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10:50 PM ET, August 24, 2006


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Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
AOL to offer video from all the big guys  —  that it has finalized deals to offer download to own deals with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.  Home Entertainment Group through  AOL will now distribute content from all 6 …
Business Wire:
AOL Video Launches Digital Movie Downloads  —  New Partnerships with 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures Home  —  Entertainment, Universal Pictures, and Warner Bros.  Home Entertainment  —  Group Bring Full-Length Movies to All-In-One Online Video Destination  —  New On-Demand Channels Featuring Television Content Will
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:   AOL Scores Movie Deals
Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Apple recalls 1.8 million Sony batteries
Discussion: Techdirt
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.
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).
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
Windows Live testing video search  —  Windows is working on some interesting new features in their beta search service, most notably video search.  It's not on the front page yet, but on the section of the site ironically missing the word beta on its logo:
Brady / O'Reilly Radar:
Live's New Video Search and UI (Beta)
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Discussion: MediaShift and Telecom Trends
Yahoo! Search blog:
It's a Flickr Moment!  —  We've all had moments in our lives when we wished we had our cameras around to capture a perfect sunset, an amusing cloud shape in the sky, or a candid shot of our friends, family or pets.  That's why Flickr is so great.  It is full of these moments - as seen through the eyes of the world.
MySpace: The Magazine  —  Social-Networking Site in Talks With 'Nylon' to Create Title  —  NEW YORK ( — Hey MySpace kids: Want to read a magazine?  If you answered yes, you may be in luck.  MySpace is actively considering whether to launch an ink-on-paper magazine to complement …
Discussion: and Mashable!
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 …
ATI Radeon X1950 XTX / CrossFire Evaluation  —  ATI is today launching new video cards into several market segments along with the world's first video card using GDDR4 memory.  We cover real world gameplay with the high-end single- and multiple-GPU video cards from ATI.  —  Introduction
Discussion: Gear Live, digg and Slashdot
Experts make robotic welly wanger  —  The eccentric British sport of hurling wellington boots has been given a mechanical makeover by scientists at Aberystwyth University.  —  More commonly known as welly wanging, experts have built a machine capable of propelling a welly up to 262ft (80m).
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Slashdot
Doc Searls Weblog:
I'm looking at some of the skepticism and pushback on the River of News concept. … Several folks source Josh Bancroft, who says, … Interesting... You coulda said the same thing to Steve Jobs when he came out with the iPod.  —  Anyway, that's not my point here.
Marc Weber Tobias / Engadget:
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)  —  Noted security expert Marc Weber Tobias contributes a new column, The Lockdown, exposing the shoddy security you may depend on.  —  The Bump Key: A new old threat to the security of mechanical locks  —  The most popular locking mechanism …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Carlo Longino / MobHappy:
What's .mobi Playing At Now?
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Netflix Launches Mobile Site for Cell & PDA Users
Discussion: Download Squad and jkOnTheRun
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
Better mousetrap or a new form of lock-in?
Associated Press:
Hui makes pitch for Gateway retail unit