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3:45 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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Bink.nu and Microsoft News Tracker
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 …
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Blockbuster acquires Movielink
Discussion: NewTeeVee and Mashable!
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:
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
DailyTech:
New Wii Firmware Upgrade Blocks Freeloader for GC Imports  —  Nintendo's new upgrade restricts gamers from using the Freeloader disc to play import GameCube games on Wii  —  Those of you who already downloaded the Wii's latest firmware upgrade, released yesterday, may be in for a surprise.
Discussion: TechSpot News and Forever Geek
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?
Market Wire:
VideoCafé Brings Video Content From Google, Yahoo!, Intel and Others Directly to Bloggers  —  New Video Content Portal Dedicated to Blogger Community  —  The NewsMarket — the world's leading online platform for raw video news content — today launches a new service enabling bloggers …
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fake iPhone cut & paste demo loves you
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Gets A COO
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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
Mark Ward / BBC:
Shadow lamps to connect friends
Discussion: Gadget Lab and Ubergizmo
Judy / Inside AdWords:
Upcoming change to the top ad placement formula
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Dell agrees to pay former CEO $48 million
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Tells Qualcomm It Waived Right To Enforce Patents
Discussion: InfoWorld
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
GreatCall Rings Up $36 Million
Discussion: alarm:clock and mocoNews.net