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10:25 AM ET, August 30, 2006

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Apple + Google = Worries For Everyone  —  A few days ago when Google announced what is a precursor to Google Office, many saw it as a big move against the long term nemesis, Microsoft.  We read things differently, and don't really believe that it is going to have much of an impact.
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Google CEO joins Apple board - is there more to this?  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt is joining the board of Apple Computer.  Om Malik thinks this could lead to closer cooperation between the two, and headaches for Microsoft.  Maybe, but I don't think so.  Eric Schmidt is a great choice …
Bruce Meyerson / Associated Press:
AT&T aims to build network for Ill. city  —  NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. is the lead candidate to build a citywide wireless network for Springfield, Ill., marking the company's first success in the developing market to blanket municipalities with ubiquitous Internet access.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Comcast blacklists e-mail from online group  —  A decade before Microsoft released the first version of its Internet Explorer browser and nearly a generation before MySpace, The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link, otherwise known as The WELL, was the place to be on the Internet.
Stewart Butterfield / FlickrBlog:
Geotagging - one day later  —  The First Day  —  When we were doing our projections for how many photos Flickr members would geotag, we though that we'd hit a million in the first month, maybe even as fast as two weeks.  Instead, 24 hours in, there were 1,234,384 geotagged photos …
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Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips:
How to Eliminate the Echo Chamber and Add New Dimensions to Your Blog  —  One of the better posts I've seen recently is by Chris Pirillo writing about ways to eliminate the 'echo chamber'.  It's a post that I'm sure many bloggers will find a challenge (I know I did).
Associated Press:
Google to allow free downloads of books  —  AUG. 29 8:28 P.M. ET Google Inc. on Wednesday plans to begin letting consumers download and print free of charge classic novels and many other, more obscure books that are in the public domain.  —  Using Google's Book Search service …
DigiTimes:
Microsoft Taiwan: Xbox 360 external HD-DVD drives will not be available in Asia  —  Yen-ting Chen, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DigiTimes.com [Tuesday 29 August 2006]  —  Microsoft plans to launch external HD-DVD drives for Xbox 360 consoles in North America, around the end of this year …
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, New Launches and Kotaku
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Brian Gorman / Motley Fool:
An Odd Buy for New York Times  —  Headlines about the newspaper business have been nothing to cheer about lately, and the news at New York Times (NYSE: NYT) is no exception.  Rising newsprint costs remain a drag on profitability, and revenue growth hasn't exactly been robust …
CNET News.com:
AT&T hack exposes 19,000 identities  —  AT&T on Tuesday said hackers broke into one of its computer systems and accessed personal data on thousands of customers who used its online store.  —  The information that was illegally accessed includes credit card numbers, AT&T said in a statement.
Gizmodo:
Garmin Nuvi 660 GPS: Widescreen With a FM Transmitter  —  What's the story with this leaked GPS?  Well, I'll tell you.  Garmin is trying to keep pace with TomTom's widescreen models by adding this 4.3-inch, 480 by 272 pixel touchscreen to their latest navigator.
Discussion: Engadget and InstaGPS
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Samsung BD-P1000 & 50GB Blu-ray incompatibility rumors continue  —  Ever since the Samsung BD-P1000 Blu-ray player launched there have been rumors that it did not ship with the ability to read 50GB discs based on a passage in the manual which only cited 25GB compatibility.. Over at The Digital Bits …
Discussion: Engadget, HDBlog.net and Neowin.net
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:   LG's got Blu-ray fever: coughs-up media, player, desktop, and regurgitates writer
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
No End to Features to Win Over Sports Fans  —  ESPN Mobile plans to announce today that it will broadcast full-length college football games on its wireless phones.  —  ESPN, which this year launched its brand of phones on the Sprint Nextel network, plans to carry as many as 25 games a month in the 2006 season.
Discussion: MocoNews.net and Lost Remote
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Webshots Redesign Launches, Video Coming  —  CNET owned Webshots, a massive property with 420 million photos, relaunched moments ago with a new interface and a number of feature changes.  —  The most notable changes are to the limits on photo uploading.  Free accounts are now able …
Discussion: GigaOM, rev2.org and Mashable!
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail  —  The following is also my column in this week's Advertising Age.  —  Three Ways to Ride the Long Tail  —  What Marketers Should Know About Reach, Niches and Big Media in the New Landscape  —  One of this summer's hottest beach reads is "The Long Tail" by Chris Anderson.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
The mobile Internet: Are we there yet?  —  After years of hype, wireless users in the United States are waiting for all the technology pieces to come together to make surfing the Internet from their handsets as easy as it is on their PCs at home.  —  So how close are we to simple and robust Web surfing from a cell phone?
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2 Million Already Tapped Into Ninteno DS Wi-Fi. I'm Impressed.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
SpiralFrog inks music deal with Universal
Mike / Techdirt:
New York Times Tells Brits They Can't Read Article On UK Terror Case
The Age:
Gremlins in the geek goddess IT calendar
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Mike / Techdirt:
As MySpace Looks At Offering Magazines, Teen Magazines Ditch Paper For Online
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Nwhite / Windows Vista Team Blog:
"Building" Windows Vista: A Podcast Interview with Sven Hallauer …
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
YapTA! says welcome to "Web 3.0"
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Anne Becker / Broadcasting & Cable:
NBC Goes To School To Promote Football Drama
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Dina Bass / Bloomberg:
Microsoft Vista Priced at $100 to $399 on Amazon.com (Update1)
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Reaction from the Search Community on Danny Sullivan's Departure
Gizmodo:
Sprint Leaks More Treo 700wx Brochures: September 3 Release Date, $649.99 SRP
Discussion: CrunchGear
Matt Marshall / SiliconBeat:
Valley VCs are on fire: Lots of deals, including bloated Force10 …
Discussion: MocoNews.net
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
On YouTube, Charges of Security Flaws
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Valleywag:
These three bloggers want to get you a job
Jenstar / JenSense:
Microsoft adCenter inviting selected advertisers into ContentAds pilot
Ryan Stewart / The Universal Desktop:
Interview with Mike Melanson, lead engineer on the Linux Flash Player team
Discussion: Slashdot and digg