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3:30 PM ET, August 8, 2007

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Google News Blog:
Perspectives about the news from people in the news  —  We wanted to give you a heads-up on a new, experimental feature we'll be trying out on the Google News home page.  Starting this week, we'll be displaying reader comments on stories in Google News, but with a bit of a twist...
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google News Adds (Special) Comments  —  Google News USA is rolling out an experimental feature that lets people or organizations who are part of a news story add a comment to the news.  "Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we'll show them next to the articles about the story.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google News To Newsmakers: Send Us Your Comments  —  Weird.  That's the only way I can describe it.  Google News is asking people who are in news stories to email them comments about the story, which will be associated with those articles.  From the Google News Blog post:
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   Google News To Change Online News As We Know It. Here's Why.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Freedom from the press: Google News lets newsmakers comment on stories
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   Google News Now Has Feedback, Editing and More Risk
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google News to Add Reader Comments
Discussion: Mashable! and ContentBlogger
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google News Adds Comments
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Hearst Set to Buy Shoppers Site Kaboodle  —  Hearst Corp. plans to announce today its plans to acquire closely held start-up Kaboodle Inc., a service for sharing shopping recommendations and style advice online.  —  The deal marks Hearst's attempt to tap a new area of e-commerce …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Big Media Is Buying, Hearst goes Kaboodle  —  Updated: First it was News Corp., then CondeNast and CBS Interactive.  Now Hearst Corp. and Forbes have joined the Web 2.0 party, snapping up tiny start-ups, and trying to capture the ongoing online shift of both audiences and advertising dollars.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Big-media acquisitions roll on as Hearst snaps up Kaboodle
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Matt Harwood / CenterNetworks:
Web 2.0 Services Being Bought by Media Companies?
Discussion: Download Squad and Bits
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
People search engine Spock launches  —  Spock, the Redwood City, Calif. search engine for people, launches tomorrow after a year of suspense.  —  It has remained secretive for months (see our original coverage), testing its engine, adding some 100,000 profiles and inserting other social networking features.
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Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Spock: Search's final frontier?  —  newsmaker What newbie Web 2.0 company wouldn't want to become the next Google?  Easier said than done, of course, and if I had a nickel every time I heard that prediction for a start-up, I'd be in Eric Schmidt's tax bracket.
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Spock Open Public Beta
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
People Search Engine Spock Goes Live
Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New iMacs Aim for Windows Users  —  CUPERTINO, Calif. — Apple Inc., known in recent years for its eye-catching iPod and iPhone gadgets, moved to return attention to its heritage — computers — with a new line of consumer machines and software aimed at winning over more users of Windows-based PCs.
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Jonathan Ratner / FP Trading Desk:
Apple expected to sell 2 million Macs in Q4, RBC updates iPhone checks
Discussion: Macsimum News
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.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Asus Launches 13.3" U3 Notebook  —  Asus launches a high-end leather-clad notebook  —  Dell isn't the only company these days with a sexy 13.3" notebook to brag about.  Asus today announced its sleek new 13.3" U3 (LED backlit, WXGA) which is based on Intel's Santa Rosa platform.
Tom McNichol / Business 2.0:
How a small winery found Internet fame  —  A small South African winery is using conversational marketing to go global, reports Business 2.0 Magazine.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — How do you get your product noticed in a sea of look-alike competitors?  If you're South African winery Stormhoek …
Discussion: gapingvoid
BBC:
Photo tool could fix bad images  —  Digital photographers could soon be able to erase unwanted elements in photos by using tools that scan for similar images in online libraries.  —  Research teams have developed an algorithm that uses sites like Flickr to help discover light sources, camera position and composition in a photo.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Alan Meckler and JD on EP
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Google Filters Torrents From Search Results  —  So, apparently one day Google decided that it is illegal in nearly every country of the world to host a .torrent file that (allegedly) links to infringing material.  Strange, because there is no legal precedent for this decision in most countries.
Bill Ray / The Register:
Court finds Qualcomm guilty of standards abuse  —  First create a standard, then sue the adopters  —  Qualcomm kept its patents on H.264 a secret until the video standard had been adopted by the industry, and then sued users for breaching those patents, a San Diego federal court has ruled.
Discussion: TMCnet
Matt Stump / OneTRAK:
FiOS entry in Massachusetts doesn't uniformly wound competitors  —  An examination of wireline video subscriber patterns in 34 Massachusetts cities and towns after the introduction of Verizon Inc.'s FiOS TV reveals three early takeaways:  —  Initial incumbent cable subscriber losses can exceed 10%.
Discussion: GigaOM, dslreports.com and CrunchGear
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Dell considers bundling virtualization on motherboards
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Business Wire:
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MarketWatch:
As Cablevision's net grows, 2007 forecasts cut
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
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Jeremy Crane / Compete Blog:
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T lights a fire under TDMA customers
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Universal Music Invests In Hip-Hop Community Site Loud.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Apollo Group To Acquire Online Ad Network Aptimus For $48 million
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24/7 Wall St.:
The Trouble With Portfolio.com
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet:
Firefox's poor user retention
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
Oracle contributes Linux code, expands hardware support
Discussion: eWEEK.com and PC World
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Magic: Now You See It, Now You Don't  —  LOS GATOS …
Discussion: CinemaTech and BloggingStocks
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
360 Cores and Premiums with HDMI? An inside source spills the beans
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Middle America, Meet The Hackers
Discussion: Tech_Space and IT