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2:20 PM ET, August 6, 2007

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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 …
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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 new Pulse social networking site.  Rumors about Plaxo expanding into social networking had been floating about recently; the company confirmed …
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  —  When DCLK got bought by Google, and then aQuantive got bought out by Microsoft, I said independent of what you or I say about the prices paid ($3.1B and $6B respectively), aQuantive was definitely worth twice as much as Doubleclick.
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
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.
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft Teams With NASA For 3-D Space Shuttle Images  —  Microsoft announced a partnership with NASA to use its Photosynth 3-D application to provide users with interactive images of the upcoming Space Shuttle Endeavor launch.  There's also a related Photosynth tour of the Kennedy Space Center.
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Laurie Sullivan / NewTeeVee:
EdgeCast Ready To Take On Akamai, Limelight  —  Paying less for bandwidth to serve-up streaming media and downloadable video clips on websites could become the bait that hooks the customer.  At least that's what James Segil, co-founder and president of content delivery network EdgeCast Networks, hopes.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Are CDNs Becoming Commoditized, Again?
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Earnings: EMI Music Digital Income Up 26 Percent In Q2 But Overall Revenue Drops  —  Digital downloads increased for EMI Group in the second quarter, but that wasn't enough to stop an expected 5.1 percent fall in overall revenue.  In the music division, digital income was up 26 percent …
Discussion: Inquirer
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EMI Group:
Interim Management Statement for the 18 week period from 1 April to 6 August 2007
Discussion: hypebot
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community  —  Microsoft has succeeded in fracturing the Linux and open-source community with the patent indemnity agreements it has entered into with several prominent vendors, Ubuntu leader and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth told eWEEK.
Discussion: Open Source
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:   Evaluating Microsoft's Shared Source licenses
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
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: MacDailyNews and digg
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 …
Anil Dash:
Fake Steve Jobs and the Triumph of Blogs  —  Daniel Lyons, author of the heretofore-anonymous Fake Steve Jobs blog, which comments extensively on companies in the technology industry, was also the author of Forbes' November 2005 cover story "Attack of the Blogs", a 3000-word screed vilifying anonymous bloggers …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wibrain's B1 UMPC: hideous, yet strangely appealing  —  Ok, it's ugly as sin (and pretty thick, to boot), but we have to give props to Wibrain's new B1 UMPC.  Besides coming equipped with a Via C7m CPU up to 1.6GHz, 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, a VGA camera, HSDPA, and a full QWERTY keyboard and trackpad …
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Ron Paul: The Internet's favorite candidate  —  ARLINGTON, Va.—Ron Paul is a Republican congressman and U.S. presidential hopeful who, in the usual shorthand of political journalists, is known as a "long shot" for the White House.  —  Paul's poll numbers award him less than 2 percent …
 
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