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10:55 AM 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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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google News Adds Comments  —  Google News is useful if you want to read all the related articles in a single view and to get an unbiased overview of the most important stories, but it lacks interactivity and user participation.  To change this, the news site will allow comments, but only from people involved in a story.
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.
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:   Google invites the people featured in news stories to comment
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google News to Add Reader Comments
Discussion: Mashable!
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Forbes buys social bookmarking site Clipmarks  —  Clipmarks, one of the many startups that helps users collect and organize information from around the web, is being bought by Forbes Magazine, an inside source tells us.  —  The New York-based startup lets you select text, photos or videos on web pages …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hearst Acquires Kaboodle for $30+ million
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Read/WriteWeb
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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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
People Search Engine Spock Goes Live  —  In the increasingly popular category of "people search" much-anticipated new search engine Spock launched with a public beta today.  It's running very slowly this morning and so it has been challenging to use.  However Spock joins a growing list of …
Discussion: Between the Lines and AppScout
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Spock Open Public Beta
Discussion: Business Week
Charles Cooper / CNET News.com:
Spock: Search's final frontier?
Discussion: Lifehacker
Andrew Catton / Dabble DB:
Introducing Dabble Do  —  We're very happy to announce our second product: Dabble Do, a social to-do list.  —  THE INTERACTION'S THE THING  —  With social to-dos, it's all about the interactions.  Everyone has their own list of the items assigned to them.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Fascination With ToDo Lists Continues
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Apple event features rare Q&A with Jobs and other executives
Microsoft Help and Support:
An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista … INTRODUCTION  —  This update resolves issues that may affect some Windows Vista-based computers.  These issues have been reported by customers who are using the Error Reporting service or Microsoft Customer Support Services.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
US Air Force takes delivery of micro unmanned aircrafts  —  Shortly after the Navy announced its intentions to utilize unmanned combat aircrafts, the US Air Force is making sure it doesn't get left behind by taking delivery of "its initial BATMAV micro unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)."
Discussion: The Register
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GEN News Highlights:
U.S. Air Force Takes Delivery of BATMAV Micro Unmanned Aircraft …
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Middle America, Meet The Hackers  —  Don't try to hack the hackers.  —  That's what Dateline NBC's Associate Producer Michelle Madigan learned at this year's DefCon, the largest gathering of hackers, crackers and security professionals in the world.  Going undercover, she hoped …
Discussion: Tech_Space and IT
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Putting electronics in a spin  —  When engineers flick the switch to turn on the world's fastest supercomputer later this year it will be capable of chewing its way through 1,000 trillion calculations every year.  —  But this speedy number cruncher could soon look like the equivalent …
Discussion: Neowin.net
Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
Moving Day  —  After two and a half years of camping out at Freakonomics.com, after more than 1,300 posts and many thousands of reader comments, this blog is moving.  From now on, we will reside here at NYTimes.com.  If you are a new reader, welcome.  If you are an old reader …
Discussion: rexblog.com
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
How Apple's small things influence their big things  —  It's cool how Apple's design language keeps evolving.  One product design follows another.  There's a continuity this way, yet things continue to feel new.  And it's interesting how their small designs influence their large designs.
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
FaceTime inadvertently exposes customer contact info
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Hack Attack: Intermediate guide to BitTorrent
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Sun Enters the Commodity Silicon Business
Discussion: vagueware.com
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Magic: Now You See It, Now You Don't  —  LOS GATOS …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who's afraid of FiOS?
Karen Gullo / Bloomberg:
Former Brocade Chief Convicted in Backdating Fraud
Darren Murph / Engadget:
NTT's HC-1000 puts you in control of home security
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhones ready for web gallery now
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Scrybe Closes Series A
Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
360 Cores and Premiums with HDMI? An inside source spills the beans
Mendelson Tiu / Smarthouse:
Palm Treo 750 Updates To Windows Mobile 6
Discussion: istartedsomething and Engadget
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
MySpace Adds The Onion
Kevin Kelleher / GigaOM:
Will Credit Crunch Help Or Hurt Tech Cos?
PR Newswire:
Motorola Unveils MOTOMAGX Mobile Linux Platform
Discussion: Engadget and PC World
Brad Linder / TV Squad:
Hackers discover how to download streaming movies from Netflix
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Eric Schmidt Defines Web 3.0
 

 
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