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11:40 AM ET, August 9, 2007

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Wall Street Journal:
Blockbuster Adds Film Downloading With Movielink Deal  —  Movie-rental chain Blockbuster Inc. secured a foothold in the small but potentially significant online movie downloading business by acquiring Movielink LLC, a downloading service owned by the major Hollywood studios.
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Bloomberg:
Blockbuster Acquires Movielink  —  The video rental chain Blockbuster said yesterday that it had acquired the Internet movie provider Movielink to offer video downloading services to customers.  —  Blockbuster is also acquiring rights to show the films of Movie- link's owners …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Todd Watson
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Equity Firm Invests in NBC Universal-News Corp. Online Venture  —  The joint venture between NBC Universal and the News Corporation to bring their television shows and movies onto the Internet still lacks a Web site.  It still has no name.  It also has yet to announce a clear mission …
PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone service, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hey, Maybe Vonage Isn't Dead Yet
Discussion: Epicenter
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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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: Inquirer, Slashdot and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Coming Soon, Nokia N95 with US 3G Support  —  After a long morning at Cupertino on Tuesday, I spent much of the afternoon taping The GigaOM Show for this week.  We invited Blake Krikorian, CEO and co-founder of Sling Media, to come on and talk about all things newteevee.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
PCI-SIG announces 8GT/s transfer rate for PCIe 3.0  —  The PCI-SIG (Special Interest Group), which controls the PCI spec, announced the finalization of the transfer rate for the upcoming PCI-Express 3.0 specification, currently expected to debut in late 2009 or 2010.
Judy / Inside AdWords:
Upcoming change to the top ad placement formula  —  Advertisers often aim for top placement because they find that their ads perform the best when they appear above Google search results.  Since these ads must meet or exceed a top placement quality threshold, our users receive high quality ad results …
Seth Kugel / New York Times:
A House That's Just Unreal  —  FROM the roof deck of Sherman Ochs's Mexican-style villa atop a breezy bluff, the entire island of Jalisco, population about 20, spreads out below.  It is a picturesque place of palm trees, lush lawns and near-cloudless skies.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dish to enable external HDD use with its DVRs, use Ethernet to 'phone home'  —  Dish Network users (and the ones that are about to be), commence rejoicing.  According to MultiChannel, the satellite television provider is readying its "USB External Storage" solution, which will dole …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fake iPhone cut & paste demo loves you  —  Ok, we can officially and finally put this debate to rest: yes, Apple really could use its multi-touch input system to enable users to friggin' copy / paste text in the iPhone.  And to prove it, the usual random internet dude (lonelysandwich) …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
DESKTOPTOPIA IS A CURE FOR THE COMMON DESKTOP BACKGROUND  —  For about the longest time, the background on my Mac had been fairly dull—a Manhattan cityscape plucked from the selection at DesktopNexus.  I want my desktop patterns to look good, but I'm not one to put a whole lot of thinking power into it …
Cisco PR / The Platform:
FINAL UPDATE: Cisco.com Outage  —  Service to Cisco.com has been restored and all applications are now fully operational.  The issue occurred during preventative maintenance of one of our data centers when a human error caused an electrical overload on the systems.  This caused Cisco.com and other applications to go down.
 
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Spring Comes / IBM United States:
New elements in HTML 5  —  Elliotte Rusty Harold (elharo@metalab …
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Perfect 10 Invites Microsoft to Join Google & Amazon in Copyright Claim
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
"Madden" said to regain past glory
Peter Fleischer / Official Google Blog:
Google search privacy: Plain and simple
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel announces plan to unify product naming scheme
Discussion: MacUser and Gadget Lab
Yahoo! Search Marketing Blog:
New Traffic Quality Center Launches
The Register:
Ban texting while driving, say Americans
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
T-Mobile planning VoIP service?
Discussion: Engadget
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A Look at Google's MyMaps
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 Bannan / APC:
Too much security can be overbearing: Microsoft
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
On treating your laptop, iPod, and iPhone batteries right
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Scripps Buys Photo/Video Sharing Service Pickle For $4.7 Million …
Greg Stolz / NEWS.com.au:
Microsoft spices up the IT image
 

 
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough says that he was “surprised” and “disappointed” after NBC leadership pulled his show on Monday

Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Sources: WBD will lay off ~1,000 employees across sectors including finance, business affairs, and production; source: fewer than 10 Max staffers are affected

Jack Queen / Reuters:
A jury convicts Ozy Media and its founder Carlos Watson of fraud, in a case accusing them of lying to investors about the startup's finances and sham deals

 
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