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1:25 PM ET, August 25, 2006


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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 …
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
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: and Fast Company Now
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 …
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.
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.
How to get people talking about your product  —  Scene: A Marketing Meeting in the Conference Room  —  Mickey the Product Manager has called Daisy and Goofy into a meeting to discuss promotional plans for their upcoming new product.  —  Mickey: Welcome, Team!  Time is growing short.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Evan Brown /
Evidence-destroying defendant severely sanctioned in P2P file-sharing case  —  In the case of Arista Records v. Tschirhart, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has shown little mercy on a defendant accused by record companies of illegal file-sharing.
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:
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.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Breaking news: ASUSTek unveils the R2H UMPC  —  Several months after initially announcing and then showing the device, the Asus R2H UMPC is unveiled via a company press release.  Let's recap the official specs of this Origami platform UMPC:  — Intel® Celeron® M ULV Processor (900MHz)
Eric Steuer / Wired News:
The Infinite Album … Answer the following: You heard Beck's last album, Guero, (a) online as an unfinished mix that was leaked in late 2004; (b) as the official 2005 Interscope CD release, which contained most of the tracks on the leaked version plus a few new songs; (c) as the deluxe CD/DVD edition …
Discussion: Techdirt and A VC
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
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