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4:05 PM ET, August 18, 2006

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Washington Post:
What is the Sponsored Blogroll?  —  The Sponsored Blogroll is an index on the washingtonpost.com 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 …
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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.
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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)
Discussion: Engadget, PVR Wire, digg and Slashdot
Thomas Crampton / New York Times:
Boeing to End Its Service for Using Internet Aloft  —  Maybe it was the Internet bubble in the sky or perhaps it was just that the business plan could not fly.  —  Boeing announced on Thursday that it planned to scrap its in-flight Internet service, saying there was not enough demand.
Discussion: Rough Type, Message and TeleRead
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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
apple.com:
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 …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Apple releases iPod factory audit results
Scott McNulty / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Apple issues Report on iPod Manufacturing
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
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Report: Dell orders about 2 million AMD PCs
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and The Tech Report
Alan / gedankengang:
Amazon's Digital Video sneak peek: "Amazon Unbox"  —  It seems Amazon might soon be launching their digital video download store, called "Amazon Unbox Video".  According to what I can find, it'll have purchase and rental capability, as well as support for devices other than your PC (Your TV and Creative Zen Vision at least).
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Preliminary Results of Tender Offer  —  Company expects to acquire 155 million shares at $24.75 per share; boosts ongoing share repurchase program by $16 billion.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the preliminary results of its modified "Dutch Auction" tender offer …
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
MacBook Wi-Fi hack didn't use Apple drivers  —  In early August a senior researcher at SecureWorks said he had revealed a vulnerability in Apple's MacBook wireless software driver that would allow him to take control of the machine.  While the researcher did find a vulnerability …
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:   Wi-Fi Exploit Not an Apple Problem, Company Says
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Does Kiko predict more Web 2.0 failures?  —  I was reading Don Dodge, former executive from Alta Vista.  He's seen his share of failure so I always learn something from him.  Anyway, he links to an interesting analysis of why Kiko (a Web-based calendar) failed.
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Business Week:
Wiretap Ruling Threatens Telecoms  —  Businesses accused of helping the Bush Administration eavesdrop on customers could be in for a legal bruising  —  Telecommunications and Internet companies accused of working with the Bush Administration's domestic eavesdropping program …
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
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 MyMovieMuse.com, a research forum …
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
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Red / The Red Ferret Journal:
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Washington Post:
The FBI's Upgrade That Wasn't  —  $170 Million Bought an Unusable Computer System
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Lions Gate CEO confirms iTunes movie downloads
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Jason Gertzen / Kansas City Star:
Sprint 'pulling back' on Boost unit
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Adobe, Linux and DRM
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Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Moo be gone! Apple releases MacBook SMC firmware update
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
AOL to offer free personal email domains
Discussion: Newsome.Org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Metcalfe's Law Really Wrong?
Nate Mook / BetaNews:
Google Starts Tracking Music Trends
Jordan Running / Download Squad:
New features for YouTube  —  Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Anticrime group calls for laws to curb 'cyberbullying'
Darren Murph / Engadget:
DigiGear unveils EZ3D Photo Print picture frame
Discussion: MobileWhack.com