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11:10 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.
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:
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.
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Google's embeddable map feature out next week  —  Google will shortly roll-out a new feature on its mapping service that will allow users to easily embed maps directly into web pages.  —  The feature, which operates much in the same as with YouTube videos, was conspicuously missing …
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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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.
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
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: Journals.ars, Kotaku and Joystiq
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware prices IPO at $29; Virtualization hits Wall Street  —  VMware's IPO is ready for lift-off.  —  Late Monday, the company said that shares of VMware's IPO priced at $29 each.  Shares will trade under the ticker VMW.  —  As previously reported, VMware's IPO is expected to be a hit …
Discussion: The Register and PC World
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Melinda Marks / PR Newswire:
VMware Prices Initial Public Offering (IPO)
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
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!
XNA Team Blog:
Announcing XNA Game Studio 2.0  —  Program Manager - XNA Community Game Platform  —  Wow!  It's hard to believe that a year ago on this blog we announced the first release of XNA Game Studio Express.  Now, here we are again at Gamefest 2007 and, on behalf of the XNA Community Game Platform team …
Discussion: Channel 9, Let's Kill Dave! and Gizmodo
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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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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 …
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar
John McBride / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft absorbs aQuantive  —  Microsoft finished chewing $6 billion worth of aQuantive Monday, and when it was done swallowing created a new business group called the Advertiser and Publisher Solutions group (APS)—and for that kind of cash you better believe big things are expected …
Discussion: The Register
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Train Operator Promises Free Wireless in UK  —  The operation of Britain's east coast mainline will switch in December; new provider promises free Wi-Fi for all: In the UK, rail infrastructure and operations are uncoupled, and the government awards contracts for lines to private firms.
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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