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4:00 PM ET, August 20, 2006

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
TechCrunched!  —  I'm still recovering from last night's shindig.  You know, what's the deal with these parties?  They are getting to be media events, that's all.  Be seen, and see.  Take photos or videos, get videoed or photoed.  Talk about tech?  I tried.  But it was just too noisy to have a decent conversation on video.
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Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Zero Zero Party Over, Oops, Out of time!  Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1999... TechCrunch 7  —  Super Blogger Robert Scoble with the Man of the Hour Mike Arrington  —  THOMAS HAWK'S DIGITAL CONNECTION  —  SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2006  —  Zero Zero Party Over, Oops, Out of time!
Discussion: vinnie.net blogs
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
TechCrunch 7 Party  —  Tonight TechCrunch had their massive TechCrunch 7 Party at August Capital in Menlo Park.  Over 750 people were in attendance and since Mike Arrington dubbed me the "official photographer", I felt that I should probably shoot a few photos.
Discussion: alexmoskalyukblog and Om Daily
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Thank You For Coming To TechCrunch 7  —  The TechCrunch August Capital Party last night was a big success (if you define success as the police showing up at a top tier venture fund's offices at midnight to shut a party down).  Not everything went perfectly, but the alcohol and food flowed smoothly …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
TechCrunch 7 Party Photoblog  —  Last night at the Techcrunch party (Event Wiki) was amazing, the food, drinks, and swanky Sand Hill location was an event to remember.  Mike Arrington has really positioned himself as the center of Web 2.0, pretty impressive.
Discussion: Okdork.com
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
My Web 2.0 Part-AY experience  —  For some people, Friday night is the night to go out.  Had a long week, rally with the troops, get a few drinks, and get out on the town, hoping to get a little ac-shun at the local brewpub, bridge-and-tunnel club, or after-hours lounge.
Discussion: Marketing Nirvna
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Pausing The Panic  —  DVRs Were Expected to Turn TV Upside Down, But We've Stayed Tuned  —  Prime-time television and its mighty 30-second commercial were supposed to be in trouble when a new, cutting-edge technology arrived on the scene several years ago, giving viewers a tool to zip past the traditional, on-screen ads.
Gizmodo:
Xbox 360 Vision Camera Facial Mapping Demo  —  Speaking of The Xbox Live Vision Camera, the upcoming Xbox 360 peripheral was demoed at Gamefest this week, showing off some great upcoming features.  Among them, video chat, using your picture as your gamer pic (with various image processing effects) …
Discussion: 21talks and Gamerscore Blog
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Kris Graft / Next Generation:
Dead Rising Raises Capcom Prospects  —  Japanese analysts have noted the strong initial shipments of Capcom's Dead Rising for the Xbox 360, and believe that the game's performance is indicative of recent reforms at Capcom USA.  —  NikkoCitiGroup raised its forecasts for Capcom due in large part …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Scoop: More Details On Amazon's Unbox Video Service  —  We have some more details about Amazon's expected upcoming video service, dubbed Unbox.  Kevin Kelleher, a frequent contributor to Business 2.0 was able to actually download the Unbox software when it was up briefly on the Web.
Discussion: GigaOM
Mikael / Fosfor Gadgets:
Top 10 most beautiful cellphones  —  Here's another of our popular Top 10 lists - this time we have looked into beautiful cellphones.  If your favorite designer phone didn't make it into the list, please add it in the comments.  Thanks.  —  10. Hitachi W42H
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
RocketDock-a Mac Dock clone for Windows  —  RocketDock by Punk Software is a great Mac OS X dock clone for Windows.  It is bouncy when you mouseover, allows you to drag and drop new shortcuts to the bar, and lets you customize all the settings, including the icon height, opacity, and even edge offset.
Discussion: Things That
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Google CEO wants $74 billion TV ad market  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt believes television viewers should not have to stand for tv commercials that are "a waste of your time."  —  Schmidt is frustrated that "When you watch the television you see ads that are clearly not targeted for you."
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Slashdot
Official Google Base Blog:
Reporting on Google Base  —  We're pleased to offer Google Base providers more information on how your items are faring.  For example, you might want to know how often they are part of search results ("impressions"), and how frequently people are clicking on them ("clicks").
Discussion: Googling Google
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Adidas Reebok Runs to Second Life  —  Word at the Second Life Community Convention is that virtual world services company Rivers Run Red is about to bring yet another big-name brand into the virtual world of Second Life.  This time it's sneaker maker Adidas Reebok (the two companies merged a year ago) …
 
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Marc Jones / Reuters:
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog:
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Susan / Susan Crawford blog:
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Ian Sager / Business Week:
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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand... Or Can It?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Looking through the wrong end of the wire
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MacNN:
Dublin man plans Apple "walk of shame"
Discussion: MacUser
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Is this the new Amazon video store?
Discussion: Beet.TV
Griffin Wright / Wired News:
Putting Google-Fi to the Test