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11:20 PM ET, August 2, 2007

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Tariq Krim / Netvibes.com Blog:
Facebook Meet Netvibes: Netvibes Introduces the Facebook Widget  —  Well you've all been asking for it, and it's finally here.  —  The new Netvibes Facebook Widget will allow users to view their Facebook notifications and friends.  You can now access your Facebook info on Netvibes, and keep up to date on what your friends are doing!
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget, Challenges Lock-In
Discussion: Scripting News
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
HandHeld To Acquire eBaum's World For $15 Million Cash; Other Payouts Possible  —  Another deal from HandHeld Entertainment, which continues to roll up traffic and content.  This time the company is picking up user-gen site eBaum'sWorld for $15 million in cash at closing and a possible total …
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Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Out of the Theater, Into the Courtroom  —  Jhannet Sejas and her boyfriend were celebrating her 19th birthday by taking in a matinee showing of the hit movie "Transformers" at the theater at Ballston Common mall.  —  Sejas was enjoying the movie so much that she decided to film a short clip …
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Google Uses Crowdsourcing To Create Maps In India  —  Google has been sending GPS kits to India that enable locals to make more detailed maps of their area.  After the data has been uploaded and then verified against other participant's data it becomes a part of the map.
CraigE / Mac Mojo:
Office 2008 Coming January 2008  —  We announced today that Office 2008 for Mac will be released to manufacturing ("RTM") this December, which will allow for retail availability in the US in mid-January (planning for Macworld), and allow us to deliver Office 2008 to our volume license customers …
sony.net:
Public Notice to Owners of Sony "Cyber-shot" DSC-T5 Digital Still Cameras  —  Thank you for your continued interest in Sony Products.  —  Sony has recently discovered that, with certain units of its Digital Still Camera "Cyber-shot" DSC-T5 released on the market in September 2005 …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Sony offers repair on 416,000 Cyber-shot cameras
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com and Crave
Dan Browning / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Web's 'drug kingpin' gets 30 years  —  Prosecutors got their wish: A long sentence for Christopher Smith, who illegally sold $24 million worth of prescription drugs.  —  A federal judge sentenced internationally known e-mail spammer Christopher William Smith on Wednesday to 30 years in prison …
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Austin Modine / The Register:   Spammer gets 30 years in the slammer
MikeG / Mike Grehan says:
A guaranteed number one listing at Google!  —  I've been burning up my keyboard for the past two weeks none stop writing.  So I've had little time to read any of the latest news around the various other blogs, forums etc.  So, maybe this has been covered in great detail elsewhere.
Ben Ames / Computerworld:
Report: Google shows phone prototype to vendors  —  Analysts disagree about its potential for success  —  Google Inc. has developed a prototype cell phone that could reach markets within a year, and plans to offer consumers free subscriptions by bundling advertisements with its search engine …
BBC:
Microsoft tries free office suite  —  Free copies of some of Microsoft's office software will soon be available.  —  The software giant said it would make ad-supported copies of the Works package available within "months".  —  The programs will not run in a web browser but will be installed …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yelp API Released  —  Local review site Yelp quietly released an API today to allow third parties to access much of the content and features of the service.  —  The API allows a number of input requests.  Applications can retrieve business review and rating information …
Discussion: Natural Search Blog
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay About To Relaunch Suprnova.org  —  The Pirate Bay crew has been working on this secret project for quite some time now.  Back in April they wrote a cryptic post on their blog announcing that something was coming.  In a response to this announcement TPB admin Brokep told TorrentFreak …
Anita Hamilton / Time:
Online Snooping Gets Creepy  —  When Nazira Sacasa sent me a press release for a new clothing boutique late last month, she didn't know that I would launch a full-scale web search to learn everything I could about her.  But I needed a victim to test out the new breed of people-search services on the web …
Discussion: TechCrunch and down the avenue
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
070829: viral campaign for new mobile phone?  Update: looks like Nokia's N81 8GB phone  —  I'll admit I have no idea what this is.  I started to notice contextual Google Ads on our site for 070829 and since the ads are contextual, this likely has to do with mobile tech.
ir.take2games.com:
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Provides Financial Update  —  Launch of Grand Theft Auto IV Now Planned for Fiscal 2008  —  Conference Call Set for 5:30 pm ET Today  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced revised revenue and earnings guidance for fiscal 2007.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is this Federated Media's new conversation?  —  Over the past few months, we have debated the campaigns that Federated Media has run.  Most recently the heated debate was over the "conversations" that FM and Microsoft partnered on.  I applauded the efforts by FM to try new advertising mediums.
Discussion: Beet.TV and Deep Jive Interests
 
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Unboxing the Timex Ironman iControl watch
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Union Square venture firm gets sued
Todd R. Weiss / Computerworld:
With ID theft, fraud fears growing, credit cards ranked on security
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Not one, but many "gPhones" in the works: report
studio-5.financialcontent.com:
TheStreet.com Acquires Corsis, Including Promotions.com
Mike / I'm Mike:
Flash Sucks  —  The Adobe Flash Player is a multimedia …
Discussion: JD on EP and digg
Business Wire:
Young Succeeds Callahan as Ziff Davis Chief Executive, Ziff Davis …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Oh Wow: Online Video Have a "Second Life" …
Discussion: Valleywag and VC Ratings
 Earlier Items: 
Anton Shilov / X-bit labs:
Intel to Launch 45nm Desktop Chips in Q4 - Documents
Discussion: Engadget
John Loiacono / JohnnyL's Blogic:
Adobe and FedEx Kinko's Update
Discussion: Webware.com and Wired News
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Japanese Companies Slam YouTube
Discussion: Epicenter, WebProNews and Inquirer
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
The latest "shiny social object": an open/controllable social network?
Discussion: Krishwords
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Nokia Dials N-Series For Profits
Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
VMware Fusion for Mac Due Aug. 6
Chris Hansen / MSNBC:
Hot iPods: Is there a way to stop thieves cold? …
Charlie White / Gizmodo:
Two Worlds Collide: Oops, iPhone Display Needs to Reboot, Runs Windows XP