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8:40 PM ET, August 10, 2007

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Kent German / CNET News.com:
Razr2 carriers announced  —  Motorola announced today that its second-generation Razr phone will be arriving at most major U.S. carriers by the end of the summer.  The GSM Razr2 V9 will come to AT&T while the CDMA Razr2 V9m will come to Alltel, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.
Discussion: Computerworld and Opposable Thumbs
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
RAZR 2 is on its way to Verizon Wireless
Discussion: Reuters
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:   Sprint, Verizon both announce Motorola RAZR 2 V9m
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo Rumor Patrol: MySpace, Nope!  Google?  Maybe So.  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Things have quieted down at Yahoo of late-thankfully for new CEO and co-founder Jerry Yang, who seems to be doing a good job at calming the waters at the company …
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Would Yahoo Hand Over Its Paid Search Business To Google?  —  from the wouldn't-that-be-something?  dept  —  With Yahoo and Google considered such big rivals these days, many people forget that they were originally partners.  For many years, Google provided the search engine that powered Yahoo …
Discussion: Mashable!
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Yahoo prez puts money where her mouth is
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
edgeio Launches Paid Content System  —  Online classifieds startup edgeio has just launched a new paid content product, which will be of particular interest to online publishers and media producers.  They're calling it "transactional classifieds", which is an awkward name for a potentially very useful e-commerce service.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:   Edgeio launches marketplace widget for web publishers
CPSC Home Page:
Toshiba Recalls Notebook Computer Batteries Due to Fire Hazard  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Mahalo Follow: Toolbar Gives You Human-Powered Alternatives To Searching, Surfing  —  Mahalo Follow is a new toolbar that allows you to view Mahalo's human-powered search results next to the results from the major search engine of your choice or have them appear in response to pages you view on the web.
Discussion: Download Squad and Read/WriteWeb
Chris Sherman / Search Engine Land:
Search In The Year 2010  —  If I ever had to build a search engine, or more precisely, the interface of a search engine, this would be the team I would want to bring together.  When I came up with the idea of looking forward three years and speculating on what the search results page may look like in 2010 …
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
The Case for Freeing the WSJ Online  —  Ever the risk-taker, Rupert Murdoch may be planning to gamble the newspaper's significant Web subscription revenues on the growing Internet ad market  —  For The Wall Street Journal Online, going free will come at a high cost.
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Investigator ridicules UK visa site  —  Security on websites used to apply for UK visas is utter crap, an independent investigator looking into the matter has concluded - in so many words.  They should remain shuttered until a list of improvements are completed by the governmental agency responsible …
Discussion: Computerworld
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Verizon tech sets fire to home - accidentally  —  It's apparently not enough for Verizon to torment customers with unreliable FiOS TV connections, months-long installation ordeals, and an appointment-keeping record worthy of Maryland's regulatory wrath.  —  Now they're setting a house ablaze …
Discussion: Techdirt and GigaOM
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
NBC "allows" bloggers to use debate footage  —  On Wednesday, NBC announced that it will join rivals CNN and ABC in making video footage of presidential debates aired on its networks freely available for non-commercial use.  Under licensing terms posted on the MSNBC website …
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Spot the HDMI-enabled Xbox 360 Premium at retail  —  After discovering that some newly price-dropped Xbox 360 Premium units were packing HDMI ports - a feature previously reserved for the more expensive Elite model - we immediately wanted to know how savvy shoppers could track down these beasts at retail.
Discussion: Kotaku, CrunchGear and digg
snarfed.org:
facebook data store api thoughts  —  On Monday, Facebook employee Haiping Zhao quietly published a Data Store API on the Facebook developer wiki.  —  It's preliminary, and still in closed beta, but it marks a milestone in the evolution of the Facebook platform.
Discussion: Joseph Scott's Blog
Freedom to Tinker:
One Laptop Per Child, Reviewed by 12-Year-Old  —  [I recently got my hands on one of the One Laptop Per Child machines.  I found the perfect person to review the machine.  Today's guest blogger, SG, is twelve years old and is the child of a close friend.  I lent the laptop to SG and asked SG …
Discussion: Engadget, Global Nerdy and rc3.org
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Pibb Launches Embeddable Chat
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Lights on Apple power adapters violate patent, claims new lawsuit
Discussion: Techdirt
Department of Homeland Security:
DHS Announces Predeparture Screening of International Passengers …
Discussion: InfoWorld
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Slingbox Pro with built in component jacks hits the FCC …
vnunet:
Google China partnership to bear fruit in 2008
Discussion: WebProNews
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Three way Opteron server found
Discussion: The Tech Report
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
T-Mobile prepping VoIP service?
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Peter / The Local Onliner:
Bill Day: 'My Role as Marchex's Chief Media Officer'
Discussion: WebProNews
Donna Bogatin / Insider Chatter:
Hey Google: When Can Matt Cutts Ditch Microsoft PowerPoint?
Discussion: Matt Cutts
Reuters:
Wanted: Cyberbandits, dead or alive
Discussion: PC World
Gary Gentile / Associated Press:
DVD formats square off for holidays
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Security: don't Lord it over users, boost ISP and developer responsibility
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Firefox Needs To Go To School
Reuters:
Yahoo president snaps up $1.1M in stock
Ryan Naraine / ZDNet:
ATI driver flaw exposes Vista kernel to attackers
 

 
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