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12:15 PM 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)
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Slashdot
David Galbraith:   Amazon EC2  —  Amazon's EC2 is the most exciting thing I've seen …
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Amazon's Virtual Computer
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
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
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.
Miles Weiss / Bloomberg:
Google Seeks Fund Rule Exemption to Increase Investment Returns  —  Aug. 24 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most widely used Internet search engine, is facing a hurdle other companies would love to confront: how to get better returns from investing its cash hoard without being regulated as a mutual fund.
Denise Howell / Lawgarithms:
Riparian Rights  —  There's been a torrent of discussion about Dave Winer's introduction of a new way to bring news and blogs to mobile devices.  PaidContent's Staci Kramer has the best description I've seen of why the approach is unique and compelling, involving as it does:
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 …
More media, less news  —  Newspapers are making progress with the internet, but most are still too timid, defensive or high-minded  —  THE first thing to greet a visitor to the Oslo headquarters of Schibsted, a Norwegian newspaper firm, is its original, hand-operated printing press from 1856 …
Craig Silverman / New York Times:
Public Domain Books, Ready for Your iPod  —  Kara Shallenberg and her 10-year-old son, Henry, exhausted the audiobook collection at their library in Oceanside, Calif., five years ago.  With Henry's appetite for listening still strong, Ms. Shallenberg began to record herself reading his favorite books.
Discussion: Fast Company Now
Kristan Reed / Eurogamer:
GC: Valve opens up in Leipzig  —  Half-Life 2: Episode Two and its three-game entourage - on three platforms - has slipped until Q1 2007.  February, we're told.  But if you ever really expected to play it this year you were probably kidding yourself anyway.
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.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
To Wong Hoo, thanks for everything, Steve Jobs  —  Creative Technology CEO Sim Wong Hoo may not have won his ambitious MP3 war against Apple, but he got a lovely parting gift (see "Oh ... we thought the 'iPod killer' was going to be a product").  On Wednesday afternoon …
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: AMCP Tech Blog, TechBlog and Slashdot
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 …
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 …
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:
Evan Blass / Engadget:
OLPC gets a name: the CM1, or Children's Machine  —  So, it's official: the hundred-plus-dollar laptop spearheaded by Nicholas Negroponte — and called the OLPC up to this point for lack of better terminology — can now be definitively referred to as the CM1, or The Children's Machine.
Discussion: CrunchGear and TeleRead
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Qualcomm Fighting Intel, The World  —  Reports are starting to pick up on the fact that Qualcomm, the San Diego-based wireless company that has thus far dominated the key cellular standards, is staring an uncertain future in the eye.  It seemed like the company would make an easy sweep of the wireless world.
Bruno Fonseca / Official Google Blog:
Finding the wealth in your library (and everyone else's)  —  As a student and then as a researcher, I used to haunt libraries in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  I spent time looking for the books I needed, but also happened to find gems by chance, as I scanned the shelves I walked by.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony claims battery recalls will cost them $200m
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP working on battery manufacturing standards
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Internet Archive settles suit against Wayback Machine
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Eric Steuer / Wired News:
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Internet search gets Web 2.0 style
Martin LaMonica / ZDNet:
Mass. to use Microsoft Office in ODF plan
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Slashdot
Jeff / Digital Destiny:
PBS to Run Commercials Online, including at PBS Kids site.
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