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1:15 PM ET, August 18, 2006


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Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the homepage that promotes bloggers who are participating in a partnership with the advertising team of WPNI.  If you are a blogger or blog network looking to expand your readership and advertising …
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Washington Post Launches Blogroll Ad Network  —  Jeff Burkett at WashingtonPost.Newsweek Interactive blogs that the WashingtonPost has launched a brand new program that helps marketers find blogs to advertise on.  It's called the Sponsored Blogroll.  —  Basically, the way this works …
Paul Bond / Reuters:
EchoStar must disable DVRs, judge rules  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A judge has ordered EchoStar to disable the digital video recorders used by several million subscribers to its Dish satellite TV service because they infringe on patents held by TiVo.
Discussion: B2Day, IP Democracy, Engadget and TechBlog
Business Wire:
EchoStar Asks Federal Court to Stay Texas Injunction  —  ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Aug. 18, 2006—EchoStar Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:DISH) issued the following statement regarding recent developments in the Tivo Inc. v. EchoStar Communications Corp. lawsuit:
Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny:
TiVo Wins Permanent Injunction Against EchoStar (And Cash)
Agence France Presse:
Boeing abandons in-flight Internet service  —  CHICAGO (AFP) - US aerospace giant Boeing Co. said it was abandoning its Connexion unit providing high-speed Internet service on planes after only a handful of airlines signed up.  —  "Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time …
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Boeing exits in-flight broadband  —  Boeing is scrapping its in-flight high speed broadband service because of lack of interest from leading airlines.  —  The discontinuation of its Connexion service will cost the plane maker $320m (£169m) in one-off charges.
Report on iPod Manufacturing  —  Like many of you, we were concerned by reports in the press a few weeks ago alleging poor working and living conditions at a manufacturing facility in China where iPods are assembled.  Our Supplier Code of Conduct mandates that suppliers of Apple products …
Sean Alexander / Addicted to Digital Media:
What is  —  It looks like a new [Microsoft] viral site is up at  I snagged a screenshot of the "secret symbol" that shows up, a logo for the Razer brand of peripherals.  I have to admit, it's not the best I've seen- putting Microsoft logos into teaser programs is a no-no in my opinion.
Matt Andrejczak / MarketWatch:
Dell adds AMD chips to desktop PC line  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Dell Inc., the world's No. 1 PC maker, will use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in some of its consumer desktop computers, breaking its exclusive PC chip supply agreement with Intel Corp.
Discussion: Engadget, Gadgetell and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Metcalfe's Law Really Wrong?  —  IEEE Spectrum magazine in a recent cover story by Bob Briscoe, Andrew Odlyzko, and Benjamin Tilly, three respected academics argued that the Metcalfe's Law - which states that the value of the network is proportional to the square of the number of users of the system …
Aline van Duyn / Financial Times:
Computers write news at Thomson  —  First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter.  Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories.  —  Thomson Financial, the business information group …
Discussion: Techdirt and Virtual Economics
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
New features for YouTube  —  Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours for scheduled maintenance and came back up with a few new features.  First is customized URLs, which allows you to "choose a customized URL for your channel, to make sharing your videos and favorites with friends easier."
Ars Technica:
Quad-core race heats up  —  The past few days have seen a burst of quad-core-related news items from both AMD and Intel.  In this post, I'll take a look at announcements from both companies and try to put them in the larger context of the Intel-AMD rivalry.  —  Intel's Kentsfield to face off against AMD's 4x4
Discussion: Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Google's Writely released; will another sector be squashed?  —  Online ajax-rich word processor Writely began accepting new accounts today after closing registration when the company was acquired by Google in March.  A number of startups who used to compete with Writely will now have to challenge Google.
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
MPAA push-polling the public to change copyright views  —  The MPAA seems to be employing tried-and-true political campaign tactics to sway public opinion of piracy and file sharing toward its own worldview.  A few weeks ago, the association announced, a research forum …
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
Andrew Schmitt / Nyquist Capital:
The Cablecos are Waking Up to Reality  —  The WSJ today has an exclusive look (free version of article here) at a report to be released by CableLabs that outlines the potential need for cablecos to undertake a massive infrastructure upgrade in order to stay competitive.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
The Great Cable Bandwidth Debate
Discussion: Mark Evans, VoIP Blog and VCMike's Blog
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Moo be gone! Apple releases MacBook SMC firmware update
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AOL to offer free personal email domains
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi hack didn't use Apple drivers
ADP to buy Web services provider Employease
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Regarding the Hardware Announcements at WWDC 2006
Discussion: MacUser and digg
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Google Starts Tracking Music Trends
Anne Broache / CNET
Anticrime group calls for laws to curb 'cyberbullying'
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
DigiGear unveils EZ3D Photo Print picture frame
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why I don't write about video games
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Actual lessons from Kiko
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
LinuxWorld 2006 is in now full swing at the Moscone Center …
Discussion: MAKE Magazine and digg
Cameron Olthuis / Pronet Advertising:
10 things you should be monitoring
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
HelloWorld to take on YouTube? Nope says "BlinkTest"
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Internet Explorer 7: Flawed or Misunderstood?
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb