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1:35 PM ET, August 3, 2007


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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...
Sunir / Fresh Thinking:
Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  Introducing Amazon Flexible Payment Service  —  A couple months ago the good folks at Amazon invited FreshBooks to be among their first few 3rd party integrators with Amazon Flexible Payment Service (FPS), the next leg in their amazing line up of web services.
Discussion: Ars Technica
Amazon Announces "Flexible Payment Service" or FPS  —  With what may have been the biggest buildup to a blog post I've ever seen (all done via Twitter), Jeff Barr publicly announced Amazon's FPS product - effectively ending my NDA about it from over a year ago.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Report: Plaxo to unveil social network on Monday
Discussion: WebProNews and Download Squad
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Prepares To Launch Pulse Social Network - Will Users Trust It?
Discussion: Internet Duct Tape and BuzzMachine
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: Wi-Fi Networking News and Compiler
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: Ars Technica and Inquirer
PC World:   Microsoft Cuts Vista Price to $66 in China
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Tough Delay for Big Game by Take-Two
Discussion: Herb Greenberg and BloggingStocks
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.
Wil Harris / Inquirer:
Tech rags forced to face unpalatable facts  —  Analysis Online is the way, unless it isn't  —  WHAT TO make of the recent wave of high-profile defections, replacements and general crashes over in the SF tech press?  Some might suggest it's the death of print.  Some suggest it's the death of online.
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
Lenovo targets rural China with basic PC  —  BEIJING - Lenovo Group Ltd. said Friday it will sell a basic personal computer aimed at China's vast but poor rural market and priced as low as $199.  —  Lenovo's announcement follows rival Dell Inc.'s bid to boost its presence in China's booming market …
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 …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
New Parallels beta supports iPhone, Google phone talk reappears
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.
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Vonage Beta Testing New Ambit VOIP Gateway  —  Consumer VOIP service Vonage is beta testing a new, self-described "cool and sleek, yet simplistic and approachable" gateway device produced by Ambit.  The device, an Ambit VDV21, includes a LCD screen that displays caller ID and voicemail notifications.
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 …
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 …
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