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11:05 AM ET, August 3, 2007

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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.
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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!
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Netvibes Launches Facebook Widget, Challenges Lock-In
Discussion: Scripting News
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Lock-in becomes a Web 2.0 issue
Discussion: Feedonomics
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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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
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 …
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Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New Parallels beta supports iPhone, Google phone talk reappears
Discussion: Engadget and dailywireless.org
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
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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.
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...
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.
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Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Tough Delay for Big Game by Take-Two
Discussion: Herb Greenberg and BloggingStocks
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.
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 …
BBC:
Warning of webmail wi-fi hijack  —  Using public wi-fi hotspots has got much riskier as security experts unveil tools that nab login data over the air.  —  Demonstrated at the Black Hat hacker conference in Las Vegas, the tools make it far easier to steal account details, said Robert Graham of Errata Security.
Discussion: Compiler
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Humphrey Cheung / TG Daily:
Point and click Gmail hacking at Black Hat
Discussion: George Ou
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Second Life (finally) gets a direct competitor: Multiverse  —  The brainchild of several ex-Netscape execs, the Mountain View start-up Multiverse, as the name suggests, isn't a single online world, but a platform for creating games and other 3D experiences with the company's development tools, which are then run on its servers.
Ari Levy / Bloomberg:
Yahoo to Revamp Video Site After Losing to YouTube  —  Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) — Yahoo! Inc., after losing out to Google Inc.'s YouTube, is revamping its video site by the end of the year to include more content from media companies and Internet users.  —  Music videos, movie trailers …
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 …
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Thomas Mennecke / Slyck.com File-Sharing News …:
SuprNova.org Transferred to The Pirate Bay
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AT&T CEO: We Don't Promote $10 DSL Because No One Wants It  —  Remember the story back in June about how AT&T had extremely quietly started offering $10 DSL as was required in its deal to buy BellSouth?  The company was promoting many other, more expensive, DSL options …
 
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Reuters:
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The Second Life Voice Viewer is Live!
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Introducing the Slashdot Firehose
Graeme Thickins / Read/WriteWeb:
Adjustables Debuts Video Ad Service at ad:tech Chicago
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Matt / Xobni:
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CNN:
Google Still 'Very Interested' In Spectrum Auction
Anita Hamilton / Time:
Online Snooping Gets Creepy
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