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9:00 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.
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
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: Kotaku and Joystiq
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!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Alexa Says YouTube Is Now Bigger Than Google.  Alexa Is Useless  —  We've gotten a few "tips" that YouTube has actually grown larger than Google in terms of page views according to Alexa.  —  This is, of course, complete fiction.  And it shows just how useless Alexa has become as a method for measuring web traffic and reach.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Viacom, Google/YouTube Play Deposition Poker: Colbert, Stewart Could Wind Up Under Oath  —  Most of the names on the deposition lists in Viacom's (NYSE: VIA) copyright suit against YouTube and parent Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are business as usual—Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Chad Hurley …
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Facebook Secrets:
Searching  —  ini_set('memory_limit', '100M'); // to be  —  safe we are increasing the memory limit for search  —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/html  —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/lib/s.php';  ; —  include_once $_SERVER['PHP_ROOT'].'/lib/browse.php';
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.
Discussion: Computerworld
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 …
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Dan Rather Investigates Voting Machines — Uncovers New Surprises About ES&S Touch-Screens  —  Who would have thought that Manila sweatshops would figure prominently in the manufacture of U.S. voting machines?  —  It turns out that Election Systems & Software, one of the top voting machine companies …
Rory Prior / ThinkMac Blog:
Hint: How to redesign the Leopard dock so it sucks less  —  Disclaimer: Leopard is still under NDA so I can't discuss anything that Apple hasn't already made public knowledge on their website.  —  The dock has always been one of those sort of 'live with it', rather than 'love it' features …
Discussion: MacUser
Ijustine / Tasty Blog Snack:
IPHONE BILL  —  I finally got my first bill from AT&T in a cardboard box containing 300 pages of it.  Apparently, they give you a detail transaction of every text message sent and received.  Completely unnecessary.  —  Sign up for e-billing!  Stop the madness!  —  [ repost? ]
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Yahoo edges Google in U.S. user satisfaction survey  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news)/span> 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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Mercury News
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
 
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Reuters:
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Randolph E. Schmid / Associated Press:
Researchers Develop Bendable Battery
Long Tran / Yanko Design:
Mobile Phone Gets All Bendy
Discussion: Ubergizmo and textually.org
Tony Smith / The Register:
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Josh Catone / Read/WriteWeb:
Google, Universal Music Partner To Sell DRM-Free Music
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Researcher thinks Mac OS X is easy to exploit
Discussion: Macsimum News
Smashing Magazine:
Best of July 2007  —  Every month we take a look around …
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T admits it censored other bands
Discussion: Geek Speaker
Sydney Morning Herald:
Google denies APEC reason for fuzzy maps
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Investors bailing on SCO stock, SCOX plummets