tracker and Bink.nu
Lee Gomes / Wall Street Journal:
What Are Web Surfers  —  Seeking?  Well, It's  —  Just What You'd Think  —  One thing about us Internet users: We like our music, we like our pictures, we like our sex — and we like them all free.  —  Last week, AOL released a trove of what it thought were anonymous Web-search data from 650,000 of its customers.
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Kiko On the Block  —  Web calendar Kiko has put its domain and code up for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of just under $50,000.  —  Web 2.0 is not all launch parties and magazine covers and bubbly!  The online calendar space is one of the more crowded spots to be right now …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and pc4media
Frank Cifaldi / Gamasutra:
GameFest: Xbox 360 Camera To Ship With Free Game  —  As part of Microsoft's Gamefest this week in Seattle, Gamasutra has obtained exclusive new details on the launch of the Xbox Live Vision video camera accessory for the Xbox 360, including confirmation of a gesture-based game that is set to be included for free with the hardware.
support.microsoft.com:
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 unexpectedly exits after you install the 918899 update … SYMPTOMS  —  Consider the following scenario.  You run Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack (SP1) or Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4 (SP4).
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Cyworld Launches, Throws A Big Bash  —  GigaTeam stopped by Cyworld's launch fiesta at San Francisco's Fluid Ultra Lounge last night and mingled with the Cyworld crew, relaxing after their debut.  —  A lot of high-level execs from Korea were wandering the floor, from both SK Telecom and Cyworld division …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Kiko Flatlines  —  Online calendering company Kiko.com has decided to call it quits and put the site up for auction on eBay.  They are also offering to export or delete user accounts.  It looks like the Deadpool may gain another member.  —  The Massachusetts company was backed …
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Apple scores high in customer satisfaction survey, again  —  Every once in a while you get bit by the irony bug, even at the Orbiting HQ.  This morning was my morning.  I was just finishing up on an article about Apple scoring first in the American Customer Satisfaction Index for personal computers.
Discussion: Blogging Stocks and digg
biz.gamedaily.com:
AOL Acquires GameDaily From Gigex  —  AOL Games Expands Audience by Acquiring Some of the Best Gaming Content on the Web.  Check out the full press release on this exciting news!  —  Dulles, VA - August 16, 2006 - AOL LLC announced today that it has acquired GameDaily ( http://www.gamedaily.com ) …
Alison Murdock / Under the Radar:
Live from Under the Radar - Office 2.0 / Winners Announced  —  An evening that showcased four innovative companies that are pushing the envelope with Office 2.0 apps that are helping to not only changing the way we work, but also changing the way we work "together."
 
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Ed Felten / Freedom to Tinker:
PRM Wars  —  Today I want to wrap up the recap of my invited talk at Usenix Security.
Tom Evslin / Fractals of Change:
Are You an Entrepreneur?
EdH / EdHolloway.com:
Ink Blog Beta 1 released for Windows Live Writer
Johnporcaro / Gamerscore Blog:
Microsoft HD DVD Player Exclusively For Movies
Discussion: HD Beat, Kotaku and Joystiq
Cesar Menendez / Zune Insider Blog:
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Inquirer:
Banned musician, aged 12, lays siege to BPI HQ
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Crescendo's two strikes, and why it matters
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
YouTube Hunting Music Videos
Discussion: TechCrunch and New Media Sense
 Earlier Items: 
John Siracusa / FatBits:
Time Machine and the future of the file system
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Blaze Away with Trailfire
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Coupons & Custom Map Icon: A Deeper Look
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Engadget's Cleaning Out Our Closet Contest
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Lorne Manly / New York Times:
A Food Web Site, Spiced With Attitude
Discussion: paidContent.org
Sony:
SONY NOW SHIPPING 50GB DUAL LAYER BLU-RAY DISC MEDIA IN THE U.S.
AMD:
Next-Generation AMD Opteron™ Processors Introduced with …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
IE7 and standards compliance - Microsoft's Chris Wilson charts progress