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11:30 PM ET, August 21, 2007

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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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Larry Larsen / Channel 10:
First Look: Microsoft Tafiti  —  About a week back I got an internal email asking us to kick the tires on a new Silverlight/search demo called Tafiti.  Tafiti is a mashup that uses the resources of Windows Live Search driven by a Silverlight top layer.  The result is a search experience unlike anything you've seen before.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Tafiti Is Beautiful, But Will Anyone Use it?
RealNetworks.com:
MTV NETWORKS, REALNETWORKS AND VERIZON WIRELESS JOIN FORCES TO OFFER A NEW INTEGRATED DIGITAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE  —  Pictured left to right, Rob Glaser, chairman and CEO of RealNetworks, John Stratton, SVP of Verizon Communications and Van Toffler, president, MTV Networks' Music/Logo/Films Group.
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
MTV bails on Microsoft, partners with RealNetworks for "Rhapsody America"  —  15 months after partnering with Microsoft on URGE, MTV has decided to cut its ties with Microsoft and cast its lot with with RealNetworks and Verizon.  At a news conference this morning, MTV and RealNetworks announced …
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
Buzzwords Aplenty: The New 'Rhapsody America'
Discussion: MobileCrunch
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
MTV-RNWK Music Venture: The Financial Details; Cash Plus $230 Million Note From MTVN
Discussion: biz.yahoo.com, Coolfer and mocoNews.net
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 …
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google News Adds YouTube Videos  —  Google News has integrated video footage to its aggregated news results using the Plus Box technology which has become a staple of the Google Universal Search experience.  —  The video news footage which is served within Google News results is now provided …
Discussion: InsideGoogle and Mashable!
Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
YouTube-style Embeddable Maps  —  Today we're excited to announce a new feature on Google Maps that allows you to add maps to your blog or website just by copying and pasting a snippet of HTML.  And once you embed the map, it has all the same functionality of the Google Maps you know and love; it's clickable, draggable, and zoomable.
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.
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Reverses Position On Video Refunds; Good For Them  —  We criticized Google last week when they shut down their video marketplace and told users they would receive refunds only through a Google Checkout credit.  We called it a "mistake" and suggested that users might be hesitant to try out for-pay Google products in the future.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Google reverses itself on video refunds
Discussion: Ars Technica and Neowin.net
Tim Green / Mobile Entertainment:
Yahoo! buys Actionality  —  Yahoo! has bought the ad-funded gaming specialist Actionality, ME understands.  —  The search giant moved for the Munich-based mobile company earlier this month, but did not announce the deal to the press.  —  It represents a further commitment to the mobile channel for Yahoo! …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Yahoo buys mobile game ad company Actionality
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
Dear Palm: It's time for an intervention  —  Man, what a crazy year, right?  We know things haven't really been going your way lately, but we want you to know that we haven't given up on you, even though it might seem like the only smartphone anyone wants to talk about these days is the iPhone.
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: Engadget, MacSlash and digg
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
iPhone 1.0.2 Update available through iTunes
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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 …
Reporters Without Borders:
US web hosting provider Go Daddy suspends 10 Chinese human rights sites without warning  —  Reporters Without Borders today called on US web hosting provider Go Daddy to explain why it suddenly withdrew hosting for several Chinese sites specialising in human rights in China.
Discussion: theWHIR.com Blogs
BIZ / Twitter Blog:
Searching Twitter  —  We've just added Profile Search to Twitter!  Now you can search across profile information like name, location, bio, and url.  That means you can find more people to follow.  The search box is over on the right when you're signed in.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and TechCrunch
 
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube to Start Selling Ads in Videos
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
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Ask.com CEO: Search technology prominence grows
Discussion: WebProNews
Phil Windley / Between the Lines:
Social Graphs and Identity Systems
Matt Hines / InfoWorld:
Mobile workers still struggling with security
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Critique of Gnomedex 2007
Discussion: blognation
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
MTV Still Learning That Things Don't Come So Easy On The Internet
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and BetaNews
 Earlier Items: 
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Discussion: Red Herring
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
Fraunhofer Institute Powers Electronics With Body Heat
Discussion: Neowin.net and OhGizmo!
Yahoo! News:
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Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: We're not Google, and we're proud of it
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Woz qualifies for Prius Racing Team
George Hotz / Finding JTAG on the iPhone:
FULL HARDWARE UNLOCK OF IPHONE DONE
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
World's largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship