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6:25 PM ET, August 20, 2007

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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Steve Balmer Actually Gets A Word In With Charlie Rose  —  I'm sitting in the audience watching Microsoft chief executive Steve Balmer chat with Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the Mandarin Hotel in midtown Manhattan, hosted by Charlie Rose.  Tech discussions these days …
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The Ballmer and Chambers show-no fireworks  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are holding court with interviewer Charlie Rose in New York City, discussing how they view the market transition, Google, coopetition and industry cooperation.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Partnering and competing with Microsoft: There's nothing new under the sun
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Ballmer and Chambers: No Cisco-Microsoft merger
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Paramount adopts HD DVD, kicks Blu-ray to the curb  —  Just when many observers are beginning to believe that Blu-ray has the next-gen HD format wars all wrapped up, Paramount throws us a major curveball.  The studio has announced that it is abandoning Blu-ray in favor of HD DVD.  Is a shake-up in the works?
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Viacom:
Paramount and DreamWorks Animation Each Declare Exclusive Support for HD DVD  —  Movies Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment Including Paramount  —  Pictures, DreamWorks Animation SKG, DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Vantage,  —  Nickelodeon Movies and MTV Films to be Released Exclusively in HD DVD
Reuters:
DreamWorks, Paramount pick HD DVD  —  Animation and film studios will release movies exclusively in HD DVD format, despite higher sales of rival Blu-Ray.  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Animation said on Monday they will release their DVD titles exclusively …
Associated Press:
Paramount to drop Blu-ray high-def DVDs
Discussion: CrunchGear and GamePro.com
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
What happened on August 16  —  On Thursday, 16th August 2007, the Skype peer-to-peer network became unstable and suffered a critical disruption.  The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users' computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted …
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google China Blog Search Goes Live  —  The domain blogsearch.google.cn was available for quite some time now, but it didn't display any service so far.  Some minutes ago, it changed to a (mostly) working homepage, meaning Google China now has a blog search engine among its array of sites.
Discussion: WebProNews and Shanghaiist
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Richard Baguley / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
US 3G version of Nokia N95 gets FCC approval  —  Busy day for Nokia on the FCC: another version of the N95 just got the nod from the feds.  This version is a quad-band GSM phone which includes support for the US 3G bands.  This means that it would work with the both the voice and 3G data network of AT&T …
Discussion: Engadget, CNET News.com and Gizmodo
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Randall Bennett / wirelessinfo.com Blog:
Black 8GB Nokia N95 hits FCC
Discussion: jkOnTheRun, Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Luke Shepard / Facebook Blog:
Facebook Messaging just got better...  If you're like most people, you may have a few stubborn friends who haven't joined Facebook...yet.  This can make reaching friends complicated—there are some friends you can send a Facebook message, and others you have to email.  Not anymore.
Discussion: Rev2.org and muhammad.saleem
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Facebook messaging gets some new juice
Discussion: Epicenter
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
comScore Introduces Expanded U.S., Global Search Measurement And Methodology  —  The analytics firm is expanding its core search metrics product, qSearch, in a number of ways that the company says will make the measurement of search volumes and market share more accurate than it was previously.
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PR Newswire:
comScore Introduces Significant Enhancements to Search Measurement …
Discussion: WebProNews and All about Microsoft
Skrentablog:
Some thoughts on Mahalo  —  I was surprised (along with many others) that Jason chose to launch a "human powered search engine" as his next venture.  More so at the reported funding of $20M.  —  I'm a fan of Jason's antics and his promotional ability, but at first glance making …
Sydney Morning Herald:
Facebook labelled a $5b waste of time  —  THE next time you see an employee hunched intently over the computer, don't imagine he or she is slaving over the office accounts or a report for the next shareholders meeting.  —  Employees are more likely to be whiling away the hours on the social networking site Facebook, a report says.
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
The Little Engine That Could: Ask.com 3D Redesign On Track  —  ALMOST 10% OF SEARCHERS AT Ask.com now choose to refine their queries through "Search Suggestions," one of the upgrades bundled into the search engine's user interface overhaul two months ago.  —  Based on what comScore reported …
iProspect:
iProspect Offline Channel Influence on Online Search Behavior Study  —  Background  —  In June 2007, iProspect partnered with JupiterResearch to develop and field a survey to U.S. search engine users (heretofore referred to as "online search users") to gain a better understanding of how exposure …
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Even the Office 2007 box has a learning curve  —  I bought a retail copy of Office 2007 today (I'm loading up the new laptop I got for the world tour, which is a Thinkpad X61s), and I must be a complete spaz, but I simply could not figure out how to open the bizarre new packaging.
 
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