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3:35 PM ET, August 6, 2007

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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Plaxo launches new social network, Pulse—and it's a lot like Pownce  —  As expected, address and calendar organizer Plaxo unveiled on Monday its Pulse social-networking site.  —  Rumors about Plaxo expanding into social networking have been floating about recently; the company confirmed …
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Scott Gilbertson / Wired News:
Slap in the Facebook: It's Time for Social Networks to Open Up  —  Damn the Facebooks and the MySpaces.  The last time we checked, there was this thing called the internet that had 6 billion users.  It's time to take our personal data out of Mr. McGregor's little gardens and put it back where it belongs …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Some Thoughts on Open Social Networks
ClickZ:
IAC Leaves DoubleClick for Atlas  —  IAC Advertising Solutions has switched ad servers, abandoning DoubleClick in favor of aQuantive's Atlas.  —  The ad sales division of IAC/InterActiveCorp said its goal in making the move was to consolidate IAC's myriad Web properties …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Why IAC Dropped Doubleclick for aQuantive
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeff Pulver / Business Week:
Confessions of a LinkedIn Dropout  —  Blogger Jeff Pulver quit the professional network in favor of Facebook and urged his friends to do the same.  Here's why he's not looking back  —  Are you on Facebook yet?  Maybe you should be.  —  I made this pronouncement on my blog recently …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and Bourland.com
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Brian Solis / PR 2.0:
FaceBook is the Online Hub for Connected Professionals
David Krug / Telegraphik:
Bloggers Pushing For A Labor Union  —  Agh, I hate to be quoting Fox News but it's one of the few places that seems to be talking about this issue.  Bloggers are fed up with payrates, we want insurance, and we want to be able to set standards on how this industry — online publishing is run.
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Louise Story / New York Times:
It's an Ad, Ad, Ad, Ad World  —  It is only a matter of time until nearly all advertisements around the world are digital.  —  Or so says David W. Kenny, the chairman and chief executive of Digitas, the advertising agency in Boston that was acquired by the Publicis Groupe for $1.3 billion six months ago.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Lenovo, Novell partner to offer Linux on the ThinkPad  —  ThinkPad customers will soon have a new configuration option, as Lenovo and Novell have announced that the popular laptops will begin shipping with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED) preinstalled.
Discussion: Engadget
Microsoft:
Groundbreaking Digital Experience for Endeavour Shuttle Launch  —  Microsoft's Photosynth 3-D imagery gives people around the world unprecedented views of the shuttle vehicle and its launchpad.  —  For the first time, people around the world can view 3-D images of the space shuttle Endeavour …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Teams With NASA For 3-D Space Shuttle Images
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
ICQ Founders Start KnockaTV  —  We just heard about a new Israeli video/TV startup called KnockaTV, which has the tagline "The People Have Taken Over."  —  KnockaTV is self described as: … They are also looking for original content producers to submit content to the service.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
L337: iPhone Unlocked for $96 with Forged SIM, Tested in Europe  —  While the wizards are still working on a software-only complete unlock for the iPhone, hackers in Europe claim that they have completely unlocked the JesusPhone, allegedly using a SIM reader/writer and a blank SIM card to obtain full calling and SMS capabilities.
Discussion: IntoMobile, MacDailyNews and digg
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC to Host Town Hall to Examine Privacy Issues and Online Behavioral Advertising  —  The FTC will host a two-day Town Hall to bring together consumer advocates, industry representatives, technology experts, and academics to address the consumer protection issues raised by the practice …
Discussion: Computerworld
Lucy Morrow Caldwell / Slate:
RUDY GIULIANI'S DAUGHTER IS SUPPORTING BARACK OBAMA.  —  There's one vote that Rudy Giuliani definitely can't count on in his 2008 presidential bid: his own daughter's.  According to the 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani's Facebook profile, she's supporting Barack Obama.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michel Marriott / New York Times:
Nothing to Watch on TV?  Streaming Video Appeals to Niche Audiences  —  Buffering ... buffering ... buffering.  —  Seeing these words blinking at the bottom of the postage-stamp-size screen during a download of jerky video defines the annoying experience of entertainment on a computer monitor.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / splashcastmedia.com:
NPR Podcast Player Launches in Facebook, powered by SplashCast  —  We're excited to announce that a custom branded Facebook application we've built with the NPR podcasting team is launching today.  —  Add NPR to your page  —  The application, called the NPR Podcast Player, displays the latest episodes of a variety of NPR Podcasts.
Wss / Netcraft:
August 2007 Web Server Survey  —  In the August 2007 survey we received responses from 127,961,479 sites, an increase of 2.3 million sites from last month.  Microsoft continues to increase its web server market share, adding 2.6 million sites this month as Apache loses 991K hostnames.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Slashdot
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Toshiba's HD-A3x third generation HD DVD players get official  —  Looks like we won't have to wait 'til CEDIA to learn more about Toshiba's next generation HD DVD players.  Amazon had the model numbers and prices right, which are in-line with the last generation of players …
 
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Nokia:
Nokia adds Microsoft PlayReady technology for flexible access …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Adobe, Microsoft accused of infringing on browser-related patents
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Journalist joins class action against YouTube
Discussion: Contentinople
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
White House High-Security Locks Broken: Bumped and Picked at DefCon
Discussion: Salon: Machinist
Valleywag:
Brad Fitzpatrick: LiveJournal creator leaves as Six Apart fails to spin
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
San Francisco pulls the plug on Google / Earthlink's citywide WiFi... for now
Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Congress to probe Yahoo over jailed China journalist
Discussion: The Register and The Raw Feed
PR Newswire:
AmieStreet.com Announces Series A Financing Led By Amazon.com
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Earnings: EMI Music Digital Income Up 26 Percent In Q2 But Overall Revenue Drops
Discussion: EMI Group and Inquirer
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
VMWare releases Fusion for Mac
Douglas Friedli / Scotsman:
BBC to make a play for computer games market after phone-ins scandal
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
SoundExchange, Caught Lobbying, Says Lobbying Bar Does Not Apply
Discussion: Techdirt and Gizmodo
Anil Dash:
Fake Steve Jobs and the Triumph of Blogs
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Ron Paul: The Internet's favorite candidate
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
SoundExchange Entrenches Position as IREA Faces Music
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wibrain's B1 UMPC: hideous, yet strangely appealing