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1:10 AM ET, August 18, 2006

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Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
Zune interface, features detailed  —  If you've been wondering how the Zune's user interface will compare with the iPod's, we have some real answers for you this morning: the similarities are significant, but Microsoft has made a number of changes that range from cool to not so cool.
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Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Picture - Zune In The Wild!  —  Thanks to our awesome tipsters, we scored this exclusive picture of the Microsoft Zune.  Yes, it looks almost exactly like the images we've shown you before on Gizmodo.  The player also comes with a pair of magnetic headphones …
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Microsoft Zune Details  —  After lots of quality time groping the Zune like blind man on his wedding night, our people give us the lowdown on the player's functionality.  Get the scoop after the jump!  —  First off, that scroll wheel you see?  That's not a wheel.
Discussion: Gadgetell, CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
The skinny on desktop Linux pros, cons and adoption  —  There are all sorts of stories whirling around the Internet regarding the pros and cons of desktop Linux as well as its chances of adoption (or track record so far) that I thought I'd try to connect the dots to form a more coherent picture (well, perhaps a confusing picture).
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Linux' achilles heel: fonts  —  I was just reading David Berlind talking about Tim Bray's use of Linux over the past couple of weeks (he's going back to the Mac).  I know what keeps me on Apple and Microsoft OS's, though, and it might not be what you expect.  —  What keeps me from using Linux?
ongoing:
Back to the Mac  —  It took nearly two weeks to get the PowerBook fixed, but for now I'm a Macboy again.  On balance, the Mac experience is better.  But Ubuntu is not that far behind, and it's catching up.  I'm thinking about the endgame.  —  Where OS X Wins
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Open source guru advocates ideological shift
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Dharmesh Shah / OnStartups.com:
Hindsight 2.0: Lessons From A Failed Web 2.0 Startup  —  Certain circles are buzzing with the news that Kiko is on sale on eBay.  I first heard the news last week, but it wasn't public until today so I didn't want to write about it.  —  For those that don't know who/what Kiko was …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Hindsight 2.0, Lessons from a Failed Web 2.0 startup
Discussion: The Post Money Value
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Boeing Boeing .... Gone  —  Is it a case of don't trust the early adopters?  Boeing's Connexion "broadband in the sky" service received rave reviews from most of the early adopters who wrote long paeans about the service, and how they could Skype and work in the sky.  —  The mass market thought otherwise.
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International Herald Tribune:
Boeing: In-flight Internet didn't fly on low demand  —  PARIS Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky, or perhaps the business plan that just couldn't fly.  —  Boeing on Thursday scrapped its in- flight Internet service, saying there was insufficient demand.  —  Don't tell that to the customers.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate  —  The Wall Street Journal got hold of a secret Cable Labs report, that essentially says that CableCos will not be able to withstand a bandwidth challenge from Verizon's fiber network.  They will have to spend money to upgrade and keep up with fiber.
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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Will Cable Have to Spend Big to Compete with Verizon?
Discussion: Nyquist Capital
Fred / A VC:
Business Development 2.0  —  It used to be that web companies needed to hire one or more smart networkers and set them loose on all the other web companies in search of deals that bring traffic, users, additional functionality, revenue, and a host of other good things.
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Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-based HandyPC to challenge Nokia Communicator  —  German phone maker Road has announced its answer to Nokia's Communicator.  Dubbed the HandyPC, the phone-computer combo is based on the Linux operating system and Trolltech's Qtopia GUI.  It's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on board too.
Cameron Olthuis / Pronet Advertising:
10 things you should be monitoring  —  Tracking your buzz is really something that is becoming more and more important over and will continue to increase in importance as time goes on.  Everything is going social right now and messages fly around the web at a million miles by hour.
Discussion: Web Strategy and Micro Persuasion
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HelloWorld to take on YouTube?  Nope says "BlinkTest"  —  When people send me stuff I give it the "BlinkTest."  Named after Malcolm Gladwell's "Blink" book.  —  What is my impression after the first 10 seconds?  Especially in comparison to something I already know about.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Gizmodo:
Microsoft Viral Marketing: Gaming Hardware?  —  Another day, another sad attempt by Microsoft for a viral marketing campaigh.  Yeah, that I Love Bees campaign worked really well for them, but since then they have a new gig every damn week.  This one can be found at www.notfornoobs.com.
Tony Smith / The Register:
Apple says 'no' to wireless iPod claims  —  Apple has denied claims that the company is getting ready to offer a wireless iPod - an unusual move for a firm that usually refuses to comment on unannounced products.  —  According to a report at DigiTimes, Apple Taiwan dismissed the claims of …
David / Blogging Pro:
CSS Optimization: Make Your Sites Load Faster for Free  —  While a lot of people are out to optimize their sites/blogs, most everyone seems to skip over CSS.  —  I have been spending some time looking at CSS Optimization tools today.  I wanted something free, online, and easy to use.
Discussion: ProBlogger Blog Tips and digg
 
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Internet Explorer 7: Flawed or Misunderstood?
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