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2:35 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
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
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.
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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Brian Benzinger / Solution Watch:
Crazy Egg Launched - Visualize Visitor Clicks  —  Crazy Egg, the highly anticipated click tracking service from ACS, launched today.  With Crazy Egg, users install a code on their website to track every click a visitor makes on links, forms, advertisements, and flash documents.
Discussion: Pronet Advertising and digg
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Why Steve Jobs should buy YouTube  —  Last week, I speculated as to why Rupert Murdoch would have a difficult time acquiring YouTube.  I also suggested that, with a rumored asking price of $1 billion, NBC Universal was the most likely contender to buy YouTube.
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 …
David Hornik / VentureBlog:
TechCrunch August Capital Party  —  Like a canary in the coal mine breathing its final breath, some are insisting that the gigantic, buzz-engorged TechCrunch August Capital Party that I hosted this past Friday is a sure harbinger of Bubble 2.0.  One the one hand, it was a big event.
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.
 
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Bryan Catherman / Utah Politics:
Political Sign Mapping?
Evan Blass / Engadget:
First PS3 interface video walkthrough
Discussion: Gizmodo and eHomeUpgrade
I4U News:
Sony DSC-N2 Leaked
Discussion: MobileWhack.com and CrunchGear
Modculture / Tech Digest:
Sony introduces the Pink PSP with added Pink
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Cingular 8525 (HTC Hermes) renderings leaked?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The Mojito Show (Saturday at 2 p.m. is next taping)
 Earlier Items: 
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