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2:10 PM ET, August 21, 2006

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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
"Where's the blog?" in Windows Live Spaces?  —  Remember those old Wendy's commercials where an old lady yelled "where's the beef?"  —  Well, let's play "where's the blog?"  —  First, let's pull up a list of the most recently posted Windows Live Spaces.  I did at 8:29 p.m., which is where this list came from.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Is Microsoft really the largest blog vendor?  —  Microsofties take it on face value that they host the most blogs.  They even love shoving it in your face.  Yesterday someone who works on the Windows Live team was taunting me with "influentials don't matter, we got to be #1 and we don't care …
Jeff Sandquist:
A Private Blog Is Still a Blog  —  I've been wondering when the day would come after Scoble left Microsoft that I'd disagree with him enough to bring it up here.  There have been many days that I've disagreed with him, but today is the day that I need to jump into the pool.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Scoble says half of all Live Spaces aren't blogs*
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why my ego never gets out of control...
Discussion: Digital Common Sense
Gizmodo:
Box Pics, Specs of Sprint's Treo 700wx Leaked, August 31 Release Date  —  The world is holding its breath waiting for more details on Sprint's version of the Palm Treo 700w, and, lo and behold, we've got some more info on the little wundergadget.  Due to arrive on August 31 …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
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Andrew / Treonauts:
Sprint Treo 700wx: Ready To Launch  —  According to a Palm Store employee (who took the picture above) Sprint's new Treo 700wx is now 'in stock' but the stores are not yet allowed to sell them.  An official release date (within the stores) has not yet been set but considering that they are already …
Chris Ziegler / Engadget Mobile:
Palm chooses September to announce new Treo
Discussion: TeleRead and Slashdot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
FeedCrier, another way to act fast with RSS and IM  —  Adam Kalsey, a founder and former CTO of RSS vendor Pheedo, released a new service last night called FeedCrier that makes it easy to receive rapid notification of new items in an RSS feed by IM.  The service currently supports only AIM but Kalsey says that will change soon.
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Bob Tedeschi / New York Times:
Now the Music Industry Wants Guitarists to Stop Sharing  —  The Internet put the music industry and many of its listeners at odds thanks to the popularity of services like Napster and Grokster.  Now the industry is squaring off against a surprising new opponent: musicians.
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Quantum Leap for Cell Phones  —  A new no-buttons handset by Pilotfish and Synaptics signals that mobiles as we know them may soon be a thing of the past  —  It's likely to evoke the children's song inquiring, "Where's the button?"  On Aug. 21, designer Pilotfish and sensor maker Synaptics …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
THE ADSENSE GAME  —  Joel Comm has created a pretty nifty AdSense game, a colorful Flash game that asks you to create, market, and optimize a website to earn money off AdSense ads.  While I like the game, which is reminiscint of Lemonade Tycoon, I feel like I must be missing something …
comScore:
Yahoo! Sites Register a Moderate Share Gain for the Second Consecutive Month  —  comScore Releases July U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore Networks today released its monthly qSearch analysis of activity across competitive search engines.  In July 2006, Yahoo! Sites posted modest market share gains …
Associated Press:
Holdout Bands Give In to iTunes  —  DETROIT — Bob Seger turned the page, and Metallica finally found justice for online fans.  Now, only a few remaining big-name musical acts refuse to make their songs available on Apple Computer's popular iTunes Music Store.
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits … and Slashdot
Digital Music News:
Cut-Rate Downloads: A File-Sharing Fix?  —  Ever since Napster hit the scene several years ago, the music industry has been confronted by a radically new - and uncontrollably free - distribution platform.  Most efforts to tame file-sharing volume have been unsuccessful, including direct lawsuits against uploaders.
Discussion: blackrimglasses.com and Coolfer
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
Google launches free, kick-ass word-processor  —  Google has re-lauched Writely, the online word-processor they recently bought, in public beta.  Writely does everything Word does, for free — and saves its output as PDFs and even RSS feeds (subscribe to a word-processor doc!).
Discussion: Scobleizer
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Need a Writely invitation? No you don't
Discussion: Semantic@BlogMatrix
Gizmodo:
Textable iBall, the Big Ball That Displays Text Messages  —  Spacewriter's Textable iBall is poised to change the way you read text messages, since, apparently, reading text messages on a cellphone is passé.  Once you've inserted the proper SIM card, the 11-inch iBall can display text messages …
Discussion: Coolest Gadgets and Gearlog
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop:
Finally a practical use for a thumb drive!  —  Whatever your opinion on Classic Mac OS is, chances are you hold a certain bit of nostalgia for the days of yore when a grayscale display and 128k of memory was all you really needed.  I already know that some of you are going to argue …
Discussion: MacUser and MacSlash
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Farecast Goes Coast to Coast  —  Farecast, the plane ticket price predictor site, is now live in 55 U.S. cities, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Atlanta.  —  The company is building a direct competitor to travel-oriented vertical search engines Kayak …
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Mitch Kapor on the Power of Second Life  —  The Second Life Community Convention, the second annual gathering of residents of the virtual world of Second Life, kicked off on Saturday with a fascinating speech by Mitch Kapor, creator of Lotus spreadsheet application (often credited with helping …
David N. Goodman / Associated Press:
Recycled cell phones help drive Third World wireless boom  —  DEXTER, Mich. - With the number of cell phones in use worldwide hitting 2 billion and rising, recycled phones are playing a crucial role in the spread of wireless communications across the developing world, where land lines can be costly or unavailable.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
First PS3 interface video walkthrough  —  You've already seen wooden mockups, developer kits, prototype controllers, and even blurry interface shots, but now for the first time ever, IGN has scored an exclusive video walkthrough of exactly how the menu system will operate when you first power up your brand new PlayStation 3.
Discussion: Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
 
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Roger Park / iMedia Connection:
Online Marketing Budgets up 20% in '06
I4U News:
Sony DSC-N2 Leaked
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Modculture / Tech Digest:
Sony introduces the Pink PSP with added Pink
Zephoria / apophenia:
Research on Social Network Sites
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Cingular 8525 (HTC Hermes) renderings leaked?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
TechCrunch August Capital Party
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AmateurIllustrator nails niche social networking
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 Earlier Items: 
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Mojito Show (Saturday at 2 p.m. is next taping)
Luke / Terminally Incoherent:
What does your browser reveal about you?
Discussion: digg
Seth Finkelstein / Infothought:
Bogospheric Calvinism, or Unread != Unworthy
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Google's $7.4 Billion Booty
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Archos officially announces all five Generation 4 devices
Discussion: Anything But iPod
Evan / Popgadget:
MP3 toilet  —  Boy, this just shows how far we are behind the Japanese.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Things That