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4:55 AM ET, August 9, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google News Hypocrisy: Walled Off Content  —  TechMeme founder Gabe Rivera makes an interesting observation on the Google News story all over the blogosphere today. … Google crawls news sites and grabs their content for republishing on Google News.  They rely on the willingness of those news sites to get distribution on Google.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google News Announces Limited Comments.  Everyone Needs To Calm Down.  —  Google made an announcement of an "experimental new feature - they will soon be allowing comments on Google News stories.  Comments will only be accepted from a "special subset of readers," which includes people and organizations who are part of the story.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Blockbuster acquires Movielink  —  Blockbuster, one of the nation's largest video-rental companies, has acquired Movielink, a video-on-demand service owned by five of the top six movie studios.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed.  —  Movielink offers digital movie downloads …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Blockbuster Buys Movielink, As Expected  —  So the deal is done, after long and hard months of negotiation and trying to get the studios on board: Blockbuster (NYSE: BBI) has an online strategy on the cheap: it has bought online movie service Movielink.  The price was not disclosed …
Wall Street Journal:
Blockbuster Adds Film Downloading With Movielink Deal
Discussion: TechCrunch
Greg Stolz / NEWS.com.au:
Microsoft spices up the IT image  —  Decrease Increase -  —  Submit comment:  —  SHE doesn't have any IT qualifications - in fact she's a university drop-out - but that hasn't stopped software giant Microsoft hiring former Miss Australia Erin McNaught to sex up the computer industry's geeky image.
Discussion: Valleywag and One Microsoft Way
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James Cornelius / TECH.BLORGE.com:
Microsoft: Erin McNought does not work for us  —  Contrary to earlier reports that Microsoft had hired TV show presenter and former Miss Australia Erin McNought as an IT "poster" girl, Microsoft has contacted TECH.BLORGE.com to advise that there is no financial arrangement of any description between McNought and Microsoft.
Discussion: Bink.nu and Microsoft News Tracker
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys Photo/Video Sharing Service Pickle For $4.7 Million; Keyword Competition Hurting  —  Scripps Networks (NYSE: SSP) is serious about its online buys...last month it announced buying of Recipezaar for around $25 million.  Now it announced that it is buying audio …
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Business Wire:   Scripps Networks Deepens User-Generated Content Capabilities …
Josef Adalian / Variety:
NBC Universal launches Didja  —  Ad friendly video site to combat YouTube  —  NBC Universal is expanding its battle against YouTube and other viral video sites, using the weight of its top-rated USA cable network to launch an all-advertising website called Didja.com.
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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Equity Firm Invests in NBC Universal-News Corp. Online Venture
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Study: Fears over kids' online safety overblown  —  One of the commonly accepted mantras is that the Internet is a very dangerous place for kids—especially social networking sites, where innocent youngsters can be approached by strangers offering them virtual candy—hence the recent moves …
Discussion: broadstuff, PC World and Mashable!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Did AT&T Censor Pearl Jam's Lollapalooza WebCast?  —  Ma Bell seems to be acting like the big brother.  Apparently, AT&T censored parts of Pearl Jam's performance over the weekend.  Rock band was performing as part of Lollapalooza.  On their website, Pearl Jam writes:
Robert McMillan / PC World:
Google Mistakes Own Blog for Spam, Deletes it  —  Readers of Google Inc.'s Custom Search Blog were handed a bit of a surprise Tuesday when the Web site was temporarily removed from the blogosphere and hijacked by someone unaffiliated with the company.  —  The problem?
Thomas Mennecke / Slyck:
BitTorrent Addresses Closed Source Issues  —  BitTorrent gained prominence in the file-sharing community largely due to its open source nature.  What began as an unknown file-sharing client quickly diversified into a vast collection of applications.  Developers were able …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Carlos Bergfeld / Shacknews:
Microsoft Confirms HDMI Port on X360 Premium Model, Not Core (Updated)  —  Update: Microsoft has confirmed the addition of HDMI ports to all newly manufactured Xbox 360 premium consoles.  "Yes, we are offering an HDMI port for Xbox 360 simply as another choice in Xbox 360 ownersÂ' games …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Fox Interactive turns annual profit; MySpace revenue to top $800 million in fiscal 2008  —  News Corp. said its Fox Interactive unit, which largely consists of MySpace, turned a profit of $10 million on revenue of $550 million for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Discussion: paidContent.org and HipMojo.com
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
On treating your laptop, iPod, and iPhone batteries right  —  Although progress in battery capacity is snail-like compared to the progress in energy consumption of the devices powered by batteries, rechargeable batteries have come a long way the past decade or two.
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Novell CEO Calls For New Linux Distro ISV Standard, Praises FSF  —  Novell CEO Ron Hovsepian said the Linux industry must create a vendor neutral standard for application development or face the same fragmentation that killed Unix.  —  Speaking before a packed audience at LinuxWorld …
 
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Nokia N95 with US 3G Support
Discussion: IntoMobile
Jennifer Donovan / Akamai:
August 7, 2007 - Akamai Study Uncovers Critical Link Between Video …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fake iPhone cut & paste demo loves you
Discussion: Tech Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Gets A COO
Discussion: GigaOM and Ceosmack
Maha Atal / Business Week:
Facebook Faces Up  —  As the social networking behemoth meets …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and WinBeta
Tyler / iPhoneology:
Widgets, Spotlight Coming to iPhone?
James Duncan Davidson:
iPhoto 7.0.1 and .Mac Gallery
Discussion: Chuqui 3.0.1 Beta
James Bannan / APC:
Too much security can be overbearing: Microsoft
Discussion: One Microsoft Way and Slashdot
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Oklahoma State students attack RIAA's expert witness
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Pop-up ads: Coming to a mobile phone near you?
DailyTech:
New Wii Firmware Upgrade Blocks Freeloader for GC Imports
Discussion: TechSpot News and Forever Geek
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Competition is good for search privacy, report says