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5:15 PM ET, August 21, 2007

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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 …
biz.yahoo.com:
Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Regulation FD Disclosure  —  Item 1.01.  Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.  —  The Joint Venture  —  On August 20, 2007, RealNetworks, Inc. ("Real" or "RealNetworks") and MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. ("MTVN" …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   MTV and RealNetworks: A sound decision?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
World's largest music retailer ditches DRM, not censorship  —  Like a frog slowly turning into a princess, Wal-Mart's music download store has grown far more attractive now that it offers 256kbps unrestricted MP3 tracks from both EMI and Universal.  It won't win over fans who like the other features …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   Apple & The DRM Free Market Madness
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
The anti-iTunes movement: gBox, Universal, Wal-Mart, MTV, Rhapsody
Discussion: PR Newswire
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Wal-Mart Starts DRM-Free Downloads; Universal, EMI MP3s For 94 Cents
Discussion: Financial Times
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.
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Google:
Google announces a simple new way to embed Google Maps
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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.
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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" …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Zoho Goes Offline (in a good way)  —  Online office suite Zoho will launch offline functionality for Zoho Writer this morning, and other applications in their suite will follow shortly.  —  The offline functionality was built on Google Gears, an open source project launched by Google in May 2007.
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Marc Orchant / Office Evolution:
Zoho takes the first step towards offline apps
Discussion: Profy.Com
Bindu Reddy / Official Google Blog:
An update on Google Video feedback  —  When your friends and well-intentioned acquaintances tell you that you've made a mistake, it's good to listen.  So we'd like to say thank you to everyone who wrote to let us know that we had made a mistake in the case of Google Video's Download to Own/Rent Refund Policy vs. Common Sense.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Google Video Store gets stay of execution, full refunds coming
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.
Villu Arak / Heartbeat:
The Microsoft connection clarified  —  Yesterday, we posted an explanation of what happened to Skype on August 16.  Some reactions to the explanation, however, have reminded us of one of the basic tenets of communication: It's not what you say.  It's what they hear.
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 …
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News.com
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google News Adds YouTube Videos
Discussion: Mashable!
Yahoo! Search Blog:
Be Dynamic, Be Confident — Yahoo! Search Supports You  —  Please excuse the dramatic start to this post.  Between the anticipation of rolling this out and my incessant Harry Potter reading, I couldn't resist.  —  Once upon a time, on the World Wide Web, all URLs were fixed strings — static in form.
Tinic Uro / kaourantin.net:
What just happened to video on the web?  —  That's a question you should ask with the announcement we made tonight.  I think a lot will change.  This is probably one of my longest and information packed posts ever, but I think it is important we put down all cards on the table.
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! …
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org and MacDailyNews
 
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