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1:00 PM ET, August 14, 2007

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Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Yahoo edges Google in US user satisfaction survey  —  Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: Quote, Profile, Research) 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 (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile …
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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Yahoo edges out Google in customer satisfaction
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
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: Screenwerk and Search Engine Land
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
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
VMware prices IPO at $29; 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: PR Newswire
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.
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.
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.
Jason Roth / Apple:
John Lennon Solo Catalog Debuts on iTunes Store  —  Apple® today announced the debut of the John Lennon solo catalog on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).  Sixteen of Lennon's solo works from EMI Music are available for the first time on iTunes starting today, with the "Lennon Legend" …
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 …
SHAPE Services News:
FREE Beta version of IM+ for Skype is available for iPhone  —  www.skypeforiphone.com  —  SHAPE Services is pleased to invite you to participate in a beta testing round.  Please send your suggestions to betaskype.iphone@shapeservices.com.&nbs p; —  Call Skype users to their PCs
John Tierney / New York Times:
Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy's Couch  —  Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else's hobby.  I hadn't imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Sun/Google and Adobe now gunning for Microsoft Office  —  Whether Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a full-fledged Microsoft Office competitor is up for debate.  But StarOffice, Sun's desktop-productivity suite, is definitely a head-to-head Office rival.  And StarOffice distributed by Google?
Discussion: Techdirt, Wired News, TechWeb and WinBeta
 
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Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and IntoMobile
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Train Operator Promises Free Wireless in UK
Discussion: CNET News.com
Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Leopard successfully run on non-Apple hardware
Discussion: MacUser
John McBride / One Microsoft Way:
Microsoft absorbs aQuantive
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