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5:15 PM ET, August 14, 2007

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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask Jumps, Google Slips and Yahoo Leads American Customer Satisfaction Index for Search  —  For the first time, Yahoo has beaten Google in the annual University of Michigan American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).  The survey measures U.S. consumer satisfaction across a broad range …
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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 …
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" …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Still no Beatles, but Apple adds Lennon
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
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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John Leyden / The Register:
Many Facebook users expose all to strangers  —  Many Facebook users are happy to give up access to their personal profile to strangers.  —  In a random survey of Facebook users, 41 per cent were happy to divulge personal information - such as email address, phone number, and date of birth …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Opens Up Their Data Feeds
Discussion: Scripting News
John Letzing / MarketWatch:
Microsoft's Bach sold more stock before Xbox news  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Microsoft Corp. executive Robbie Bach sold $3 million more in company stock during the period leading up to an announcement about a costly flaw in its Xbox video game console than previously reported …
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, Macsimum News and Gadgetell
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Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Adobe mulling a move into the Office market?
Discussion: InfoWorld and Wired News
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 …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
First Google Health Screenshots  —  Google Health, codename "Weaver", is Google's planned health information storage program.  Google's Vice President of Engineering Adam Bosworth lobbies for the program for quite a while now.  Adam said the current US health care system is challenged when it comes to …
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.
Market Wire:
Lime Wire to Enter Music Download Market With New Digital Store and Inks Deals With Music Companies  —  Lime Wire LLC, maker of the popular LimeWire file-sharing software, announced today that it will open a digital music store.  —  Initially the store will be a stand-alone website …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
PSP download store held up by DRM  —  Fans of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) media device must continue to wait for a download store, a feature that experts have said is a must if the player is ever to launch a significant challenge to the iPod.  —  Sony representatives …
Discussion: Technovia
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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware: EMC Has No Plans To Sell More; Did They Price Too Low?  —  EMC (EMC) today generated a massive return on its investment in VMware (VMW).  —  EMC bought the company in 2004 for $625 million.  At the time, as EMC CFO Dave Goulden noted in an interview with Tech Trader Dailythis morning …
MrJolly / MCV:
Nod given to HDD-only 360 titles  —  GAMEFEST: MMO developers permitted to require Xbox hard drive for future titles  —  Owners of Microsoft's basic Core Xbox 360 may soon find themselves unable to play the latest titles following Microsoft's announcement that developers of online MMO games …
 
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
New Study Shows that Online Creativity and E-learning Popular with Kids
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Battle over attorneys fees' brewing between RIAA, ex-defendant
Dave Rosenberg / InfoWorld:
Q&A: MuleSource adopting CPAL
Jessie Scanlon / Business Week:
Getting Serious About Gaming
Discussion: Valleywag
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Zero Day:
Critical IE, Excel updates headline bumper Patch Tuesday
Discussion: Computerworld
Chris Reidy / Boston Globe:
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New funding takes Inxstor past £1m
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CNN:
Apple's Issue With HD Cameras Puts Jobs' Influence In Focus
Discussion: ZDNet and Macsimum News
AMD:
AMD Releases Specification Designed to Enable Real-Time Performance …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Oracle announces price list for 11g
Discussion: The Register and Computerworld
Chris Williams / The Register:
Free software campaigners stonewalled at BBC
Microsoft:
Microsoft Unveils Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 in Technology Preview
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
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Reuters:
Half of Web time spent viewing content: study