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11:55 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
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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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Why Google is walling off its news garden
Discussion: TechCrunch
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  —  Vonage released its second quarter financial results today (I've embedded the release below with the new Zoho Viewer that launched last night).  And while the stock continues to slide, revenues are way up and losses are slowing.
Discussion: CNET News.com and Epicenter
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 …
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Google Tightens Screws on Advertisers: AdWords Black Box Gets Blacker  —  Google search advertising is a costly Pandora's box that continuously increases in complexity, opaqueness and Google centricity.  Google nevertheless has an uncanny ability to envelope its black box auction driven …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
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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 …
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.
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McNaught fronts sexy IT campaign  —  For many, it's a rare occurrence — the words "sexy" and "IT" in the same sentence.  —  But with the help of former Miss Australia Erin McNaught, Microsoft is out to show teenagers that IT careers have gone from "geek to chic".
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
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 …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Intel announces plan to unify product naming scheme  —  Intel plans to revise its current product naming system on January 1, 2008, in order to eliminate a great deal of confusion and simplify things for consumers.  Under the new plan, Intel Viiv Processor Technology and Intel vPro Processor Technology …
Discussion: Engadget, MacUser and Gadget Lab
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.
 
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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:
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Cisco PR / The Platform:
FINAL UPDATE: Cisco.com Outage
Peter Fleischer / Official Google Blog:
Google search privacy: Plain and simple
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
PCI-SIG announces 8GT/s transfer rate for PCIe 3.0
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 Earlier Items: 
The Register:
Ban texting while driving, say Americans
Wolfgang Gruener / TG Daily:
T-Mobile planning VoIP service?
Discussion: Engadget
Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
A Look at Google's MyMaps
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Fake iPhone cut & paste demo loves you
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
GigaOm Gets A COO
Discussion: Ceosmack and GigaOM
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