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10:35 AM ET, August 25, 2006


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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Office 2.0, elastic compute clouds, Sony batteries and more...  This week on The Dan & David Show, David is vacationing with family in Maine, so I fly solo, but with a special guest in studio.  Ismael Ghalimi is the co-founder and CEO of Intalio, an open source business process management company and the author of the IT Redux blog.
Sergey Schetinin / Rich Web:
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)  —  Amazon has started a rather limited beta of their new service Elastic Compute Cloud abbreviated EC2.  I am one of the developers who got the invitation to participate.  Here's the most important point: … It costs 10 cents per full hour of usage + usual S3 bandwidth fees.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Slashdot
David Galbraith:
Amazon EC2  —  Amazon's EC2 is the most exciting thing I've seen in a while - If it were Google that had launched this, I imagine there would have been more fuss.  —  EC2 allows you to put a disk image of a Linux machine onto Amazon S3 (their remote storage service) and create a virtual machine by installing from there onto EC2.
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Amazon's Virtual Computer
Discussion: Oliver Thylmann
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 …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   MySpace Magazine?  —  MySpace is in discussions to launch a magazine …
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)
Software News:
Microsoft winds back Office ribbon  —  Microsoft has modified its new interface for Office 2007 after complaints from beta testers that the 'ribbon' system took up too much space on screen.  —  Office 2007 has ditched the traditional drop-down menu approach of most Windows applications …
Discussion: Things That and Slashdot
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
No Suit Required  —  Terry McBride has an idea.  Another idea.  A good - no, a great idea.  McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, is sitting in his Vancouver, British Columbia, office with his local marketing staff discussing strategy for the release of a new album by Barenaked Ladies.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Gordon Finlayson / The Digital Music Weblog:   Interview: Gerd Leonard of Sonific
Colin Barker / ZDNet:
Firefox welcomes Microsoft's offer of help … Mozilla has accepted Microsoft's offer of help in porting Firefox to Vista, but some issues still need to be ironed out  —  Mozilla has accepted Microsoft's offer of help towards ensuring interoperability between Firefox and the upcoming Vista operating system.
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
Apple settles with Creative for $100 million  —  update Apple Computer and Creative Technology have agreed to settle their legal dispute over music player patents for $100 million, the companies announced Wednesday.  —  The $100 million, to be paid by Apple, grants Apple a license …
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
To Wong Hoo, thanks for everything, Steve Jobs
Om Malik / GigaOM:
More Tiny Towns Get MuniFied  —  With all the attention being lavished on large municipal wireless networks such as the one being built by the city of Philadelphia, or the one proposed by San Francisco, the fact of the matter is that it is small towns which are (and rightfully so) being more aggressive in embracing MuniFi.
A Quick Reference Sheet for Internet Explorer 7  —  My name is Seth McLaughlin and I have been working as a Program Manager intern on the User Experience team for the past few months.  The summer is coming to an end and I will soon be returning to school at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Zune revealed by FCC as "Toshiba 1089"  —  Well, here's a bit of a surprise: a wireless PMP just showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a strangely familiar 3-inch screen.  And it ain't being manufactured by Microsoft.  Instead it looks like Microsoft got their good pal Toshiba …
Discussion: and jkOnTheRun
Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Clarifying Windows Vista Support of Protected HD Content in 32-bit Systems  —  The community is buzzing with reactions to APC Magazine's article regarding playback of protected High Definition content in 32-bit versions of Windows Vista.  However, the information shared was incorrect …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony claims battery recalls will cost them $200m  —  In a brief but pointed statement by Sony, hygienically entitled "Statement Regarding Sony's Support of Apple's Recall of Lithium Ion Battery Packs Used in Apple Notebook Computers," the mass manufacturer of defective batteries announced …
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Apple to recall 1.8 million Sony-made batteries
Discussion: Gizmodo
Bill Tancer / Hitwise US:
Unexpected Decline in Existing Home Sales?  Not Exactly.  —  On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their existing homes sales figures for July.  Headlines covering the release talked about the surprising drop in this economic indicator.
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP working on battery manufacturing standards  —  If there's one thing this summer's taught us, it's that pleather is never a good idea during a heat wave.  But if there's two things this summer's taught us, it's that batteries are extremely combustible …
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Mass. to use Microsoft Office in ODF plan  —  Massachusetts will begin using OpenDocument as the default document format later this year as planned, but it will be sticking with Microsoft Office in the near term, the state's top technology executive said.  —  As expected, Louis Gutierrez …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Slashdot
Staci /
Verizon, Cablevision: Shootout At The Suburban Corral  David Lieberman updates us on the Cablevision-Verizon "corporate gunfight" taking place in the suburbs of NYC.  Charter and Verizon are skirmishing in Keller, Tex., home of the telecom's first FiOs network and others are facing threats …
Discussion: GigaOM and IP Democracy
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Share Some Files - Four Services Compared  —  File sharing has long been a popular use of the Internet.  I remember sitting at my laptop and asking a friend to name a song, and then seeing if I could download it off of Napster and play it before he could find the cd on the shelf, put it into the player and play the song himself.
Jeff / Digital Destiny:
PBS to Run Commercials Online, including at PBS Kids site.  Doesn't it know there soon won't be a real difference between the Web and TV?  —  PBS intends to run online advertising this fall at its website.  The so-called non-commercial network says it seeks to benefit from the …
Discussion: and Newsome.Org
Internet search gets Web 2.0 style  —  news analysis The big search engines are taking a cue from Dear Abby.  —  In an acknowledgement that some questions may be better answered by a human than a search engine algorithm, Yahoo, Microsoft and others are embracing so-called social search.
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Finding the wealth in your library (and everyone else's)
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
OLPC gets a name: the CM1, or Children's Machine
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Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
HL2: Episode Two delayed till 2007
Elinor Mills / CNET
Internet Archive settles suit against Wayback Machine
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Eric Steuer / Wired News:
The Infinite Album … Answer the following: You heard Beck's …
Discussion: A VC
Mike / Techdirt:
Dutch Court Says ISP Needs To Hand Over Names, Despite Privacy Laws
Discussion: Digital Music News
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Gmail adds .mp3 playback
Experts make robotic welly wanger
Marc Weber Tobias / Engadget:
The Lockdown: Locked, but not secure (Part I)
Discussion: Slashdot