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11:40 AM ET, August 14, 2007

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Nokia:
Nokia announces product advisory for BL-5C battery  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia today issued a product advisory for the Nokia-branded BL-5C battery manufactured by Matsushita Battery Industrial Co., Ltd. of Japan between December 2005 and November 2006.  This product advisory does not apply to any other Nokia-branded battery.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia-branded batteries at risk of overheating — 46 million devices affected  —  Here we go again kids.  After all those notorious fires related to the batteries used by the world's largest handset manufacturer, Nokia has issued a product advisory for the BL-5C, Nokia-branded battery.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Bigger not better: Google, Apple down in customer satisfaction; Yahoo gains  —  The American Customer Satisfaction Index for the second quarter was released Tuesday and the brief recap goes like this: Apple is still the top dog in customer satisfaction in the PC market, but is slipping.
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Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Yahoo edges Google in user satisfaction survey  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc may be struggling to convince Wall Street of its future prospects, but for the first time its users gave its services overall a better rating than what Google Inc received, according to a study released on Tuesday.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo beats Google in customer satisfaction survey
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Dr. Google and Dr. Microsoft  —  In politics, every serious candidate for the White House has a health care plan.  So too in business, where the two leading candidates for Web supremacy, Google and Microsoft, are working up their plans to improve the nation's health care.
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Steve Lohr / International Herald Tribune:   Google and Microsoft plan health information ventures
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware rockets; Virtualization hits Wall Street  —  Update: As of 11: 15 am.  EDT, VMware shares were trading at $51, well above the $29 offering price.  MarketWatch is reporting that VMware has the best opening of 2007-assuming the current price holds of course.  —  Shares of VMware topped out at $55.
Discussion: PC World
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
VMware's IPO - Insanity turns Silicon Valley back to normal
Discussion: Between the Lines
Melinda Marks / PR Newswire:
VMware Prices Initial Public Offering (IPO)
Dan Warne / APC:
Google launches YouTube-style embeddable maps … First up, if you know how to embed a YouTube video in your blog, you'll be able to embed Google Maps in your website, Google promises.  —  It'll be as simple as cutting and pasting a bit of HTML code into your website, just like a YouTube video.
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Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google's embeddable map feature out next week
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 in Technology Preview  —  New software builds on Exchange Server 2007's anywhere access* to information, operational efficiency and built-in protection.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and opened a technology preview for the software.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft readies new test builds of Exchange 2007 SP1, PerformancePoint 2007
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook users pretty willing to add strangers as 'friends'  —  Recently we've seen a fair amount of scrutiny in the direction of Facebook, Silicon Valley's tabloid target of the moment, due to the social-networking site's potential for identity theft and security breaches.
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Will / New Scientist Technology Blog:
Facebook code leaks out
BBC:
Paper battery offers future power  —  Flexible paper batteries could meet the energy demands of the next generation of gadgets, says a team of researchers.  —  They have produced a sample slightly larger than a postage stamp that can release about 2.3 volts, enough to illuminate a small light.
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Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Researchers Develop Bendable Battery
Reuters:
Half of Web time spent viewing content: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Content online is king.  Internet users spend nearly half their time online viewing news or entertainment content, surpassing activities such as sending e-mails, shopping or searching for information …
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Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
A notebook in miniature  —  You'd be forgiven for classifying Fujitsu's U810 notebook as a slightly clunky ultramobile PC.  —  After all, it weighs a pound and a half, has the Intel A110 processor used in Samsung's UMPC, and allows for fairly easy and accurate thumb typing.  But you'd be wrong.
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
August: Hotmail will soon bring you more of your requests, better performance  —  We went out of beta in May, and we're already releasing something new.  Today, these new features will begin to roll our gradually to all our customers over the next few weeks, so if you don't immediately see them, be patient, they're coming!
John Borland / Wired News:
See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign  —  On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines.  While anonymous, such changes typically …
2K GAMES:
BIOSHOCK: BREAKING THE MOLD  —  Way back when I was creating the BioShock Limited Edition, I took a poll for what you guys wanted to see in the box.  And while we managed to put your top 3 choices in - the Making of DVD, Sountrack CD, and Big Daddy Figurine, we just couldn't manage a BioShock artbook.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs, Kotaku and Joystiq
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Why Full Text Feeds Actually Increase Page Views (The Freakonomics Explanation)  —  from the why-full-feeds-make-sense dept  —  Last week, the Freakonomics blog got some extra attention by moving the blog to the NY Times.  Of course, the blog had been in support of the immensely popular Freakonomics book …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Australia to spend $189 million on anti-porn tech initiative  —  Australia's prime minister John Howard and opposition leader Kevin Rudd revealed the Australian government's sweeping new $189 million anti-pornography initiative on Friday at an event hosted by the Australian Christian Lobby.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AOL Launches Mobile Search  —  Google may have won the fixed line search sweepstakes, but mobile search remains an open territory, for anyone to conquer — countless start-ups, Yahoo, Nokia.  Add AOL to the list, which is launching a revamped (beta) version of its mobile search service today.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
 
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