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5:40 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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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Ballmer and Chambers: No Cisco-Microsoft merger
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
The Ballmer and Chambers show-no fireworks
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Partnering and competing with Microsoft: There's nothing new under the sun
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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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
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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?
Associated Press:
Paramount to drop Blu-ray high-def DVDs
Discussion: CrunchGear and GamePro.com
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google-powered Questions & Answers for China  —  Wenda (wen da meaning "ask and answer" in Chinese) is a new question & answers site in China... powered by Google, in cooperation with Tianya.cn, a popular net forum in China, as Googlfied reports.  It's re-using the same framework …
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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 …
PR Newswire:
comScore Introduces Significant Enhancements to Search Measurement With comScore qSearch 2.0  —  RESTON, Va., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — comScore, Inc. , a leader in measuring the digital world, today announced the launch of comScore qSearch 2.0, the second generation of search measurement.
Discussion: WebProNews and All about Microsoft
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
comScore Introduces Expanded U.S., Global Search Measurement And Methodology
Discussion: CNET News.com
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.
Canon USA:
ELPH ELEGANCE REIGNS SUPREME: CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES TWO NEW DIGITAL ELPH CAMERAS THAT ARE THE EPITOME OF SUBSTANCE WITH STYLE, BACKED BY A PLETHORA OF POWERFUL FEATURES  —  Canon U.S.A., Inc. today introduced two new compact PowerShot Digital ELPH Cameras - the top-of-the line 12.1-megapixel PowerShot SD950 …
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:   Canon PowerShot G9: DSLR Disguised As Point-And-Shoot
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: Webware.com and Rev2.org
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Piece Of Cake: How To: Install Apps on Your iPhone Easily, No Hacking Skills Required  —  If you wanted to install third-party native software in your iPhone but you didn't had the necessary technical knowledge or courage, the newly updated iPhone Installer.app will make it so easy that it will be very hard to resist.
Robert L. Scheier / Computerworld:
Your data's less safe today than two years ago  —  Crooks are outpacing prevention efforts; ID theft is up 50% since 2003  —  Today's electronic world is a risky place for your personal data — and it's not getting any safer.  More than 158 million data records of U.S. residents have been exposed …
Discussion: Ars Technica
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Tilera throws 64-core meshy chip at video and security tasks  —  Faster than a Xeon, smaller than a bread box  —  Hot Chips The multi-core chip revolution advanced this week with the emergence of Tilera - a start-up using so-called mesh processor designs to go after the networking and multimedia markets.
Discussion: Ars Technica and Reuters
Associated Press:
Samsung expects 3rd-quarter chip profit to gain on rising prices  —  South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. expects third-quarter operating profit in its memory chip business to double or triple from the previous quarter, a company executive said Monday.  —  "The market demand for memory chips …
Verizon:
CBS Mobile And Verizon Wireless Offer Full-Length Episodes Of "LATE SHOW With DAVID LETTERMAN" And The "LATE LATE SHOW With CRAIG FERGUSON"  —  CBS Is First Broadcaster to Offer V CAST Subscribers Full-Length Programs  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ, and LOS ANGELES — Verizon Wireless …
 
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