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8:05 AM ET, August 22, 2007

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Aims to Make YouTube Profitable With Ads  —  Ever since Google bought YouTube last November, it has avoided cluttering the site and the video clips themselves with ads, for fear of alienating its audience.  —  The strategy helped cement YouTube's position as the largest video Web site …
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Jordan McCollum / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
YouTube Premiering InVideo Ad Format  —  Showing 3 billion minutes of videos every month, Google-owned YouTube is the top video destination on the Internet today.  And starting tomorrow, marketers will have another reason to turn to YouTube—a new InVideo ad format designed …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
YouTube Initiates Monetization Strategy With Transparent Video 'Overlays'  —  People have been speculating about how YouTube would eventually monetize video streams, as opposed to page views.  The answer comes in the form of an innovative approach that involves almost transparent animated flash …
Lucy Zhang / Google News Blog:
Would you like video with that?  —  One of our goals at Google News is to offer as many different perspectives on the news as possible.  That means bringing content from multiple sources together in a way we hope you find to be organized and relevant.  Now we're adding video to the mix …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Analyzing YouTube's Video Ad Revenue: Running the Numbers  —  So, Google's YouTube will finally sell video ads.  How much revenue will they generate?  Most likely, not enough to materially affect Google's overall revenue for at least a year or two.  Over the long haul …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
YouTube tests viewer-friendly ad format
Discussion: Techdirt
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube to Start Selling Ads in Videos
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   YouTube Rolls Out In-Video Ads
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
In Google Earth, a Service for Scanning the Heavens  —  After turning millions of Internet users into virtual explorers of the world with Google Earth, the Internet search giant is now hoping to turn many of them into virtual stargazers.  —  Google is unveiling within Google Earth today …
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Lior Ron / Google LatLong:
Sky: The final frontier  —  Since ancient times, people have looked at the sky and tried to find order in the chaos of stars and planets.  Ancient sky maps and astronomical computers were created alongside maps of the earth.  With Google Earth, we try to provide you with the best mapping …
Financial Times:
Apple secures Europe iPhone revenue deals  —  By Astrid Maier in Hamburg and Volker Müller in Munich  —  Apple has succeeded in committing European mobile phone operators that want exclusively to sell its new iPhone to share parts of their revenues with the technology group.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Conduit Labs: social networking through gaming  —  Conduit Labs is a secretive new company, not launched yet, but which says it wants to build a new social network: One built around virtual world gaming, but with networking components that reflect real life, just like Facebook does for students on college campuses.
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Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft launches Tafiti - Search and Silverlight experiment  —  Tafiti, an experimental demonstration site that combines Live Search with Silverlight has just been launched.  Its described as follows: … Search results are presented in the central column, with the right hand "shelf" …
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Demetri Sevastopulo / Financial Times:
US launches 'MySpace for spies'  —  Spies and teenagers normally have little in common but that is about to change as America's intelligence agencies prepare to launch "A-Space", an internal communications tool modelled on the popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Spooks Get Their Own MySpace
Discussion: Web Strategy and blogtronix.com
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Releases iPhone 1.0.2 Update  —  Apple has posted iPhone Update 1.0.2.  Available via iTunes.  —  The update only lists "bug fixes" as its description and weighs in at 3.7MB.  According to early reports, no new features have been noted.  —  Users who have hacked their iPhone may see problems with their update.
Discussion: Gadget Lab, Engadget, MacSlash and digg
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 1.0.2 Update available through iTunes
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
John Markoff / New York Times:
Already, Apple Sells Refurbished iPhones  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21 — Consumers looking for a deal on an iPhone may be able to knock $100 off the price of the smartphone by buying from an unexpected discount source: Apple Inc.  —  On Monday, the company began making refurbished iPhones available …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Twitter goes to the MTV Video Music Awards  —  Could this finally be what breaks Twitter out of the early-adopter geek set and into the population at large?  The microblogging service has partnered with the inarguably mainstream MTV for its upcoming Video Music Awards (or VMAs) …
Discussion: TechWeb, Technology Live and ParisLemon
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
Digital-Ad Firm Launches Buying Spree  —  AKQA Prepares to Join  —  Crowded Field for Slice  —  Of Search Marketing  —  San Francisco digital-ad firm AKQA has begun its much-anticipated shopping spree by acquiring search-marketing company Searchrev.  —  The price tag is relatively small …
Discussion: paidContent.org and alarm:clock
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Schmidt: Google will 'Probably' Bid on Spectrum  —  ASPEN, Colo. — Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the search giant will "probably" bid in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auctions, telling an audience here Tuesday that Google "got the spirit of what we were asking" for in the recent rulemaking decision by the FCC.
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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Noam Rimon / PlayStation.Blog:
Folding@home Update
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BBC:
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BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Searching Twitter  —  We've just added Profile Search to Twitter!
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel hikes text fee again, ETF remains in effect
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Comcast denies monkeying with BitTorrent traffic
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Yahoo buys mobile game ad company Actionality
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Windows Mobile 6 unofficially meets Dell's Axim X51v
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Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Social Graphs and Identity Systems
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Buzzwords Aplenty: The New 'Rhapsody America'
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Reporters Without Borders:
US web hosting provider Go Daddy suspends 10 Chinese human rights …
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