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12:45 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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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Freedom from the press: Google News lets newsmakers comment on stories  —  Beginning this week, Google News will start posting user comments, but only from people actually featured in news stories.  Newspapers that were unhappy about Google News using snippets of their articles will probably …
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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:
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.
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Google News to Add Reader Comments  —  Hoping to revitalize its news portal, Google News will, starting this week, include reader comments on news stories featured in the portal.  But these reader comments are not just your ordinary comments that anyone can post like in blogs.
Discussion: Mashable!
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google News Adds Comments
Tony Hung / Deep Jive Interests:   Google News To Change Online News As We Know It. Here's Why.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:   Google News Now Has Feedback, Editing and More Risk
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:   Google invites the people featured in news stories to comment
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  —  Late on Tuesday night, the news broke on the Wall Street Journal's Web site that publishing empire Hearst Corp. has made plans to acquire Kaboodle, a social shopping site that launched last year and now draws in over two million unique visitors per month.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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 …
Matt Harwood / CenterNetworks:
Web 2.0 Services Being Bought by Media Companies?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Hearst Acquires Kaboodle for $30+ million
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Social Shopping Startup Kaboodle Acquired by Hearst - And It's Easy to See Why...
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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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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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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Nick Wingfield / Wall Street Journal:
Apple's New iMacs Aim for Windows Users
Jonathan Ratner / FP Trading Desk:
Apple expected to sell 2 million Macs in Q4, RBC updates iPhone checks
Discussion: Macsimum News
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%.
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Ben Kuchera / Opposable Thumbs:
360 Cores and Premiums with HDMI?  An inside source spills the beans  —  When I was at E3 I had a chance to get a look at the new Halo-edition 360 hardware, and I asked about the HDMI connection.  "HDMI will probably be standard moving forward," I was told.  I pushed for more information, but was rebuffed.
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
 
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Firefox's poor user retention
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Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube Magic: Now You See It, Now You Don't  —  LOS GATOS …
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Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhones ready for web gallery now
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Putting electronics in a spin
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Stephen J. Dubner / Freakonomics:
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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