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2:30 PM ET, August 24, 2006


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Mark Goldberg / Telecom Trends:
Blocking content  —  The news will be breaking shortly, so you might as well read about it here first.  Late in the day on Tuesday afternoon, I helped in filing the first application requesting the CRTC to authorize Canadian carriers to block internet content.
Sean Patrick Sullivan / Yahoo! News:
Ottawa lawyer asks CRTC to block access to US-based hate websites  —  TORONTO (CP) - One of two U.S.-based hate websites was taken offline Wednesday as an Ottawa lawyer and a Jewish lobby group asked Canada's telecommunications regulator to take the unprecedented step of blocking access to the sites from north of the border.
Discussion: Telecom Trends
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:   The Dark Side of Net Neutrality
Associated Press:
Apple to recall 1.8 million notebook batteries  —  Recall is second-biggest in U.S. history involving electronics or computers … SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Computer Inc. on Thursday recalled 1.8 million Sony-built laptop batteries that could overheat and catch fire.
Discussion: and digg
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple, others working on battery standard  —  Leading notebook makers Apple, Dell, and Lenovo will hold a summit meeting in San Jose, Calif. next month to begin development of standards for the manufacture of lithium ion batteries for portable and handheld electronics.
news analysis By agreeing to pay $65 million for Grouper—a profitless video-sharing company with negligible market share—Sony has helped establish a benchmark for other companies in the space and sent industry insiders speculating wildly about what market leader YouTube may be worth.
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Online Video: Tasty Takeover Targets?  —  Sony's deal for Grouper signals that big outfits are looking to buy in.  Which video-sharing sites might be next?  —  Online video sites are a bit like fish in the sea.  Though they are plentiful, the tastiest ones are difficult to catch.
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and GigaOM
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Can German engineering fix Wikipedia?  —  An experimental feature planned for the German version of Wikipedia could eventually improve the quality of editing for the online encyclopedia and open its front page to public edits for the first time in years.  —  In an interview with CNET …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Can the Germans fix Wikipedia?
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Amazon Readies Utility Computing Service  —  Amazon Web Services are readying their latest service called EC2 which will allow users to setup and run servers and computing capacity in the cloud.  Users of the service can setup a server instance which is hosted with Amazon …
Google Blogoscoped:   Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud
Dan Warne / apc:
Microsoft cuts ANOTHER feature: full HD playback in 32bit Vista goes  —  Microsoft revealed today that no 32-bit versions of Windows Vista will be able to play back "next generation high definition protected content" (translation - studio-released BluRay and HD-DVD movies).
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Announcing TechCrunch UK  —  I am pleased to announce our latest Crunch Network blog - TechCrunch UK - which launched moments ago.  —  TechCrunch UK is obviously not a translated blog like TechCrunch France and TechCrunch Japan (although both of these blogs have lots of original content as well).
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Sam Sethi / TechCrunch UK:
Welcome to TechCrunch UK!
USA Today:
Verizon, Cablevision skirmish as war nears  —  NEW YORK — Nobody would mistake the lush, trimmed lawns of suburban New York City for the OK Corral.  But you can almost hear the jingling spurs and blasting revolvers of a corporate gunfight erupting that could affect virtually all consumers.
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
Graeme Wearden /
Redmond red-faced over Gervais video leak  —  How did David Brent's day at Microsoft make it onto YouTube?  —  Microsoft is investigating how two internal training videos created by UK comedy duo Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have surfaced on the internet.
NINTENDO LAUNCHES NEW DS LITE COLORS AMID RECORD-BREAKING GAME SALES  —  Onyx and Coral Pink Follow Sale of 1 Millionth New Super Mario Bros.  —  The only thing more fun than new Nintendo® DS Lite hardware colors is trying to keep up with the breakneck sales of the software to play on the popular little portable!
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Web 2.0 Economic Conundrum  —  Regulars here know that I am a huge proponent for the little guy.  Hence, the name of my blog.  I want to see everyone who's publishing a blog to try to make money achieve their wildest dreams (and ours).  However, there's a dirty little secret we should discuss …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Call users from inside your Gmail  —  Today I found several references to an unreleased feature in Gmail while digging through the source code.  The code clearly referenced a feature that will enable users to call contacts from inside Gmail.  While writing this post, I noticed the feature has started appearing in my account already.
Discussion: CyberNet Technology News and digg
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Associated Press:
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Doc Searls Weblog:
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
IBM's continues to gorge itself on acquisitions
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Friendster Mobilizes  —  Friendster might have taken some hits …
Microsoft Offers More Ways to Play Games for Windows and Xbox 360 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Pixsy to monetize visual metasearch
Peter Rip / EarlyStageVC:
Venture 2.0 - Preamble
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: SiliconBeat
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
TyTN: Smartphone of your dreams?
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and TeleRead
podcasting site roundup
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