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11:10 PM ET, August 27, 2006

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chumby.com:
the story of chumby  —  Chumby is different.  The chumby was not created in the design department of some big consumer electronics company.  Market analysis and focus groups were not performed.  Frankly, there wasn't very much traditional consumer electronics experience brought to bear at all.
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Christine Herron / Christine.net:
Announcing the Birth of Chumby  —  Favorite hardware hacker Bunnie Huang gave this year's FOO Campers a sneak peek of the latest in cool gadgets: the chumby.  The chumby is a low-cost, wifi-enabled information delivery device that's so appealing you'll want to keep one close.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Internet time  —  Thanks Marc for the kind words.  —  Actually, there is lots that's new in what I'm doing now, except it was new in 1999, when I was doing it for the first time.  And as you can see from Bob Stepno's piece, the concept is as old as journalism.
Discussion: Bob Stepno's … and ben barren
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Om Daily:
Winer Goes Wireless  —  Last week at SF Tech Sessions, Dave Winer showed me his new Blackberry device, and his many hacks that are going to make it easy to blog from a wireless handheld, or read RSS on the go.  —  Having over come the shock of seeing Dave with a Blackberry …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Kiko Sells for $258,100  —  BBC America fans are quite familiar with a delightful show called, Cash In The Attic.  The premise of the show is that antique experts go to someone's house and find things which might look like trash but end up being valuable, selling for a lot of money at an auction.
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Gregory Galant / Venture Voice:
Startup Sold on eBay for $258,100 (or: eBay turns iBanker)
Discussion: Entrepreneurship Blog
Paul Miller / Joystiq:
Joystiq's own Chris G. sweats it out at the PAX new media panel  —  Our own Christopher Grant filled in today for an arguably hotter, but sadly absent, Frag Doll in PAX's "new media" panel on blogging, podcasts and other fancy publishing formats on them there Internets.
Discussion: Gamerscore Blog and Kotaku
Hugh Macleod / gapingvoid:
10 QUESTIONS FOR SETH GODIN  —  Seth Godin and I had a recent e-mail exchange.  I asked him ten questions:  —  1. QUESTION: Your latest book, "Small Is The New Big", is not a narrative or a thesis in any sense, but a collection of your favorite writings from your blog and your old Fast Company column.
Loren / Incremental Blogger:
More thoughts on the ASUS R2H  —  I keep thinking about the forthcoming ASUS R2H UMPC a bit more.  Why?  Because it's the first UMPC that has an integrated GPS and 1.3 megapixel camera.  This combination has me dreaming up some new usage scenarios I'd love to code for.
Discussion: What Is New and SlashGear
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
EA executive hints of possible acquisition of Crytek  —  Chicago (IL) - A report published in a German newspaper today suggests that Electronic Arts (EA) could snuggle up with Crytek closer and beyond the distribution deal for the upcoming Crysis first-person-shooter.
Discussion: TechSpot, Neowin.net and Blue's News
Brian / Copyblogger:
Journalistic Superiority at Work  —  [Could one of only two remaining daily British broadsheet newspapers be so desperate as to steal blog content?]  —  UPDATE: Melissa explains here.  While yesterday I couldn't imagine a plausible explanation, this sounds like it could be true.
BBC:
PlayStation 3 tackles world ills  —  The spare processing power of Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) will be harnessed by scientists trying to understand the cause of diseases like Alzheimer's.  —  Sony has teamed up with US biologists who already run the distributed computing project, folding@home (FAH).
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Windows Vista Build 5536 Review  —  And just like that, we can suddenly see the light at the end of the tunnel.  All of our hopes, all of our worries, all of whatever feelings we may have for Windows Vista are hanging on the edge of a precipice.  Will they ship it on time?  Will they ever ship it?
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Plextor preps 'world's smallest' external DVD burner  —  It looks like Plextor's going in for a piece of that "world's smallest" marketing action, with the launch of what it claims to be the most diminutive DVD writer currently on the market.  Aimed at owners of ultraportable laptops that tend …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Web Office Vs Microsoft Office  —  Talk about being overcrowded... there are 17 different web-office upstarts that are trying to take on Microsoft Office, reports The Red Herring.  Joe Wilcox, an analyst with JupiterResearch explains that since people want to work anywhere …
Google Blogoscoped:
Wikipedia Charts  —  WikiCharts shows the most-visited articles from Wikipedia.  Mathias Schindler of Wikimedia Germany told me the tool is quite new, and as numbers are just coming in, we can expect some consolidation to take place still.  —  What's currently leading the charts?
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
eBay: Web 2.0 failed start-up flea market?  —  eBay identifies Item number: 120024164593, "Kiko Calendar: website, software, and domain," as sold at a winning bid of $258,100 (for Kiko history see "Eight sure ways to get in TechCrunch Deadpool")  —  For the Kiko start-up team …
Discussion: Joe Duck
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
What .Mac gets right  —  Now that we've lamented what's missing and wished for a brighter future, let's send some love Apple's way. .  Mac isn't all bad, after all.  Today, we're going to highlight some of what's good about .Mac.  No bashing today, so save your griping for this post.
Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
New toys - USB Skype phone  —  I've been testing an evaluation unit of the SkyTone USB Phone (RST102) from Radian Technologies, a conventional looking telephony handset with a USB cord designed to be used with Skype.  It works very well and, based on feedback from dozens of people I spoke to using it …
Discussion: Webtown, CrunchGear and digg
 
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