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10:30 AM ET, August 3, 2007

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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Plaxo launching Pulse, its own social network  —  Plaxo, the online address book, will try to recreate itself as an open social network called "Pulse" beginning Monday.  —  In retrospect, you should have seen this coming.  Plaxo is primed for this.  —  The Mountain View …
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Fred / A VC:
The Open Social Network  —  We've got social networks with lots of users, like MySpace, Beebo, Facebook, etc, and we've got open social networks like Marc Canter's People Aggregator and Marc Andreessen's Ning.  But we really don't yet have an open social network with a lot of users.
Discussion: CostPerNews
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!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Prepares To Launch Pulse Social Network - Will Users Trust It?  —  So Plaxo's new social network, called Pulse (we wrote about it last month), is still extremely buggy.  Robert Scoble and Matt Marshall say it launches properly on Monday, so hopefully they'll have the kinks worked out by then.
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget, Challenges Lock-In  —  There's a war being fought over ownership of your identity.  Today Netvibes launches the Facebook Widget, which lets you view your Facebook notifications and friends within Netvibes.  —  Data displayed includes links to your profile …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Lock-in becomes a Web 2.0 issue
Discussion: Feedonomics
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Platform Wars: Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget
Discussion: MediaVidea
PC World:
Microsoft Cuts Vista Price to $66 in China  —  Microsoft Corp. has dramatically cut the price of Windows Vista in China in a bid to boost sales of its new operating system.  —  Microsoft cut the retail price of Windows Vista Home Basic in China to 499 renminbi (US$65.80), from 1,521 renminbi— a 67 percent reduction.
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Reuters:
Microsoft slashes Vista price in China  —  Microsoft has more than halved the retail price of its Vista operating system in China.  —  The Home Basic edition dropped from $201 (1,521 yuan) to $66, and the Home Premium package dropped from $238 to $118.  The move was effective as of Wednesday.
Discussion: Inquirer
BBC:
Google sidesteps mobile reports  —  Google has refused to deny mounting speculation that it is working to produce its own brand mobile phone.  —  Reports suggest that the web giant is developing a "GPhone", centred on its mobile services, such as search, e-mail and maps.
Discussion: Engadget and SMS Text News
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PC World:
Sony to Replace Casing on DSC-T5 Cameras (PC World)  — Sony to Replace Casing on DSC-T5 Cameras  —  Sony Corp. is offering to replace part of the casing on some models of its DSC-T5 digital still camera because the metal coating may peel away and scratch or cut the skin of users.
Discussion: Berlind's Testbed
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Tough Delay for Big Game by Take-Two
Discussion: Herb Greenberg and BloggingStocks
Amazon Web Services Blog:
Ka-Ching!  —  Ever since the first Amazon Web Service was released in mid-2002, we have encouraged developers to use them to create new types of businesses.  —  This encouragement has taken many forms over the years.  Let's revisit some of the more interesting moments in the last 5 years of AWS history...
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Twitter Is A Publication  —  Here's a theory that's emerged from my web communication experiment: Twitter isn't a communication tool, it's a publication.  —  That's not to say there isn't a strong communication element to it, just like there is in the comment sections of blogs …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Exclusive: Amazon "Delivers" Justin.TV  —  We have been facinated by Justin.TV and Justin Kan. His wearing a live webcam on his baseball cap is much more than a publicity stunt, it's a demonstration of the viability of live video origination and broad distribution via embed code.
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
ARIN fights IP address trading as transition to IPv6 may get new deadlines  —  Yesterday, the American Registry for Internet Numbers published a statement outlining its thoughts on the Internet address policy going forward in Canada and the US, the area it has responsibility for.
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American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN):   ARIN Board Statement on the Future of Addressing Policy
The Official Parallels Virtualization Blog:
New Parallels Desktop beta starts today, and a friendly hello  —  In typical Parallels "how the heck did you do that so fast?" fashion, we're launching beta testing for the next update of Parallels Desktop for Mac.  And, I'm happy to let you all know that we listened to your feedback …
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 …
Discussion: Compiler and digg
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck.com File-Sharing News …:
SuprNova.org Transferred to The Pirate Bay
Discussion: CNET News.com
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HP ridicules Queensland study linking laser printer particles to potential health issues  —  Oh noes, that study claiming that laser printer particles are dangerous is shaping up to be just as contentious as those studies proving that cellphones are/aren't dangerous.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
 
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The Register:
Emerging markets drive mobile shipments
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Server location, cross-linking, and Web 2.0 technology thoughts
BBC:
Warning of webmail wi-fi hijack
Discussion: Compiler
Reuters:
Nissan gets testy with drunk drivers
Discussion: Inquirer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WebbAlert Day 2: This Show Rocks
Canada NewsWire Group:
Puretracks First in Canada to Offer EMI downloads in DRM-free, MP3 format
Discussion: hypebot
Tom Sanders / vnunet:
Antivirus struggles on 64-bit Vista
Discussion: ZDNet and Neowin.net
Stephany Linden / Official Linden Blog:
The Second Life Voice Viewer is Live!
 Earlier Items: 
Graeme Thickins / Read/WriteWeb:
Adjustables Debuts Video Ad Service at ad:tech Chicago
Discussion: alarm:clock euro
Matt / Xobni:
Email Me Instead - for Facebook
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Yahoo to Revamp Video Site After Losing to YouTube
CNN:
Google Still 'Very Interested' In Spectrum Auction
Anita Hamilton / Time:
Online Snooping Gets Creepy
Discussion: TechCrunch and down the avenue
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is this Federated Media's new conversation?
MikeG / Mike Grehan says:
A guaranteed number one listing at Google!
Daniela Deane / Washington Post:
Out of the Theater, Into the Courtroom