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8:55 PM ET, August 20, 2006

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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Windows Live Contacts Beta Launched  —  Today George Moore, GM of Windows Live, announced the Windows Live Contacts Gadget beta at the Microsoft TechEd 2006 conference, in Auckland New Zealand (I'm here at the conference courtesy of Microsoft NZ).  Live Contacts provides programmatic access …
Discussion: Dead2.0 and Scobleizer
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Dthorpe / Momentary Gouts of Reason:
Windows Live Contacts Gadget Beta Release  —  I'm pleased to announced the beta release of a new kind of web component: the Windows Live Contacts Gadget!  —  What's it for?  —  The contacts gadget is client-side JavaScript that enables end users to use their Windows Live contacts …
Windows Live Dev:   New! Windows Live Contacts Gadget (beta)
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
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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.
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Thank You For Coming To TechCrunch 7
Discussion: alexmoskalyukblog
Skeptic / Dead2.0:
My Web 2.0 Part-AY experience
Discussion: Marketing Nirvna
Scott Beale / Laughing Squid:
TechCrunch 7 Party
Discussion: Om Daily and alexmoskalyukblog
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: Kotaku and Joystiq
Mike Rundle / 9rules Network Official Blog:
Niche Blogs and The Long Tail of Content  —  Just like with every business, the ultimate goal of what you're trying to achieve becomes clearer 1) the longer you're in business and 2) the longer you're thinking about your business.  We've been running 9rules in its current state since Summer 2005 …
Discussion: The Blog Herald
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
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
Tim / O'Reilly Radar:
Round 2: The Internet As Network of Networks  —  The other day, I was explaining to a reporter how I could be lumping in cellphones and the next generation of sensor networks into Web 2.0. "Well, Web 2.0 is really not just about the web.  It's really about the next generation of internet applications …
Discussion: JD on EP
Kent / Newsome.Org:
Jeff Jarvis: His Blog and the Street Choir  —  Before we get started, please recall my position statement from the other day: "I'm not so much interested in having the blogosphere operate differently as I am in calling bulls**t when people try to say it operates differently than it actually does."
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
 
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